1. Lenovo Yoga 11S (starting at $749)
The 11.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 11S laptop is a flexible machine that can fold over from a typical laptop stance to a stand position, to a position with the keyboard behind the screen, ready for delivering presentations.
It comes with HDMI, SD card and USB ports, and boasts a surprisingly impressive Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. The screen is sharp and bright, though not full HD, and works well with Windows 8. It's also nicely light and small for portability.
You can easily use the Yoga 11S as you would any other laptop, replete with a full QWERTY keyboard.
- Read our Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S review
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (starting at $899)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 still straddles the middle ground between laptop and tablet, but a lack of identity doesn't mean that it should be shunned - far from it.
This is an incremental upgrade from the Surface Pro. One of the main plus points of the Surface Pro 2 is that it can simply do more thanks to increased battery life, RAM, storage and improved graphics.
If just one change is made to the next Surface Pro should it, er, surface, we want it to be slimmer. At any rate, those seeking a fresh form factor that offers real productivity gains (in addition to on-hand entertainment) will find lots to love with the Surface Pro 2.
- Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
3. Asus Transformer Book TX300 (starting at $1,499)
However, it has a hidden trick up its sleeve. The screen unclips from the keyboard base to turn this 13-inch laptop into a 13-inch tablet, for playing games, surfing the web or watching movies.
Along with 4GB of RAM, the chip inside is an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 3517U 3rd Generation model. The 4th Generation, nicknamed Clover Trail, which came out in early 2013, boasts better speeds and dramatically improved battery life.
- Read our Asus Transformer Book TX300 review
4. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (starting at $999)
With the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, we can now confirm that 3,200 x 1,800 pixels is delicious indeed. On top of the winning Yoga form factor, we loved the solid performance, backlit keyboard, and the snappy SSD, creating mobile device-like response times.
However, in our experience, a Haswell-based ultrabook this thin should run twice as long as the Yoga 2 Pro does on a full charge; we got about five hours in our testing. Even with cloud services like Google Drive, a 128GB SSD is hard to recommend for even your grandparents.
Drawbacks considered, the Yoga 2 Pro is a winner of a laptop, pure and simple. At the $1,000 price point, you could put the Yoga 2 Pro in just about anyone's hands and make them feel quite pleased.
- Read our Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review
5. Sony Vaio Duo 13 (starting at $1,399)
From the slim line and attractive design to the top-notch components included, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 looks every inch the expensive product. We also really liked the improvements to the sliding design, which makes it much easier to open and close.
While the sliding design has improved, it still feels a tiny bit delicate around the hinges, which isn't great for such an expensive product. Having the hard drive filled with bloatware is also an avoidable annoyance.
Regardless, the Vaio Duo 13 is one of the best laptop-tablet hybrids we've seen yet. Just be prepared to pay the big bucks for that experience.
- Read our Sony Vaio Duo 13 review