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
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
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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