Style and substance: 7 notebooks to make your co-workers jealous

These notebooks that look stylish but they aren't especially friendly on your wallet

If money is no object, then you're obviously not working in journalism. But if your wallet is bulging and you aren't planning on blowing your cash on over-priced pints from North Sydney pubs, then you might be interested in the following seven notebooks, all of which are sure to glean jealous glances from your co-workers.

HP Envy 13

Naturally, we should start with the HP Envy 13: a 13.1 notebook that features an extremely strong magnesium alloy and aluminium chassis. Despite its diminutive size — it's only 2cm thick and weighs just 1.7kg — it's packed with high-powered components. These include an Intel Core 2 Duo L9600 CPU, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB solid-state drive (SSD) and two graphics cards (one is less powerful than the other and will help your battery last longer). It looks pretty and it performed impressively in our benchmarks, but it comes with a hefty price tag of $3799. We were a bit unhappy with some aspects of the Envy 13, including the lack of built-in Gigabit Ethernet (you get a USB-Ethernet dongle instead) and 3G connectivity.

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