Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so why is the local drug store playing Perry Como’s “Christmas Song”? You know, chestnuts roasting on an open fire? It can only mean one thing: Holiday shopping is just around the corner.

It’s important to have a plan after that big turkey dinner next week, whether you’re taking a nap in the recliner, logging on to do some pre-Black Friday shopping or getting bundled up to spend the rest of the night standing in line at your favorite retailer.

Fortunately, device makers have you covered. Retail store shelves will feature new Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets that allow you to get work done, play the latest games, look at real estate online or just curl up with a good e-book. Most of them even have touch capabilities.

There’s still some work to do, though, with a range of categories, colors and options to consider, so you can find the right PC for everyone on your list at a great value. Or if you are looking to add a PC to your own wish list, there is a device that can help you get the most out of the moments you care about. That’s where this slide show comes in. We’ve culled some of the best new devices for the holidays, available today, into one handy location. Click through the slides below for a tour of some great new 8-inch tablets, 10-inch detachables, convertibles and laptops, and even some whopping 20-inch all-in-ones. All these models will be available in retail stores by the time the pie hits the plate, so dig in!

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The new Toshiba Encore ultraportable 8-inch tablet is ideal for consumers and prosumers wanting to move seamlessly among working, playing and sharing on a single device. The Encore is optimized for use in portrait mode, handles easily in one hand, and features front and rear cameras for 1080p video capture — ideal for Skype calls. Included are built-in features and apps for both productivity and entertainment such as Microsoft Home & Student Office 2013 and Xbox apps plus Xbox SmartGlass functionality. The Encore is also fully optimized for Windows 8.1 and is powered by the latest Intel Atom architecture.
Toshiba Encore
November 21, 2013
The new Toshiba Encore ultraportable 8-inch tablet is ideal for consumers and prosumers wanting to move seamlessly among working, playing and sharing on a single device. The Encore is optimized for use in portrait mode, handles easily in one hand, and features front and rear cameras for 1080p video capture — ideal for Skype calls. Included are built-in features and apps for both productivity and entertainment such as Microsoft Home & Student Office 2013 and Xbox apps plus Xbox SmartGlass functionality. The Encore is also fully optimized for Windows 8.1 and is powered by the latest Intel Atom architecture.
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