Most Popular Laptops for May 2012

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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 May.

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 budget-friendly HP Pavilion g6 is holding onto the #1 position yet again with more than 16,000 page views for the month. The Dell Inspiron 15R made a surprise return to the Top 10 jumping all the way to second place thanks in part to recent deals at Dell.com and other retailers while Lenovo G570 held firm in third place. 

1. HP Pavilion g6 (Still #1) The Pavilion g6 is a budget-priced laptop that tries to balance great design, solid performance, and affordability. The Pavilion g6t series with 15.6-inch LED display features a range of available Intel Pentium and Core i series processors, Windows 7, multiple graphics options, and a 6-cell battery with more than four hours of battery life while browsing the web. (16,378 unique views)

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2. Dell Inspiron 15R (Back in the Top 10) – The Dell Inspiron 15R multimedia notebook includes a 6-cell battery that was tested to last for a maximum of 4 hours of power. Consumers can choose to purchase the optional 9-cell battery for longer mobile power. Hard drive can include up to 640GB of storage. Comes with a standard integrated graphics card or an optional ATi Radeon graphics card. Color choices include black, blue, pink or red. (14,391 unique views)

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

3. Lenovo G570 (Previously #3) – The G570 is part of the budget-priced/general use G-Series line by Lenovo. Running on Windows 7 Home Premium on a 15.6-inch display (1366×768), the G570 has an Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor and up to 8GB of RAM. Choose from a 500GB capacity hard drive at 5400rpm or a 750GB capacity hard drive at 5400rpm. The graphics card included with the system is an Intel HD 3000 (integrated). (12,362 unique views)

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View NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo G570

4. Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 (Previously #2) – The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is a 15.6-inch multimedia and gaming ultrabook. The Ultra M3 stands out because it’s the first ultrabook that packs a dedicated graphics card. Not only that, it is the first ultrabook on the market with the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics. It can also support up to 6GB of RAM and a hybrid storage drive. It weighs in at 4.4 pounds and measures in at 14.8 x 10 x 0.79 inches. (11,815 unique views)

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5. Asus Zenbook UX31 (Previously #4) – The Asus Zenbook UX31 is a 13.3-inch notebook with a 900p screen. It also comes with the option of a 11.6-inch screen. It was designed to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air because of its higher-end specifications in a slim form factor. You can customize this notebook with up to 4GB-1333 DDR3 RAM. It has a 50Whr polymer (non-removable) battery. (8,697 unique views)

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View the NotebookReview.com Review for the ASUS Zenbook UX31

6. Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (Previously #6) – The 12.5-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is an ultraportable business notebook that will soon replace the popular X201. The X220 comes built with the latest of the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core i3, i5 or i7), has a high-quality IPS display, and can deliver more than eight and a half hours of battery life. With the optional battery slice this system can deliver 18 and a half hours of mobile life. Choose up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a hard drive with up to 320GB of hard drive storage. Just keep in mind that the X220 is being replaced by the all new ThinkPad X230 in June. (8,135 unique views)

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View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo ThinkPad X220

7. Alienware M14x (Back in the Top 10) – The Alienware M14x makes a return to our Top 10 list thanks to the recent announcement of the M14x R2(the second generation of the M14x). The updated M14x replaces the aging Nvidia GT 555M graphics with the new and improved Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with Optimus. Combine that with multiple storage options and Intel Ivy Bridge processors starting in June and you’ve got a decent portable gaming rig. (7,576 unique views)

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View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Alienware M14x

8. Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (New to the Top 10) – The new IdeaPad Y480 is a 14-inch multimedia notebook designed to give you a perfect balance between serious performance for work and multimedia power for play. Whether you’re editing HD video or playing video games this laptop has you covered. Equipped with a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE dedicated graphics, this laptop is available with either a traditional hard drive or hard drive and mSATA solid state drive (SSD). (6,786 unique views)

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View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

9. HP Folio 13 (Previously #7) – The HP Folio 13 is a 13-inch ultrabook encased in aluminum. It has a thickness of 0.7 inches and is equipped with a second-gen Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid state drive. It weighs in at 3.3 pounds. (6,437 unique views)

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10. Dell XPS 15z (Previously #8) – The Dell XPS 15z is a 15-inch multimedia notebook with an ultra-thin metal chassis, an optional 1080p display and a backlit keyboard. The XPS 15z can be configured with a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 525M dedicated graphics for serious multimedia performance. With a starting weight of just 5.5 pounds and an attractive metal exterior this is an interesting alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro. (6,256 unique views)

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View the NotebookReview.com Review for the Dell XPS 15z

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

11. Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – 5,677 unique views
12. Toshiba Portege Z830 – 5,666 unique views
13. Samsung Series 9 – 5,525 unique views
14. Lenovo ThinkPad W520 – 5,470 unique views
15. Dell XPS 14z – 4,471 unique views
16. Dell XPS 15 – 4,407 unique views
17. Asus B23E – 4,372 unique views
18. Dell XPS 13 – 4,285 unique views
19. Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 – 3,758 unique views
20. HP Pavilion dm4 – 3,567 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.

Top 20 Threads for May

While we’re on the subject of top 20, to give an idea of what the hot topics were in the forums last month, here’s a list of the most viewed forum threads posted in May:

  1. New Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S01US Laptop i7 3615QM 650m Review! (poster paulnelson88, posted 5/1/2012, 109359 views, 890 replies)
  2. HTWingNut’s Sager NP6110 / Clevo W110ER First Look & Review (poster HTWingNut, posted 5/3/2012, 79990 views, 638 replies)
  3. ThinkPad X1, X230, X230t, T430, T430s, T530, W530, L430, L530 Official (poster Andrew, posted 5/14/2012, 72817 views, 459 replies)
  4. *OFFICIAL* M14x R2 Owner’s Lounge Thread (poster katalin_2003, posted 5/1/2012, 50963 views, 428 replies)
  5. Alienware M17x R4 Pre-Order Configuration Questions… Ask HERE (poster katalin_2003, posted 5/1/2012, 39045 views, 406 replies)
  6. *OFFICIAL* M18x R1/R2 Owner’s Lounge Thread (poster katalin_2003, posted 5/1/2012, 37152 views, 735 replies)
  7. *OFFICIAL* Alienware M17x R3/R4 Owner’s Lounge Thread (poster katalin_2003, posted 5/15/2012, 30954 views, 519 replies)
  8. Official MSI GE60 & GE70 Owners’ Lounge (poster asurania, posted 5/9/2012, 30918 views, 211 replies)
  9. M18x-R1 with 7970M CrossFire (poster DumbDumb, posted 5/9/2012, 30511 views, 484 replies)
  10. Thin and Light 11-14 notebooks gaming worth compendium (poster Mr MM, posted 5/10/2012, 26078 views, 173 replies)
  11. Asus N56VZ-DS71 first impressions (poster The_Finder, posted 5/18/2012, 20192 views, 119 replies)
  12. Diablo 3 Gameplay/Performance Impressions (NO SPOILERS ALLOWED) (poster MagusDraco, posted 5/15/2012, 18890 views, 431 replies)
  13. NBP8784 for $475 off a DV6tqe! (poster ForeverZen, posted 5/15/2012, 18740 views, 33 replies)
  14. M17x – Max Payne 3 – Discussion (poster MickyD1234, posted 5/23/2012, 16812 views, 100 replies)
  15. COMING SOON: ENVY 17-32XX Intel Ivy Bridge (AMD 7850M) (poster justinkw1, posted 5/8/2012, 16195 views, 122 replies)
  16. Short review of the dv6 Ivy Bridge (poster Eldaren, posted 5/9/2012, 15652 views, 115 replies)
  17. M18x R2 Pre-Order Configuration Questions… Ask HERE (poster katalin_2003, posted 5/1/2012, 12589 views, 198 replies)
  18. Fully loaded M17x $1256 with AAFES Discount (poster rschauby, posted 5/9/2012, 12566 views, 215 replies)
  19. Diablo 3 and M14x… (poster VV1LLC, posted 5/13/2012, 12114 views, 92 replies)
  20. GT650M DDR3 vs GDDR5 difference tested! (poster Supranium, posted 5/12/2012, 12053 views, 104 replies)


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