Best 13in notebooks of 2010

13in notebooks from Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic

If you're looking for a notebook that's easy to take on the road with you, yet doesn't compromise much when it comes to user comfort and features, then consider getting yourself a 13.3in laptop, rather than a 10in netbook.

We think 13.3in hits the sweet spot between mobility and easy of use and prices for many 13.3in notebooks are not that much more than the most expensive netbooks, with the benefit being that you'll also get a lot more performance out of a 13.3in notebook than you would out of a 10in netbook.

In this round-up we've gathered the best 13.3in notebooks of 2010, including the recently released Dell Vostro V130. The Vostro V130 doesn't have as many features as some of the other 13.3in models we've included, but its solid build quality, 1.6kg weight and thin frame still make it desirable.

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Samsung Q330-JS03AU

We love the style and size of the Samsung Q330 and think it's a great notebook for travellers. Its performance is good and it has a useful set of features, but it also has two graphics adapters that provide similar performance to each other. We'd prefer it if there was a bigger performance gap between the adapters (or for the notebook to only use Intel HD graphics).

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 27th Sept., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Samsung
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.75
  • $ 1,199.00
  • Pros:
  • Stylish, good size for travellers, built-in optical drive, good performance, big hard drive
  • Cons:
  • NVIDIA graphics card doesn't provide much of a performance boost, SD card slot awkwardly located at the front, touchpad not centred under space bar
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