Top 5 notebooks

Top 5 notebooks: From netbooks to desktop replacements (Dell, HP, Medion, Sony, Toshiba)

Our Top 5 laptops list is dominated by small and light models from Dell, HP, Sony and Toshiba, which range in size from 10.1in to 13.3in. However, we have also included the comparatively huge Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550), which goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on Thursday, 27 January. It's a 17.3in laptop with plenty of great features (including USB 3.0 and HDMI) and good performance, and it only costs $799.

There is definitely something for everyone here; whether you want a great netbook, a small and light notebook with decent speed or an affordable desktop replacement with plenty of features, we've got you covered.

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Toshiba Portege R700 (PT311A-00J00Q)

The Toshiba Portege R700 will impress you with its light weight, slim build and great performance. However, having a powerful Core i5 CPU installed in its thin base means that it's a laptop that also runs very warm, making it uncomfortable to use on your lap. We're not fans of its keyboard and we also wish Toshiba would fix the problem with its fingerprint reading software. Those quibbles aside, the R700 is still a tremendous business laptop for anyone who wants mobility in addition to fast performance.

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  • 8th Dec., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Toshiba
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  • Pros:
  • Thin and light, fast performance, great touchpad, built-in optical drive, only 1.45kg
  • Cons:
  • Poor keyboard, gets very warm, fingerprint software conflicts with Firefox
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