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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Dell XPS 17 (1710X)

There's no doubt the Dell XPS 17 (1710X) is a great desktop replacement notebook. It has lots of power and storage capacity, modern connectivity and it even includes a touchscreen. You can use it as a gaming machine, a media centre or just for boring old office work. It's not perfect though: it could use an expansion slot, and the way the internal layout has been designed means that the palm rest gets very hot when the graphics card is in use.

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  • 26th Oct., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Dell
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  • Pros:
  • Well priced, plenty of RAM and storage capacity, excellent for multitasking, good graphics card, suitable for gaming, USB 3.0, up to 16GB of RAM
  • Cons:
  • Lacks an expansion slot, gets very warm when the graphics card is in use, no remote control

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