Buying a laptop specific to the usage is one of the most important things to be kept in mind while buying one. Every six months we look for the best laptops we can recommend based on our experience and the one from our clients. Here are the top 10 laptops which are categorized according to their functionality. The categories for the top 10 laptops are, everyday use, netbooks, power laptops, ultra portable laptops and gaming laptops.
For daily use the best ones are:
DELL Inspiron 1525 – As it predecessors this model offers a lot of bang for the money. This being the main consumer laptop line, the company reworked on the Inspiron 1520 platform to create the 1525. The problem with the previous model was its huge size and weight. The DELL Inspiron 1525 is much lighter and smaller than its predecessor.
The latest Inspiron 1525 is a very good option for daily use and rough handling. Though the body is made of plastic it can handle a lot of stress. The laptop comes with an HDMI output and pressure responsive media controls. Inside the machine a powerful combination of T7000-series Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and 2GB RAM processes information faster than we think.
Lenovo T400s – The 14-inch T400s is much lighter and thinner than its original predecessor the T400. With the T400s Lenovo ahs created a highly portable device which is still packed with a powerful Core 2 Duo processor from Intel. The company claims that the T400s is so powerful that can survive a hit from a truck though it is not tested yet. It has one small drawback. That is the price. This series starts at US$ 1,599. If we make a comparison it can dwarf a MacBooks and make it look like a budget laptop as it starts at US$ 1,199. 13-inch MacBook Pro has superior graphics and better connectivity for a lot less. What Lenovo banks on is its set of business and security branded hardware and software which is capable of delivering a superb performance. Apart from the price it can be a very good contender for the top 10 laptops spot.
The best Netbooks are:
HP Mini 1000 – This slim and snazzy netbook is among the hot favorites. With the decrease in the price it has become even more popular. But the company claims that though the price has decreased it does not move away from the levels of performance.
At first look the Mini 1000 look identical to its predecessor, but with a closer look it was found out the earlier model was a bit heavier and thicker as well. Records show that these slight changes in the dimensions can really make big differences. Other than the changes in the dimension there are few alterations in the specifications that include Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of memory and 160GB 5,400rpm hard disk drive. The price of the product is it biggest advantage which is US$ 329. It is very competitively priced for this segment. Replacing the Acer Aspire One as the entry point for netbooks it has secured it spot in the top 10 laptops.
Samsung N120 Netbook – The main attraction of this model from Samsung is the specialized keyboard and speakers. The N120 version is a treat to those people who believe the netbooks have really small keyboards and squeaking speakers. This model from Samsung has taken all the basic components from the N110 and fitted with a keyboard usually fitted to a 12-inch laptop. It also has a 2.1-speaker sound system which plays good music. Both the models N110 and N120 are a bit high ended in term of price. It starts at the US$ 469 mark which is a more than the other brands such as Asus, Lenovo, and Acer. Inside the machines there is a processing unit powered by the Intel Atom processor, 1GB memory and 160GB HDD.
The best Power Laptops:
HP HDX18 – This machine is known for its brawn more than its beauty. Under the hood is a 2.8-GHz Core2 Duo CPU from the T9600 series along with 4GB of RAM and 512MB GeForce 9600M GT graphics processing unit from NVidia. The powerful combination is enough to deliver a whooping 90 frames rate per second at a resolution of 1280 by 1024 and it is capable handling even bigger guns with ease. The HDX18 is really big and heavy with a weight of 8.9-pound. The dimensions are 17x11.26x1.72 inch. The "18" in the model name signifies the huge 18.4-inch display which is capable of showcasing full size high-definition video streams with ease. The keyboard feels good to touch with a cool metallic feel and is highly sensitive. The lustrous finish on the outside panels will make you see your reflection most of the time. It is not highly polished which would irritate the eyes, but you will also not be able to look away from it.
Apple MacBook Pro 2009 – This 17 inch laptop with a unibody makeover is a little late in the market as the most of the other brands have already launched their unibody model late last year. The metallic exterior is not the only difference pertaining to the latest version of the MacBook. Several changes were made such as boosting the processor, system bus, and increasing the RAM speeds. The most important development is the battery design. The latest MacBook battery is at least 40 % larger than the battery of the predecessor models and gives power to the same for upto 8 hrs. The system's core is the 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor 6MB of L2 cache and 1066 MHz 4GB DDR3 of RAM.
With all this devices it packs a powerful punch being a really good contender for the top 10 laptops spots. The wide screen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, a trademark of the Apple laptops enhances the performance further.
The top ultra portable laptops among the top 10 laptops are:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 – It is more of a piece of art than an electronic device. The venal pattern engraved into to the black or red aluminum casing and the decorative vents under the base make us think of an illuminated manuscript or a cloth made of silk. 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo from the L7500 series with 667MHz 2GB RAM memory is quite a powerful combination. It has other features like 120GB 4,200rpm hard disk, integrated 7-cell battery GMA X3100 from Intel and so on. The laptop has a dimension of 10.8 x 7.7 x 0.72 inches with a screen size of 11.1 inches. The Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is priced at US$ 1899. Inspite of the diminutive size and delicate design, this laptop is amazingly sturdy in its construction, all the credits to the aluminum cover along with magnesium-aluminum casing.
Toshiba Portege R600-series – This series of ultraportable laptops provide a superb level of performance. The compact and lightweight body is aimed at the serious output of work is also an excellent mobile performer. It is priced at US$ 2099. 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo from the U9400 of Intel with 800MHz 3GB DDR2, 160GB 5,400rpm hard disk drive, Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset, and integrated 128MB GMA 4500MHD from Intel. The dimensions are 11.1 inches x 8.5 inches x 0.77 inches and it has a 12.1 inch display.
The best gaming laptops among the top 10 laptops are:
AlienWare Area-51 m17x – When it comes to gaming shut your eyes and say yes to this product. Under the hood is a Core 2 Extreme Quad-core processor with over-clocking option from Intel supported by 1333MHz 8GB DDR3 RAM and Dual GeForce GTX 280M graphics processing unit from NVIDIA which will give you the best gaming experience. The 17” Wide Screen WUXGA 1920 x 1200 with Clearview option and 1200p HDTV resolution support enhances the experience further giving you the ultimate gaming device. This is also a great option for the top 10 laptops slot.
Asus W90Vp-X1 – This can be the solution for both mobility and extreme performance.
2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo from the T9600 series with a 64 bit processor supported by 800 MHz 6GB DDR II SDRAM and 512MB Dual ATI Radeon HD4870 CrossFire graphics processing unit gives the user an experience of the lifetime. It also has very large storage like 320GB hard disk drive. The display is a whooping 18.4 inches in TFT WUXGA with a resolution of 1920×1080. The dimensions of this laptop is 2.5 x 17.4 x 12.9 inches. The other advantage is that this device is not highly priced making it one of the most attractive laptops.
We hope to facilitate your buying decision with this short list of great laptops. Feel free to get back in touch with us with your comments and remarks.