Top rated business laptops: August 2011

Here are our top 10 highest-rated business laptops for August 2011

Our top rated this month is headed by the Toshiba Tecra R850, which has a wonderful combination of design, performance, battery life and price. It's one of the best 15.6in units we've seen in a while. Lenovo's reliable Thinkpad T420 comes in after it with a 4-star review rating and it's followed by solid offerings from Dell and HP.

We've included the ThinkPad edge in this round-up, too, as it's a terrific little unit for what you pay and we think small business users will love it. For professionals who want lots of power, Lenovo's ThinkPad W520 gets a look in at position eight. Users after a lighter model that still has great features must check out Toshiba's Portege R830 instead.

About our ratings: A star rating is awarded to a product in quarter increments from one star to five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the notebook. Notebooks are evaluated on performance, features, build quality, ease of use, battery life and value for money.

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Dell Latitude E6420

The Latitude E6420 is a well built business machine with good performance. However, it could use a few more standard features for the price (such as USB 3.0) and we also wish that Dell supplied both the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 versions in the recovery image.

  • Review Date:
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  • Manufacturer:
  • 11th July, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Dell
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  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Build quality
  • Keyboard
  • Cons:
  • Lacks USB 3.0
  • Could use more features
  • 64-bit Windows has to be specified
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