Holiday gift guide: Best sub-$1500 notebooks

10 great all-round notebooks that won't break the budget

Years ago, $1500 wouldn't have bought you a notebook with much speed and many features. These days, a $1500 notebook is full of great features and also offers plenty of performance. Sub-$1500 notebooks equipped with Intel Core i5 or Core i3 CPUs can tackle toughest of tasks, whether it is video editing to upload to YouTube, or converting video formats so that you can watch movies on your iPhone. Furthermore, some can even be used for gaming!

In this roundup we've listed some of the best sub-$1500 notebooks we've seen; most have 15in screens, but all offer great performance and can be used at home, at school or even in the office. Don't forget, we've listed the recommended retail price of each model, so if you shop around you should be able to find them much cheaper, and maybe even with more hard drive space or more RAM!

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Fujitsu LifeBook SH530

The Fujitsu LifeBook SH530 is a good 13in, Intel Core i5-based notebook overall -- but a less glossy design, a better keyboard layout and 4GB of RAM would make it a great notebook. We like the portability of the SH530, as well as the way it looks, and it has enough CPU power for tough multimedia tasks in addition to everyday office tasks.

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  • 15th Nov., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Fujitsu
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  • Pros:
  • Feels solidly built, looks good, built-in DVD burner, ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Cons:
  • Only 2GB RAM, too glossy, slightly sluggish performance, keyboard layout could be better, a little pricey, relatively short battery life

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