The present Top 10 Best Laptops

September 17, 2012 10:06 am
Name Alienware M17x R4 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Retina Display) Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 Eurocom Leopard 2.0 HP Folio 13-1020us Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sony VAIO E15 (SVE15116FXS) Toshiba Portege R835-P88
 
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Type Gaming General Purpose Ultraportable Gaming Ultrabook General Purpose Ultraportable Ultraportable Value Ultraportable
Processor Name Intel Core i7-3720QM Intel Core i7-3615QM Intel Core i7-5317UM Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i5-2467M Intel Core i7-3610QM Intel Core i5-3427u Intel Core i5-3320M Intel Core i5-3210M Intel Core i5-2450M
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz 2.3 GHz 1.7 GHz 2.7 GHz 1.6 GHz 2.3 GHz 1.8 GHz 2.6 GHz 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Operating System Windows 7 Mac OS X Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB 12 GB 4 GB 8 GB 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Weight 9.6 lb 4.46 lb 3.2 lb 12 lb 3.25 lb 5.1 lb 2.93 lb 3.39 lb 5.97 lb 3.2 lb
Screen Size 17.3 inches 15.4 inches 13.3 inches 18.4 inches 13.3 inches 14 inches 14 inches 12.5 inches 15.5 inches 13.3 inches
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GT 680M Nvidia GeForce GT 650M Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE AMD Radeon HD 6990M Intel HD Graphics 3000 Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 3000
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 532 GB 256 GB 500 + 24 GB 870 GB 128 GB 750 GB 128 GB 320 GB 750 GB 640 GB
Primary Optical Drive DVD+/-RW DL with Blu-Ray External External DVD+/-RW DL with Blu-Ray External Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW External External DVD+/-RW (Plus Minus) Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
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The 10 Best Laptops Shopping for a laptop these days is a pretty daunting task. The sheer number of laptop systems available online or in a store’s electronics section is enough to make your mind spin. Most people have a general idea of what their laptop should look like and what they want in terms of features, but are often intimidated by the choices available. That’s where we come in, with the 10 Best Laptops on the market today.
The first thing you need to consider is what you need in the laptop. Are you looking for something to compete on the gaming grid? Then a discrete graphics card and big screen are necessary components in the laptop you choose. Are you on a limited budget? Then be on the lookout for a anything under $500 that offers at least a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of memory. If a business system is what you need, then security measures like a fingerprint reader and a TPM module are must-haves. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, then an ultrabook or an ultraportable will keep back and shoulder strain to a minimum. For those who need a system meant for watching movies, a Blu-ray player is a must-need feature.
The editors of PCMag.com test hundreds of systems each year to help you find the best laptop. There are a lot of laptops out there, from the large-screen desktop replacements to the lightweight ultraportables, and even netbooks, but all share common features. In this story, we help you narrow your choices by collecting the top 10 laptops on the market today.

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Alienware M17x R4

$2,599 direct
The Alienware M17x R4 adds the latest Intel Core processor and Nvidia graphics to one of the best gaming laptop chassis in the business, resulting in a system that exudes performance. It’s ostentatious, audacious, over the top, and, strangely enough, more affordable than rivals. Read the full review ››


Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Retina Display)

$2,199 direct
With an especially high-resolution screen, thin chassis, and up-to-date components, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display is the new king of high-end desktop replacement laptops. Read the full review ››


Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71

$1,299 list
The Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 adds a speedy third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics to the ultrabook formula. What Asus has wrought is the thinnest and lightest 1080p HD power system on the market—and the ultrabook to buy if you want to get real work done Read the full review ››


eurocom leopard 2.0

Eurocom Leopard 2.0

$3,606 direct
Fueled by an AMD CrossfireX graphics solution and an Intel Extreme Edition processor, the Eurocom Leopard 2.0 gaming ultraportable puts up some of the highest laptop performance scores we’ve seen. Read the full review ››


hp folio 13-1020us

HP Folio 13-1020us

$899.99 list
The HP Folio 13-1020us is one of the most handsomely designed and well-engineered ultrabooks you can buy for $900. Read the full review ››


Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

$1,000 street
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 combines quad-core “Ivy Bridge” adrenaline with speedy Nvidia graphics and an exemplary screen-keyboard combo to stir up the 14-inch mainstream laptop segment. Read the full review ››


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

$1,499.99 list
The Lenovo X1 Carbon is an ultrabook designed for business. It has IT-friendly vPro built in, the ThinkPad TrackPoint, weighs under three pounds, and has over seven hours of battery life. It’s the ultrabook you want if you need a workhorse. Read the full review ››


Lenovo ThinkPad X230

$1,164 direct
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 picks up right where the previous model left off, with performance and portability that are tops among business ultraportables. Read the full review ››


Sony VAIO E15 (SVE15116FXS)

$749.99 direct
With its latest VAIO E15, Sony brings Intel Ivy Bridge processing to entry-level desktop replacement laptops to great effect—and throws in enough extras to keep people buying when other manufacturers catch up. Read the full review ››


toshiba portege r835-p88

Toshiba Portege R835-P88

$849.99 list
The Toshiba Portege R835-P88 shows that an ultraportable can still kick ultrabook butt. It weighs only 3.2 pounds, including an optical drive. It offers speedy performance, as well as good battery life. Read the full review ››
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