While the 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-17J is cheap, its limited range of ports, pedestrian performance and uninspiring build quality mean this laptop doesn't really offer good value for money.
The Samsung N220 isn't a hugely ambitious netbook, but it looks good, offers excellent battery life and is highly usable. We like it
The HP Spectre x360 13 is a great little laptop, but if battery life matters to you a lot, opt for the HD display, not the more expensive 4K.
If you just want a good machine without having to spend a fortune, then you can't go far wrong with the Samsung R60. It could do better at games, but other than that it's a pretty good all rounder with a bargain price tag
If your computing requirements are modest, the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3515 is a good little model. Its tiny price tag is matched by equally low performance scores, but it's still sufficient for basic tasks
The design of the 15.6-inch Dell Studio 1558 doesn't exactly set the heart racing, but it's a well-built machine and has good performance, making it an ideal family laptop.
Spritely performance and an attractive case design makes the Asus ideal for home office tasks in an IKEA-obsessed age. While the laptop won't look out of place on your kitchen table, the absence of a catch on the screen carries a risk for anyone who does a lot of travelling
The Toshiba NB500 is a good all-round netbook, but its design is rather ho-hum. You can easily find the same features wrapped up in a more appealing package elsewhere.
Apart from an uninspiring design, there's not much wrong with the MSI Wind U135DX. But it just doesn't do anything that makes it stand out from the crowd of competing netbooks.
The Samsung R710 is a top-class entertainment laptop, with a wallet-friendly price. It's not often that you find its combination of speedy performance, good 3D capabilities and built-in Blu-ray drive for under £800
The Dell Latitude E6410 ATG's rugged chassis and blisteringly fast performance make it a good option for those who work in challenging environments. This laptop doesn't come cheap, though.
The Acer Aspire V5 is a slim and affordable laptop. Its touch-enabled screen makes it easy to swipe around Windows 8, but it's badly let down by a poor display and unimpressive performance from old components.
An ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU makes the Acer Aspire 6530 configuration that we tested, the 6530-623G25Mn, a better all-rounder than the similar Toshiba Satellite L350-17P. On the other hand, it costs more, has a smaller, lower-resolution screen and a slower CPU. It's worth considering if you want a good-looking laptop, though
The configuration of the Toshiba Tecra M11 that we've reviewed, the M11-11M, boasts a fast processor and sturdy build quality, but its short battery life is disappointing and it's no oil painting.
The Acer Aspire 5738 3D is capable of delivering a passable 3D image, but, in most cases, this functionality is ineffective and gimmicky. Don't let that put you off, though, because -- gimmicks aside -- it's actually a very good machine
It's cheap and cheerful. If you're after a low-cost second laptop, or something for the kids, you could do a lot worse. If you're serious about computing though, you should probably look elsewhere
The Aspire 6920G is a stylish machine that offers great performance for watching movies or playing the latest games. It's an excellent option if you're looking for a desktop replacement laptop that can keep you entertained
The version of the Toshiba Satellite L650 that we reviewed, the L650-12Q, is a fabulous budget laptop. Its battery life is disappointing, but it will cope well with just about anything asked of it