With back-to-school just around the corner, as well as the holidays, it’s never a bad idea to start doing some research and stock-up on the best laptops of 2014 (so far). However, finding the best possible laptop fit for your specific needs and wants is much harder said than done, and staring at a sea of brands and specs is nothing short of overwhelming! “We’ve seen some impressive gaming rigs, super-thin Ultrabooks, tons of clamshells with touchscreens, high-resolution everything, the rise of Haswell-class Core chips, and a surprising uptick in Chromebooks,” says PCWorld.com writer Ian Paul.