The Top 10 Laptops To Buy Now: A Quick Review

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0 laptop intro   The Top 10 Laptops To Buy Now: A Quick ReviewWe are more dependent on technology now than ever before –and for good reason. Our cell phones have more capabilities than laptops did 5 years ago. Technology is quickly becoming faster, more reliable, and yes, more portable.

Because of this, now is a great time to look into purchasing a laptop. Laptops now have the same computing power as desktops and are the least expensive they’ve ever been. If you’re constantly on the go, it makes sense to have one.

We feature a lot of hot tech deals here at MakeUseOf, but if you’re in the market for a laptop, I’ve compiled this list of the top 10 laptops for you.

Criteria for the Top 10 Laptops List

My criteria for this list was pretty basic. I only looked at laptops priced under $1,000 that had at least 4GB of RAM, a dual-core processor, and came with Windows 7. I felt that these specifications would generate a list of great laptops for the practical user that doesn’t have thousands to spend. Let’s see what we came up with!

1. Sony Vaio FW560F/T

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  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 / 2.13GHz
  • Memory: 6GB (8GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

This Sony Vaio laptop has a lot of features that make it very attractive. With a 16-inch screen, it is very slim. It has Blu-ray playback and decent gaming performance, although it doesn’t support 1080p. It makes for a very good multimedia notebook.

2. Samsung NP-R580-JSB1US

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5 I5-430M / 2.26GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

This laptop comes with a Core i5 processor, NVIDIA graphics, and Blu-ray support. I’ve read that the touchpad is uncomfortable at times, but the processing power and graphics make it a great laptop with decent battery life.

Here’s a link to the product in Best Buy.

3. Gateway NV7915u

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  • Processor: Intel Core i3 330M / 2.13 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB (8 GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB

This Gateway laptop is one of the least expensive on the top 10 laptops list while also being among the most powerful. It has poor battery life, but its processing power, audio output, and HDMI support make it a great desktop replacement.

4. Asus U30Jc-A1

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  • Processor: Intel Core i3 350M / 2.26GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 320GB

The Asus laptop only has a 13-inch screen, but it comes with NVIDIA Optimus graphics and an Intel Core i3 processor. The battery life is great on this laptop and it’s great for gaming.

5. HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx

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  • Processor: AMD Turion II Ultra mobile processor M620 / 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4GB (8GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

The HP Pavilion doesn’t have great battery life, but it has a nice big screen, Blu-ray playback support, a good assortment of connection outputs, and is very portable. Unfortunately, there is no Bluetooth support.

Here’s a link to the product in Best Buy.

6. Alienware M11X

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  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 250GB

Alienware computers are synonymous with gaming. This laptop is no different. It features switchable graphics for longer battery life, an excellent keyboard, a low-voltage processor, and high-end graphics. The only compromise is an 11.6-inch screen and no optical drive.

Here’s a link to the product in Best Buy for $900. However, if you’re willing to do with only 2GB of RAM, Dell Home is offering this laptop at only $699 with this coupon code “?8CN$RJ?W5TQ0C” — get it here.

7. Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5 I5-430M / 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 4GB (8GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

This laptop features a slim design, built-in Intel Wireless Display technology, and a speedy Core i5 processor. It lacks in sound quality, graphics, and battery life, but is slim and fast.

Best Buy is currently offering a free Xbox 360 with every purchase of this laptop, get it here.

8. Asus K60I-RBBBR05

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  • Processor: Intel Premium T4400 / 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 4GB (8 GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

This laptop has a big, bright energy-efficient LED-backlit display with a 16-inch screen. It has decent battery life and a big hard drive. The only negative is it doesn’t have HDMI support.

Here’s a link to the product in Best Buy.

9. Gateway NV7901u

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5 I5-430M / 2.26GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 500GB

With a 17-inch screen and a Core i5 processor, this Gateway is pretty solid. It doesn’t have Bluetooth or Blu-ray playback support, and its ATI graphics are good but not 1080p, which is why it’s further down the list.

10. Sony Vaio VGN-NW240F

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  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 / 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 4GB (8GB Max)
  • Hard Drive: 320GB

We’re rounding out our list the way we started it off–with a Sony Vaio. This laptop has very good performance and a nice design. There is no support for Bluetooth and the battery life is subpar, but the features and performance are what make it list-worthy.

Here’s a link to the product in Best Buy.

What do you think of this top 10 laptops list? Did I leave out your favorite laptop? Leave your comments below!

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dcfemella

I got a Sony Vaio with 4GB memory and 500 GB hard drive this past week for business. Those are the only PC laptops I would buy because they are almost the same quality as a Macbook.

Steve Campbell

Sounds like you have a solid laptop!

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Tim

Where are the Lenovo’s on the list. I fix computers and the one’s you selected are for the most part.. JUNK. Alienware computers are overpriced Dells. HP’s are notorious for motherboard problems as are Toshiba’s but not quite as bad as HP. Sony’s for the most part are over-priced. Gateway has been the laughing stock of the computer industry for several years, although the jury is still out whether Acer has turned the brand around. That leaves Samsung & Asus, neither of which have been in the notebook business long enough to determine their longterm quality. Lastly, why promote sales for BestBuy. The staff is comprised of young kids who rarely know what they’re talking about but will sell you what they think is “cool”. But heaven forbid you need a cable to go with that new PC. Their “accessories” will cost you almost as much as the damn computer. Way to go.. Make Use Of! Usually good reporting and seemingly unbiased, but this article was clearly written by someone without a clue. But keep recommending junk, so I’ll get rich faster!

M.S. Smith

Actually, the largest reliability report currently available, the Squaretrade report, has found that Lenovo is the third least reliable laptop brand. The most reliable brands are ASUS, Toshiba, and Sony. The least reliable are Lenovo, Acer, and HP.

Tim

I’ve also read several reports that rate anti-virus products where Norton or McAfee was ranked #1. That’s clearly a money in the back pocket rating. They’re some of the worst anti-virus products out there right now. Used to be the best several years ago. If you read “independent” reports, you will find like on av-comparatives.org Most specifically the on-demand testing which shows what the users will likely encounter. They are near the bottom.

M.S. Smith

We’re talking about laptops here, not antivirus software. You’re creating a strawman.

Steve Campbell

Wow, thanks for the great review, Tim! Just put the list together from some of the higher end, most popular, top purchased laptops is all. Keep up the great work!

Tim

You clearly work at Best Buy!

Jon

LOL. Really now Tim? Oh boy.

Steve Campbell

Actually it was my editor that placed all the Best Buy links in the article. So maybe HE works for Best Buy :)

Tim

He probably does.. why not link to the sites that sell it the cheapest and do your readers some justice? They don’t have the best prices on any of these. Do your homework before posting rubbish.

Steve Campbell

Glad you liked the article! Thanks again!

Madvillain` Halfstorm

I have a Gateway P-7805u FX laptop and I can say that gateway does not deserve to be the laughing stock of anything. This is probably the best laptop I’ve ever used.

I agree with your over assumptions but you have to take into account the product. The M11X is on the list because there is currently no other Netbook powerful enough to take the spot from it.

Lenovo is a horrible brand. Do you really fix computers, because I do as well and I can’t say that I’d trust a lenovo to do anything for me. I love Asus but decided to get away from it. I dislike Acer due to my last experience but I’m willing to try and product. Suprisingly I’ve never used a HP laptop.

Steve Campbell

Thanks for voicing your opinion, William! I have a Gateway laptop myself and I have never had a problem with it. So long as you don’t get one with Vista, laptops are pretty durable these days.

Tim

Again you show your clear lack of knowledge. Since when does an operating system have anything to do with durability? Operating systems crash because of the users and in the case of Vista, instability + the users. But every computer running Vista is equal and reliability is that of the hardware and not the OS. Also, how can you actually say that a laptop is “good” because you never had a problem with yours? How about luck? I’m sure there were people who bought a Yugo and never had a problem either. That just makes you a minority.

Steve Campbell

Tim, please don’t take these comments so seriously. I was merely thanking William for voicing his opinion and I felt the need to talk about my Gateway. You’re right, the OS has nothing to do with the hardware. I just rather dislike it I guess.

Madvillain` Halfstorm

I like that you’ve caused such a big fuse over knowledge, or a lack-there-of, because just a few post above mine you rattle on about anti-virus software in a debate about which laptops are better. Allow me to twist your vista argument a little by saying that all anti-virus software can be ran on other hardware. So, as you put it, the “reliability is that of the hardware” when making a choice as to which laptop is the best.

You did not address the points of Lenovo being in the top three worst laptop manufacture according to the general public, yet you go on to make an argument that just because he’s had good experiences with his laptop makes him the minority. Sure, having a gateway laptop and having good experiences could be rare, but at the same time having only good things to say about the lenovo brand is also rare. So this turns into a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

His list is not even close to what I would have put on my list; excluding the M11X. Yet, his is aimed at the general public and besides the samsung brand laptop he has chosen laptops that fit the needs of the general public.

This site is not dedicated to nerds, it caters to some of our needs, but overall this is a place for the general consensus to come and find useful websites and tutorials. However, you’ve demonstrated a ungodly closed mindedness. You need to open your mind and learn to view things from all the points of view instead of just your own. This list is a good list of popular laptops for average joes and janes.

[PS. Who wants to be average, anyway?]

RushArt

Why are you so cranky, anyway? The world haven’t paid you the 1 gazillion debt?

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NEON_TANGO

Suggestions for future “best of laptops” lists – (1) best laptops for the vision-impaired – I have a friend with macular degeneration who will buy a laptop to replace his Neanderthal desktop, but finding affordable laptops “off the shelf” is going to be tough; (2) a similar criteria as above, but for laptops running Mac OS or Linux — someday, I won’t be able to tweak or resurrect my PB G4 (Tiger) anymore, so change is inevitable. Yet, everytime I road test the new Apples I leave the store disappointed, befuddled, and overwhelmed. :::small whine, “But I like my fossilized Powerbook….”::: [Don’t even think about using the Windoze word. Got out of Cubicle World and I’m never looking back.]

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NEON_TANGO

BTW, when I said “a similar criteria as above” I was referring to the author’s criteria, not the macular degeneration issue. :::need more espresso:::

Steve Campbell

haha Thanks for sharing!

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AuhsojSivart

I got an M11x about 2 months ago and have no complaints.

Steve Campbell

Excellent! Good to hear

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Melissa Jones

I have an HPG60t and it’s wonderful. I have had a HP Desktop for the last ten years and have never had to reinstall or fix any hardware. It’s getting really old and slow these days but works great. Dell is worse than Gateway in my opinion. I have owned both. Blue screens, reinstall operating systems, etc. I think most people would like a list of a great laptop for around $600.

Steve Campbell

Melissa,

Glad to hear your HP is working out for you. It’s a solid brand. I faced a tough challenge while coming up with the ’10 best’ laptops. Some of them cost less than $600, which is good for all of us :)

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Steve Campbell

Melissa,

Glad to hear your HP is working out for you. It’s a solid brand. I faced a tough challenge while coming up with the ’10 best’ laptops. Some of them cost less than $600, which is good for all of us :)

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Madvillain` Halfstorm

I have a Gateway P-7805u FX laptop and I can say that gateway does not deserve to be the laughing stock of anything. This is probably the best laptop I’ve ever used.

I agree with your over assumptions but you have to take into account the product. The M11X is on the list because there is currently no other Netbook powerful enough to take the spot from it.

Lenovo is a horrible brand. Do you really fix computers, because I do as well and I can’t say that I’d trust a lenovo to do anything for me. I love Asus but decided to get away from it. I dislike Acer due to my last experience but I’m willing to try and product. Suprisingly I’ve never used a HP laptop.

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Peter Q

You forgot the MacBookPro…

Steve Campbell

The only reason I didn’t include the MacBook Pro was because of the price, but thanks!

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Tim

I’ve also read several reports that rate anti-virus products where Norton or McAfee was ranked #1. That’s clearly a money in the back pocket rating. They’re some of the worst anti-virus products out there right now. Used to be the best several years ago. If you read “independent” reports, you will find like on av-comparatives.org Most specifically the on-demand testing which shows what the users will likely encounter. They are near the bottom.

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spaceman

To be honest at this price point these machines are clearly not designed for gaming. I which case why the criterion Windows 7? It makes far more sense to use a free operating system and free software. People always yap about support but quite frankly the support I get from the Ubuntu User Forums are far better than Microsoft offers for free. This article is junk.

Steve Campbell

spaceman,

You’re right. Windows 7 wasn’t necessarily a criteria for selection so much as it was just an observation I made while researching the article. While all of the newer laptops come with Windows 7 pre-installed, you can definitely exercise your support for OS’s like Ubuntu by installing them on your machine.

Sorry you don’t like the article. I’ll try harder next time!

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Tilman

Hi. I am in fact right now in the process of buying a new computer but the conflicting comments and contradictions just confuse me even more. Which laptop brand is the best?? Oh and then I would like to ask, could you please compile a list like this but under 2000 dollars? That’s my budget :)

Steve Campbell

Tilman,

I apologize for all the conflicting comments. I had no idea a simple article like this would generate so much controversy. People apparently have very strong opinions about their favorite laptops, but if you simply compare the hardware specs and prices of laptops within your budget, I think you’ll be alright. Make sure to read user reviews as well.

Tilman

The mere fact that so many people wrote comments here proves that it was a good article :) Thanks for your tips!

Steve Campbell

Thanks Tilman! You’ve made my day

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Steve Campbell

Tilman,

I apologize for all the conflicting comments. I had no idea a simple article like this would generate so much controversy. People apparently have very strong opinions about their favorite laptops, but if you simply compare the hardware specs and prices of laptops within your budget, I think you’ll be alright. Make sure to read user reviews as well.

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Steve Campbell

spaceman,

You’re right. Windows 7 wasn’t necessarily a criteria for selection so much as it was just an observation I made while researching the article. While all of the newer laptops come with Windows 7 pre-installed, you can definitely exercise your support for OS’s like Ubuntu by installing them on your machine.

Sorry you don’t like the article. I’ll try harder next time!

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Daryl Tay

love this. you should do a netbook version!

Steve Campbell

Thanks a lot Daryl. I can definitely do that–I’ll put it on the list!

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Joyce

I have the Sony FW560 you listed first on the list and love it! No problems whatsoever and fast! My husband has a year old Lenovo – slow, sluggish, and with lousy features. What a piece of crap!! He’d never buy one again. The only thing I don’t like about my VIAO is the placement of the USB ports, (right side, front — all 3 of them) otherwise it’s great.

Steve Campbell

That’s good to hear Joyce. Everything I read about your laptop suggested that it was fast, which is one of the most important things. Now we just need to get your husband something a little better. :)

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laptop battery

They don’t have the best prices on any of these. Do your homework before posting rubbish.

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jang

thanks for the infos tim..

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