Price:$1,000 – $1,200
Sometimes people tend to grab a broadsword when all you need is a scalpel. If you’re a student or writer, the MacBook Air is the perfect tool for the job. Small in form factor and featherweight, Apple’s ultrabook offers Ivy Bridge CPU configurations and high-quality visuals courtesy of its vibrant 1440 x 900, LED-backlit display. It’s not the all mighty MacBook Pro, but performance is just as smooth.
Dell XPS Duo 12
The younger sibling in the XPS series delivers amazing boot-up speeds and like the Yoga comes with a hinge design that enables it to play transformer from laptop to tablet. Weight and size make it a little more cumbersome as a tablet on the road, but is fine for home or office use. A gorgeous screen and comfortable keyboard make it a great gift for the holiday.