Best Windows 8 laptops: the top Windows 8 notebooks we've reviewed

The latest Windows 8 Ultrabooks, notebooks, convertibles and laptops

Windows 8 convertibles

Microsoft fundamentally changed the way Windows works when it introduced Windows 8, ensuring it works better with touchscreens and tablets.

But what about Windows 8 laptops, Ultrabooks and convertibles? They're all supported, too.

One thing Windows 8 has in spades is convergence. A Windows 8 Ultrabook that has a touchscreen? Check. A laptop with a flip-around screen? Check. Tablet PCs that slide up to reveal a keyboard? Check.

It can be tough differentiating some of these from tablets, but the only conditions required for laptops to make it into this article are that they have a keyboard and also run x86 Intel or AMD processors. (None of the machines you'll see here are ARM-based.) They also come with keyboards in one way or another - for something more tablet-specific, check out our Best Windows 8 tablets article.

All of which means they don't run Windows RT, the version of Windows for ARM systems. They do, however, run either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Check out our article on the different Windows 8 versions to get your head around which version you'd like.

So to help you choose the right machine, here's a rundown of the Windows 8 laptops, notebooks, convertibles and Ultrabooks we've looked at so far. Make sure you also read our Windows 8 review, and check out the changes in the Windows 8.1 update.

Acer Aspire V5 - £299 / US$497 / AUS$554

Aspire V5

The Acer Aspire V5-122P is light, portable and now comes with touchscreen input. As such, it works very well with Microsoft's Windows 8. You won't need to navigate using the touchpad's frustrating integrated click buttons because you can just reach up and swipe through options on the screen.

Although available in a wide range of specifications, our model arrived with an AMD A6-1460 processor, with a clock speed of 1GHz backed by 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

While these components handled complex processes well on day one, we're not sure how well the V5-122P will hold up after a year's worth of program installation and software updates.

Read our full Acer Aspire V5 review

Lenovo G505 - £330 / US$272 / AUS$533

Lenovo G505

How much should a laptop cost? A laptop that can handle serious applications, surf like the best of them and also turn its hand to the odd game? How does £330 strike you?

That's the price tag that can be found hanging from Lenovo's latest offering, the potentially bargainous Lenovo G505. With the world and his dog jumping aboard on the Ultrabook bandwagon, it's good to see that there's still interest from system builders to manufacture value-focused machines.

Read our full Lenovo G505 review

Lenovo G500s - £330 / US$272 / AUS$533

Lenovo G500s

Lenovo has a habit of serially iterating on popular product lines, which although confusing, does mean we end up with things like the G500s, which is essentially an update to the Lenovo G505 (above).

The key difference is that the G500s feels snappier in Windows 8 generally, thanks to an upgrade to a more powerful processor and twice the amount of RAM found in the G505.

This model still isn't the most portable of devices (it weighs 2.5kg), but like its sibling there's a lot here, including a massive 1TB hard drive and a great deal to admire at this price.

Read our full Lenovo G500s review

Asus V550CA - £399 / US$663 / AUS$739

Asus V550CA

Mid-ranged laptops such as the Asus V550CA-CJ106H can sometimes be a mixed bag. They come with price tags that make it hard to overlook the sort of shortcomings you'd forgive a laptop £100 cheaper. And yet they still can't target the highest-end components for the best possible performance.

Sometimes these laptops can get the balance right, such as the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D, but more often than not they can end up being rather underwhelming, like the MSI CX61 0NF. So how does the Asus V550CA-CJ106H fare?