Top 10 Best Laptops to Buy in 2012
Laptops in 2012 are better than ever and now offer everything that a desktop with the added bonus of style and portability. If you are looking for a new laptop then you are certainly not lacking is choice; however, the sheer volume of machines on the market can make choosing a make and model to suit you are very tough task indeed. If you have been looking for a new computer without success, you’re in luck; because you’re future purchase will be featured in this list of the top 10 best laptops to buy in 2012.
10) Acer Aspire 5750
It is unusual for a budget laptop to feature amongst the big boys in the best laptops to buy; however the Acer Aspire 5750 is a great machine. While it may not have the specs of some of the other laptops in the list, the 5750 packs in an Intel Core i3 2350M chip running at 2GHz and a decent 4GB of DDR3 memory, making multitasking a breeze. With a thickness of just 34mm and weighing an impressive 2.6kg, you can easily pack this 15.6 inch screen machine into your backpack for use on the move.
9) HP Pavilion dm4-3000ea – Beats Edition
There is currently a big trend towards tiny laptops and the HP Pavilion dm4-3000ea is a prime example of this. This small 14 inch laptop really packs a punch and HP have managed to include an Intel Core i5 2450M processor clocking 2.5GHz, backed up by a 500GB SATA hard drive and 4GB RAM. The OS is Windows 7 Premium which provides a great platform for the outstanding feature of this machine – Beats Audio. A powerful triple bass subwoofer makes Beats by Dr. Dre technology excellent when on the move and even better when plugging in some external speakers.
8) Toshiba Satellite Z830 Ultrabook
The Satellite Z830 is Toshiba’s first crack at the Ultrabook market, and they have succeeded in producing a great machine. The Ultrabook comes with a Core i5 CPU, 6GB RAM and 128GB SSD hard drive, measures just 16mm in thickness and weighs just 1.1kg. Despite a bit of a flimsy screen, the features and design of this laptop make it a great buy.
7) Samsung Series 9 900X3B
With its thin and stylish chassis, the 900X3B by Samsung is the Ultrabook that’s not an Ultrabook. At 1.2kg, the latest in the Series 9 range is light and super sturdy. Performance comes from an Intel Core i5 2467M processor and 4GB RAM, this gives the laptop plenty of bite and enough to take care of almost any task. The 13 inch screen with 1600×900 resolution display provides excellent quality and is razor sharp when displaying colours.
6) MacBook Pro 2012
Buying a MacBook Pro will set you back a minimum of £1,800, making it the most expensive edition to the list, but you are rewarded with Apple’s much-praised Retina Display and stunning processing power. The latest Pro is once again a mix of style and substance with an aluminium unibody chassis that is built to last. The backlit LED 15.4-inch display offers 220ppi, which as good as you will find on a laptop and a 2.3 quad core Intel Core i7 processor laughs at every task to the point where it doesn’t even seem to try. To add to the impressive list of features, the MacBook Pro is just 18mm thick and weighs only 2.02kg – truly stunning for such a powerful machine.
5) Dell XPS 15z
15.6 inch laptops rarely come any better than the Dell XPS 15z, which has pretty much everything a person could ever need from a computer. The build is excellent, the display is sharp and bright and, thanks to an Intel Core i7 ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor and a superb 8GB RAM, power is never going to be a problem.
4) ASUS UX31 Zenbook
ASUS are well-known for producing high-quality laptops and the UX31 Zenbook is as good as it gets. The silver ultrabook is just 17mm at its thickest point and is ultra-portable, sporting a 13.3 inch super-TFT coated screen which delivers excellent vibrancy. Speed comes in the form of an Intel Core i7 processor and 4GB RAM and the audio and battery life are outstanding
3) Sony Vaio T13
The Sony Vaio T13 is the Japanese giant’s long awaited first foray in to the Ultrabook market and delivers everything you would expect of Sony: great build, stylish design and affordable price. At just 1.6kg in weight and 17.8mm thick, you will struggle to find a more portable laptop and the 1.4GHz i3-3717U processor does a decent job on performance, although you may look to pay a little more for an upgrade to an i5.
2) MacBook Air
The second entry on the list for Apple is the MacBook Air, a laptop them sums up Ultrabooks perfectly. The Air is available in 11 and 13 inch versions each coming with the design, build and performance that you would expect from Apple. Both machines are tiny and both pack Intel’s third generation Ivy Bridge processors, giving outstanding performance and graphics. As with the Pro, the MacBook Air comes with the eye-popping Retina Display and shows HD content perfectly. 4GB of DDR3L RAM help with power.
1) Dell XPS 13
The XPS 13 is essentially a smaller version of the 15z model and with a 13 inch screen and eight hours of battery life; it is the best Ultrabook on the market in 2012. The aluminium chassis is as impressive as you will ever see and a quad-core Intel Core i7-2637M CPU gives lightening quick performance. A truly great laptop.