Portability and speed are becoming the latest saga of the computer industry. Lately after the introduction of Intel’s high speed laptop processors the size of the laptop goes on decreasing while the performance and battery life are being enhanced. This year nearly a hundred new laptops were released. Market leaders like Dell, HP, Lenovo and others competed with vigor to produce notebooks that are as small as the netbooks and as powerful ascend desktops.
Of this years various releases around a dozen laptops caught my eye. After some detailed analysis of their performance, display, battery life, software that came loaded with it etc., I have compiled this list. The list is not in a particular Ranking order since each of these have something better that the other one. So I present it alphabetically.
Apple’s MacBook series
Apple introduced a new line of MacBook Pros. These use the new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, which enhance performance by upto 50%. The unique unibody design of aluminum though not new to this generation is certainly not anywhere near to being outdated. It’s full body aluminum and glass blend and are highly Eco friendly boasting 10 hours of battery life. It has the next generation NVIDIA graphic card with SD slots. Though priced a towards the upper end starting at $1199, the Mac OS X, glass click pad and lightweight, not to mention it’s almost desktop equivalent performance makes it worth the money.
Dell’s XPS 14
Dell has reintroduced the XPS line. And it comes preloaded with Windows 7 home edition. It houses Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA 420M graphics card. The highlight of this machine is that it allows the user to tether the laptop to any HD 3D TV. It has a nice 14″ display, no complains there, and is the cheapest, priced at $899, on the XPS line. It has a decent keyboard and trackpad and has a 8 hour battery life.
HP Envy 17
A good hardware worth the $1399 it’s priced at. A decent price for a machine that has good hardware. Comparable to Mac type of aluminum and magnesium chassis with a keyboard and click pad. Comes with Windows 7 home edition. Intel core i7 processor but only single ATI Graphic card. Takes less space than other comparable 17″ models. Short battery life. Comes with Blu Ray reader/DVD Burner drive.
Edge to edge glass display with aluminum exterior, gesture touchpad and good island style keyboard. Comes with Windows 7 home edition, 14″ backlit display. Good 7 hour battery life. Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA 310M graphic card, but no video card. A good machine but slightly over priced at $899. Good college computer since it’s easily portable.
Toshiba Portege R705 P35
Good system, well designed and comfortably priced at $899. Has everything to boast around except battery life which is less than average. Comes with Windows 7 home edition, Intel Core i3 processor. Good design and a blended in keyboard and touch pad. Has no dedicated graphics. Otherwise a surprisingly well performing machine.
There are a few other laptops that have not made it to my top 5 but still cant be ignored in a hurry. They include game worthy laptop Alienware’s M11x, the Sony Vaio EC series and Apple’s MacBook Air. Laptops are now in competition with net books as well as fast growing Tablets as a secondary carry on devices. Though laptop is primarily a substitute of the desktop and the other two can’t do all that a laptop does, they pretty much do most if not all day to day activities. So the laptops are trying to get sleeker and are being thrust with every aspect that enhances style and performance and are coming down on the price platform.
Customer review from amazon.com, buy.com, newegg.com
Visited Apple and Sony outlet centers and tried hands on a few machines