Acer Aspire V7 (Model 482PG-9884)
Standout Features: The Acer Aspire V7 isn't the ultimate notebook, but it's thin, it's powerful enough for most demanding content-creation tasks, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. But what sets this laptop apart from the pack is its 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution touch screen.
Specs: Intel dual-core i7-4500U 1.8GHz processor, 1 TB hard drive, 12 GB RAM, 14-inch multitouch screen, weighs 4.3 lbs., and has a 7.5-hour battery life, according to Acer.
Price: $1,200 to $1,300