Most Popular Laptops: Readers’ Picks

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Each month we compile data for the number of times a particular notebook is viewed on this site’s product pages to get an idea for what mainstream consumers are looking at and thinking about buying. Take a closer look at the notebooks that our visitors wanted to see the most during the month of October.

In that sense, think of this list as the “most clickable laptops of the month” … the notebooks that most of the people visiting this site are interested in learning about. Keep in mind that clicks directly on the “Most Viewed Laptops” list do not count toward the total – keeping the list as fair as possible each month. The only clicks that count toward the monthly totals come from web searches like Google or from visitors who have clicked on a laptop after visiting our “Notebook Database” or inside our forums.

The premium Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display claimed the top spot on the list following the release of new MacBooks while by the Lenovo Y510p gaming laptop and the Sony VAIO Fit 15 multimedia notebook came in close behind. The budget-friendly Lenovo G580 dropped a few spots but is still holding its own in our Top 10 list along with three other value-priced notebooks as holiday shoppers are looking for the best laptop deals.


1. Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Previously #8) – The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display features a 13.3-inch display with 4.1 million pixels; an all-flash architecture; Intel Core i7 processors; all in a design that’s just 0.75 inches thick and 3.57 pounds. It’s not just the most advanced notebook Apple has ever made, it’s the most advanced Mac. At a price of just $1,499 it offers one of the best displays you can buy. (18,858 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display


 

2. Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (New to the Top 10) – Priced well below $2,000 the Y510P offers a competitive performance with its 2.2 GHz Intel fourth generation i7-4702MQ processor, Dual NVidia GT750M GPUs and 16GB of DDR3. With its powerful specs the IdeaPad makes quick work of basic word and web functions. More taxing Office functions such as complicated Excel spreadsheets also prove to be no issue for the device, and with ample memory the notebook is able to juggle multiple tasks without any noticeable drop in performance. (18,575 unique views)


View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p


3. Sony VAIO Fit 15 (New to the Top 10) – The Sony VAIO Fit is a new line of stylish notebooks with solid spec and vibrant touch-enabled displays. The Sony VAIO Fit is certainly capable of taking on most tasks, but users may still find the device bit wanting especially at the listed $950 (at release date) price point.  Equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel i5-337U processor, Intel HD Graphics, and 8GB RAM the Sony VAIO fit easily tackles basic functions such a word processing web browsing. (13,104 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Sony VAIO Fit 15


 

4. Lenovo G580 (Previously #1) – In an area where most budget machine’s cut back, the Lenovo G580 offers good build quality and an acceptable level of performance. Equipped with a 2.5GHz Intel i5-3210m processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, the Lenovo G580 easily tackles basic computing functions such as word processing and web browsing for a bargain price. (10,934 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo G580


5. Lenovo ThinkPad T430 (Previously #3) – The Lenovo ThinkPad T430 is the replacement for the popular T420 business notebook. This 14-inch “business rugged” laptop features a lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced exterior with a metal roll cage supporting the inside of the chassis. Equipped with the latest 3rd generation Intel Core series processors, a wide selection of ports, and up to 15 hours of real-world battery life, the T430 is one of the best business notebooks of 2012. (9,499 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo ThinkPad T430


6. ASUS ZenBook UX51V (New to the Top 10) – This 15.6-inch thin-and-light notebook features an IPS display, Core i7 quad-core processor, dedicated graphics and makes for a great multimedia experience. The UX51VZ packs great high-performance components into a thin profile for a 15.6-inch laptop at about one inch tall and just 4.6 pounds; in other words it’s a little thicker but about a pound lighter than the newest Apple MacBook Pro. (7,796 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the ASUS ZenBook UX51V


 

7. Samsung ATIV Book 9 (New to the Top 10) – The Samsung ATIV Book 9, formerly known to many as the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3E, is the epitome of what it means to be an ultrabook. Sexy, sleek and impossibly thin, the notebook feels like its offering a glimpse of the future; but living in tomorrow is not a cheap endeavor. Equipped with and 1.9 GHz Intel i7-3517U processor and integrated graphics the Samsung ATIV Book 9 offers an impressive amount of performance in its condensed package. (7,515 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Samsung ATIV Book 9


 

8Acer Aspire V5 (Previously #5) – The Acer Aspire V5 series is designed to provide and thin and light computing experience at an affordable price. Despite being relatively thin, the $600 Aspire V5-571 packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The specs might not be as impressive as the latest Ultrabooks, but the V5 delivers some decent hardware for the price. This notebook features a 15-inch display with 1366×768 resolution and a range of Intel processors and graphics options. (7,432 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Acer Aspire V5


9. HP ENVY dv7 (Previously #7) – The replacement for the Pavilion dv7, the new ENVY dv7, offers a good balance of configuration options and cost. This desktop-replacement notebook features a 17.3-inch screen and comes in a wide variety configurations to suit almost any budget or performance needs. We tested the dv7 with Intel Core i5-3210M processor, Intel graphics, 8GB of system memory and a 750GB hard drive with a retail price of $819.99 – not bad for a family PC. (6,355 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the HP ENVY dv7


10. Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (Previously #6) – The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition laptop straddles the line between the company’s budget friendly Inspiron line and their more premium but higher priced XPS series. The most recent Special Edition model, the Inspiron 15R 7520, sports the new Windows 8 OS, a choice of third generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, an AMD Radeon 7730M 2GB graphics card and standard Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. Promotions and coupons often bring the price down below $700 and, unbelievably, our review unit was purchased directly from Dell.com for only $599. (6,022 unique views)

View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition


 

And here’s the rest of ’em rounding out the top 20 most viewed and popular on NotebookReview.com for the month of October:

11. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – 5,688 unique views
12. Lenovo ThinkPad X230 – 5,217 unique views
13. Dell XPS 13 – 5,154 unique views
14. Alienware 17 – 5,146 unique views
15. Razer Blade Pro – 4,467 unique views
16. Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 – 4,379 unique views
17. HP ENVY 4 – 4,357 unique views
18. Samsung Series 9 – 4,256 unique views
19. Samsung ATIV Book 6 – 4,055 unique views
20. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – 4,001 unique views

Remember, to get advice on which notebook to buy, don’t just go with what’s popular – try visiting our What Notebook Should I Buy? forum to ask advice on what you should buy based on your needs. And also check out the current standings for this week’s most popular notebooks.

 
 

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