In Pictures: The new breed, Windows 8 PCs that innovate

These eight next-gen tablets and laptops show a new spirit of innovation in PCs

Hey, Martha: These aren't just Apple wannabes

It's a sad commentary that today's advanced laptops (aka Ultrabooks) are basically just retreads of the three-year-old MacBook Air. With Windows 8 shipping this week, we're seeing more retreads: Typical laptops with a touscreen and iPad-like tablets with attachable keyboards. Can't the PC market innovate on its own?

Yes, it can. And the eight PCs highlighted here do so. Some are tablets, some are laptops, and most are both (so let's call them laplets).

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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