Samsung Series 7 Chronos
The Samsung Series 7 Chronos runs on the new Windows 8 operating system. The main appeal of the Chronos is its powerful graphics card and 1TB hard drive. With so much power, it's a wonder that the Chronos is a fairly lightweight laptop at 5.2 pounds. Consumers who use PCs for heavy-duty gaming and other graphic-rich multimedia experiences will appreciate the uncharacteristically svelte nature of this graphic powerhouse.
This laptop may weigh seven pounds, but it comes loaded with features, including a 17.3-in HD screen. The 500 GB hard drive is powerful, but it will not be enough to justify the size for many users, especially since there are lighter machines on the list with greater power. The powerful core processor redeems the K73E by making it an ideal option for consumers looking for all the functionality of a desktop with portability.
Dell XPS 15z
With a 750GB hard drive and an Intel i5 processor, this machine will satisfy even the pickiest consumer. The HD 15.6-inch screen certainly contributes to its hefty weight, but the display is noticeably thin. Rounding out its impressive list of features, the XPS 15z has a battery life of 8 hours, making it an ideal system for the university student who doesn't always have time to charge on the go.
Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15125CXS
Don't let the long name fool you; this lightweight laptop comes at a perfectly manageable 5.97 pounds. VAIO's latest comes with a 750 GB hard drive and an HD 15.5-in screen.
HP Envy dv6t
This is another heavy laptop, weighing in at 7.37 pounds, but the 750 GB hard drive and the Intel i7 processor ensure a great user experience. The interchangeable graphics card and battery life of 7 hours really set it apart from the others.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
The Yoga 13 converts into a tablet with a 3-inch HD screen. The 1.7 Intel Core i5 processor and 500 GB hard drive make the Yoga 13 a solid contender, but not the most powerful PC you'll find on the market this year. This laptop's primary appeal lies within its convertibility.
Acer Aspire S7 review
This is another Windows 8 system with touchscreen functionality. The hard drive is only 256 GB, but the 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U processor more than makes up for it with speed. The HD 12.7-inch screen is small, and the video output leaves something to be desired, but design enthusiasts will love it for its sleek aesthetics.
MacBook Pro 13-Inch
No list would be complete without mentioning the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 15-inch Retina Display is a dream come true for graphic designers and other multimedia aficionados. This super thin machine is incredibly portable and lightweight, as always. Those who already belong to the cult of Mac will snatch up this latest offering for its incredible graphics display while others will stick to a more traditional interface.
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
The Twist is another convertible system that allows users to have the portability of a tablet and the functionality of a laptop with a literal twist. The 12.5-inch screen may be on the small side for some, but don't underestimate it because of its small size. The Twist comes with a powerful i5 processor and an even more powerful graphics card.
Dell XPS 12
This is yet another hybrid between a laptop and a tablet that uses the powerful new Windows 8 operating system. This hybrid is the lightest one on the list, weighing in at 3.3 pounds. The 12.5-inch display lends to its lightness and portability.