Some might call the midsize Asus VivoBook S451 attractive, and it's certainly inexpensive, but too many sacrifices were made to hit that budget price.
A decent entry-level system, Dell's Inspiron 1150 offers good battery life and Wi-Fi, but it lacks features that advanced users will not want to live without.
Toshiba's holiday update of one of our favorite laptops, the Satellite E205, adds graphics and WiMax, but its higher price and lack of other new features prevent it from being a standout at the end of 2010.
The best 2-in-1 Yoga Lenovo makes gets even better with the addition of a stunning OLED display.
As a midsize entertainment laptop, the 14-inch HP Pavilion dv4-1555dx hits some right notes, but its poor battery life sours the deal.
The third version of Lenovo's ultralight 14-inch laptop, the X1 Carbon, gets nearly all the basics right while adding a few new twists, including a function key row that changes app by app.
HP's slick and powerful Pavilion dm4-1065dx offers great core performance, long battery life, and an eye-catching design at a very competitive price, making it a very attractive back-to-school laptop.
The 14.1-inch Toshiba Satellite E105 is a solid all-around laptop that delivers on Best Buy's Blue Label promises: longer battery life, lightweight design, and lengthy warranty.
Starting at a low $250, you can customize these relatively attractive budget laptops... until they're not so cheap anymore.
Slickly designed and amply featured, the Samsung QX410 looks and plays the part of a more expensive high-end laptop at a price that's a solid value.
New CPUs and a better-than-HD screen make this 2.8-pound ultrabook a top crossover contender.
Adopting the looks of an ultrabook and an Apple MacBook, the IdeaPad U400 wins on design and overall value, but it's not that far above other equally good laptops that are out there right now.
Lenovo's 14-inch ThinkPad T61 shaves a few millimeters off the company's more mainstream R-series laptops, but still boasts the same, solid ThinkPad DNA along with IT-friendly features by way of Intel's new Centrino Pro platform.
For business users whose work involves intense data manipulation or high-end graphics, the ThinkPad T61p laptop delivers powerful performance in a portable form.
The thin design and Nvidia Optimus automatic graphics switching on the Asus UL80J-BBK5 are appealing, but the underperforming CPU and battery life on this compact 14-incher are disappointments.
The colorful Satellite M55 will satisfy your craving for a well-rounded, affordable thin-and-light.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T60p, the go-to laptop for button-down business users, makes a largely effortless transition to Windows Vista.
Though it doesn't stand out in any one area, the Sony Vaio CR510E covers all the bases--decent performance, long battery life, good size, affordable price--in forming a good bet as a back-to-school laptop.