Best of 2012: PCs, Ultrabooks, and Hybrids

We select the best systems—desktops, laptops, and hybrid portables—of 2012.

By PCWorld staff, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, computers, laptops

Coming in at number 30 on our Top 100 list, the A720 squeezes into a base the size of a small pizza box. That allowed Lenovo to flatten its 27-inch, 10-point multitouch display to less than one inch thick. Lay the display completely flat and you can use the computer as if it were an oversize, stationary tablet.

MicroExpress MicroFlex 37B (desktop PC)

Given the choice between beauty and a beast, we'll almost always take the beast (at least when it comes to PCs). This affordable, high-performance PC is a strong general-purpose system and a decent gaming rig. Credit the fast Ivy Bridge CPU, Radeon HD 7850 GPU, SSD, Blu-ray drive, and 16GB of RAM for that. The MicroFlex 37B is number 32 on our complete Top 100 list.

Alienware M17x-R4 (gaming laptop)

This luggable laptop (it weighs more than 11 pounds) landed smack dab in the middle of this year's list, proudly holding court at number 50. This machine is perfect for LAN parties and dorm rooms. An Ultrabook it's not, but it does pack the fastest mobile GPU available, a gorgeous 17-inch display, and a great keyboard.

Maingear Shift Super Stock (desktop PC)

Maingear pulled out all the stops to build this super-powered PC, which tore through our benchmarks to generate a Worldbench 7 score of 205105% faster than our baseline. The top-shelf components in this rig should keep any gamer satisfied for at least a couple of years. We placed it at number 68 in our Top 100 list.


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