What are the Best Laptops?

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There are plenty of notebooks out on the market right now, all ranging in specs, size, and performance. Figuring out the best laptop for a specific need can be arduous, which is why TechnologyGuide has assembled a list of the top notebooks for our readers.

This list includes the best overall laptops, including Ultrabooks, business systems, and multimedia devices, as reviewed by the experts at NotebookReview, featured on TechnologyGuide.

Samsung ATIV Book 91. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook (tie)

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is undoubtedly the best looking Ultrabook to come through the TG and NBR test lab. It sports an “incredibly thin form factor,” with “high quality touchpad,” and “long battery life to boot.” Of course, looks like these don’t come cheap, and the ATIV Book 9 is also one of the most expensive 13.3-inch Windows 8 Ultrabooks TG has recently reviewed, costing close to $1,900 at the time of review. Still, if you have the money, there is no sleeker Ultrabook around.

Rating Average: 8.14 out of 10
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Lenovo IdeaPad Y5001. Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (tie)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is in many ways the opposite of the Samsung ATIV Book 9. It’s a big and bulky Windows 8 budget gaming laptop, albeit one with a “high-quality keyboard,” display, and design. TG also described it as “versatile,” claiming it offers “solid performance.” In short, this is a laptop for getting things done, and maybe killing time with a game or two. Best of all, it won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Rating Average: 8.14 out of 10
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Dell Latitude 6430u

3. Dell Latitude 6430u (tie)

As a business Ultrabook, the Dell Latitude 6430u offers great performance with a durable yet attractive design to boot. While the design certainly impresses, it’s the performance that makes this laptop shine; it can handle multiple programs at once, with ease. For anyone looking for a business laptop, the Dell Latitude 6430u is a versatile, portable, and powerful option. This powerful laptop retails for around $1,500 at the time of review.

Rating Average: 7.71 out of 10
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Dell Latitude E5530

3. Dell Latitude E5530 (tie)

It might not be the prettiest notebook on the block, but the Dell Latitude E5530 will not disappoint. Designed as a business notebook, it features a sturdy chassis that will withstand any road warrior’s schedule. For anyone that does not have portability at the top of their list will find the Latitude E5330 to be a great choice. Prices start around $800 with instant savings.

Rating Average: 7.71 out of 10
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Sony VAIO Fit 155. Sony Viao Fit

The Sony Vaio Fit is built for Windows 8 users that want a premium design at a budget price. Sony certainly nailed it on the look, as the Fit sports what NBR called an “elegant aesthetic that never feels too flashy.” Unfortunately, the Fit is marred by some durability issues on the display, which take away from what is otherwise a “solid, all-around notebook.”

Rating Average: 7.57 out of 10
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