Budget laptops are great if you are sure of what you need. You see if you do not need to do any work that requires a lot of graphic then you do not need to buy an expensive one an if your task is only word processing then a simple notebook will do. This article discusses the best laptops to be released or already launched in the ear 2013 under various categories.
Best budget laptops
The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook on first glance looks like an Apple. This laptop has great looks and performance rolled into one. The only drawback may be the screen which is 11.6 inches and the display is 1366 x 768 TN. The Acer Aspire V5 is also available in 11.6 inch screen although larger versions are also available. However this Acer has a touch screen which the chromebook does not. The screen of the Asus VivoBook S200 is also somewhat dim but this is the touch type and there is nothing to complain in the response.
The HP Pavilion G6 Series is also a great performer and all these laptops are really lightweight but deliver much more than their weight. The lightweight gives them a high portability feature that most of us wishes for. The Dell Inspiron 15R runs on a 3rd Gen processor and is an impressive notebook because of its design and performance. The screen size is 15.6 inches and you have an interesting option of 6 colors in it.
Best laptop-tablet hybrids
The Sony Vaio Duo 11 looks stunning and is quickly transformed from a tablet to an ultrabook when you need. Sony has always been at the front of innovation so it is not surprising that the design had to come from this company. Although the sliding is easy on this model the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga does not use any sliding mechanism. It simply uses hinges that are quite flexible and the screen can be rotated an entire 360 degrees.
The Acer Iconia W5 on the other hand although similar in this design can rotate the screen only up to 295 degrees which is sufficient for watching movies etc. All these three models have excellent battery life. The display size of the Acer model is 10.1, that of the Lenovo model is 13.3 and Sony has a display of 11.6 inches.
High Performance Laptops
High performance laptops are priced on the steeper side; however there are a few others which can found in the medium price bracket too.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display takes the notebook to higher levels. Not only is this notebook ultra thin but very lightweight too. The display resolution is 2560×1600 on the 13 inch screen and on the 15 inch screen the resolution stands 2880 x 1800. This Mac book model has 2 to 3 million more pixels than HDTV. Hence when you read e-mails or any other text it feels as if you are reading printed material. The glare is also minimal because of the retina display and the viewing angle due to the IPS technology is excellent.
The Sony Vaio S Series also delivers a power packed performance but disappoints in the looks. It is thin and lightweight but simple looking. The pricing is not very expensive; however, it is not cheap either. This mid priced laptop is capable of some gaming tasks also but will not be able to handle those games which are very heavy on graphics.
The Dell XPS 15 is a great laptop for gaming and all other multimedia tasking but it is a little heavy for carrying it on the go. The simple and solid construction gives it a pricey look but it is a medium priced computer.
The Toshiba Satellite P855-32G is an update on its home laptop P850. It has a 15.6 inch screen with a 3rd generation Intel duo core processor. The clock speed of this model is good. There is an Nvidia graphics card that will take care of your gaming needs too.
The Asus N56V also come with the 3rd Generation processor and has a very fast response speed with great HD playback and other capabilities like photo editing etc. This laptop is sleek and stylish and has a quad core that runs at a speed of 2.6 GHz. You can also take it to 3.4 GHz by implementing the Turbo Boost technology from Intel.
The first thing that will catch your eye when you look at the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is its stunning color and of course the design. The performance is smooth too. The smile shaped keys are an interesting feature. It has optical drives due to which it becomes a little bulky at 4.2 pounds. Overall it is a stylish laptop with great performance.
The Toshiba Satellite Z930 on the other hand is great for portability. As it does not have optical drives, it is lightweight. The Z930 is an improvement on the Z830. Everything is a little more in this than its predecessor. If the Z830 had a 4GB RAM then the Z930 has a 6GB RAM.
The MacBook Air 2012 is an upgraded version in terms of performance but the design is unchanged. It has the same slimness that was unveiled for the first time in 2010.
The Gigabyte U2442 Ultrabook from the company that was known to manufacture components arrives with a lot of RAM, discrete graphics and a good resolution to boast. It also comes with a surprising 2 year warranty. It is taking courageous steps in competing with the best in the market.
The Acer Aspire S5 is perhaps the thinnest ultrabook as it is slimmer and lighter than the MacBook Air. This a steeply priced laptop and out of reach of many but it is a fun computer and the temptation to buy it becomes irresistible.
Best gaming laptops
The Alienware M17x 2012 is the fourth launch of the series. Hence it becomes imperative for any manufacturer to come up with something to justify the new launch. In the case of Alienware the main difference is the 3rd generation processor (Intel Ivy Bridge). Moreover, the latest and the most powerful GPU from Nvidia is also a key feature of this new version. This sounds like the ideal gaming computer but then good things do not come cheap especially in the world of gaming laptops.
The Samsung Series 7 Gamer looks more like a smaller desktop replacement because of its bulk. However it does provide portability. The screen is 17 inches and the weight is an astounding 9 pounds. This is truly packed with power for the maximum gaming experience. An interesting feature is the lit keyboard. The very noticeable dialer on the right top lets you move between the laptops 4 modes namely; gaming, library, balanced and green mode. The processor is Intel Core i7-3610QM. The speed of the processor is 2.3 GHz. The NVIDIA GeForce Graphics card along with w/6B L3 cache and the 1920 x 1080 resolution on the big screen is a gamer’s dream machine.
The Sony VPC-F21Z1E/B1 is also a mean machine as far as gaming is concerned and has a lot of interesting 3D features. However you will have to be prepared to face a significant amount of dent in your wallet. If you are a serious gamer; it will be worth it.
The new Razer Blade comes at a high price but it is a few hundred dollars cheaper than its predecessor. It has all the powerful features required of a gaming laptop. This is one machine that values design and looks. In fact the high price of this laptop has more to do with its looks than its features. If you value great looks then go ahead and buy this beautiful laptop.
The most interesting feature of the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G comes with a detachable touchpad for maximum comfort in PC gaming.