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The best laptops of CES 2013

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Laptop manufacturers attending this year's CES are, for the most part, still catching up with the touch revolution — choosing to tweak, refine, and add touchscreens to their previous models rather than invent a brand new paradigm. Some, like Lenovo, are experimenting with the best way to combine laptops and tablets, creating exciting new products such as the ThinkPad Helix. Stay tuned for all the most exciting laptop announcements from CES 2013.

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Jan 09 4:21p

Dell fixes terrible XPS 13 screen with new 1080p panel, introduces 'essentials' Latitude 10 tablet

Dell made a move last week that we were very happy to see — it decided to add a new, 1080p option to its otherwise-excellent XPS 13 ultrabook. We've had the opportunity to gaze upon the new display here at CES, and we're glad to report that not only has Dell bumped the resolution up from the unspectacular 1366 x 768 on the original model, but it's also addressed panel quality issues. We immediately noticed that colors were far more accurate on the updated display, and whites are now closer to...

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Jan 08 4:31p

LG and Gigabyte show off unique tablet and ultrabook form factors at CES (hands-on)

LG's H160 may seem like a typical Windows 8 tablet, but its form factor is anything but. The 11.6-inch device, on display here at CES, combines an Ultrabook-like body with a convertible slider design, making for a rather unique user experience. LG's sliding Clover Trail tablet comes with a spring-loaded hinge that, when released, triggers a pop-up keyboard. That differentiates it from similar devices such as the Asus Eee Pad Slider or Samsung Series 7 Sliding PC, both of which require users...

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2:59p

LG's Z360 ultrabook may just be its best yet (hands-on)

We’re finally starting to see more and more ultrabooks with high resolution displays, with LG’s Z360 joining the roster with a 13.3-inch 1080p IPS panel. It looks absolutely gorgeous, with great viewing angles, an extremely high brightness, and vibrant colors. The rest of the ultrabook is nothing to sneeze at either. It’s very thin at 13.6mm, the build quality is good, and the weight has been kept down to 1.15kg that’s almost as light as a 11-inch MacBook Air. LG is using one of Intel’s new...

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Jan 07 11:02p

Samsung's Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra hands-on

Last week Samsung announced two additions to its flagship lineup, the new Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra, and we're taking a look at both here on the floor at CES 2013. The Series 7 Chronos is a powerful "desktop replacement" that contains a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a Radeon HD 8870 graphics card with 2GB of memory, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of hard drive space. We spent some time with the 5.18-pound, 20mm thick machine, and were impressed by the laptop's snappy performance...

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5:06p

Hands on NEC's incredibly light, incredibly thin 12.8mm ultrabook

It's thin. And light. The successor to the LaVie Z with the incredibly airy magnesium-lithium alloy frame we pined for at Computex last year, this LaVie X is just 12.8mm thick and weighs about 3.5 pounds, yet still supports a Core i7 ultra-low voltage processor and has a 15.6-inch, full HD 1080p IPS display. We could easily pick it up with one hand, and though the keyboard feels incredibly shallow, they respond quickly to action. While it's not quite as light as the amazing LaVie Z, which...

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Jan 06 9:08p

OLPC XO-4 convertible laptop is faster than ever and coming soon (hands-on)

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) may not be ready to show off its XO-4 convertible laptop just yet, but chip manufacturer Marvell is demoing it at CES today all the same. The 7.5-inch tablet-laptop hybrid has an infrared touchscreen and is powered by a dual-core Marvell processor that the company says is "miles faster" than before. It'll arrive with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 4GB or 8GB of storage, and runs Linux (Fedora 18) with a custom software overlay that OLPC says is "designed for kids...

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7:01p

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix tablet / laptop hybrid gets a power-up when it docks

Did you think you'd seen every possible way a laptop and tablet could merge? Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix is here to show you otherwise. Rather than simply flipping head over heels, twisting in place, or detaching from a battery-laden slate of keys, the ThinkPad Helix is a powerful tablet that actually gets more powerful when you combine it with its keyboard docking station — think Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but with Lenovo's trademark rack of keys rather than giant robotic animals.

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6:59p

Lenovo revamps 11-inch IdeaPad Yoga with Intel processors, full Windows 8 operating system (video)

Lenovo's backflipping IdeaPad Yoga 13 garnered a good bit of praise, but when the company launched a smaller, cheaper version of the touchscreen Wintel laptop, it chose to use the hamstrung Windows RT operating system and an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 3 chip instead. You won't have to choose between size and capabilities forever, though, because Lenovo's introducing the IdeaPad Yoga 11S today. The Yoga 11S maintains the attractive $799 starting and design of the original 11-incher — adding only a...

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