Best desktop replacement notebooks

Some of the best desktop replacement laptops on the Australian market -- Acer, Dell, HP, Medion, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba

If you're in the market for a notebook that can be used to replace your bulky old desktop PC and monitor setup, look no further. In this roundup we have assembled some of the best desktop replacement models on the Australian market which we think offer the best combination of size, performance and features for all types of users.

Whether you're a student, a gamer or a business user, we're sure you'll find something to tickle your fancy. Dell is heavily featured our round-up, mainly because the company has a great range of big and powerful notebooks at reasonable prices. Medion also makes the list with its Akoya.

The Akoya is not a regularly-available notebook on the Australian market, but Aldi supermarkets generally stock different models for a short period of time multiple times per year. The Akoya in our roundup has a wealth of features, including USB 3.0, yet it costs less than $800.

If you're into something stylish, then you can check out the Sony VAIO E Series notebook we've included, as well as the Toshiba Qosmio F60, which has been around for a long time now but continues to be a great choice as a desktop replacement notebook.

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Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550)

With a low price and lots of great features, the Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is a great alternative to big-brand entry-level notebooks. It's a 17.3in laptop, and it's not pretty, but it has a solid configuration and modern conveniences such as USB 3.0 and HDMI that really set it apart from the competition. It goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on 27 January, 2011.

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  • 20th Jan., 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Medion
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  • Pros:
  • Great price, USB 3.0, HDMI and Displayport, ExpressCard/54 slot, digital TV tuner, 640GB hard drive
  • Cons:
  • Doesn't look great, touchpad sometimes sticky, keyboard's number pad is squished
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