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HolidayBuyer's Guide

#1 Netbook: Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 (SD)

#2 Netbook: MSI Wind U160

#3 Netbook: Acer Aspire One 532h-2326

Notable Ultraportable: Lenovo ThinkPad X201

#1 13-incher: Apple MacBook, Spring 2010

#2 13-incher: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Spring 2010

#3 13-incher: Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324

#1 midsize: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, Spring 2010

#2 midsize: Gateway EC5809u

#3 midsize: HP Pavilion dv4-2165dx

#1 desktop replacement: Toshiba Satellite A505-S6025

#2 desktop replacement: Asus K60IJ-RBLX05

#3 desktop replacement: HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx

This retail version of Dell's Mini 10 Netbook, called the iM1012-687OBK, has a great battery, but chances are it's sitting on a shelf right next to a less expensive Netbook with a bigger hard drive.

Battery life: 459 minutes

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The basic-as-it-gets MSI Wind U160-007US is a leader in battery life, but shouldn't cost $80 more than comparable systems.

Battery life: 438 minutes

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The Acer Aspire One 532h-2326 is just as good for basic tasks as Netbooks costing $100 more, making it a solid sub-$300 option.

Battery life: 429 minutes

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Anyone looking for the power of a midsize laptop in a compact 12-inch body has only a few choices, and none to date tops Lenovo's excellent ThinkPad X201.

Battery life: 412 minutes

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Apple slightly revamps its basic MacBook with improvements under the hood, but keeps the design and price the same, which makes the new MacBook tough to beat as a back-to-school laptop.

Battery life: 387 minutes

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The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses a faster version of last year's processor, but a graphics chip upgrade and better battery life give it more value for the same price.

Battery life: 360 minutes

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Toshiba's lightweight and affordable thin-and-light T135 series shaves another hundred off its price by switching to an AMD Neo processor in the T135D-S1324, while offering only slightly diminished performance.

Battery life: 359 minutes

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Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same look and feel, but offers major internal changes, including an optional Intel Core i7 CPU, making it a very serious portable powerhouse.

Battery life: 356 minutes

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As a thin 15-inch laptop packing a lower-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, the Gateway EC5809u sacrifices performance for battery life at a decent price--but you could do even better.

Battery life: 343 minutes

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The excellent-performing HP Pavilion dv4-2165dx has a long battery life for the money, but it'll cost you some portability.

Battery life: 334 minutes

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While the Toshiba Satellite A505-6025 has a rock-solid combination of computing power, graphics, and battery life, its price and bulk may be hard to swallow.

Battery life: 268 minutes

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Although the Asus K60IJ-RBLX05 is an affordable 16-inch budget laptop, it's missing the processing punch and features that can be had for just a little more money.

Battery life: 205 minutes

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People who would rather have a big screen instead of great battery life will be happy with the HP dv7-3165dx.

Battery life: 178 minutes

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