Holiday Buyer’s Guide: Finding the Best Laptop

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There is still plenty of time left before the holidays, and shoppers who are looking for notebook computers are in luck. There are more laptops than ever before that are geared towards people with many different needs and interests. Whether you’re a student who needs a low-cost computer that fits in a small backpack, a business professional looking at all those sleek new “Ultrabooks” or a gaming enthusiast who wants to play a brand new copy of Far Cry 3 you got for Christmas, this guide will point you in the right direction.

This guide covers four different classes of laptop computers — general purpose, multimedia, gaming, and business — any one of which can handle just about any task you throw at them (depending on the configuration). As we get closer to the month of December we’ll post more holiday shopping guides for software, accessories and even lists of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Each section of our holiday guide contains recommendations for a wide variety of price ranges to fit your budget. Our goal is to help you find the notebook, netbook or accessory that will make the perfect holiday gift for family, friends and last, but not least, for yourself.

Best General Purpose Laptops

Sometimes you just need an affordable family PC and you don’t want a fancy, expensive notebook. The editors at Notebook Review have taken a look at some of the most interesting budget laptops and family PCs and compiled our list of top 5 picks based on editor opinions and the scores from our in-depth reviews. Here’s our list of the best low-cost laptops.

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Top Business Notebooks

Whether you’re a corporate road warrior or you run a small business out of your home the editors of Notebook Review have just the laptop you need for work. Finding the right thin-and-light notebook for your business is not as easy as it seems. Whether your primary concern is flexibility, scalability, security or price we narrowed the selection down to the Top Five recommendations for the best business laptops on the market.

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Best Multimedia Laptops

While most modern budget laptops work just fine for watching Netflix or DVDs and basic editing of your family photos, those low-cost laptops usually struggle to do more. If you’re looking for a powerful laptop that can edit HD video or hndle complex digital photo editing in record time then keep reading to find out which multimedia laptops are best.

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Top Gaming Notebooks

The simple truth is that a $300 laptop purchased on Black Friday isn’t going to be able to play the hottest new first-person shooter game this holiday season. If you are serious about playing the latest and greatest PC games but you also want your PC to be portable then the best solution is a high-performance gaming notebook. Take a look at our top picks.

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Looking for the best product buys in desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and cameras?  Go to our Holiday Guide 2012 main page to find the best choices for technology products this holiday season!



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