Top rated notebooks: August 2011

Here's our overall top 10 top rated notebook list for August 2011

These are the top rated notebooks we've reviewed in the year leading up to August 2011.

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Akoya P6624 (MD98390)
4.75

1. Medion Akoya P6624 (MD98390) notebook

The Medion Akoya P6624 is a marvellous desktop replacement notebook for anyone who has a sub-$1000 budget. It features plenty of mod cons considering its price, and its good graphics performance makes it a legitimate notebook for a budget gamer. ...
Review Date: 21st Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 899.00
Best Buy
Notebook Series 9 (NP900X3A-A01AU)
4.50

2. Samsung Notebook Series 9 (NP900X3A-A01AU) ultraportable laptop

The Samsung Series 9 has strong build quality, a sleek design and many great features that make it comfortable to use. It's high price tag definitely makes it a luxury item, but if you want excellent mobility and usability in ...
Review Date: 8th May, 2011
RRP: $ 2,499.00
Editor's Choice
NF210-A01AU
4.50

3. Samsung NF210-A01AU netbook

The Samsung NF210-A01AU is a great netbook. It feels comfortable to use, it's light and it looks good. Best of all, its battery life is tremendous! It lasted over six hours when playing videos with its screen at full brightness, ...
Review Date: 7th March, 2011
RRP: $ 499.00
Editor's Choice
Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB16FG)
4.50

4. Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB16FG) 2nd Generation Intel Core laptop

The Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB16FG) represents all that is good about mobile computing: it's a thin, light, well built and attractive 13in laptop, and thanks to 2nd Generation Intel Core CPU technology, it also possesses great battery life and ...
Review Date: 24th Feb., 2011
RRP: $ 1,499.00
Best Buy
VAIO YB Series (VPCYB16KG)
4.50

5. Sony VAIO YB Series (VPCYB16KG) laptop

The Sony VAIO YB Series is one of the best little laptops on the market. Its screen quality is excellent, it performs well, and it has good looks as well as plenty of useful features. We recommend it to anyone ...
Review Date: 18th Feb., 2011
RRP: $ 799.00
Editor's Choice
Mini 5103 (XP882PA)
4.50

6. HP Mini 5103 (XP882PA) netbook

Despite not being very different to the HP Mini 5102, the HP Mini 5103 is still one of the best netbooks money can buy... if you don't mind forking over so much cash for a netbook, that is. It's solidly ...
Review Date: 10th Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 799.00
Editor's Choice
M18x
4.25

7. Alienware M18x gaming notebook

If you’re looking for a proper desktop replacement -- replacing a gaming desktop, that is -- the Alienware M18x is undoubtedly the notebook to pick. It’s massive and has a price tag that’s painful, but its performance is almost unparalleled.
Review Date: 16th Sept., 2011
RRP: $ 3,299.00
Editor's Choice
MacBook Air
4.25

8. Apple MacBook Air (13in, mid-2011)

Apple's latest MacBook Air still lacks replaceable components, still has an annoying glossy screen and remains relatively expensive. However, its performance upgrades with new Core i5 processors give it the extra grunt previous models were missing. Combined with a superb ...
Review Date: 5th Aug., 2011
RRP: $ 1,799.00
Tecra R850 (PT520A-01S003)
4.25

9. Toshiba Tecra R850 (PT520A-01S003) business laptop

The Toshiba Tecra R850 is thin, reasonably light and elegant. Considering it's a 15.6in business laptop that's no mean feat. It performed well in our performance and battery tests, it has good features and it's comfortable to use. But it's ...
Review Date: 5th May, 2011
RRP: $ 1,925.00
Akoya E7216 (MD98550)
4.25

10. Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) laptop

With a low price and lots of great features, the Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is a great alternative to big-brand entry-level notebooks. It's a 17.3in laptop, and it's not pretty, but it has a solid configuration and modern conveniences such ...
Review Date: 20th Jan., 2011
RRP: $ 799.00
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