Sony Vaio Duo 13 (starting at $1,399)
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an excellent product, and one of the best hybrid Ultrabooks we've seen. But with such a hefty price tag, it's still tough for us to ditch our separate laptops and tablets.
It's a shame, because for $400 less we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sony Vaio Duo 13. In short, this laptop ticks most of the boxes and improves on a lot of its predecessors faults. However, for $1,399 or more, you better have some deep pockets.
- Read our Sony Vaio Duo 13 review
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch (starting at $1,299)
The original 2012 Lenovo X1 Carbon was the best ThinkPad money could buy, but now Lenovo has added a touchscreen panel and changed Windows 7 Professional for Windows 8, bringing last year's model right up to date.
The result is a formidable machine that not only offers the best usability and performance, but also a fantastic Windows 8 experience. However, the eye-watering price tag means this experience doesn't come cheap.
Razer Blade (starting at $1,799)
The Razer Blade sets a new high mark for what a mid-size Windows laptop can and should be. It looks fantastic, exhibits top-notch performance in both day-to-day use and gaming. And it's comfortable to work on.
In terms of performance, very few laptops of this shape and size are capable of rivaling what Razer has created. Even Apple's highest-end laptop, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, has a punier GPU. We happily recommend the Razer Blade as a choice gaming laptop.
- Read our Razer Blade review
Acer Aspire S7 (starting at $899)
Coming in both 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch versions, the Acer Aspire S7 is one of the hottest Ultrabooks yet to be released. Designed with Windows 8 in mind, the S7's screen can fold all the way back, so it's flat in line with the keyboard.
This machine also offers a 10-point touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it. It's even a 1080p screen, as if it wasn't impressive enough already, and is one of the lightest ultraportables we've seen yet.
- Read our Acer Aspire S7 review