In our current roundup of retail-specific laptops, we've divided our 30-plus systems into four different price categories, from sub-$500 entry level models to high-end ones that cost more than $1,000.
In that high-end category, we looked at three laptops from Sony, HP, and Asus. While they were largely similar,
Check out details of each system below:
The good: Sleek design, seamless Blu-ray functionality, plenty of RAM, good battery life.
The bad: Midlevel discrete graphics, no 1080p screen resolution, no touch-sensitive media controls.
The bottom line: As an above-average Blu-ray-playing laptop with impressive looks and good under-the-hood power, Sony's Vaio FW480J/T is a solid portable multimedia machine.
The good: Good components for the price; secondary instant-on Linux OS; separate number pad.
The bad: Big, heavy, and power hungry; mixed performance; lights can't be completely shut off; no dedicated media controls.
The bottom line: The Asus G71GX-RX05 is a solid gaming-oriented desktop replacement, but with a few shortcomings that could make or break a purchasing decision.
The good: Plenty of RAM and a big hard drive; slick, attractive design; discrete graphics; quad-core CPU.
The bad: Screen resolution is low for the price; no Blu-ray drive.
The bottom line: HP makes excellent, slick multimedia machines, such as the Pavilion dv7-2185DX, but we'd still trade its quad-core CPU for a full HD 1080p display and Blu-ray.