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Dell Latitude 12 5000 Series (E5250) laptop

Dell's Latitude E5250 won't look like anything special to most people. It has a square design, a dark, single-colour paint scheme, and its thickness is perhaps a little too much for people who are used to Ultrabook-style offerings. But it's a business laptop, and business laptops are designed primarily for function, rather than fashion. When you start using it, that's when you realise it's one of most practical portable computers on the market.

Gigabyte G3 laptop

If you happen to be in the market for an inexpensive gaming laptop, look out for Gigabyte’s G3 at MSY stores. It’s a 13.3in model with a configuration that includes an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics adapter, and it should handle many modern titles well at medium image detail.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN-CJ035H hybrid laptop

Even big notebooks such as the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN-CJ035H are getting the hybrid treatment these days. This isn’t much of a surprise coming from Asus. It was Asus, after all, that transformed an 18.4in screen for its all-in-one desktop system into an Android tablet. This time around, the TP500LN is a 15.6in notebook that has a 360-degree hinge so that it can be used in more ways than just a notebook.

Medion Akoya S6212T (MD 99270) touchscreen notebook

Hold onto your hats, folks, because from this Saturday 16 November you will be able to purchase a touchscreen notebook from Aldi for $688. It’s the Medion Akoya S6212T (or the MD 99270, as it’s known in brackets), and it’s the first touchscreen computer to be released by the low-cost German brand. There’s a trick up its sleeve, too: you’re not restricted to using it in clamshell mode.

ASUS VivoBook S551L notebook

If you visit your local appliance retailer, whether it’s JB Hi-Fi or The Good Guys, you might come across this ASUS VivoBook S551L notebook. It costs about $1400 and it's a big unit of 15.6in that's designed to be somewhat of an all-rounder when it comes to home computing.

HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 laptop

HP’s ENVY brand once represented the finest consumer laptops the company had to offer. It’s a pity, then, that the latest ENVY 15 left us feeling so disappointed.

Toshiba Satellite P870 notebook

The Satellite P870 is the big boy in Toshiba's notebook range, and it's designed for those of you want a large and luxurious computer for the home. It has a big, 17.3in screen, a full-sized keyboard, a good array of ports, and it even has a Blu-ray drive so that you can use it for entertainment purposes. But considering its $1599 price, there are a few drawbacks.

Medion Akoya E6232 (MD 99222) notebook

Here's what you need to know about the Medion Akoya E6232 (MD 99222): it's a cheap, 15.6in laptop with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive that will go on sale at Aldi supermarkets on Saturday, 27 April. It should be considered as more of a stay-at-home machine, rather than a mobile unit that can be carried on a daily basis, mainly because of its size and build quality, but it's still pretty good considering its $499 price tag.

Dell Inspiron 17R notebook

Really big laptops don't get as much love as they used to, but there are still plenty of people who appreciate these beasts, primarily because they have roomy keyboards, big screens and (usually) lots of built-in features. Dell's Inspiron 17R is such a laptop, and it makes for a good desktop replacement, unless you're looking for super-fast performance.

Toshiba Satellite P840 touchscreen notebook

Toshiba's Satellite P840 is a Windows 8-based, 14in touchscreen notebook that's a bit of an all-rounder. It's stylish, stocked with useful features, has sufficient power under the hood, and at 2.2kg, it's not too heavy to carry around on a daily basis. However, you have to contend with a heap of annoying software, some questionable build quality, and a very reflective screen.

Notebook PCs / Laptop

Are you one of the many thousands of people who are predicted to buy a notebook (laptop) this year? If yes, then this PC World buying guide is for you.

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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