Windows 8 has opened the door to a whole new generation of laptops that can be optimised for multi-touch gestures. Here's where we review and list the 7 best Windows 8 laptops of 2013.

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Toshiba Satellite L850D 7. Toshiba Satellite L850D

  • Reviewed on: 15 February 13
  • RRP: £339.97 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 6 out of 10

If you’re looking for an affordable laptop designed with entertainment in mind, then the attractive screen and audio features of the L850D will certainly appeal. However, the undernourished processor is a little disappointing and may struggle with anything other than basic web browsing and business software.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos 6. Samsung Series 7 Chronos

  • Reviewed on: 4 June 13
  • RRP: £599.95 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

With the Series 7 Chronos, Samsung has turned its talents to making a commoditised version of the Apple MacBook Pro. It has much of the same technology inside, and borrows heavily in certain design cues, but using cheaper materials to allow a lower price. Where the entry-level 15in MacBook Pro costs a handsome £1549, the Samsung can be had for £900. The screen is in some ways better (unless you specifically order an anti-glare for the Mac, at an extra £120) although build quality and ease of use trail some way behind the MacBook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

  • Reviewed on: 8 February 13
  • RRP: £1525 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Like all Ultrabooks the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch offers decent performance in a portable package. We love the Carbon Touch's build and design, and the screen is great. Performance is solid. If you need a portable touchscreen laptop for your working life, this is a great option. But like all Ultrabooks it is far from cheap.

MSI CX61 (20D-011UK) 4. MSI CX61 (20D-011UK)

  • Reviewed on: 22 July 13
  • RRP: £699 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

If you’re looking for a slimline Ultrabook with all-day battery life then the CX61 is clearly not the laptop for you. However, if you need a powerful desktop replacement system for work or for entertainment at home you’ll find it provides impressive performance at a very competitive price.

Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 3. Dell Inspiron 15R-5521

  • Reviewed on: 14 February 13
  • RRP: £499 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Dell hardly puts a foot wrong with the Inspiron 15R, providing a well-built laptop with good performance and an attractive screen for just under £500. Battery life is a particular strength too, and ensures that the Inspiron 15R will earn its keep for both work and play.

HP Envy x2 2. HP Envy x2

  • Reviewed on: 29 March 13
  • RRP: £799 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook 1. Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook

  • Reviewed on: 2 April 13
  • RRP: £1,299 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The tablet mode isn’t entirely successful, but the XPS 12 will definitely earn its keep as a powerful, lightweight Ultrabook that you can use for work on the road or in the office. The tablet mode is really just a nice bonus for when you want to have a bit of fun, or let the kids loose with apps such as FreshPaint.