Top Computer Gifts Holiday 2013

Sure, PCs and laptops may be slipping out of favor compared with smartphones and tablets, but there’s still many cool options for people looking to get a more traditional system.

Sure, PCs and laptops may be slipping out of favor compared with smartphones and tablets, but there’s still many cool options for people looking to get a more traditional system to do their emails, writing, video editing/game playing. Here are our picks for the coolest computer gifts for the holiday season.

See our entire list of gifts.

Toshiba Qosmio X70 series

Toshiba Qosmio X70 series

Price: Starts at $1,000

Buy this for: The gamer or high-performance multimedia professional on your list who might need to take a second look at the whole Windows 8 system again. The 17.3-inch display and latest memory, graphics features and sleek design impressed us, and will impress you as well.

Peruse all of the computers we reviewed for this gift guide.

Dell Inspiron 23 All-in-One Touch Screen Desktop

Dell Inspiron 23 All-in-One Touch Screen Desktop

Price: Starting at $1,000 (direct)

Buy this for: The PC-enthusiast looking for a Windows 8 system and monitor built into a desktop that might remind you of an iMac.

Asus T100T Transformer Book

Asus T100T Transformer Book

Price: $400

Buy this for: The person who wants a tablet that converts into a laptop.

Acer Aspire V5 Touch

Acer Aspire V5 Touch

Price: $400

Buy this for: Anyone who wants an inexpensive notebook for basic computing functions (email, Web browsing, etc.) and doesn’t mind a smaller display.

MSi Notebook GS70 gaming notebook (2OD-002US)

MSi Notebook GS70 gaming notebook (2OD-002US)

Price: $2,000

Super-thin gaming notebook with a 17.3-inch display, Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics, two 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk drive and Killer DoubleShot Technology wireless card.

Digital Storm Bolt gaming PC

Digital Storm Bolt gaming PC

Price: Starts at $1,234

At 3.6 inches, this desktop gaming PC is customized to prevent heat from interrupting your gameplay. The mini-tower won’t take up too much space, so you can maximize your gaming setup with a super-large monitor. Basic system includes Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, NVIDIA GTX 760 graphics (2GB), 1 TB hard drive (7200 RM), with upgrades available.

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Price: Starts at $929

Flexibility of options continues with the second-generation of Lenovo’s Yoga series. The Yoga 2 can act as a laptop, a tablet and provide two other modes (Tent and Stand, which let you show presentations to others or view movies). Basic model includes Intel Core i3 processor, a 13.3-inch display, 4GB of memory, 128GB solid-state drive, 802.11bgn Wi-Fi and Windows 8.1.

HP Slate 21-K100 all-in-one Desktop PC

HP Slate 21-K100 all-in-one Desktop PC

Price: Starts at $400

Think of this as the world’s biggest Android tablet - using the 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, this all-in-one desktop features ability to enjoy your Google Play Android apps on a touch-enabled 21.5-inch display. A 70-degree reclining display lets you use as a flatter tablet or like a more traditional computer.

Dell XPS 15 laptop

Price: Starts at $1,500 ($1,900 for Quad HD+)

If you’re looking for a 15-inch notebook that includes a super-high-definition display, check out the XPS 15. The top-end notebook features a Quad HD+ display (3,200 by 1,800 pixels), but still packed into a small, yet solid design. Features the latest fourth-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750 (2GB) graphics.

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Price: 15-inch model starting at $2,000

The latest MacBook Pro models feature the new Mavericks OS from Apple, and the 15-inch models start with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory, 256GB solid-state drive and two Thunderbolt 2 slots for connecting high-speed devices (storage or monitors). THe Retina display features native resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 resolution (scaled to 1,920 by 1,200).