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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Dell Inspiron M101z

The Dell Inspiron M101z ultraportable laptop is small and light and offers decent performance for everyday tasks. It's the type of notebook you should consider if you want something that's about the same size as a netbook, but which offers better performance. Our only quibble with this notebook is that its screen is of poor quality, but that's to be expected for such an inexpensive ultraportable. Overall, we like it.

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  • 17th Jan., 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Dell
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  • Pros:
  • Small and light, good keyboard and touchpad, HDMI, decent performance, good battery life
  • Cons:
  • Screen is too glossy, screen contrast isn't great, screen's lowest brightness level is still too bright
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