Best Windows 8 laptops: the top Windows 8 notebooks we've reviewed

The latest Windows 8 Ultrabooks, notebooks, convertibles and laptops

Windows 8.1 also fixes any concerns you might have about scaling issues with such a high-res display. What Microsoft can't fix, however, is other software and you'll need to be aware that some apps may not be ready for this HD+ world with menus that are hard to read, unless you dial down the resolution to mere Full HD.

The Yoga Pro 2 also benefits from being a good half a pound lighter than its predecessor. The choice with this hybrid isn't really performance, but whether or not you like (or need) all the backflipping modes this form factor has to offer. You might be better off with a separate tablet and laptop for the same price.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review

Alienware 14 2013 - £899 / US$1,100 / AUS$1,666


The Alienware 14 is an attempt to create a serious but portable gaming laptop.

It's been designed specifically for serious gamers - it has a roster of specs to die for and a price to match.

Alienware is owned by Dell, and the gaming brand has benefited from the latter's prowess in building robust laptops, as well as its buying power.

As you'd hope, there's a WLED Full HD anti-glare screen with superb viewing angles. The colours on the Windows 8 Start screen still look awesome even when viewed from an extremely acute angle. The anti-glare coating can make pale colours look a little grainy at first glance, but games look superb on it. Sadly, it's not a touchscreen.

Read our full Alienware 14 review

HP EliteBook 820 G1 - £899 / US$1,494 / AUS$1,666

HP EliteBook 820 G1

A military grade portable isn't for everyone. After all, most of us aren't likely to be worried whether our laptop will survive being run over by a Humvee – unless, of course, you drive one. The EliteBook is well specced out with a Haswell Core i5 chip, 8GB and 1TB of storage, as well as an optional copy of Windows 8 Pro.

In soldierly fashion, there's tool-free access to the innards, which enables quick upgrades, replacements and the ability to slot in a bigger battery than that supplied, for greater staying power.

The Elitebook 820 G1 is a solid straight-down-the-barrel laptop with reliability baked in and is good value to boot.

Read our full HP EliteBook 820 G1 review

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s - £935 / US$1,543 / AUS$1,759

Lenovo ThinkPad

Similar to the ThinkPad X240, the T440s has two batteries and as a consequence results in a combined 8 hours of power. Instantly that makes the T440s a worthy business portable, even if that additional battery increases the girth and weight of the T440s to 4.2 pounds.

The solid specs, including the latest generation Core i5 processor and a 128GB solid-state drive, reflect that you're getting a no-fuss and reliable ThinkPad for everyday business people that will simply deliver. If you want to make more of a statement, you may want to consider one of the Yoga series.

Lenovo's changes, particularly to the keyboard, aren't going to sit well with old-school acolytes of the ThinkPad, but it's as close as you're likely to get, with its iconic red Trackpoint and the subtly concave keys that grip your fingertips for more controlled typing.

Read our full ThinkPad T440s review

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga - £962 / US$1,598 / AUS$1,782

ThinkPad YOga

This is the Yoga wearing a pinstriped suit - and possibly a pink tie. Lenovo wants you to think of the Yoga series as the perfect business Ultrabook and it makes a good start by supplying a Core i3 (Haswell) processor, which provides a responsive and workman-like Windows 8 performance.

Unfortunately, like many of the Yoga models we've reviewed, the battery life doesn't stretch very far, which makes all that bending into a tablet for commuting and flipping into 'tent' mode for a quick presentation a lot less useful.

This is a long way from ThinkPad's origins, but it's stylish and will appeal if you're looking for versatility and a hi-res screen for visuals.