CNET Top 5
CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
Sluggish performance is usually the deal breaker for an entry-level laptop, and though the single-core Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX is far from a speed merchant, its biggest flaw isn't a lack of power but rather the finger power it requires to depress the stiff mouse button.
The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX covers the basics, and that's really all you can ask for from a $349 laptop.
Saddled with a processor that's bottom-tier, the CQ60-417DX is a budget laptop with the chassis of a superior machine but the guts of an inferior one.
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The HP Compaq Presario SR5610f stirs together a mix of mediocre parts in a cookie-cutter chassis, brewing up an altogether yawn-worthy computer. The price tag falls in line with other budget systems that feature similar components, but we recommend spending $50 more on the Acer x3200, a well designed compact PC that can carry more weight across a wider variety of applications.
Just powerful enough for basic home use, the Compaq Presario V2300 features a low base price, a nice set of features, and very long battery life.
The inexpensive Targus 15.4-inch messenger bag provides a stylish and comfortable way to carry your laptop plus a few files and accessories.
Although the ThermaPAK HeatShift Bag needs a few design improvements, we're impressed with its ability to immediately draw heat away from our laptop.
A built-in raincoat, plus enough room for a 17-inch laptop, makes the Targus Flare worth a look, if you don't mind looking like you're on your way back to the dorms.
Despite its understated looks, the well-designed Targus Corporate Traveler is a great bag for road warriors who need to stay organized while they're away from the office.
With more than six hours of battery life, the sturdy nx5000 is a good choice for frequent flyers and desk jockeys.