Asus has built a very nice sideline over the years with its gaming laptops, including the G74SX, which is a strong, if expensive, quad-core rig that works fine, but looks like it should cost less.
Apple's MacBook ditches its plastic shell and Intel chipset for a solid aluminum chassis with an Nvidia chipset, and serves up a multitouch glass trackpad, LED-backlit display, and mini DisplayPort.
The MSI GX600's snazzy case looks like a powerhouse gaming laptop, but its performance is better suited to the casual gamer.
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The Acer TravelMate's lengthy battery life and remarkably low price make it a compelling alternative to laptops from more well-known manufacturers.
Its design isn't groundbreaking, but the media-friendly Fujitsu LifeBook A6025 offers home users a thorough feature set and a gorgeous display at an affordable price.
The HP Pavilion dv2500t delivers an eye-catching case, a strong set of features, and solid performance at a lower price than competing systems. We recommend it for home or school use.
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At WWDC 2012 in San Francisco, Apple's Phil Schiller previews beefed up MacBook Airs with Intel's Ivy Bridge processor. The new computers offer up to a 2GHz dual-core i7 processor. Other options include a 512GB solid-state drive with a read speed of 500MB per second.
The HP Compaq nc8430's design won't turn any heads, but the laptop does offer business-oriented features and solid performance at a competitive price.
Toshiba's high-end Qosmio G45-AV680 is great for movies and multimedia, and its unique onboard controls are fun to use--but the recordable HD DVD drive seems like an expensive splurge few will need.
Samsung could be gluing together a new Galaxy tablet, boasting an 11.6-inch screen and a 2GHz processor.