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Best laptops and desktops

Igboke

Feb. 16, 2020

Lenovo Yoga C930
Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The good: The C930 puts its 360-degree hinges to work as the two-in-one’s speaker system. The included active pen is discreetly housed and charged in the C930’s body, and the webcam has a slider to block it when not in use. Performance and battery life are excellent for its class.
The bad: The included pen is a little small for extended use, and there’s no option for discrete graphics, but no real deal breakers unless you object to the price.
The cost: $1,105
The bottom line: Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo simply one of the best two-in-one laptops available.
Dell XPS 13
Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The good: Dell has fixed this laptop’s only remaining serious flaw, designing a super-slim 2mm webcam to fit into the thin screen bezel. Optional colors look great, as does the 4K touchscreen. Excellent keyboard, and decent battery life for a 4K laptop.
The bad: The entry-level configuration, while well-priced, cuts too many corners. We don’t love the woven texture on the wrist rest.
The cost: $1,700
The bottom line: It’s nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about this 13-inch slim powerhouse, at least in the pricey high-end configuration.
HP Spectre x360
Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The good: The HP Spectre x360 13 is one of the best ultra-portable two-in-ones available, with lots of component options including three display choices, plenty of privacy and security features, and class-leading battery life. HP includes a laptop sleeve and full-size active pen.
The bad: Premium laptops come with premium prices. The low-power display is too dim for outdoor use.
The cost: $879 (renewed) to $1,063
The bottom line: A stylish, thoughtful design, excellent component options and extra-long battery life make the HP Spectre x360 13 one of the best premium two-in-one ultra-portables around.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: The jump to new quad-core processors pays off in big performance gains. The new black color option looks cool. Still the best kickstand and keyboard for Windows tablets.
The bad: It costs extra for the keyboard cover, stylus and matte black design. CPU and color aside, it’s a minimal upgrade.
The cost: $605 to $900
The bottom line: There are no radical design changes, but the performance jump makes it viable as a mainstream performance laptop replacement.
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