This stylish, 13-inch, all-aluminum convertible can go from laptop to tablet mode, with several stops in between. Boasting a bright 1080p touch screen (upgradeable to UltraHD), the Spectre x360 also has a large, comfortable keyboard and ClickPad, a Core i5 processor, and a 256GB SSD. It lasts more than 9 hours on a charge and has some excellent speakers to boot. In all, it's a really good deal.
Looking for a lightweight laptop that's also light on your wallet? HP's Stream 11 is an eye-catching Windows 8.1 laptop that performs capably, and it costs just $200. Typing documents and reports is a breeze, thanks to the comfortable keyboard, and you'll enjoy ample sound, thanks to the powerful speakers. And with a year's subscription to Office 365 Personal thrown in, the Stream 11 is a great companion when you're traveling for work.
Laptop, tablet or a presentation stand -- the HP Pavilion x360 can do it all for under $500. The convertible initially catches your eye with its attractive aluminum chassis and its multiple modes of use. The $499 hybrid is also one the HP laptops to ship with Bang & Olfusen's new B&O Play software, which helps deliver strong audio. But it's the powerful Intel Core M processor and nearly seven hours of battery life that will keep you coming back for more. It's one of the best budget 2-in-1s that money can buy.
The 13-inch HP Pavilion x360 13t is a very good value. You get zippy Core i3 performance, strong Bang & Olufsen audio, and nearly 7 hours of battery life in a flexible design. A pair of sturdy yet easy-to-move hinges makes it a cinch to switch among laptop, tablet and presentation modes. It's a fantastic 2-in-1 for the price.
The larger of HP's affordable Stream line of Windows 8.1 laptops, the Stream 13 delivers the same smooth performance in a larger, but still attractive package. Its fun, bright color scheme will mirror your mood when you realize this 13-incher costs only $230. We particularly liked the booming DTS Studio Sound speakers. Plus, as with the Stream 11, you get a year's free subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive so you can take your work on the go.
As HP's second go at the Chrome OS, the $299 Chromebook 14 is a success. For those who mainly use their notebook to surf the Web, watch videos and send email, this may be all the machine you need. We appreciated the color options for the exterior (snow white, ocean turquoise and coral peach), as well as the impressive 7 hours and 57 minutes of battery life.
Easily among the sexiest laptops anywhere, the 12.5-inch Elitebook Folio 1020 runs Windows 8.1. Under the hood sits a powerful Intel Core M chip, while up top is a fingerprint reader and a cool, pressure-sensitive touchpad. Its gorgeous quad HD display will leave you glued to your screen, as you clock hours of watching Netflix or playing casual games. The EliteBook Folio 1020 can also take a beating, since it complies with military standards for resistance to heat, cold, dust and drops.
Those looking for a powerful work laptop will love the ZBook 15u G2. Its 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-5500U processor and AMD FirePro M4170 GPU combine to offer blazing performance. Whether you're doing photo editing, video editing or CAD work, you'll appreciate the accurate and colorful 15-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel display With a sleek and lightweight design, the HP ZBook 15u G2 is a notebook that works as hard as you do, wherever you go.