Microsoft is aiming to make a splash on October 26 with the debut of Windows 8, but most businesses aren’t leaping to upgrade right away. If you’re planning to run Windows 7 for a while, but you still need to buy hardware today, one of these laptops could be just right for you or the staff you manage. We put a clutch of Ultrabooks and lightweight laptops with good battery life to the test to help you pick the perfect machine for your workplace.
With slim looks to rival those of the MacBook Air, and more than enough computing power to handle most business and multimedia tasks, the Acer Aspire S5 has what it takes to be your next business laptop.
Better-than-expected audio, a speedy Intel Core i7-3517U processor, and a 256GB solid-state drive make this one of the most credible threats to the MacBook Air we've reviewed.