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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HP ProBook 6550b

If you're a business user that absolutely must have as many connectivity features built into a notebook as possible, then HP's ProBook 6550b is worth looking into. Not only do you get modern facilities such as eSATA and DisplayPort, you also get ageless wonders such as a 56Kbps modem and a serial port. Its Core i5-540M CPU gives it good speed and its keyboard is crisp and comfortable to type on. Overall, a very good business laptop.

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  • 1st Oct., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • HP
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  • Pros:
  • Good mix of old and new connectivity, sturdy build quality, good performance
  • Cons:
  • Slightly 'sticky' touchpad, 32-bit version of Windows 7, touch-sensitive buttons are slow and sometimes unreliable

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