There are a lot of different computing options out there these days, so it can get confusing when you start looking around to replace your current computer. Let's take a look at a couple different categories and find 5 top picks from each.
Top 5 Laptops
1. Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro
: A fantastic laptop that you can really count on. Powerful and reliable, this Apple laptop comes with Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with 4 GB of RAM. A great computer for someone looking to make the switch to Apple, and also great for current Apple users looking to pick up a new machine.
2. Toshiba Satellite
: Toshiba makes great computers, that typically will last you for many years. This Toshiba laptop has a 15.6 inch display that features 720p high-definition resolution, making it perfect for someone that enjoys watching videos or movies on their laptops while traveling. Has a 320 GB hard drive for storing everything you need.
3. Sony VAIO 15.5
: Sony's VAIO laptops are popular choice with users because of their reliability and longevity. This VAIO laptop comes with a massive 500 GB hard drive, and is running a 2.53 GHz Intel Core processor with turbo boost technology.
4. Dell Latitude
: Dell's Latitude laptops have proven reliability, and offer a great computer for the price. This laptop has a 2.66GHz processor with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium. Comes with 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. This laptop will work as either a personal, or a work laptop.
5. Acer 15.6" Aspire Laptop
: A solid laptop that can handle all of your day to day needs, and then some. Comes with a really nice 500 GB hard drive, giving you plenty of rooms to stores pictures, movies, and songs, and a fast 2.4 GHz Intel processor to navigate through all your programs with ease. Has an average battery life of around 3.5 hours.
Top 5 Netbooks:
1. Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 Mini-Netbook
: Enjoy ultra-mobile computing on this powerful netbook from Fujitsu. It has a 10.1 inch display, and weighs just 3 pounds. The netbook comes with a 250 GB hard drive, and has the Windows 7 Starter operating system. You have to pay attention to battery life with a netbook, and this one boasts over 7 hours of life on a charge.
2. HP Mini 210
: HP Mini 210 netbook is great for mobile computing. You can use exclusive integrated software to access files from your main PC when are away so you can always stay in sync. It has a 250 GB hard drive, and comes with the Windows 7 Starter Kit. It has a 10.1 inch display, and weighs just 3.1 pounds.
3. Toshiba Satellite T210
: Definitely one of the more powerful netbooks you can find, the Toshiba Satellite has 2GB of RAM with a 250 GB hard drive, all of which is run by a 1.70 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo processor. Most netbooks only come with 1 GB of RAM, so that really sets this netbook apart from the rest, but it does impact the netbook's battery life, which is a bit over 5 hours per charge. If you are looking for a netbook for long trips then the battery life may be a concern, otherwise it should not be a problem. Comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.
4. Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3
: The IdeaPad is a really nice netbook that will definitely give you your money's worth. It weighs just 2.8 pounds, has a 10.1 inch display, and comes with a 160 GB. The netbook has a very respectable 7 hours battery life, and comes with the Windows 7 Starter operating system installed.
5. Sony VAIO Netbook
: The VAIO netbook has a 10.1 inch display and weighs just over 3 pounds. Enjoy the high quality that Sony VAIO laptops are known for on this netbook which is easy to pack up and take anywhere. It has a 250 GB hard drive so you can store plenty of movies to watch while you are traveling with this netbook. It is perfect for the computer on the road, or for light computing around the house.
Top 5 Tablets
1. Samsung Galaxy Tablet
: The Samsung Galaxy tablet is the newest tablet to hit the market. It was released in September and has been very well received by consumers. It runs Google's Android 2.2 operating system. Has both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and has a very impressive 13 hour battery life.
2. Apple 16GB iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
: Released earlier this year, the iPad has exploded onto the tablet market. This iPad comes with both Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can stay connected anywhere you go! It has a 9.7 inch display, and has a really nice 10 hour long battery life. You can download thousands of applications for the iPad, so you can fine tune it to be whatever you need from a tablet computer. A great way to beef up your mobile computing ability.
3. Dell Streak Tablet
: This is the perfect tablet for users that want have the freedom to take their tablets wherever they go. It operates on Google's Android operating system and has a 5 inch display, so you really can take it everywhere! It's wide screen display was designed for the mobile web, videos and movies.
4. Toshiba ViewPad 10
: What makes this tablet special is its dual booting option, giving users the choice between Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6. It was designed specifically to run flash based content and office software on the Windows platform, and for an optimized mobile entertainment experience on the Android platform. Has a battery life between 8 and 10 hours.
5. Archos 9 PC Tablet
: Another great tablet, the Archos 9 PC has an 8.9 inch display, running on a 1.1 GHz Intel Atom processor, with WIndows 7 Starter. It weighs under 2 pounds, and can be used for checking emails, watching movies, and surfing the web. It does have a slightly weaker battery than the other four selections, with around 5 hours of battery life.
Top 5 Desktops for Family
1. HP Pavilion PC Bundle
: This Pavilion bundle comes with a Hewlett-Packard mini tower and a 20 inch high definition monitor. A very fast desktop computer, that is running an AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Processor. It is an ideal desktop for families that take a lot of photos or videos, and comes with a massive 750 GB hard drive to store all those holiday videos. Comes with the Windows Home 7 Premium operating system.
2. Apple iMac All-In-One Desktop
: Apple makes powerful desktops, and this all in one iMac is a great family desktop. This all-in-one computer has a 21.5 inch monitor that the whole family will love. It is a super fast computer, with a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 3 processor. Speed also gets a boost from its 4 GB of installed RAM, and hardcore users can get that up even higher as the machine is capable of running up to 16 GB. Perfect for handling any work projects, and also excellent for organizing all your family photos, favorite movies, and songs.
3. Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop
: This all-in-one desktop combines the power of a traditional desktop with the style and simplicity of a television. Powerful enough for all of your computing needs, but once set up it also functions as an additional media center in your house. It has a 21.5 inch LCD monitor, and comes with a massive 500 GB hard drive and Windows Vista Home Premium.
4. Acer Aspire M3400 Desktop
: A poweful and speedy desktop computer that comes with a 2.70 GHz AMD Athlon II X2 processor, and comes with a 20 inch LCD monitor. It has a 320 GB hard drive for plenty of storage space, and gets its speed from 4 GB of installed RAM. It is ideal for casual daily use around the house, and good for small business computing, but probably not the ideal choice for someone looking for a heavy duty business computer.
5. Sony VAIO L Series Touchscreen PC
: Sony's Touchscreen all-in-one desktop is a great option for your next family desktop. It has a big 24 inch high definition monitor which improves user experience while surfing the web, watching videos, or accessing internet TV. It has a touchscreen monitor that allows you to perform actions such as scroll, zoom and rotate. It has a built in Blu-ray player as well, and with its 24 inch 1080p monitor, you can watch high definition movies at their highest quality.
Top Budget Netbooks (All Under $300)
1. Acer Aspire One D255
: This budget netbook has a 10.1 inch screen, and weighs just weighs just 2.8 pounds. The Aspire One comes with a 160 GB hard drive and has 1 GB of RAM. It comes with Windows 7 Starter Kit, and you can buy this budget netbook for just $293.99.
2. Samsung N145
: Samsung has created a great budget netbook with the N145. It has a very impressive 9 hour battery life, and a 10.1 inch display. You get a lot of storage space as well with its 160 GB hard drive. The netbook weighs just 2.8 pounds and comes with the Windows 7 Starter Kit. You can pick up this budget netbook for just $282.99.
3. Toshiba NB255-N245 Netbook
: This Toshiba budget netbook comes in just under our price limit at $299.00, and is a lot of computer for that price. It has a 10.1 inch display, and has a 160 GB hard drive. Battery life for this netbook is a bit over 8 hours, and it comes with Windows 7 Starter.
4. HP Mini 110
: Hewlett-Packard's budget netbook has a 10.1 inch display, is 1 inch think, and weighs in at just 2.8 pounds. This netbook has a battery life of over 9 hours, so you will never have to worry about running low when you are not at home or somewhere you can get a quick charge. It comes with Windows 7 Starter, and has a 160 GB hard drive. You can pick up this budget netbook for just $279.99.
5. Asus Eee Netbook PC
: A 10.1 inch netbook that weighs just 2.8 pounds. One of its best features is its battery life, which lasts between 8 and 9 hours on a full charge. It has a 160 GB hard drive, with 1 GB of RAM. A solid netbook that will handle all of your computing needs at home and on the road. It comes with Windows XP Home, and you can buy this netbook for just $233.00.
Top Budget Laptops (Under $500)
1. Lenovo G555 Laptop
: One of the most powerful budget laptops one the market, with a 2.1 GHz AMD Athlon chip. It has a 160 GB hard drive and gets its speed from 3 GB of RAM. It has a 15.6 inch display, and comes loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, and has a 5 hour battery life. You can get this budget laptop for just just $449.99.
2. Acer Aspire 1551
: This is an ultra-mobile laptop that weighs just over 3 pounds, with an 11.6 inch display. This Acer laptop has an impressive 250 GB hard drive, and has 2 GB of RAM installed. A great every day computer, with a 1.3 GHz AMD processor. It has a battery life of around 5 hours, and you can purchase this budget laptop for just $390.99.
3. Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop
: Dell is known for its high quality laptops, and the Inspiron is one of its most popular models. This laptop is powerful enough to handle all your needs, but is also perfect for the shopper on a budget. It has You can get this budget laptop for just $499.00.
4. Sony VAIO 10.1" Laptop
: Get the computing power of the VAIO line of computers on a budget with this 250 GB laptop. It has 1 GB of RAM installed, which is plenty to handle most computing needs, but if you watch a lot of movies you may want to boost that a bit, and it can take up to 2 GB total. It has a 10.1 inch display, and an impressive batter life of 8 hours. You can get this budget laptop for just $479.99.
5. Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Laptop
: A powerful laptop that has all the features of high priced machines. Comes with a 250 GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM. The laptop has a 1.7 GHz AMD processor. This laptop is really lightweight at just 3.2 pounds so you can easily take it with you anywhere, and has a decent battery life of 5 hours. Great for personal computing, but probably not the best choice for heavy computer users. You can get this budget laptop for just $449.99.
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