The Best Notebooks Of The Year So Far

The Best Notebooks Of The Year So Far

To find out the best laptops of 2011 so far, we checked in with Mark Spoonauer who, as editor-in-chief of Laptop Magazine and Laptopmag.com, oversees 140+ notebook and netbook reviews every year. If you’re buying soon, buy one of these.


Best Value Notebook

HP Pavilion G6x

Sweet sound, an attractive design, and a comfortable keyboard make the HP Pavilion g6x one of our favourite budget notebooks.

Price: from $599.00 | Read Review


Best All-Purpose Notebook

HP Pavilion dv6t
The sleek HP Pavilion dv6t delivers a strong multimedia experience with a fast processor, bright display, and Beats audio.

Price: from $999.00 | Read Review


Best Thin-and-Light Notebook

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2011)

The most well-rounded 13-inch notebook gets a serious speed boost and lasts even longer on a charge than its predecessor.

Price: $1,399.00 | Read Review


Best Netbook

Samsung NF310

One of the best-looking netbooks yet combines sleek lines with a dual-core CPU and a high-res display.

Price: $549 | Read Review


Best Ultraportable Notebook

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2010)

Apple's ultimate ultraportable combines a barely-there profile with a high-resolution display, instant-on functionality, and long battery life.

Price: $1,599.00 | Read Review


Best Gaming Notebook

Alienware M17x (2011)

Record-breaking performance, superslick design, wireless HD streaming, and five hours of battery life. Yup, this gaming notebook is pretty much perfect.

Price: $3,399.00 | Read Review


Best Business Notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Thanks to its fast performance, superior keyboard, ultra-bright display, and much-improved audio quality, the ThinkPad X1 is the best all-around business ultraportable.

Price: $2,684.00 | Read Review


Best Multimedia Notebook

Dell XPS 15

A 1080p display, Blu-ray, Nvidia graphics, awesome audio—the Dell XPS 15 has it all.

Price: $1,818.00 | Read Review


Desktop Replacement

ASUS G73SW

Retaining the stealth-like design of its predecessor, the ASUS G73SW-A1 has more power under the hood than ever.

Price: $2,579.00 | Read Review

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