I'm a big fan of Razer hardware. Their peripherals are top notch, in particular their outstanding Deathadder mice, while their laptops have surprised me in terms of how solid and well built they are. Razer seems to know what gamers are after and the latest Razer Blade is no exception.
The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS sits towards the top end of the performance and price scale. It doesn't have any ludicrous dual-GPU setups inside, but its GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics chip offers better performance than your typical gaming laptop. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync display and a range of other solid hardware in a relatively portable form factor.
Lenovo's signature business ultraportable, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now in its 5th generation, adding new Intel Kaby Lake processors and a larger battery without sacrificing portability. Having used this laptop for a few weeks now, it's clear that Lenovo's minor year-on-year improvements have led to a stunning device that's the best ThinkPad ultraportable yet.
If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up with extra thickness and weight, it's possible to use it as a portable workstation instead of an ultraportable.
Every major player in the Windows PC business has a 2-in-1 laptop these days and now Dell has hopped on the train. The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a clunky name, but it brings a 360-degree hinge to Dell's most popular ultraportable for the first time.
At the top of HP's laptop line-up is the Spectre x360, a convertible 2-in-1 notebook that has recently been upgraded to Kaby Lake. For this latest model HP has also unleashed a design overhaul that makes the Spectre x360 thinner, lighter and more portable than before.
MSI's GE62 7RD Apache is an entry-level gaming notebook powered by Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1050. It should provide budget-conscious buyers with a wallet-friendly option that's capable of playing today's games, albeit at reduced quality settings.
The Blade Stealth is smallest and sleekest laptop in Razer's line-up, boasting a 12.5-inch display and powerful yet efficient hardware. Combined with an elegant, well-constructed chassis, the Blade Stealth is a laptop that should be on your radar.
While TechSpot's review is still pending, we liked what we saw from Dell's XPS 13 convertible during CES. First reviews started popping up confirming our initital impressions: the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a solid convertible laptop that inherits most positive traits from its standard laptop sibling, including those ultra thin bezels and great build quality. The judge is still out there on whether it surpasses HP's excellent Spectre x360, but it's hard to go wrong with either if you want a solid Windows laptop that can also perform as a tablet.