Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

The Positive The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touchpad, faster components and a flatter keyboard. iPhone’s Touch ID is handy on the Mac, too. The Imperfect You’re paying a hefty premium for the Touch Bar, which […]

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HP Stream 14-ax010nr

The Positive The inexpensive HP Stream 14 is an attractive, lightweight 14-inch Windows laptop with a long battery life and performance good enough for basic productivity and streaming media. Plenty of expansion ports. Includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 Personal for one year. The Imperfect Paltry on-board storage capacity. The screen quality […]

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Apple MacBook (2016)

The Positive The 12-inch MacBook gets a decent boost to performance and battery life, while keeping the same slim, light premium body. The high-res display and responsive trackpad remain the gold standard. Color options add a fun bit of personalization. The Imperfect The single USB-C port will continue to be an inconvenience for many. The […]

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Acer Chromebook 14

The Positive The inexpensive Acer Chromebook 14’s aluminum body is much nicer than the plastic competition. The matte-finish, 14-inch full HD IPS display is a great size for work and , but still keeps this laptop’s footprint small enough for commuting. The Imperfect It has no SD or microSD card slot for expanding its 32GB […]

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Acer Chromebook R11

The Positive Acer’s Chromebook R 11 is an inexpensive tablet-laptop hybrid, coupling the simplicity of Google’s Chrome OS with a 360-degree hinge and touchscreen. The Imperfect Unfortunately, Chrome OS isn’t optimized for touch, and navigating around the browser with your finger can be tricky. There aren’t as many apps available for Google’s Chrome OS as […]

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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)

The Positive A massive touchpad dominates this incredibly skinny, high-powered laptop. The screen really pops, with less bezel and wider color range. Adding space grey as a color option gives it a bold, mod look. The Imperfect This version leaves out the amazing new Touch Bar. It’s more expensive than the model it replaces and […]

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Asus ZenBook 3

The Positive Powerful Core i7 processor in a slim, portable package with an excellent touchpad. A helpful USB-C mini-dock is included. The Imperfect The 12.5-inch display is locked at 1,920×1,080 resolution, and it isn’t a touchscreen. Lots of extra bloatware. Battery life isn’t as good as the MacBook. Other similarly configured systems cost less. The […]

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Acer Aspire S 13

The Positive Acer’s Aspire S13 has a touchscreen that resists glare, a thin, light body that resists fingerprints and more solid-state storage than the competition — plus a fast Intel Core processor, impressive audio and exceptional battery life. The Imperfect This 13-inch Acer is saddled with a stiff, shallow keyboard, and the touchpad’s poor palm […]

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Lenovo Yoga 910

The Positive The Lenovo Yoga 910 premium convertible has a gorgeous display that spans nearly the entire lid and delivers solid performance and long battery life for the category. It’s a really cool looking laptop, too. The Imperfect The right-hand Shift key is poorly placed and sized. Webcam is at the bottom of the screen. […]

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016)

The Positive The larger version of Apple’s MacBook Pro has a big, bold display, a thinner, lighter body, an AMD graphics chip by default and a massive trackpad. The inventive Touch Bar second-screen display saves clicks here and there, and now works with apps like Photoshop and Spotify. The Imperfect Even the base 15-inch model […]

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