Five best laptops: a quick guide
With a bewildering choice of laptops out there, itâ€™s not easy finding the best one for your needs. If youâ€™re a gamer, you may want to look at something with a better graphics card and if youâ€™re constantly on the move, then a long battery life might be your priority.Â Hereâ€™s a run-down of the top five laptops based on the most common demands made on portable computers today.
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch â€“ Mid 2013
If youâ€™re looking for a laptop whose battery doesnâ€™t buckle under pressure, then the latest version of the MacBook Air is well above any competition. With over 12 hours of promised battery life, you wonâ€™t be reaching for the charger during a long work day.
The fourth generation Intel Core processor and Intel HD graphics card 5000 guarantee that this sleek and portable laptop doesnâ€™t compromise on processing power either.
To compliment the latest Mac Book models, thereâ€™s also a brand new software update that fixes minor bugs.
Sony Vaio Duo 11
The Sony Vaio is a respectable entrant to the convertible market â€“ a place where tablets and laptops try to meet and hopefully create something beautiful and functional.
The hybrid is fuelled by a full Intel Core processor which makes running Windows programs and apps a doddle. With a sliding touch screen that reveals a keyboard, the Sony Vaio is aimed at business professionals and can be handy during presentations as well as for regular office needs.
Acer C7 Chromebook
If youâ€™re happy to go along with the Chromebook concept â€“ where you use Googleâ€™s alternative OS to Windows, Mac, or Linux â€“ the Acer C7 is arguably one of the best value-for-money options on the market. For under Â£200, you get 2GB RAM, 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor and a larger 6 cell battery compared to its previous version. Thereâ€™s also plenty of local and cloud storage available.
Dell Inspirion 17 â€“ 3721
Are you looking to replace a bulky desktop with a sleeker laptop that doesnâ€™t compromise on features or power?
The Dell Inspirion is a 2.6 kg laptop that manages to pack in a decent sized screen of 17.3 inches. Thereâ€™s also plenty of connectors with four USB ports, HDMI, Ethernet and a DVD burner.
Gaming can put some serious pressure on your laptop and the last thing you want when youâ€™re about to take out your online enemy is to have the system crash on you.
If youâ€™ve got deep pockets the Alienware 18 which retails for around Â£2000, can be your best tool on your next gaming mission. It has the latest Intel i7 processor, two Nvidia GPUs, 32 GB RAM and a huge 18.4 inch screen to get the best of video graphics.
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