When people refer to a seasonal business, they usually mean the holiday shopping season that starts with Black Friday. But the real season for laptops has become the summer shopping phenomenon known as "Back to School." For college students, a laptop is virtually required equipment, and even high school and grade school kids are getting in on the act.
To help you pick the perfect system for your academic needs (or to send those Facebook party invites from), we've scoured the retail shelves of big box electronics stores to find the specific configurations and model numbers you're most likely to find in Sunday sales circulars throughout the summer.
Below are all the retail laptops we're reviewing over the course of this summer. If you bookmark this page and check back regularly, we'll add links to the reviews as they go up and then present our favorites from each category.
Note: Laptop models listed as XXX haven't been officially announced yet--check back for updates.
Entry Level ($699 or less)
Sony VAIO NR430E/L
Mainstream ($800 - $999)
High-end ($1,000 and up)
See more laptops in CNET's back-to-school gift guide.