Laptop Guide

If you're in the market for a high-performance laptop, you have plenty of choices. Unfortunately, you'll have to navigate a minefield of inferior options. Our laptop reviews and buying guides are here to help you find and compare the best 2014 laptops for your needs and your budget.

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Ultrabook Buying Guide: 6 Things to Look For in a Super-Slim Laptop

The buzzword in laptops for 2012 is Ultrabooks. Why? They have a lot of appeal for shoppers who are looking for a machine that's thin, light and responsive.

Help Me, Laptop: I Need a Notebook to Write My Dissertation

How much power is more than enough? Elisa, a student, is working on her dissertation, and is looking to upgrade from the netbook she was using previously. While she doesn't need graphics power, she do...

Ultrabook Showdown: Which is the Best?

Now that Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and Toshiba have released Ultrabooks (and HP is hot on their heels), which one comes closest to the Intel ideal of a machine that weighs less than 3 pounds, measures less ...

Help Me, LAPTOP: How Do I Move Windows 7 to My New SSD?

Some say the best thing you can do for yourself is get a massage or start an exercise program or go on a (gasp) diet, but if you really wanna improve your life, get an SSD. Reader Osama plans to buy a...

Help Me, LAPTOP: ThinkPad X1 vs. MacBook Air

You write to helpme@laptopmag.com for advice and we respond. Today, a reader named Kevin wants a light, portable notebook and can't decide between the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, MacBook Air 13-inch, or something larger.

Help Me, LAPTOP: Big-Screen Notebook For Day Trading

Brokers and traders are known for their multi-monitor set-ups in the office. But getting a comparable arrangement with a laptop can be challenging. At least it is for Jeremy in Canada. He writes: "I ...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want A Gaming Rig Under $1700

Gaming systems run the gamut from the 11-inch Alienware M11x to the 18-inch Toshiba Qosmio X505 and have an even wider price range. So how much system do you need to run World of Warcraft at maximum resolution? Drew wrote in to ask us exactly that.

Help Me, Laptop: Should I Buy an Acer Notebook?

Springing for a new laptop isn't a purchase to take lightly. You'll spend at least a few hundred bucks, and on the high-end prices can climb to multiple thousands of dollars.

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want To Upgrade My Video Chat Capabilities

Integrated webcams have become standard on almost every laptop, which is great not only for people who make lip-syncing videos on YouTube, but also for families who want to stay connected across lon...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Looking For The Perfect Notebook

Perfection is a quality many strive for but few achieve. In fact, some would say that perfection doesn't exist, that there will always be flaws. Though it is possible to get very close. Reader Davood ...