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Asus has recently been focusing on tablets and smartphones, but its bread-and-butter products are still laptops. The Asus X54H is an entry-level machine with a dual-core processor and several features that make it worth a look. ThinkPad X230i charger
A corollary to the design is the weight. The Asus X54H is relatively bulky at 2.4kg. We don't think you'll be throwing it in a bag to take on a road trip, although the build quality is pretty solid. There's very little flex, and we feel it could take a few knocks and keep performing. LENOVO ThinkPad X230 Hybrid charger
Despite its lack of portability, we would probably recommend this laptop as more of a work-based machine than a laptop for media and games (although the 500GB hard drive is large enough for a big music and video collection). LENOVO ThinkPad X230T charger
Read our full Asus X54H review
2. Acer Aspire 5750 - £319 ($500)
Intel's second generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, collectively dubbed 'Sandy Bridge', offer the best performance of any chips we've tested. The Aspire 5750G uses a Core i7 2630QM chip running at 2GHz, with 4GB of DDR3 memory. LENOVO ThinkPad X230T charger
With a pleasant blue finish to the lid and palmrests, the Aspire 5750G is a decent-looking laptop. It's an obviously plastic build, and we did notice that some areas flexed when pushed or prodded, but it's unlikely to break unless you stomp on it or knock it flying off your desk.
At 2.6kg, you can take the Aspire 5750G on the road when needed. The body is surprisingly slender, with a maximum thickness of just 34mm, so you shouldn't have much problem slipping it into a backpack or briefcase. LENOVO ThinkPad X230Tablet charger
The Aspire 5750G is a great all-round laptop, with very few flaws. The reasonable price makes it an excellent option for students and families with a flexible budget, who want the very best performance for their cash.
Read our full Acer Aspire 5750G review
3. Fujitsu Lifebook AH531 - £350 ($500)
The Fujitsu Lifebook AH531 is a perfectly capable machine that will offer basic users the experience they're looking for at a bargain price, but we can't help noticing its shortcomings - like charger life - compared with some of the other mid-range laptops. LENOVO ThinkPad X230 Tablet charger
The Fujitsu fared well in our tests, and more or less matched the Lenovo B570 for both graphics and central processing. We had several web pages open, music playing and a couple of Word documents on the go simultaneously, and didn't have any trouble switching between them quickly and smoothly. LENOVO S200 charger
Aside from the slight fade in the screen colour, this isn't a bad choice if you're on a budget and looking to pick up a new laptop.
Read our full Fujitsu Lifebook AH531 review
4. Lenovo B570 - £320 ($500)
Lenovo's well-equipped B570 comes in a range of incarnations. The budget model we have here sports stripped-down components, but retains the great keyboard, solid build quality and security features of the pricer models. LENOVO S260 charger
The screen is a good one, and renders photos and videos nicely. Lenovo has gone with a glossy Super-TFT coating, so the colour reproduction is sharp with excellent contrast. As ever though, this kind of shiny coating is a double-edged sword, as you'll discover if you try to use this laptop in very bright light. LENOVO S280 charger
This business-like approach extends to the design - jet black with sharp angles and a fantastic keyboard - perfect if you plan to be typing a lot of business reports, or using the numeric keypad for databases and spreadsheets. If those are your key buying criteria then you'll like the B570, but we feel there are better all-rounders out there.
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5. Toshiba Satellite C660-2F7 - £310 ($500)
The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is exactly what you would expect from a low priced laptop. It has an unattractive plastic black chassis, only two USB ports, 2GB of RAM and a rather uncomfortable keyboard. But inside there's a Sandy Bridge processor, numeric keypad, excellent touchpad and 320GB of hard drive space. LENOVO s230 charger
We didn't mind typing on the keyboard too much and Toshiba appears to have fixed an annoying rattle that cropped up when typing on previous version of the C660.
There are only two USB ports on the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7, and although Toshiba has provided a VGA connection, you won't find an HDMI port for a high-definition connection to an external monitor. LENOVO s270 charger
While the performance of the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is geared towards basic users, we feel that for its £390 (about $600) price tag it would provide a reasonable purchase. LENOVO G470 charger
There's very little to dislike about the Asus X53E-SX1330V. The glossy chassis looks great, the Intel Core i7-2670QM processor is extremely capable and it's well-priced, at £750 (around $1,210) full price and as low as £540 (around $850) from some retailers. LENOVO G470A charger
Interior power comes courtesy of a top-spec Intel Core i7-2670QM processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU. You won't find enough graphical muscle here to play the latest games, but for other resource-hungry uses - such as editing high-definition home movies or programming your own website - these specifications are up to the task. LENOVO G470AH charger
The powerful processor and 4GB of RAM also mean that general day-to-day usage is a fast, smooth experience. You can multitask with several web pages open, while simultaneously playing music from iTunes and checking email with Microsoft Outlook, without the computer grinding to a halt.
Read our full Asus X53e review LENOVO G470G charger
7. Dell Inspiron 14Z - £499 ($800)
Immediately there is plenty to like about the Dell Inspiron 14z. The metallic red colour (costing an extra £10, but definitely worth it), 2.1kg weight, comfortable keyboard and curvy design all strike you as soon as you pick it up for inspection. LENOVO IdeaPad G470 charger
Furthermore, it has the right mix of power and price thanks to the mid-range Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB memory. There are one or two minor niggles that stop it achieving solid gold status but, overall, we're very impressed. LENOVO IdeaPad G470A charger
Performance wise, the Inspiron 14z doesn't go the whole hog with a Core i7 processor, opting for a less powerful second generation Core i5 2430M chip instead. The result is a supremely powerful laptop at a price that still appeals. And, while you don't want less than 4GB RAM, you don't really need more either.
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8. HP Pavilion G6-1331EA - £420 ($650)
The HP g6-1331ea is a low-cost machine with extraordinary power, that tears up the rulebook in what can be achieved on a tight budget. While it punches above its weight in this respect, build quality and usability niggles prevent it from being a top machine. LENOVO IdeaPad G470G charger
The AMD Vision A8 processor is only clocked at 1.6GHz, which may seem low compared with the Intel chips you'll see next to it on the shelf, but it intelligently deals with tasks by offloading work to a dual-graphics set up, where the basic chip combines with a dedicated AMD Radeon card. It works well, and both elements scored highly in our benchmarks. We were able to smoothly run HD video, and even play games, and Ridge Racer Unleashedran smoothly on high settings. LENOVO B570 charger
The HP g6 is a fantastic value laptop, which does cut corners on build quality, but sets new standards of how we can enjoy media and games on a tight budget.
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9. Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 - £524 ($800)
Fresh from Lenovo's consumer-based IdeaPad stable comes the Lenovo Z570 which manages to hit a great balance between power and price.
There's something about the faint, almost purple tinge to the brushed metal exterior that looks a lot better than the basic black designs offered by other more traditional laptops.
In our benchmarking tests, the Lenovo Z570 posted the best scores and also has some impressive specs on board. The Intel Core i5 CPU is part of Intel's Sandy bridge family and the Z570 is the only machine to come with a dedicated graphics card. LENOVO B570G charger
Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 review
10. HP Pavilion DV6 - £549 ($850)
Clad in HP's customary black and silver, the £600 (about $940) HP Pavilion dv6-6b50sa is an affordable, feature-packed media laptop. While it obviously doesn't match up to the premium experience offered by HP's Envy range, it's got plenty to recommend it to anyone who needs to keep their budget in mind. LENOVO IdeaPad B570 charger
There's no flex on evidence anywhere around the chassis and the tough metal casing seems like it could take a knock or two without any problems. Of course, all that design doesn't do the weight any favours, and the HP Pavilion dv6 is noticeably heavy, at 2.9kg. This isn't exactly a laptop to be carrying around all day.
We feel HP has done a good job revamping its laptop range, and the admittedly attractive HP Pavilion dv6-6b50sa offers a good all-round choice for a reasonable price.
Although the processor isn't top of the range, the added RAM should give this laptop a decent lifespan and make it a reliable purchase for most users. LENOVO IdeaPad B570A charger
The Asus Zenbook UX31 was one of the first laptops to conform to Intel's Ultrabook specification.
More competition has emerged in the form of the Lenovo IdeaPad U300 S, Acer Aspire S3 and the Dell XPS 13 below. Asus has done a terrific job with the Zenbook's design - even if you have to acknowledge that the designer took more than a sneaky glance at Apple's ultraportable first.
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The aluminium silver lid boasts a distinctive concentric circle design that catches and reflects the surrounding light. Befitting the name, the Zenbook's simple, sleek finish gives it a premium look that keeps getting better as soon as you lift the lid.
As well as the 13.3-inch UX31 from £999 ($1,500), there's an 11.6-inch UX21 version that costs from £849 ($1,300).
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12. MacBook Air 13-inch - from £999 ($1,500)
So here we are with the 13-inch MacBook Air running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. For the components involved, it's an expensive system. But as with all Macs, it's the sum of its parts that gets everyone excited – and this time, it's with just cause. LENOVO V370A charger
There's no doubt about it - this is a superb-looking and performing machine on which Apple has finally managed to bestow the performance that its appearance and price deserve.
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If it's high-end task-orientated or gaming performance you want, you need a MacBook Pro. If you don't need that extra oomph, a MacBook Air is one of the finest laptops on the market. Sleek. Powerful. A real statement and pretty handy at every common task. But you're digging pretty deep for the pleasure of owning one.
Read our full MacBook Air review
13. Toshiba Satellite Z830 - £699 ($1,100) LENOVO V370P charger
Toshiba's shiny entry into the Ultrabook market will go up against the likes of the Acer Aspire S3 and the Asus Zenbook UX21.
These super light and thin laptops are already among us, and are aiming to take some of the limelight away from the Apple MacBook Air. Helped by chip manufacturer Intel, which laid out very specific price and performance requirements for manufacturers, the Ultrabook is set to become a common sight in 2012. LENOVO IdeaPad V370 charger
Connectivity is undoubtedly the highlight, though, since this is the only ultrabook that offers three USB ports and an Ethernet connection. If you're likely to be plugging in a lot of peripherals or using a LAN connection, this is the machine you'll want LENOVO IdeaPad V370A charger
We would rank the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U as a great purchase, and higher than ultrabook competitors such as the Acer Aspire S3 and Lenovo Ideapad U400. But, ultimately, the ultrabook crown still belongs to the Asus Zenbook UX31.
Read our full Toshiba Portege Z830
14. Dell XPS 13 - £1,299 ($2,000) LENOVO IdeaPad V370G charger
Like many Ultrabooks, the XPS 13 certainly turns heads. From the outside, it looks like a smaller version of the Dell XPS 15z and Dell XPS 14z – which is no bad thing. A curvaceous silver aluminium shell clocks in at feather-weight 1.4Kg. LENOVO IdeaPad V370P charger
While that's lighter than a great many ultraportables, it's not as floaty as some - the Toshiba Z830 weighs in at 1.12kg for example - and there is a sturdiness to it that makes it feel solid.
There's only so cheap you can be with a thin and light chassis, Intel Core i5 or i7 under the hood, 4GB of memory and a 128/256GB SSD and Dell hasn't managed to make the XPS 13 as cheap as some competing Ultrabooks. LENOVO ThinkPad T430 charger
Read our full Dell XPS 13 review
15. Samsung Series 9 - £1,199 ($1,900)
When you think of the thinnest and lightest laptops in the world, a few names immediately spring to mind. For most people, the Apple MacBook Air would be the first, and for those in the know, the first Samsung Series 9 900X3A would be second. LENOVO ThinkPad T530 charger
Samsung has now released an update, concisely named the Samsung Series 9 900X3B, but the similarities between the two Series 9 codes doesn't really matter. The new 13.3-inch Series 9 will not only supersede its older brother as the flagship Samsung model, it also takes the crown of the world's thinnest laptop.
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The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is one of the best looking Windows laptops we've ever seen, and one of the most covetable, too.
There are performance issues, arising from its waif-like size, but it's still more than capable of serving most people's needs, while offering head-turning style that few competitors can offer.
So does the Samsung Series 7 Gamer get the balance right enough to justify its not-inconsiderable price tag? Things look good when it comes to the processor - the Samsung 7 Gamer boasts an Intel Core i7 2670QM clocked at 2.2GHz. While the performance of this processor lags behind its desktop brethren such as the Intel Core i7 980X or even the Intel Core i5 2500K, it's one of the best mobile processors available for laptops. LENOVO ThinkPad T430si charger
It's also capable of AMD's answer to Nvidia's stereoscopic 3D technology 3DVision - the AMD HD3D. While AMD HD3D hasn't had quite as much presence as Nvidia 3DVision - mainly due to AMD's lateness to the stereoscopic 3D gaming party - it is just as capable, with a wide selection of compatible games supplied by third party developers. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E120 charger
So all you need is a 3D screen. Oh wait. The Samsung 7 Gamer has that covered as well, and also throws in a pair of Samsung's 3D PC glasses to boot. Coupled with a Blu-ray drive, the Samsung 7 Gamer is a pretty future-proof laptop for both games and media. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E125 charger
Read our full Samsung Series 7 Gamer review
17. Toshiba Qosmio X770 £1,199 ($1,900)
Whether 3D is here to stay or a mere flash in the pan, there's no ignoring its popularity. Toshiba's Qosmio X770-107 is another laptop that caters to the considerable 3D public demand, but does so with style and a considerable amount of grunt. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320 charger
The 17.3-inch screen is a great way to take in a movie, either in 2D or 3D, thanks to its sharp 1080p resolution and impressive vibrancy. It's also a surprisingly bright panel, which is rare for a 3D laptop. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E325 charger
We have to admit, the Nvidia 3D Vision tech works well with certain games, especially driving simulators and trusty FPS games. However, even if you aren't too bothered about the 3D effects, there's still plenty for gamers to enjoy here.
You can play any modern title thanks to the Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor, backed up by 8GB of memory, and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics card means those frantic gun battles look amazing. You can also enjoy HD movies via the built-in Blu-ray drive. LENOVO ThinkPad Edge E430 charger
Read our full Toshiba Qosmio X770 review
18. Medion Erazer X6819 - £970 ($1,500)
At less than £1,000 (around $1,500), the Medion Erazer X6819 might not seem like the greatest bargain on the planet, but when you take a look at what this machine has to offer, it's obvious the price could easily be much, much higher. LENOVO ThinkPad Edge E430c charger
As a gaming machine, the Erazer packs in some of the most advanced laptop technology. Because video games are so demanding, specifications have to be up to the task. But we get the impression that if this carried an Alienware, Qosmio or MSI logo, you could see another £500 ($800) added to the price. Lenovo ThinkPad 570 charger
Medion has put the emphasis where it counts, instead - on the inside. The Erazer is powered by the Core i7-2670QM processor which was launched towards the end of last year and is one of the Intel's fastest laptop chips. Lenovo ThinkPad 570E charger
On top of this, Medion has packed the Erazer with a whopping 16GB of RAM. Most conventional £600 (around $900) laptops still only come with 4GB, and the difference was clear as soon as we loaded up our benchmark tests. The Erazer screamed through the performance part of our testing easily and as soon as we loaded up some gaming, the Nvidia GeForce graphics card joined in.
Read our full Medion Erazer X6819 review
19. Alienware M17x 2012 - £1,749 ($2,700)
Alienware is back with a bang, with a threefold attack on the PC gaming arena. Along with the M14x and the M18x, the Alienware M17x (£1,749 or $2,700 inc. VAT) has had an Intel Ivy Bridge flavored refresh for 2012. Lenovo ThinkPad E530 charger
The most notable addition is the inclusion of a third-generation Intel Core CPU. The model we reviewed packed an i7-3610QM processor, a four-core monster clocked at nominal 2.3GHz, which can be pumped full of Intel Turbo Boost steroids to achieve a top-speed of 3.3GHz. LENOVO ThinkPad X220T charger
Combine this with a seriously powerful GPU punch courtesy of the latest Nvidia or AMD graphics technology (ours was an AMD Radeon HD 7970M configuration) and you're looking at a top-end gaming machine more than worthy of its hefty price-tag. There's also Intel HD 4000 graphics as part of the Ivy Bridge package, meaning DirectX 11 support. LENOVO ThinkPad X220 Tablet charger
Read our full Alienware M17x review
20. MSI GT70 £2,100 ($3,300)
In the same month that Alienware decided to unleash the Ivy Bridge powered Alienware M17x, MSI has declared its 17-inch gaming contender – the MSI GT70 (£2,100 or $3,300 inc. VAT). LENOVO ThinkPad X220i Tablet charger
And, like the Alienware effort, we're dealing with an Intel Core i7-3610QM quad-core powered gaming monster that laughs in the face of the slim-line Ultrabook brigade with its outlandishly gaudy and heavyset chassis. LENOVO ThinkPad X1 charger
Gaming is obviously core for the GT70 and, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M GPU, it has no worries when it comes to playing the latest titles. MSI has also added its Turbo Drive Engine technology, which means speed boosts for video decoding and encoding, as well as 3D gaming. Intel HD 4000 graphics are also on board for less demanding graphical tasks. LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Hybrid charger
Nowadays prices do vary greatly and specifications are so different from machine to machine that choosing the top gaming laptop 2013 will depend on your budget and personal needs as a laptop user. LENOVO IdeaPad Y570 charger
Top Gaming Laptop 2013: Specs
As nearly every PC can play low-end and high-end games, LENOVO IdeaPad Y570A charger the most important deciding factor on a suitable gaming laptop remains to be the Graphics Processing Unit or the GPU. If you require complex gaming capabilities, then a dedicated GPU is what you need. It oftentimes gets to the point that GPU's are more important than the CPUs when it comes to gaming capabilities. While it is a solid fact that a powerful processor will dramatically enhance the overall performance of your PC, it is the GPU that holds the determining factor for the frame rates of every game you will be playing. As opposed to dedicated GPUs, integrated GPUs must not be put to consideration since it will strip you down of any ability to play high-end games because of the lack of dedicated memory allotted for the graphics card. LENOVO IdeaPad Y570D charger
Top gaming laptops (in 2013) also need good quality displays to run smoothly, especially when rendering 3D gaming. LENOVO IdeaPad Y570M charger Most high-end laptops, even notebooks, come equipped with full HD 1080p display resolutions and can handle all the gaming workload your machines throw at it. Another factor that's responsible for handling the visual standpoint of your gaming experiences is the video RAM. It is random access memory that's exclusive for your video adapters and is different from ordinary RAM because it can be accessed by multiple devices simultaneously. There's only one drawback, however: VRAM is more costly than ordinary RAM because of its sophisticated features. LENOVO IdeaPad Y570N charger
Other contributing factors when it comes to identifying the top gaming laptop of 2013 are processor speed (measured in MHz). LENOVO IdeaPad Y570NT charger And when it comes to high-end processors, the advent of dual and even quad core technologies have made flawless gaming possible. Processor speeds are increasing in a steady rate and the gaps between desktop and laptop processor speeds is narrowing as quickly. Some of the notebooks sold today are already shipped with a 3.4 GHz processor. LENOVO IdeaPad Y570P charger
Hard drives equipped with SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Architecture) also play an important role in a top gaming laptop. Ideal for notebooks, SATA drives use relatively less power than their counterparts and enables faster data transfer, great for storage and moving of your precious gaming files. LENOVO IdeaPad Y580 charger
All you really need to do is to compare prices and features to be sure you'll get the ultimate gaming machine you really want. The top gaming laptop 2013 is within your reach. LENOVO IdeaPad Y580A charger
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