Dell XPS 14
The XPS 14 excels at multimedia, has great battery life, and performs decently, but it’s heavy and a bit pricey ($1500). It boasts an exceptionally bright, high-res (1600-by-900-pixel) widescreen display (covered by bonded Corning Gorilla Glass) and a discrete graphics chip for games and video. The keyboard and touchpad are both satisfactory. On the whole, its weight makes this model more suited to occasional travelers than to frequent fliers.