Friday 19 December 2014

10 best laptops

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Alienware Area-51 m15x
When it comes to PC gaming, Alienware is the name to go for. It's billed as the fastest 15.4in notebook ever, but bear in mind that you get what you pay for, so you'll spend over the odds to get top speeds.
From €1,000
HP Pavilion tx2530ea
While tablet notebooks elicit strong feelings - you either love them or hate them - they are a great choice if you'd rather write than type. And this particular model is a real bargain.
€776.79
Rock Xtreme 770
Alienware is the best-known name in PC gaming, but this portable model from Rock Xtreme is a capable beast. Its 17in screen makes games pop but battery life is a little on the disappointing side. Pack a spare battery or keep your cable with you at all times.
From €1,102
Dell Inspiron
Stand out from the word processing crowd with one of Dell's groovy Inspiron notebooks. Not only are these laptops good value, they also come in a range of funky patterns and colours.
From €379
Samsung R610
In the market for a laptop that works a little bit harder? Try the Samsung R610, which doubles as a Blu-ray player and has a reasonable 16in high-resolution screen.
€848.63
New MacBook
The new MacBook 13in is in a class of its own because this is the greenest green Macs have ever been. Apple's had a bad press on this Front, but the new?Book has arsenic-free glass, a mercury-free display and its aluminium and glass parts are recyclable.
From €1,199
Panasonic ToughBook CF-F8
The latest ToughBook launches in January, but it's worth getting your pre-order in if you suffer from butterfingers. This is one rugged 'business' laptop and will survive falls and 100kg of pressure.
No price available until November, but in meantime check out toughbook-europe.com
Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H
With its 18.4in screen and whopping 5kg weight, this laptop is designed to stay put rather than be taken out on the road or into the field. But it's an incredibly powerful home media centre with tons of memory and super-quick processing speeds.
€1,829
Sony VAIO Bond Z
A limited-edition, laser-etched laptop, complete with 007 logo, with a vast memory, a Blu-ray drive and built-in 3G mobile broadband. But this is very expensive.
£2,999stg
MacBook Air
When it comes to full-sized portable laptops, nothing beats the super-skinny, ultra-light MacBook Air. Less than 2cm thick and weighing just 1.36kg, it's hard not to be impressed by the speedy processing and 120GB memory.
€1,699

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