1 Compaq Presario CQ61
This excellent addition to Hewlett Packard’s Presario range features all the hallmarks for which the line is renowned, not least smart looks, quality components and robust construction. Buyers also benefit from an expansive 15.6-inch display, the latest Windows 7 version of Microsoft’s operating system and a 2.2GHz Intel C900 processor for efficient multi-tasking. Battery life is a handy two hours on a full charge and the Altec Lansing integrated speakers offer full, rich sound for enjoying music and movies on the move.
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2 Samsung N130
With its slim dimensions and crisp matt black finish, the Samsung N130 is one of the best-looking laptops around. And weighing in at just 1.2kg, it’s one of the lightest too.
Battery life is a lengthy three hours and the solid keyboard is satisfying to type on. Despite its compact size, there’s still room for a 10.6-inch display and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. This great laptop has a SIM embedded, so there’s no need for dongles, and is apt for both business and home users.
3 Asus 1005 HS
The Asus 1005S is so packed with excellent specs, it’s hard to single anything out for particular praise. But if we were forced to we’d pick out its clear LED backlit 10-inch display, 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor and 160GB hard drive, so there’s plenty of room for all your files and photos. A full charge gets you battery life of around three and a half hours. Plus at 1.35kg, it’s supremely light.
Buy the Asus 1005 HS laptop at O2.
4 Dell Mini 1012
Mini by name and nature, the Dell Mini 1012 weighs a slimline 1.38kgs and measures just 36(h) x 270(w) x 198(d) mm. But just because this great little laptop is ultra portable doesn’t mean that it’s low on specs. Far from it, in fact.
On board you’ll find a 10-inch display, a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. And to keep everything ticking over so you can multi-task, Dell has installed a 1.66 Ghz Intel Atom N450 processor. Entertainment is an especially strong suit of the Mini 1021, with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and Broadcom Crystal HD-Chip making the Dell Mini 1012 ideal for enjoying movies in rich high definition.
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5 Dell Mini 10
The Dell Mini 9 scored highly with consumers and reviewers alike. And its update the Dell Mini 10 is set to repeat that success story. The 10-inch screen offers super sharp images for a satisfying web browsing and video experience. Plus, despite its overriding sleekness – it weighs 1.2kg – the keyboard is spacious and a joy to use. Multi-tasking is facilitated by the onboard 1.33Ghz Intel Atom Z520 processor.
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6 Samsung R519
Samsung’s R519 offers powerhouse computing at a very keen price. That’s something underscored by its Intel Pentium Dual Core processor that lets you open up and work with multiple applications without compromising on performance.
Packing Windows 7, the R519 also boasts 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive, so there’s ample room for file storage. And picture quality is second to none. Thanks in no small part to the 15.6-inch display with 16.9 aspect ratio that lets you watch HD video in the 16:9 format in full screen mode with no black bands.
Buy the Samsung R519 laptop at O2.
7 Compaq Mini 311
Power, value and a sharp design come together brilliantly in the Compaq Mini 311 netbook. The large keyboard, which is 92 per cent of full laptop size, and the facility to use multi-touch controls on the touchpad combine for an intuitive and pleasurable user experience. The Mini 311 also boasts an 11.6-inch screen and a 1.60Ghz Intel Atom N270 processor for optimum performance when using more than one application.
Buy the Compaq Mini 311 laptop at 3 Mobile.
8 Samsung R530
The Samsung R530’s expansive, crystal-clear, LED HD 15.6-inch screen means that it’s excellent for enjoying media on the go. This great all-rounder also packs in 4GB of RAM and a 2.2GHz Pentium Dual Core T4400 processor and a pleasingly spacious keyboard that offers a typing experience far removed from more cramped netbooks.
Buy the Samsung R530 laptop at 3 Mobile.
9 MSI Wind U135
With its 10.1-inch LED screen and featherlight weight of just 1.2kg, the MSI Wind U135 stands out initially for its portability and compact dimensions. But it’s actually just as impressive under the hood, too. Not least thanks to the Intel Pine Trail platform which combines with the 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor for longer battery life and seamless multi-tasking. Other standout features include a 1.3 megapixel webcam and Windows 7 Starter pre-installed.
10 Asus X5DC
Asus’ X5DC’s unique selling point is the incorporation of ASUS IceCool technology, which ensures that the device and your palms stay cool. But that’s from all that it’s got to recommend it. Also onboard are SRS Altec Lansing speaker that offer premium sound quality and add a rich new dimension to watching movies on the large 15.6-inch display.
The X5DC also comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed, a 16:9 high definition panel, 3GB of RAM, an Intel Celeron processor and the Asus’ Super Hybrid Engine power management system for optimizing battery life.