The most important things to know when shopping for a new laptop, hybrid, or Windows tablet.

Dan Ackerman
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While our laptop and mobile PC buying guide will give you the tools to go out and research, shop for, and buy the perfect laptop, hybrid, or Windows tablet, there’s no harm in starting off with a few favorite picks for 2013.

It’s hard to go wrong with the latest version of Apple’s MacBook Air. Both the 13-inch and 11-inch models have updated Intel Core i5 processors and excellent battery life. For a Windows version of something similar, check out Sony’s 13-inch and 11-inch Vaio Pro laptops, which are similarly built around Intel’s new fourth-generation Core i-series CPUs. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 remains the best example of the Windows 8 hybrid laptop/tablet device, but it’s currently stuck with previous-generation CPUs.

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