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Laptop nightmares: Scary systems with fatal flaws (photos)

We've compiled our own list of the scariest laptops of 2010--the models that either had one or more frightening flaws, or else were just dogs.

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Sony Vaio P Series P111

Sony's too-expensive, designer, ultramobile PC seems out of touch with today's more-affordable and usable smartphone, tablet, and Netbook offerings, with a package that doesn't best any of the competition.

Fatal flaws: Mediocre battery life; expensive; difficult to navigate.

Read the full review here.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d

One of only a handful of 3D laptops, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d skips active shutter glasses for an inferior technology, but keeps the A-list price.

Fatal flaws: Polarized eyeglass 3D system isn't very impressive.

Read the full review here.

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Archos 9 PC Tablet

The Archos 9 PC Tablet certainly looks the part of a full-OS iPad competitor, but hardware frustrations make it a tough sell.

Fatal flaws: Terribly slow CPU; no way to easily rotate orientation; frustrating touch controls.

Read the full review here.

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Dell Inspiron iM501R

We'd like the attractive and affordable Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL more if it weren't so slow and squeaky.

Fatal flaws: Squeaky space bar on the keyboard; poor battery life; performance lags behind similarly priced Intel-based laptops.

Read the full review here.

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HP Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX

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 annoyingly stiff mouse button.

Fatal flaws: Very stiff mouse button is uncomfortable to use; single-core processor lags behind slightly pricier dual-core laptops; no Webcam; no media card reader; touch pad doesn't support multitouch gestures.

Read the full review here.

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Acer Aspire AS5532-5535

The entry-level Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 can keep up with neither dual-core laptops that are still moderately priced nor with a competing single-core entry-level laptop from Compaq.

Fatal flaws: Woeful performance, even for a budget laptop; poor battery life; flimsy keyboard; no Webcam; terrible audio output.

Read the full review here.

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