With its brilliant screen and serious components, the luxury-minded Dell XPS 15 (9530) is Dell's showcase PC meant to go up against high-end laptop offerings. Unfortunately, its price and battery life keep it from taking the top spot.
The HP ZBook 15 is a potent mobile workstation, offering top-notch processing power, ISV Certified graphics, and industrial-grade durability. If you and your company are in the market for a mobile workstation, the ZBook 15 is definitely worth considering.
The all-new Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is a lightweight business-oriented laptop that delivers extremely long battery life, decent performance and a touch screen display. For business-use, the design is absolutely perfect but it does have a lower than average screen resolution.
The Toshiba Tecra-Z40-A1401 blends in pretty well with the rest of the high-end ultraportable laptops currently on the market. It has a fast, fourth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, a sturdy frame that's still relatively light and even some unique security features. However, it has very few advantages over its similarly priced rivals, as well as some notable disadvantages.
The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2013) uses Intel's Haswell-based Core i5 processor to give power users a system that can last over 11 hours under continuous use and still process graphics and scientific tasks quickly. Best of all, it's $500 less expensive than last year's model.
The Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 is a desktop replacement laptop that allows you to expand and grow into with its free hard drive bay and two memory slots. It has a good-looking 17.3-inch display and good overall performance.
Like an assassin in a business suit, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p has a sleek, almost professional look that hides powerful gaming hardware within. Lenovo's gaming laptops have always been something of a contradiction, pushing beyond the company's well-known business and consumer laptops to encompass the sort of high-powered, flashy looking designs gamers demand.
For a sub-$400 price, the Asus Transformer Book T100TA is a fully functional Windows 8.1 hybrid tablet, and the natural successor to the netbook ideal from a few years ago. It gives you a bright, usable PC an affordable price. Plus it avoids all of the compatibility issues that plague tablets running mobile operating systems like iOS, Android, or Windows RT.
The Acer C720 (C720-2800) comes closer to Chromebook nirvana, but we still haven't reached that level yet. It's a couple of tweaks from being the perfect low cost bridge between mobile device and full-fledged laptop.