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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Sony VAIO CB Series (VPCCB15FG)

If you can get over the audacious colours (and let's face it, you probably won't), the Sony VAIO CB Series (VPCCB15FG) is actually a very capable desktop replacement notebook with good speed and useful battery life. We hate its green, orange and pink colours, and think it should only be considered in black or white, but it's comfortable to use and has a great screen.

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  • 1st March, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Sony
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  • Pros:
  • Good performance, comfortable to use, great screen, USB 3.0, good battery life
  • Cons:
  • Touchpad sometimes unresponsive, the available colours can make the laptop look quite ugly
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