THE BEST LAPTOPS OF 2017: ULTRABOOKS, BUDGET PCS, 2-IN-1S, AND MORE

With a new year comes fresh laptop updates—companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus have already begun to launch revamped versions of popular notebooks and spin-offs of existing lines.

These new additions to the scene (like Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 and the refreshed HP Spectre x360 15) just keep adding to the wide and varied options already out there. Expect to keep seeing even more convertibles, 2-in-1s, and traditional clamshells as the months roll by, and also keep an eye peeled for more laptops with discrete graphics. In January, Nvidia expanded its game-changing Pascal GPU lineup to include a mobile version of its budget-minded GTX 1050, and it’ll likely become common as an option in larger thin-and-light systems.

Given what a great year 2016 was, we anticipate 2017 being an equally fantastic year to buy a new system, no matter what you’re hunting for. To help you with your decision, we’re hard at work evaluating more laptops—our latest reviews include the Asus ZenBook Flip, with the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and HP’s 2017 Spectre x360 15 soon to follow. For the moment, our current category winners hang onto their crowns, but it may not be long at all before some lose their thrones.



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