The 8 best laptops and Ultrabooks available today

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By Alex Cocilova, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, laptops, Ultrabooks

The UX31A demolished our demanding WorldBench 7 benchmark suite with a score of 150, meaning that it was 50% faster than our baseline desktop system. When you factor in thoughtful extras such as an SD Card reader that supports the latest SDXC high-capacity cards, and a USB-to-ethernet adapter, the newest Zenbook prime is a home run. Read our full review here.

[$1449 for a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with a 1600-by-900-pixel display, Core i7-3517u processor, and Windows 7]

Acer Aspire S7-391

The Aspire S7-391 offers solid performance, despite weighing a mere 2.8 pounds. Couple its light weight with a svelte chassis that is just 11.9mm wide and yet is demonstrably rigid, and you have an Ultrabook that could double as a ninja star.

This Windows 8 machine features a 13.3-inch touchscreen covered in Gorilla Glass 2, a pair of 128GB SSDs in RAID 0, and a Core i7-3517U processor. The S7 achieved a score of 72 on our brand-new WorldBench 8 benchmark suite (which is expressly designed for Windows 8). Read our full review here.

[$1649 for a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with a 1920-by-1080-pixel display, a Core i7-3517U processor, and Windows 8]

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

The aptly named Yoga 13 is the most flexible machine we've seen. It bends, swivels, and downward-dogs to perform dual duty as both a Windows 8 tablet and Ultrabook.

The keyboard, trackpad and bezel-less 13-inch multitouch screen are all top-notch and comfortable to use, making Microsoft's new OS easy to navigate by touch, keyboard, or mouse. Lenovo managed to squeeze an Intel Core i5-3317U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD into the Yoga, which achieved an overall mark of 60 on our new WorldBench 8 benchmark suite. Whether you need a laptop or a tabletor maybe just something to prop up and watch a movie onthe economically priced Yoga 13 won't disappoint you. Read our full review here.

[$1099 for a 13-inch Ultrabook with a 1600-by-900-pixel display, a Core i5-3317U processor, and Windows 8]

That's the Ultrabook story. If you're looking for stronger performance, though, and are willing to surrender some portability, consider a traditional laptop. We name our favorites after the jump!

If Ultrabooks leave you longing for serious power and functionality, the laptops on our list deliver the goods you want. Here are four of our recent favorites.


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