Best Laptop Models (Feb 2010) – Part 2

The Alienware M15x: This 15-inch multimedia monster weighs more than most 17-inch laptops but gets our vote here mainly for its super-powered components and more manageable footprint. While it isn’t very portable, a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 920XM processor and 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M graphics lets it play the latest 3D games and HD videos smoothly. Its Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard disk drive are icing on the cake while its $3000+ price tag means it is a slightly more affordable than most high performance systems with similar specs.

The HP Mini 5102: Utilizing a new GPU integrated Intel Atom N450 processor, the HP Mini 5102 packs in a bit more power into a much more rugged netbook. While the new Intel integrated GMA 3150 GPU is only just a step up of the previous Intel GMA GPU, the new design ensures longer battery life and slightly better video and graphics. The 10.1-inch screen is a step down in our opinion but the very good build quality  hp pavilion ryzen 5 more than makes up for this while the Windows 7 Starter operating system is a nice touch.

The Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310: Thin-and-light CULV based laptops like the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310 offer better battery life but often lack the processing power required by most users. This laptop model solves this by packing in an Intel dual core CULV processor running at 1.3GHz. The 13.3-inch display form factor makes the laptop easy to carry about and comfortable to watch but due to the same old Intel 4500HD based graphics, it is probably better for presentations than full-blown HD movies and the latest 3D games. It is a lot more stable and powerful than other thin-and-light CULV based laptops, making it another contender our best laptop list.