What's the best combination of thin, light, and fast at a decent price?
Since its introduction in 2008, the MacBook Air has been a favorite, thanks to its sleek lines and aluminum skin — ever imitated but never bested. Despite only modest updates over the years, it remains one of the few sure things you can drop a grand on. Still among the thinnest laptops around, at just over a half inch, and weighing under 3 lbs, the MacBook Air has either an 11- or 13-inch LED display and a high-performance Intel Core i5 processor to keep it zipping along for up to 9 hours — or a whopping 12 with the larger model. And let's face it: If you're an Apple guy, the smooth handoff from iPhone to iPad to MacBook for whatever you're doing, work or play, is impossible to beat. [From $899; apple.com]