TechSpot's Laptop Buying Guide: Third Quarter 2010

When shopping for a new laptop it's important to know beforehand what kind of use you plan on giving it. Whether you want a multimedia or gaming powerhouse that'll only occasionally move from your desk, or something that hits the sweet spot between performance and portability, there are plenty of good options if you know what to look for.

To help ease the hassle of going through countless product pages and bookmarking the ones you like, we've created a list with some of our favorite notebooks in each of six categories: Thin and light, business or general purpose, desktop replacements, gaming, value/budget offerings, and netbooks.

Ultraportables

Thin and light notebooks aim to serve as a bridge between netbooks and traditional full-fledged laptops, offering a smooth blend of performance, portability and battery life.

Business

Business notebooks offer a combination of mid to high end components with an emphasis on extra durability, data security and longer battery life.

Desktop Replacements

Usually packing the most complete set of features and performance nearing its desktop counterparts, as you might expect, however, they are not the easiest to carry around.

Gaming

Serious gamers will always lean more toward desktop PCs for their flexibility and sheer power, but if mobility is also a priority, there are some solid choices in this category.

Value

Laptops in this category are usually hot sellers in the back to school season as they offer a good blend of price, features and portability.

Netbooks

Netbooks are perfect as travel companions or secondary systems. Most of them feature 10- to 12-inch screens and an almost identical combination of hardware under the hood.

 

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If you want multimedia, try dell studio xps 16. It used to have 16" display but nowadays, it is only 15.6" and if you can't find a good discount, it can be expensive. On the other hand, it has a beautiful screen which can be upgraded to 1920x1080, graphics card can be upgraded to ati 5730 and you can get a blu-ray player for an extra $150. Although my blu-ray drive broke down after a year, I must say.

Hancer said,
If you want multimedia, try dell studio xps 16. It used to have 16" display but nowadays, it is only 15.6" and if you can't find a good discount, it can be expensive. On the other hand, it has a beautiful screen which can be upgraded to 1920x1080, graphics card can be upgraded to ati 5730 and you can get a blu-ray player for an extra $150. Although my blu-ray drive broke down after a year, I must say.

Whoops, got carried away with the button pushing.

I wish they would have done a multimedia section. I am looking for a laptop that will work well with watching streaming video (netflix, hulu), playing music with zune software, office and image editing. Desktop replacements are too big and gaming laptops are overkill.

Anyone bought anything lately that fits my needs?

LandonAB said,
I wish they would have done a multimedia section. I am looking for a laptop that will work well with watching streaming video (netflix, hulu), playing music with zune software, office and image editing. Desktop replacements are too big and gaming laptops are overkill.

Anyone bought anything lately that fits my needs?


Studio XPS 16 in. 1,300 US
HP Pavillion DV6. 1,000 US

Both very powerful and cheap, and it can serve you for anything you like to do.
You can even play games at medium settings on a Full HD monitor, editing videos and anything you like.
Only problem is that the first one mentioned above, gets hot..... but a very powerful machine.