Style, power and value: the Asus ZenBook UX305 has it all. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook features an Intel Core M CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD and crams it into a sleek aluminum chassis for just $699. You'll also get a bright matte screen that's immune to reflection, and battery life that lasts more than 9.5 hours. Asus even manages to pack three USB 3.0 ports into the UX305.
Asus knows how to make a good laptop for less. Just don't call it cheap. The originator of the netbook trend has created an 11-inch laptop with a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage that is more than enough to handle your everyday computing needs. The $199 X205TA is backed up by a 1TB of cloud storage for one year, courtesy of Microsoft's OneDrive, along with a year subscription to Office 365. Its battery also lasts over 12 hours on a single charge, which is probably enough to make even your smartphone jealous.
The Transformer Book T300 Chi is a solid 2-in-1 for the price. This $699 convertible seduces with its dark-blue aluminum body, and opens to reveal a bright 12.5-inch touch screen and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. The two halves are connected by magnets with a stronger grip than other hybrids, and its Core M-powered processor performs well. Just make sure you opt for the full HD screen instead of the quad HD model. It's not only cheaper but lasts longer on a charge.
For budget-minded shoppers, Asus once again delivers with its 11.6-inch Transformer Book Flip TP200SA 2-in-1. Priced at just $349, you get a bright screen, a rotating display and an impressive 11 hours of battery life. Performance could be a little better, but for the price it's not bad. And while small, the 64GB of onboard storage can be supplemented by a microSD card. When it comes to budget 2-in-1s, the TP200SA is one of the systems at the top of the list, so if you're looking for a new, low-priced hybrid, give this one an extra minute of your time.
Nvidia Maxwell graphics and searing-fast SSDs power this sexy gaming laptop. The Asus G751JY features an eye-catching design with a comfortable, gamer-friendly keyboard. But the bleeding-edge graphics paired with Nvidia's G-Sync technology makes for some buttery-smooth frame rates. Top it off with blistering boot and transfer times and you've got a definite candidate for any serious fragger.
The 15-inch, 4K touch-screen display on the Asus ZenBook UX501 is dazzling. The top-of-the-line design doesn't hurt, either. And the Bang & Olufsen-powered speakers rock. But it's the solid overall performance from this laptop's Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics--along with its $1,499 price--that really pushed this one over the edge to be named among our Editors' Choice winners.
Asus shows off the newest version of Chrome OS in the Chromebook Flip. Starting at $249, this notebook can bend backward to be a tablet, making it a solid replacement for a regular Android slate. Inside, it sports a 1.8-GHz Cortex Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage that's expandable to 64GB with its SD card slot. It also has two USB ports, an HDMI port and handy tablet buttons on the side for easy navigation. Boasting more than 9 hours of battery life, the Asus Chromebook Flip is a great all-day Chrome OS device.