Top rated business laptops: August 2011

Here are our top 10 highest-rated business laptops for August 2011

Our top rated this month is headed by the Toshiba Tecra R850, which has a wonderful combination of design, performance, battery life and price. It's one of the best 15.6in units we've seen in a while. Lenovo's reliable Thinkpad T420 comes in after it with a 4-star review rating and it's followed by solid offerings from Dell and HP.

We've included the ThinkPad edge in this round-up, too, as it's a terrific little unit for what you pay and we think small business users will love it. For professionals who want lots of power, Lenovo's ThinkPad W520 gets a look in at position eight. Users after a lighter model that still has great features must check out Toshiba's Portege R830 instead.

About our ratings: A star rating is awarded to a product in quarter increments from one star to five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the notebook. Notebooks are evaluated on performance, features, build quality, ease of use, battery life and value for money.

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Toshiba Tecra R850 (PT520A-01S003)

The Toshiba Tecra R850 is thin, reasonably light and elegant. Considering it's a 15.6in business laptop that's no mean feat. It performed well in our performance and battery tests, it has good features and it's comfortable to use. But it's also overloaded with pre-installed software and it has a poor screen.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 5th May, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Toshiba
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • Elegant design
  • Thin and light for a 15.6in laptop
  • Great battery life
  • Cons:
  • Lots of pre-loaded software
  • Poor screen
  • Long set up time

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