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HP Mini 5101 notebook
3.0 stars HP Mini 5101 notebook By Andrew Tiney

We've seen several HP netbooks in the past, and although they've always offered excellent usability and quality, there has often been something missing. The HP Mini 5101 is the latest, and sitting at the top end of the netbook market it has to be good... Read more

Acer Aspire 5738PG notebook
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5738PG notebook By Andrew Tiney

Acer’s Aspire 5738PG is a touchscreen laptop with a difference. Unlike the previous machines we’ve seen with touch-sensitive displays, this isn’t a Tablet PC – so the screen doesn’t rotate at all. Instead, the multi-gesture touch panel is intended... Read more

Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook By Andrew Tiney

Toshiba's Satellite A500-19X is a mid-range multimedia laptop. It's considerably smaller and cheaper than the company’s own Qosmio range, yet proves every bit as able. While we've tested an A500 before, the internal specification has changed quite a... Read more

Acer Aspire 1810T-413G25n notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 1810T-413G25n notebook By Andrew Tiney

We've heard nothing but good things about Acer's Aspire 1810T recently, but is this tiny CULV laptop really as good as it appears? First off, it's affordable, with a price that's in-keeping with the current crop of high-end netbooks.Design-wise, it's... Read more

Acer Aspire 8935G notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 8935G notebook By Andrew Tiney

Acer's Aspire 8935G is the latest model from the company's multimedia range, offering a great mix of power and features at an impressive price.As with previous models, the 18.4-inch screen is a particular highlight of this machine, offering an astonishing... Read more

Samsung X120 notebook
4.5 stars Samsung X120 notebook By Andrew Tiney

With a very compact design, small screen, cheap price and no optical drive, it’s easy to think of the Samsung X120 as a netbook. Look at the specs though, and it’s a no-brainer - the Samsung beats most netbooks hands down - but does it deliver in... Read more

Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook By Andrew Tiney

Sony’s VAIO CW1S1E sits smack in the middle of the company’s laptop range, offering impressive value for money without compromising on features or style. With a 14-inch screen and weighing 2.3kg, it’s slightly larger than Sony’s ultra-portable... Read more

Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Toshiba’s Satellite U500-178 is a highly portable laptop that’s great for either home use or a life on the move. With a 13.3-inch screen, it’s small enough to slip into most laptop bags, yet also packs in a powerful Nvidia GeForce G 210M graphics... Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook By Andrew Tiney

It’s easy to imagine that Sony has been hit harder than most by the current netbook explosion, with little point in paying a premium for high-end ultraportable machines when a netbook will suffice. The Sony VAIO VPC11Z1E/X-series aims to change this,... Read more

MSI X600 notebook
4.0 stars MSI X600 notebook By Andrew Tiney

The MSI X600 is the latest addition to the company’s ultra-slim X-series, following on from the affordable X300. With a larger 15.6-inch screen, the X600 isn’t as small, but it’s still impressively portable for such a large machine.The most striking... Read more

Asus G71Gx notebook
3.5 stars Asus G71Gx notebook By Andrew Tiney

The Asus G71Gx is the latest laptop in the Taiwanese company’s gaming line-up, and balances a powerful GPU with a high-end quad-core Intel processor. Although it only has a single graphics card, it’s also a lot cheaper than many high-end gaming machines,... Read more

Samsung N510 notebook
4.0 stars Samsung N510 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Samsung’s N510 netbook is one of the first machines featuring Nvidia’s ION technology to hit the market. With a relatively powerful graphics card alongside the regular Intel Atom processor, the N510 offers a much more rounded package than most rival... Read more

Asus UX30 notebook
3.5 stars Asus UX30 notebook By Andrew Tiney

The Asus UX30 is a CULV laptop, using low powered components in order to keep the dimensions as small as possible. As such, the 13.3-inch machine measures a smidgen over 2cm at it’s thickest, and weighs in at 1.5kg, putting it broadly on par with Apple’s... Read more

Samsung R519 notebook
3.5 stars Samsung R519 notebook By Andrew Tiney

With prices for laptops tumbling year on year, it’s now easy to get a perfectly good machine for the price of a high-end netbook. Samsung’s R519 is a great example of this, and although you won’t be able to play games, it could be the ideal laptop... Read more

Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65 notebook
4.0 stars Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Packard Bell is renowned for its affordable laptop ranges, but it’s rare that they excite. Recently, however, it seems that more time and effort has been spent on the design side of things, and the EasyNote TJ65 is a great example of this. This 15.6-inch... Read more

Advent Altro notebook
3.5 stars Advent Altro notebook By Andrew Tiney

Apple’s MacBook Air features one of the most impressive form factors we’ve seen to date, but its price tag puts it out of range for most people. Advent is hoping to take advantage of this with its Altro, offering a spookily similar design for just... Read more

Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook By Andrew Tiney

Toshiba’s Satellite A500 marks a new direction for the brand, with excellent multimedia capabilities more in line with the company’s Qosmio range than regular Satellite models. Along with raw power, it’s also stylish, comfortable and well made.... Read more

Dell Latitude E5400 notebook
4.0 stars Dell Latitude E5400 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Dell’s Latitude E-series may not offer the most exciting laptops on the market, but they’re reliable, strong and great for small, medium and large businesses. The Latitude E5400 sits towards the lower end of the range, with plastics used instead of... Read more

Samsung R620 notebook
4.0 stars Samsung R620 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Samsung is known for its range of well-priced and well-made laptops, and the R620 is an affordable 16-inch media centre that sits towards the top of the company’s range. Aimed at the budget end of the multimedia market, the R620 is one of the cheapest... Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook
3.0 stars Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook By Andrew Tiney

First thing’s first – if you’re expecting the Sony VAIO W-series to be a super-budget Acer Aspire One rival, you’ll be disappointed. It isn’t, but accept it for what it is – a pricey but highly portable netbook – and there’s a chance you... Read more

Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 notebook By Andrew Tiney

Toshiba’s Qosmio range has long been at the forefront when it comes to high-end multimedia laptops, but has recently lapsed with the death of HD DVD and widespread adoption of Sony’s Blu-ray technology. While Toshiba has yet to introduce a model featuring... Read more

Asus Eee PC 1101HA notebook
3.5 stars Asus Eee PC 1101HA notebook By Andrew Tiney

The Asus 1101HA Seashell follows on from the success of the original Asus Eee PC Seashell, bringing with it a larger 11.6-inch screen. It still features the same clamshell-like design, but Asus hopes the bigger design will help to attract those dithering... Read more