Consumer Reports tests newest Windows 8 laptops

Testers recommend touch screen, touch pad models

With the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8, a new wave of laptop computers is hitting store shelves. Consumer Reports checked them out.
"All the new laptops take advantage of Windows 8's tablet-like features, most notably the tiles that allow you to display live content or reach apps easily," said Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports.
Some laptops are convertible, meaning they can turn into a tablet. Although they are lightweight for laptops, they are fairly heavy for a tablet.
Some laptops have touch screens that allow you to simply tap a tile to open a program.
"In our tests, we found that using a laptop with a touch screen is the best way to experience what's different and most appealing about Windows 8," Reynolds said.
One touch screen-enabled laptop Consumer Reports recommends is the Samsung 13-inch Ultrabook for $850.
You'll save money if you go with a traditional touch pad, which testers found worked fine with Windows 8. But, they said it was as intuitive to use as a touch screen.
Consumer Reports named two non-touch screen laptops best buys: Acer 15-inch Ultrabook for $600 and Sony 13-inch Vaio Ultrabook for $700.

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