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As we get into the thick of the important back-to-school shopping season, it’s worth taking a look at the best laptops out there. We’re especially going to concentrate on Ultrabooks, the thin and light notebooks most PC manufacturers from Apple to HP now make.
If you’re ready for a new laptop, we’ve put together a list of our favourites for you here.
This one is a real bargain. Samsung's Series 5 Ultra offers a huge 500 GB hard drive and an i5 processor at a price that can't be beat. If you're on a budget, it's going to be tough to say no to Samsung's latest Ultrabook.
Between 6 BG of RAM and and a speedy i5 processor, this Toshiba offers big performance at a reasonable price. It also happens to be one of our favourite laptops at the moment.
If battery life is important to you, you may want to check out Lenovo's IdeaPad , which can run for 8 hours on a single charge. That makes this a great option for travellers and students who can't always find a good place to plug in.
Apple's upgraded its MacBook Pro line to be formidable and powerful. The base model packs a 2.3 GHz processor and a 500 GB hard drive, but beware of that price.
If you have some extra cash to burn, you might want to check out the new sleek MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Price: Starting at $1,799
At just 11 inches wide, you'll want to take this ASUS everywhere. And with a 1.8 GHz i7 and 128 GB of storage space, you'll want to use it for everything.
The only thing that may hold you back here is the price. $1,100 is a lot to ask for such a tiny laptop.
The ASUS Zenbook makes a great introduction to the ultrabook world. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 1.7 GHz processor all at a very reasonable price. This model is slightly cheaper than the Zenbook we just told you about as it uses an older i5 processor.
Apple's super thin MacBook Air is the grandaddy of all Ultrabooks. In fact, if it wasn't for the Air's success, you probably wouldn't have the dozens of other copycat Ultrabooks.
You have two screen size options with the MacBook Air: 11 inches or 13 inches. We prefer the latter, but if you're on the go a lot, you may want to consider the ultra portable 11-inch model.
Price: Starts at $999
It's not out yet (all signs point to it being released on October 26), but the Surface, Microsoft's laptop-tablet hybrid, could seriously shake up the world of Windows-based computing.
The Surface will actually come in two flavours. The first is the 'RT' version due this fall. It won't run the full desktop version of Windows 8, but a special tablet-optimised version. The 'Pro' model of the Surface is expected to launch early next year and will include a desktop mode for running older Windows apps like Excel.