Best 13in notebooks of 2010

13in notebooks from Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic

If you're looking for a notebook that's easy to take on the road with you, yet doesn't compromise much when it comes to user comfort and features, then consider getting yourself a 13.3in laptop, rather than a 10in netbook.

We think 13.3in hits the sweet spot between mobility and easy of use and prices for many 13.3in notebooks are not that much more than the most expensive netbooks, with the benefit being that you'll also get a lot more performance out of a 13.3in notebook than you would out of a 10in netbook.

In this round-up we've gathered the best 13.3in notebooks of 2010, including the recently released Dell Vostro V130. The Vostro V130 doesn't have as many features as some of the other 13.3in models we've included, but its solid build quality, 1.6kg weight and thin frame still make it desirable.

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Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N)

The 13.3in Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 looks good, performs well, has plenty of built-in features and is comfortable to use for long periods of time. Unfortunately, it has relatively poor battery life and it ships with fingerprint reader software that needs to be upgraded if you want be able to run Firefox. These issues notwithstanding, the U500 is still a good machine for business users, but it could be much better.

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  • 8th Nov., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Toshiba
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  • Pros:
  • Built-in DVD burner, ExpressCard/54 slot, good keyboard, good office application performance
  • Cons:
  • Relatively poor battery life, fingerprint reader software had to be manually updated in order to use Firefox, sluggish hard drive

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