If you don't really need to have two devices in one—or if you already have a tablet—you're better off buying one of the dedicated laptop types discussed here. But if a hybrid sounds capable of scratching your multi-use itch, our Windows 8 buying guide has all the juicy details about tablets that want to be laptops and laptops that want to be tablets.
So you don't want a two-in-one, you couldn't care less about the high-end frills of Ultrabooks, and you find Chromebooks too limited for your needs. Sounds like you're in the market for a laptop without a catchy marketing buzzword attached.
The lack of an easy tagline makes shopping for a straight-up notebook trickier than you'd think, but there's a vast universe of them out there. Whether you're looking for a desktop replacement, a pixel-pushing gaming notebook, or a basic (yet capable) laptop to drag around everyday, PCWorld's laptop buying guide can help you identify the features you need and then find the best fit.
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