Last-minute laptop shopping guide: High-end units

Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from if you're willing to spend a bit more for a high-end laptop computer.
By BREE FOWLER Published: December 23, 2013
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Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from if you're willing to spend a bit more for a high-end laptop computer.

This gift guide covers laptops with starting prices of more than $1,000, including a class of thin, light Windows laptops known as ultrabooks.

Dell Inc.'s XPS 12, starts at $1,000:

What sets this ultrabook apart from others is the way it converts into a tablet. Basically, you pop the screen out of its frame, flip it around and then close the laptop. The move puts the screen on the outside and the keyboard on the inside. It's a quick and easy switch. But because the keyboard remains connected, you're not dropping any of its 3.4 pounds.

Apple Inc.'s MacBook Pro, high-resolution, 13-inch version starts at $1,299:

There's no touch screen, something that Apple opposes in laptops, but it does offer nearly the same crystal-clear resolution as the latest iPads. The MacBook uses Apple's Mac system and integrates well with other Apple products, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. For the 15-inch version, you'll be paying at least $1,999.

Sony Corp.'s Vaio Pro 13, starts at $1,250:

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