Windows 8 Guide
The Toshiba Satellite Click 2 is an affordable 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combo with good endurance, but its bulk and stiff keyboard are turnoffs.
Tohsiba's Satellite Click is an inexpensive AMD-powered Windows 8 hybrid, but a heavy design and flexy keyboard spoil the party.
The Sony VAIO Flip 14 offers a unique flip touch-screen design, long battery life and an excellent clickpad in an elegant package.
The MSI GS70 crams a fourth-gen Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX graphics and a 17.3-inch 1080p display into an extremely slim chassis.
The Maingear Pulse 14 offers high-powered specs for gamers in a slim package along with 8 hours of battery life.
For a very attractive $399, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z combines a crisp, responsive 11.6-inch touch screen with good battery life.
With a fourth-generation Intel processor and a higher-capacity battery, Dell's updated XPS 12 is an excellent 12-inch tablet-laptop hybrid that can go the distance.
For $499, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 is an affordable and lightweight 15-inch notebook with Intel's latest fourth-generation processor.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch Ultrabook offers Windows 8 shoppers a sexy aluminum design, a responsive touch screen, very good sound and excellent ergonomics for an affordable price.
The ASUS X550CA-DB31 offers an attractive 15-inch chassis, strong audio, and costs just $449, making this a good budget Windows 8 laptop.