Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide: What’s Hot in 2008

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This section of our back-to-school guides highlights the most impressive and popular laptops on the market this season. Our editorial staff of experts made these picks based on the average number of visitors reading our notebook reviews and based on our own opinions about the best notebooks in various categories.

The "What’s Hot" list contains notebooks from almost every category and price range, so there is a good chance you’ll find a great laptop in this section whether you’re looking for a $500 netbook or a $3,000 desktop replacement notebook.


Dell Dell XPS M1530 (Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz, 120GB HDD, 2GB RAM)

Dell XPS M1530

The Dell XPS M1530 is the larger brother to the popular XPS M1330. It’s a 15.4-inch screen sleek looking performance notebook that offers the powerful nVidia 8600m graphics card. The XPS M1530 is available in black, red, midnight blue and white colors.

Buy the XPS M1530 from Dell

Lenovo ThinkPad T60

Lenovo ThinkPad T61

The ThinkPad T61 was released in May of 2007 and is still holding strong on the most popular charts. The T61 sports the Intel Santa Rosa (Centrino Duo) platform and improves upon the popular T60 by offering an even sturdier build and extra port options.

Buy the ThinkPad T61 direct from Lenovo


HP Pavilion dv5

The HP dv5t (Intel) and dv5z (AMD) Entertainment Notebook PCs are the replacement for the popular dv6700 series. This laptop delivers a 15.4" Brightview display, dazzling high-gloss design, Intel’s Core Duo processors or AMD Turion X2 Ultra processors and the option to upgrade to Nvidia or ATI dedicated graphics cards.

View review of the dv5

HP Pavilion dv4

The HP dv4t (Intel) and dv4z (AMD) Entertainment Notebook PCs are the replacement for the popular dv2700 series. This laptop delivers a 14.1" Brightview display, dazzling high-gloss design, Intel’s Core Duo processors or AMD Turion X2 Ultra processors and the option to upgrade to Nvidia or ATI dedicated graphics cards.

View latest pricing for the dv4


Dell XPS M1330

The XPS M1330 stays solid on the charts at #5 for the month. The M1330 is a 13.3" portable notebook with the Intel Santa Rosa processor, Nvidia 8400M graphics and slick looks. The M1330 is available in red, black and white color lid options.

Buy the XPS M1330 direct from Dell


Dell Studio 15

The Dell Studio 15 is a 15.4" screen multimedia laptop offered in multiple colors and configurations. The Studio 15 can be equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo and dedicated ATI graphics. It comes with a slot-loading DVD drive, backlit keyboard, sleek drop-hinge design, widescreen glossy display and touch sensitive buttons. Software wise the Dell Studio 15 includes a unique "DellDock" similar to the Apple Mac OS X dock.

View review of the Studio 15


Toshiba Satellite A305

The Satellite A305 laptops use the TruBrite 15.4-inch high definition diagonal widescreen display to get more from movies, games, spreadsheets and multitasking. The "Fusion finish" adds an extra level of durability and sexiness to this laptop. Available dedicated graphics and dual hard drives help this notebook really perform.

View Review for Satellite A305 / A300


The all new 16.4" Sony FW is a different kind of widescreen notebook, one that targeted toward users interested in true HD screens. This includes movie junkies who don’t want to see black bars top and bottom of their favorite flick, or those who just like really wide screens.

With great styling and perks such as the new Centrino 2 platform you are sure to stay ahead of the curve for a while. Just don’t expect to see this notebook in stores or shipping until early August. Prices start at $1,059 which is a bargain for all that you get.

View review of the VAIO FW

ASUS Eee PC 1000H

The 1000H is one of the latest additions to the Eee PC family of mini notebooks. Featuring a 10" display, Intel Atom processor, large hard drive, an a larger keyboard than any previous Eee PC, the 1000H promises to raise the bar for this category of laptops.

See the latest pricing for the Eee PC 1000H


HP Pavilion tx2500z

The tx2500z tablet features an AMD Turion 64 X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor, up to 4GB DDR2 System Memory, ATI Mobile Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, and a 12.1" WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Touch-screen Display – Panel rotates 180° and folds flat.

View review of the HP Pavilion tx2500z


Keep in mind this list doesn’t represent every great notebook currently on the market. Our back-to-school guides are designed to highlight a few laptops we believe appeal to a wide range of students (and their parents).  

Remember, to get advice on which notebook to buy don’t just go with what’s popular, visit our What Notebook Should I Buy for School forum to ask what everyone else thinks you should buy based on your needs. 




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