NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Millions of people may have turned to tablets to surf the Web, read e-books, watch videos, answer email and handle basic computing tasks. Yet on a daily basis, millions of others still depend on laptops and notebooks for their computing needs.
Laptops have larger screens, more memory, more powerful processors, hardware keyboards and can handle more complex computations than tablets. They run either Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, Apple's (AAPL) OS X or Google's (GOOG) Linux-based Chrome operating system. Screen sizes range from 11 to more than 15 inches. Some have touchscreens, but most do not. They all have Intel (INTC) inside.
Here are our choices for the 10 best laptops you can buy this holiday season. They range in price from around $200 (sometimes a lot less) all the way up to $2,000. Any of these laptops should please the person lucky enough to get it from Santa.
10 - HP Stream 13 Signature Edition
Hewlett Packard's (HPQ) new inexpensive Stream laptops are part of a new breed of Windows-based computers with amazingly low price tags. They're obviously designed to go head to head with inexpensive Chromebook computers running what is essentially a Web browser.
Colorful Stream laptops come with either an 11-inch or 13-inch screen. We're focusing on the larger model because it offers more bang for the buck.
The screen actually measures 13.3 inches and is capable of presenting high-definition video quality of 1366 by 768 pixels. That means 720p videos look terrific. Like the similar Asus EeePC, there is no touch control of the display. The Stream runs on a 2.16 GHz Intel INTC Celeron processor with 2 GB of RAM. It offers 32 GB of flash storage, a 720p Webcam and lots more. It weighs 3.4 pounds, runs a full 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 and comes with a year's worth of Office 365 Personal.
We're saving the best feature for last: HP's Stream 13 retails for only $229. A full review is forthcoming.