We've just finished testing some of the lowest-priced Windows 8 laptops yet, including a $500 11-inch Asus VivoBook that's priced very low for a touch-screen model. We hope that's a sign that more inexpensive touch screen laptops are coming soon.
While that Asus scored just so-so overall, several larger models that also won't bust your budget fared better. The 15-inch Asus S56CA-DH51 ($650) had very good performance and excellent ergonomics. And two Ultrabooks—the 13-inch Sony VAIO SVT-13122CXS ($625), and 15.6-inch Acer M5-581T-6807 ($600)—both had excellent performance and respectable battery life.
Another pair of Ultrabook laptops that caught our eye were the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ($1,250) and Carbon Touch ($1,500) whose carbon-fiber cases and solid-state drives help make them lighter than most other models that size.
If you're shopping for a new laptop, be sure to check the latest ratings, which include more than 20 recommended models. And if a new desktop is on your list, refer to our latest desktop ratings to find out which of more than 30 models we tested excelled and which fell flat.
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