Top 5 notebooks

Top 5 notebooks: From netbooks to desktop replacements (Dell, HP, Medion, Sony, Toshiba)

Our Top 5 laptops list is dominated by small and light models from Dell, HP, Sony and Toshiba, which range in size from 10.1in to 13.3in. However, we have also included the comparatively huge Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550), which goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on Thursday, 27 January. It's a 17.3in laptop with plenty of great features (including USB 3.0 and HDMI) and good performance, and it only costs $799.

There is definitely something for everyone here; whether you want a great netbook, a small and light notebook with decent speed or an affordable desktop replacement with plenty of features, we've got you covered.

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HP Mini 5103 (XP882PA)

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 constructed, has 2GB of RAM and a fast 7200rpm hard drive, and its battery life is great. We hate the prolonged setup procedure when you boot it up for the first time, and think it comes with too much bloatware, but overall, the 5103 is excellent.

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  • 10th Dec., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • HP
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  • Pros:
  • Metal casing, 1366x768 screen resolution, 7200rpm hard drive, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, good performance, great battery life
  • Cons:
  • Lot of preinstalled software, initial setup takes around 30min, touchpad can sometimes feel too sticky, rubber stops don't keep netbook from sliding on a desk
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