Top rated desktop replacement notebooks: August 2011

Here are our top rated desktop replacement notebooks for August 2011

Ditching your bulky and space-hogging PC for a notebook doesn't have to mean that you also give up on fast performance. Many of the desktop replacement notebooks in our top rated list (the Core i5 and Core i7 models) are just as fast as a PC and can be used not only for serious work, but also for gaming. Of course, no matter how big a notebook is, you still might want to plug in an external mouse and keyboard in order to get the most out of it.

In this list we've included notebooks that range in size from 15 inches to 18 inches. The Pavilion dv7 is the fastest notebook we've seen all year and it's one of the top models you should consider if you want a desktop replacement that can do just about anything.

The 18.4in Acer Aspire Ethos is also an interesting proposition as it has one PC-like characteristic that many other notebooks don't: it's easily upgradeable. It has two internal, 2.5in drive bays and also two free SO-DIMM slots so that you can change the configuration to suit your needs.

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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ASUS N73SV (TZ033V)

The ASUS N73SV is designed to live on a desk and undertake almost any task you throw at it with ease. In addition to run-of-the-mill office and Web tasks, it's also useful for video editing, gaming and even design work. However, it has an awful keyboard, a low-end Wi-Fi adapter and it doesn't support RAID for its two internal hard drives.

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  • 1st June, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • ASUS
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  • Pros:
  • Great performance
  • Lots of internal storage
  • Good speakers
  • Cons:
  • Poor keyboard
  • Wi-Fi not dual-band
  • No RAID
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