Top rated desktop replacement notebooks: August 2011

Here are our top rated desktop replacement notebooks for August 2011

Ditching your bulky and space-hogging PC for a notebook doesn't have to mean that you also give up on fast performance. Many of the desktop replacement notebooks in our top rated list (the Core i5 and Core i7 models) are just as fast as a PC and can be used not only for serious work, but also for gaming. Of course, no matter how big a notebook is, you still might want to plug in an external mouse and keyboard in order to get the most out of it.

In this list we've included notebooks that range in size from 15 inches to 18 inches. The Pavilion dv7 is the fastest notebook we've seen all year and it's one of the top models you should consider if you want a desktop replacement that can do just about anything.

The 18.4in Acer Aspire Ethos is also an interesting proposition as it has one PC-like characteristic that many other notebooks don't: it's easily upgradeable. It has two internal, 2.5in drive bays and also two free SO-DIMM slots so that you can change the configuration to suit your needs.

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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