You might be mulling whether or not it’s a good time to upgrade your travel gadgets and in past years when listing the best travel laptops of 2012 I broke them down into categories based on qualities such as price. Once More The Top PickAlthough it will upset a bunch of hipsters to say this, Apple products aren’t inherently better than Windows laptops. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Starting at $450) Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Starting at $779) – Prices are dropping quickly on this laptop-tablet lovechild since Microsoft will begin shipping the Surface Pro 3 on June 30, 2014. One drawback of the Surface Pro 2 however is that it averages an hour less of battery life than any of the fully grown laptops mentioned above. Much like cars, peasant foods, or Star Trek costumes and cosplay, there is rarely a single answer to what is the best travel laptop.