Red on the outside and sporting a black bezel and silver palm rest, the HP Pavilion x360 appears, at first glance, to be encased in a protective plastic cover in the way in which mobile devices are so often wrapped.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultimate luxury notebook now. The souped-up version I tried comes with all the high-end features you can imagine. It is also accompanied by a price tag that makes Sony's Vaio laptops look like absolute bargains.
In the year and a half since Microsoft launched its Windows 8 operating system - hailed by some as "bold and refreshing" - the consensus is that its radical changes have alienated users, especially those working on desktop PCs.