What’s the best Windows 8 laptop?

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Windows 8 has opened the door to a whole new generation of laptops that can be optimised for multi-touch gestures. Here’s where we review and list the 7 best Windows 8 laptops of 2013.

What’s the best Windows 8 laptop?

Toshiba Satellite L850D7. Toshiba Satellite L850D

  • Reviewed on: 15 February 13
  • RRP: £339.97 inc VAT
  • Rating:Rated 6 out of 10

If you’re looking for an affordable laptop designed with entertainment in mind, then the attractive screen and audio features of the L850D will certainly appeal. However, the undernourished processor is a little disappointing and may struggle with anything other than basic web browsing and business software.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos6. Samsung Series 7 Chronos

  • Reviewed on: 4 June 13
  • RRP: £599.95 inc VAT
  • Rating:Rated 8 out of 10

With the Series 7 Chronos, Samsung has turned its talents to making a commoditised version of the Apple MacBook Pro. It has much of the same technology inside, and borrows heavily in certain design cues, but using cheaper materials to allow a lower price. Where the entry-level 15in MacBook Pro costs a handsome £1549, the Samsung can be had for £900. The screen is in some ways better (unless you specifically order an anti-glare for the Mac, at an extra £120) although build quality and ease of use trail some way behind the MacBook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

  • Reviewed on: 8 February 13
  • RRP: £1525 inc. VAT
  • Rating:Rated 8 out of 10

Like all Ultrabooks the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch offers decent performance in a portable package. We love the Carbon Touch’s build and design, and the screen is great. Performance is solid. If you need a portable touchscreen laptop for your working life, this is a great option. But like all Ultrabooks it is far from cheap.

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