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The 3D-enabled Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20 is one of the more affordable 3D-enabled laptops, but it lacks the horsepower we've seen in more-robust 3D gaming laptops.
The HP Pavilion dv5-2035dx is an AMD-based laptop that straddles the line between budget and mainstream laptops. We like the updated design and can tolerate the merely average performance, but the new touch pad is an exercise in frustration.
The HP Pavilion dv5-2045dx is a respectable mainstream laptop, but it's only a good deal if you need Microsoft Office and antivirus software.
Josh schools us in saving your social connections and data for posterity, and what makes the new game Minecraft so addictive. Plus: Rafe on passwords and laptop theft, and more questions about HP laptop reliability.
At that $799 sweet spot in our retail laptop review roundup, you can get a very capable system, fine for any kind of schoolwork, plus reasonably heavy multitasking and HD video playback.
Find out which budget laptops came out on top in the Back to School 2010 version of our retail system roundup.
If you're looking to spend anywhere from $600 to $1,000 on a laptop, there are some awfully good retail options available.
The latest wave of new back-to-school laptops and desktops for 2010 is here, and we've been scouring the shelves of big retail stores to find boxed versions of these popular PCs, from entry-level systems starting at $250 to massive $1,200 gaming monsters.
HP has unveiled its new lines of consumer laptops, the dv4, dv5, dv7 and Compaq Presario CQ50. The dv lines all feature Blu-ray drives, 802.11n and a whole bunch of other treats
The latest updates to the HP Pavilion line feature a move away from thin-and-light design, and an infusion of AMD processor options.