Latest laptops: Hot and cheap

While you'll find us with our faces stuffed with chocolate, the very latest laptops are keeping slim and looking a whole lot sexier than we've seen before

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Here at Crave, as we stare longingly at our giant chocolate Easter eggs, we can't help but remember that oh-so-long-ago New Year's resolution to finally get fit. Thankfully, the latest laptops are doing the work for us -- they're slim, trim and a whole lot sexier.

You'd have to be living in a rabbit hole to not know that thin is in this year. Just 19mm at its thickest point, Apple's MacBook Air sports one of the most innovative designs we've ever seen. But it's not alone in the department of sleek. The Toshiba Portege R500 tips the scales at a meagre 779g, which isn't much more than a loaf of bread. Like a gym membership card, you could easily put the Tosh in your bag and forget it's there.

If it's mobility you're after, may we introduce the Lenovo ThinkPad X300? With its 13.3-inch screen and solid-state drive -- they're all the rage, too -- it ups the ante on the Air and R500, making for an intense battle of the featherweights.

The laptop manufacturers must also realise that your well-earned monthly dosh is, like ours, split between your gym membership and trips to the chippy, and have started offering low-cost laptops that don't skimp on quality. The Asus Eee PC 701 started the trend, but there's a bevy of newbies waiting to take pity on your wallet. The Dell Vostro 1400 starts at just £233, has a range of configurations and, dude -- it's a Dell. While it may not be as stylish as its XPS M1530 sibling, we'd be surprised if you could find a more feature-friendly option for that sum.

Bringing up the rear is Packard Bell's EasyNote XS, which, at £399 might seem pricey in comparison, but it one-ups its competitors with a 30GB hard drive. How's that for value? Check out our round-up of cheap laptops for a side-by-side comparison.

It couldn't be easier to buy a laptop that's small in size or light on your wallet. Throw indecision to the wind and tuck in to some fabulous machines. We'll handle the chocolate. -Shannon Doubleday

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