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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Sony VAIO E Series (VPCEB36FG)

The Sony VAIO E Series (VPCEB36FG) notebook has a 15.5in Full HD screen and is solidly built. It performed well in our tests and it's very comfortable to type on for long periods of time. However, it has an awful touchpad and it doesn't ship with a Blu-ray drive, which would help you take advantage of the Full HD screen.

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  • 22nd Nov., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Sony
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  • Pros:
  • Full HD screen, excellent keyboard, well built, ExpressCard/34 slot, good performance
  • Cons:
  • Terrible touchpad, annoying preinstalled software, no Blu-ray drive

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