I log a lot of miles for work, so I need a plane-friendly laptop that isn't underpowered.
The no-brainer here would appear to be an ultrabook, a thin, light laptop computer. But from our tests, a convertible tablet is actually a much friendlier fit for frequent flying — and a lot more versatile, too. Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is a standout example. It's a Windows 10 PC squeezed into the body of a razor-thin, 1.5-pound tablet that's as effortless to tote as a magazine. The 12-inch sAMOLED, 216-ppi display is remarkably crisp, and a whopping 10.5-hour battery life provides plenty of juice for long-haul flights. The removable full-size keypad case is clutch: Unfold it and your tablet becomes a perfectly propped laptop with a working track pad that's comfortable to type on. Attach the keyboard and dig in quickly to all of your documents, spreadsheets, and other work commitments. Or just as easily pop off the cover and surf the Web, read an e-book, or catch up on your Twitter feed by using the touchscreen. Movies look fantastic, and the TabPro S even streams Xbox games, so you can really take advantage of downtime. [$900; samsung.com]