The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

To find out the best laptops of 2011 so far, we checked in with Mark Spoonauer who, as editor-in-chief of Laptop Magazine and Laptopmag.com, oversees 140+ notebook and netbook reviews every year. If you're buying soon, buy one of these.

Best Value Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

HP Pavilion G6x

Sweet sound, an attractive design, and a comfortable keyboard make the HP Pavilion g6x one of our favorite budget notebooks.

Price: $544.00 | Read Review

Best All-Purpose Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

HP Pavilion dv6t

The sleek HP Pavilion dv6t delivers a strong multimedia experience with a fast processor, bright display, and Beats audio.

Price: $769.00 | Read Review

Best Thin-and-Light Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2011)

The most well-rounded 13-inch notebook gets a serious speed boost and lasts even longer on a charge than its predecessor.

Lowest Price: $1,199.00 | Read Review

Best Netbook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Samsung NF310

One of the best-looking netbooks yet combines sleek lines with a dual-core CPU and a high-res display.

Lowest Price: $380.97 | Read Review

Best Ultraportable Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2010)

Apple's ultimate ultraportable combines a barely-there profile with a high-resolution display, instant-on functionality, and long battery life.

Price: $1,299.00 | Read Review

Best Gaming Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Alienware M17x (2011)

Record-breaking performance, superslick design, wireless HD streaming, and five hours of battery life. Yup, this gaming notebook is pretty much perfect.

Price: $3,300.00 | Read Review

Best Business Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Thanks to its fast performance, superior keyboard, ultra-bright display, and much-improved audio quality, the ThinkPad X1 is the best all-around business ultraportable.

Price: $1,339.00 | Read Review

Best Multimedia Notebook

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

Dell XPS 15

A 1080p display, Blu-ray, Nvidia graphics, awesome audio—the Dell XPS 15 has it all.

Price: $1,488.00 | Read Review


Desktop Replacement

The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

ASUS G73SW

Retaining the stealth-like design of its predecessor, the ASUS G73SW-A1 has more power under the hood than ever.

Price: $1,784.00 | Read Review



The Best Notebooks of the Year So Far

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