Top rated 15in laptops: August 2011

Here are our top 10 highest-rated 15.6in laptop for August 2011

While thin-and-light computing may be getting more mainstream, especially with the success of laptops such as the MacBook Air, the most popular laptop size in Australia is still 15.6 inches. We've gathered ten of our top rated 15.6in models in this round-up, which represent some of the best value mainstream models you can get in this market segment.

Most of these laptops are under $1000, yet they still provide excellent performance and features -- the Sony VAIO CB Series and Dell XPS 15z even have a Full HD screen. The ones that cost well over $1000 generally do so because they have a high-end CPU and decent discrete graphics, and can be used for gaming -- the HP Pavilion dv6 is one such notebook.

About our ratings: A star rating is awarded to a product in quarter increments from one star to five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the notebook. Notebooks are evaluated on performance, features, build quality, ease of use, battery life and value for money.

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Samsung RF511-S03AU

If you're in the market for a fast and comfortable to use desktop replacement notebook, Samsung's RF511 is a good choice. It can be found for only just over $1000 if you shop around, and this includes a 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA graphics and a Blu-ray player.

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  • 22nd Aug., 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Samsung
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  • Blu-ray
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  • Cons:
  • Glossy screen
  • 'clicky' build quality
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