NotebookReview.com Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide 2008

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Once again the Summer season draws to a close and your school bus is getting ready to resume its daily route. It’s back-to-school shopping season, and this year we’re here to help you find the perfect notebook.

Our comprehensive buying guides help you narrow down the selection of hundreds of  laptops to just a few select notebooks that meet your needs. If you still need someone to explain why you might want a new Puma-based budget notebook rather than a $1,600 Montevina-based powerhouse, all of our buying guides have links to our full reviews of these laptops. 

Keep reading, and let’s see if we can help you find your next notebook.

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

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 the 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.

Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide: Desktop Replacements

Desktop replacement notebooks are those which are portable enough to carry around in a backpack from time to time, but heavy enough to make it cumbersome to do so on a daily basis.

These computers tend to offer faster performance than smaller notebooks, and it is rare to find a model which does not offer a high performance dedicated graphics option. Some of these notebooks can be large enough to fill up your entire desk, truly replacing your full-size desktop and monitor. Sizes range between 15" up to 20.1", with prices that start around $500 and go well over $3,000.

Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide: Classroom Friendly Laptops

If you’re looking for a notebook that’s small enough to fit on a desk during class or on your lap during a college lecture but still need a full-featured notebook that can handle whatever you throw at it then this is the section for you.

The "classroom friendly" laptops in this section all feature displays that are 14" or smaller yet manage to provide all the performance you need … or want.

Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide: Budget Mini Notebooks and Netbooks

This unique category of ultra-portable laptops burst onto the scene late last year with the arrival of the ASUS Eee PC. Since then we’ve seen almost every major notebook manufacturer (and even a few newcomers) release low-priced notebooks in this category.

Mini notebooks or "netbooks" lack the power of a traditional notebook computer, but have more than enough muscle to provide web access, handle word processing, and even play your digital movie and music files. Best of all, these compact notebooks are smaller than most school textbooks and usually cost less than $600.


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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