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Best Laptops 2014: 10 Best PCs and Macs to buy

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Wondering which laptop to buy for Christmas 2014? Whether you're prepared to spend big on a MacBook Air or go for a more affordable Windows 8 laptop from the likes of Dell, Toshiba or Lenovo, we have got you covered. We've picked out the best laptops to look out for this festive period.

Updated: 17/11/2014

Hit the arrow above to see our first laptop on the list, or select your preferred option below:

Best laptop for battery life | Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2014
Best laptop for screen quality | Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
Best gaming laptop | MSI GT70 2PC Dominator
Best Chromebook | Toshiba Chromebook
Best 10-inch Windows 8 laptop and tablet hybrid | Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Best 15-inch Windows laptop | Dell XPS 15
Best laptop for students | Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite
Best laptop for video and image editing | MacBook Pro with Retina display 15-inch (2014)
Best laptop for a MacBook Air alternative | Asus Zenbook UX303LA
Best desktop PC replacement | Asus N550JV Laptop

Buying a laptop: What you need to know

Tablets like the iPad Air 2 might be taking over the world, but there are still some tasks that a good laptop is far more suitable for.

Gone are the days when Windows-based laptops were your only viable option. Apple's Mac-running MacBook Air and Pro ranges, recently updated to include faster CPUs, are now amongst the best on the market. Google’s Chromebook range aims to bring cloud computing to the masses for an affordable price with the likes of Samsung, Acer, HP and Toshiba having signed up to the Chromebook cause.

PC laptops, whether for gaming or just watching movies, are not going anywhere just yet, though. More Windows 8 laptop and tablet hybrid devices continue to flood the market, offering more versatility for everyday computing tasks. Then there is the new breed of lean, supremely powerful Intel-based laptops better known as Ultrabooks, that aim to offer an alternative to Apple’s sleek and powerful machines as some of the best laptops around.

There’s clearly plenty to pick from, so to help you find the perfect 15-inch or 13-inch laptop and spend that money wisely, we’ve rounded up our regularly updated list of the top 10 best laptops to buy that all come with the TrustedReviews seal of approval.

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