Top rated 15in laptops: August 2011

Here are our top 10 highest-rated 15.6in laptop for August 2011

While thin-and-light computing may be getting more mainstream, especially with the success of laptops such as the MacBook Air, the most popular laptop size in Australia is still 15.6 inches. We've gathered ten of our top rated 15.6in models in this round-up, which represent some of the best value mainstream models you can get in this market segment.

Most of these laptops are under $1000, yet they still provide excellent performance and features -- the Sony VAIO CB Series and Dell XPS 15z even have a Full HD screen. The ones that cost well over $1000 generally do so because they have a high-end CPU and decent discrete graphics, and can be used for gaming -- the HP Pavilion dv6 is one such notebook.

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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Dell Inspiron 15R N5110

The Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 is a cheap laptop with good speed and it includes nice features such as HDMI and USB 3.0. It also has a customisable lid so that you can install a design of your choice. However, its build quality is a little creaky, and its screen too glossy. Despite these quibbles, we think it's a good entry-level computer for home users.

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  • 29th March, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Dell
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  • Pros:
  • 2nd generation Core i3 CPU, USB 3.0, cheap
  • Cons:
  • Creaky build quality, glossy screen, custom lids come off too easily


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