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Five Best Bargains on Laptops

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Authored by Mike Bacon in Computer Hardware
Published on 11-19-2009

These days it would seem that just about everybody has a computer of some kind. Many have a desktop while others have laptops. Having a computer that you can take with you makes life so much easier. There are plenty of wirelesses “hot spots” to be found, so you can log on where you purchase your Latte. For some, avoiding being tied down to your desk is the real appeal to owning a laptop.

Here is a list of 5 of the best bargains on Laptop computers.

Apple MacBook Pro

This laptop from Apple has quite a bit to recommend it. It boasts of Unibody construction with rounded edges which make slipping into a backpack so much easier. The 13 inch screen is backlit which gives it a higher degree of visibility in light levels that make other laptops hard to see. The GeForce 9400M integrated graphics gives you crisp, clear viewing. The price will not set you reeling either. You can expect to pay from $1149.00 – $1199.00. It comes with a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and 2 GB of memory, a 160 GB Hard drive and Mac OS X installed, standard.

Sony Vaio CW Series

Sony’s Vaio line of computers has been well received over the years, and the CW Notebook (laptop) series keeps to that tradition. It comes with a 2.5 GHZ Core 2 Duo processor, up to 8GB of memory, and a whopping 500GB hard drive. Add to that its 14 inch LED backlit screen and 4 hour battery life and you have yourself a great laptop at a great price. The price starts at $799.00. The CW comes with Window 7 and is available in 5 colors.

Asus UL30A

The Asus has a slower processor than the first two laptops mentioned here, but will perform admirably nonetheless. The specs are: 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. You won’t have to scrimp on your photos, videos or music with this drive. It has Windows Vista Premium installed, and is a bit lighter than the Vaio’s 5.3 lbs.One drawback is no optical drive. You lose a bit with the lower price The Asus weighs in at just 3.94 to 4.44 lbs. The Asus retails for $799.00.

Toshiba Satellite T135

The Toshiba entry has a similar list of specs to the Asus. It has a 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive. Again, like the Asus, no optical drive. Apparently, some of the manufacturers save you money by dumping an optical drive. The starting price for the Toshiba is $645.00

HP Mini 5101

The HP Mini is not a true laptop; it is actually a Netbook computer. Smaller, more compact, and less features than a full sized laptop. It is also cheaper at just $425.00. The Netbook might be perfect for College students with limited space. It still has enough power for basic computing tasks. Just don’t expect to play the latest and greatest games on this tiny computer. Tech specs include: 1.66 GHz processor, 1 GB of memory, and a 160 GB hard drive. Again like some of the laptops, there is no optical drive.

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