Top rated laptops: January 2012

Our 10 top rated notebooks for January 2012

While Ultrabooks are the big talking in the notebook world at the moment, only two models manage to make our top rated list: Toshiba's Satellite Z830 and HP's Folio 13. Both are magnificent little units for anyone looking to purchase a thin and light laptop that's also comfortable to use and which has a good amount of built-in features.

A couple of Fujitsu laptops make the list this month: the LifeBook SH771 is a business model that's a little more serious than an Ultrabook, and the LifeBook TH701 offers good versatility thanks to the inclusion of a touchscreen, which accepts both finger and pen inputs.

The huge Toshiba Qosmio X770 also makes the list this month. Its style won't be to everyone's taste, but it has enough grunt under the hood to capably run most today's modern games.

Satellite Z830 (PT22LA-001001) Ultrabook

1. Toshiba Satellite Z830 (PT22LA-001001) Ultrabook

If you want to buy an Ultrabook, then buy this one. It's only 1.1kg and 16mm thick, but it has a conventional feature-set and it feels very comfortable to use. We enjoyed reviewing it very much, more so than the ...
Review Date: 20th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 1,399.00
Editor's Choice
Folio 13-1008TU Ultrabook

2. HP Folio 13-1008TU Ultrabook

The Folio 13 is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, simply because it's a joy to use and it has all the right features: long battery life, a thin chassis, responsive performance, an SSD, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, ...
Review Date: 14th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 1,499.00
Editor's Choice
N55SF (N55SF-SX005U)

3. ASUS N55SF (N55SF-SX005U) laptop

The ASUS N55SF is a powerful notebook with a good looking design and solid build quality. We really enjoyed using it during our test period and think it's a suitable unit for anyone who wants laptop that can be used ...
Review Date: 21st Oct., 2011
RRP: $ 1,599.00
Editor's Choice
X460 (X460-095AU)

4. MSI X460 (X460-095AU) laptop

The MSI X460 is a 14in laptop that's aimed at power users. It has a high-end CPU, loads of RAM and includes both a regular hard drive and a 120GB SSD. With all this good stuff in its chassis, it ...
Review Date: 27th Oct., 2011
RRP: $ 1,549.00
Best Buy
LifeBook TH701 laptop

5. Fujitsu LifeBook TH701 laptop

The TH701 is a fully-featured notebook that can easily be converted into a tablet. Its touchscreen is accurate for handwriting and drawing but it's a device feels a little too bulky to hold comfortably in that form factor. That said, ...
Review Date: 6th Feb., 2012
RRP: $ 1,988.00
EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

6. HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

The HP EliteBook 8560w is a mobile workstation designed to appease the needs of demanding professionals. It's a great unit to consider if you're after a powerful mobile computer that can also be used as your main computer when you're ...
Review Date: 30th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 4,899.00
XPS 14z (P24G)

7. Dell XPS 14z (P24G) notebook

If it had a better keyboard and touchpad, the XPS 14z would be at least a 4-star notebook. It offers great performance and features for its size and price point, making it suitable for anyone who wants plenty of power ...
Review Date: 4th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 1,499.00
Series 7 Chronos (NP700Z5A-S04AU) notebook

8. Samsung Series 7 Chronos (NP700Z5A-S04AU) notebook

The 15.6in, relatively slimline Chronos features excellent battery life and a very comfortable keyboard. It's well built and looks good, but it's marred by a terrible touchpad.
Review Date: 7th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 1,499.00
Qosmio X770 gaming notebook

9. Toshiba Qosmio X770 gaming notebook

The Qosmio X770's design aside, it's worthy notebook for gamers thanks to its Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 560M graphics. Its 3D technology also works well and allows you to immerse yourself in your gaming. On the flipside, its ...
Review Date: 2nd Feb., 2012
RRP: $ 2,699.00
LifeBook SH771 laptop

10. Fujitsu LifeBook SH771 laptop

The SH771 is worth checking out if you're looking for something with more features than an Ultrabook, but with a similar form factor. It's well built and looks good and it doesn't make many compromises when it comes to connectivity ...
Review Date: 12th Jan., 2012
RRP: $ 2,188.00

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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