The Best Laptops For Moms, Dads, and Grads

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Sure your mom enjoys getting flowers on Mother’s Day, your dad likes that tie you gave him last year on Father’s Day and money always makes a nice graduation gift, but the thing that many people desire is a new computer. The team at have done all the research to help you find that perfect laptop for those family members who mean so much to us.

The list below contains lightweight laptops that are nice and portable as well as larger, more affordable notebooks for people who need a desktop-replacement computer. We included netbooks and notebooks that cover a range of prices from around $300 to more than $1,000. The beauty of the current PC market is that there really is a buyer for every laptop and a laptop for every buyer. That said, this list would be useless as a quick guide for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation if we listed every netbook and notebook on the market. If you don’t see something that catches your eye here then be sure to visit our discussion forum to find out “What notebook should I buy?

The first five laptops on our top ten list are ultraportables perfect for staying connected while you’re traveling or running between classes.

1. HP Mini 210 –  The Mini 210 is one of the latest netbooks from HP and combines everything the company has learned about making low-cost netbooks in a single package. You can even buy an “HD” model that offers a full 720P-compatible 1366×768 resolution on a compact 10.1-inch display. This model includes up to a dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 processor as well as Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics

HP Mini 210 review

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2. HP Pavilion dm1zAlthough the previously mentioned HP Mini is a decent netbook, the new Pavilion dm1z provides significantly better performance than a standard netbook for a modest increase in price. This 11-inch notebook uses the latest AMD Fusion technology to combine a fast dual-core processor and powerful graphics. Unlike a typical netbook you can use this laptop to stream your favorite HD video and never worry about lag or poor video quality.

HP Pavilion dm1z review

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3. Apple MacBook Air  – The 11-inch MacBook Air is Apple’s solution to the netbook craze. The smallest Apple laptop ever, the new Air packs notebook performance into a netbook form factor. The combination of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, solid state drive (SSD), and high-performance Nvidia graphics results in a remarkably powerful laptop despite it being 0.11 inches thick and the edge. Prices start at $999 but you get a lot of power for that price.

Apple MacBook Air review

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4. Acer Aspire 1830T Timeline XIf you want a netbook because of the convenient size and amazing battery life but need better multitasking and video performance than what a cheap netbook offers then the Acer Aspire 1830T might be the perfect notebook for you. Available in multiple configurations at multiple prices, Acer’s latest 11-inch laptop delivers Intel Core-series performance with battery life that will keep you going through a full day of classes.

Acer Aspire 1830T Timeline X review

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5. Lenovo ThinkPad X220The ThinkPad X220 is arguably “the king of the ultraportable business notebooks” for 2011. This 12-inch notebook offers the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors, a high-quality IPS display, and jaw-dropping battery life. Our laboratory tests showed that the X220 with standard 6-cell battery kept running for 8 hours and 47 minutes. You can even connect the laptop to the optional slice battery which delivers 18 hours and 34 minutes of battery life!

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 review

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