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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.

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Best Value Notebook

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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

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HP Pavilion dv6t

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

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Price: $769.00 | Read Review

Best Thin-and-Light Notebook

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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.

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Lowest Price: $1,199.00 | Read Review

Best Netbook

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Samsung NF310

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

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Lowest Price: $380.97 | Read Review

Best Ultraportable Notebook

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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.

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Price: $1,299.00 | Read Review

Best Gaming Notebook

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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.

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Price: $3,300.00 | Read Review

Best Business Notebook

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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.

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Price: $1,339.00 | Read Review

Best Multimedia Notebook

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Dell XPS 15

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

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Price: $1,488.00 | Read Review


Desktop Replacement

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ASUS G73SW

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

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Price: $1,784.00 | Read Review



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