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Toshiba Satellite C55D-A-13U review: large-screen budget laptop perfect for use at home

Price: £399.00 inc VAT Rating: 6 If you’re looking for a large-screenbudget laptop for use at home, but can’t stretch to £500 then the Toshiba Satellite C55D-A-13U may do the job for a highly competitive £399. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) There’s actually more than a dozen different models in the C55D range, with […]

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite review: budget laptop with a SSD, slimline design and impressive battery

Price: £499 Rating: 8 Samsung’s Book 9 Lite has been around for a while now, and its original £600 price tag has now been cut to £499 on a number of web sites. It’s not a top performer by any means, but at that price it’s one of the slimmest and most elegant budget laptop […]

Packard Bell EasyNote TE69 review: not a bad budget laptop if you can’t stretch to £400

Price: £375 inc VAT Rating: 6 Packard Bell, a sub-brand of Acer, is also concentrated on the low-cost end of themarket. Other models in the TE69 range use old Pentium and AMD processors. This newer model is still far from state-of-the-art, but it at least has an Intel Core series process – one of 2012’s […]

Lenovo Flex 15D review: a budget laptop that handle basic tasks but not much more

Price: £500 inc VAT Rating: 6 The Flex is an admirable attempt to adapt the convertible design of Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks to make a bendy laptop at a more affordable price point – although that attempt is only partly successful. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) It’s not quite as versatile as the Yoga though, […]

Advent Tacto review: a budget laptop that has specs that rival more expensive laptops

Price: £270 inc VAT Rating: 6 Advent is the brand name used on budget PCs made specially for the Dixons stores group, which includes PC World and Currys. The Advent Tacto certainly looks to be good value for money, as it manages to offer perfectly respectable screen quality and entry-level performance for a mere £270. […]

HP Pavilion 15 TouchSmart (n232sa) review: budget laptop with good all-round performance and an attractive screen

Price: £500 Rating: 8 The Pavilion 15 TouchSmart cost £700 when HP originally launched it at the end of 2013. But it has recently come down in price and now represents something of a bargain at just £500. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) It’s not, admittedly, the most portable ofbudget laptops – we weighed […]

Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 review: a 12-inch powerhouse of a tablet that’s too big for it’s own good

Price: TBC Rating: 7 The Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a peculiartablet for the very simple reason that it is unusually big and expensive. It’s an incredibly powerful and well-built device that is very well endowed in the features department. Here, we take an in-depth look at what the giant tablet has to offer in […]

Netflix vs LoveFilm Instant (Prime Video) comparison review: What’s the best streaming service?

Price: �5.99 Rating: 0 The two big players in the media streaming market are Netflix and Amazon’sLoveFilm Instant, now called Prime Instant Video. If you’re struggling to decide which one to choose then here is ourNetflix vs LoveFilm Instant review. It’s worth noting before we start that LoveFilm does offer DVDs and Blu-rays by post […]

Dell Chromebook 11 review: Basic browser machine keeps up with the times, barely

Dell’s no dummy. It may have built its business on PCs, but its new Chromebook 11 is designed to maintain its presence the education market, where Chromebooks are enjoying some growth. Compared to managing a fleet of Windows-based boxes, tending to a herd of browser-based Chromebooks is far simpler and cheaper (Google even provides a […]

Toshiba W30T-A-101 review: a smartly designed and affordable 13.3-inch convertible laptop/tablet

Price: £699 Rating: 7 Toshiba’s W30T is an odd device. It’s a smartly designed and affordable convertible that can function as either a laptop or tablet. Unfortunately, its size and weight prove to be a hindrance in both modes. See what’s the best laptop you can buy in 2014? The W30T does make a good […]

Alienware 18 review: big, heavy and outrageously expensive gaming laptop

Price: £3080 inc VAT Rating: 9 Alienware is planning an update for its 17-inch gaming laptop that includes the new nVidia GeForce 800M series graphics cards. But even 2014′s latest graphics processor is unlikely to match the sheer 3D gaming performance of the dual GPUs housed within this 18-inch screened behemoth. See also: what’s the […]

Toshiba Satellite P50t review – hands on

We go hands on with Toshiba’s first 4K 15.6in laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 review: 11-inch convertible that’s far more attractive than heavy 15-inch budget laptops

Price: £500 inc VAT Rating: 7 Calling this the Yoga 2 seems like something of a misnomer, given that Lenovo has already released about a dozen different Yoga laptops of various sizes and configurations. However, this new 11.6-inch model does stand out from its flexible brethren by virtue of a £500 price tag that makes […]

MSI GT70 2PC Dominator review: first gaming laptop with a brand-new GeForce GTX 870M graphics chip

Price: £1,299 inc VAT Rating: 9 Gaming laptops are still the only way to play intensive games on the move, and the MSI GT70 2PC Dominator shakes up the competition – it’s the first firm to deploy an interesting new graphics processor from nVidia, the GeForce GTX 870M. See also What’s the best laptop you […]

Toshiba Portégé R30-A-14K review: a £900 laptop with relatively lightweight design, long-lasting battery and disappointing display

Price: �900 inc VAT Rating: 7 Toshiba tends to take its time when it comes to new fads like Ultrabooks, or even updating its laptops with the latest Haswell processors. True to form, its Portégé R30 is a distinctly unassuming mid-range laptop with a modest specification and little in the way of eye-catching features. See […]

Dell Precision M6800 Mobile Workstation review: a good desktop replacement laptop for professionals that’s lacking a little style

Price: �2154.48 inc VAT Rating: 8 Slim and sexy is good for travel and keeping up with the Joneses. But sometimes big and chunky is what’s really needed to get the job done. And so it is in mobile workstations, where the sheer amount of componentry and connectivity required to replace a desktop workstation is […]

Toshiba KIRA review: hands on with a superior Windows Ultrabook with 13in touchscreen

Price: £1,299 inc VAT Rating: 0 At a press event in London today, Toshiba showed us a laptop first launched in May of last year, the Kira Ultrabook range – also known in the States as the KIRAbook. Or as Toshiba UK has styled it, just KIRA™. The Toshiba KIRA is a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop […]

Acer Aspire S3-392G review: attractive, slimline Ultrabook offers decent performance at good price

Price: 900 Rating: 8 Acer’s S3 has always been one of the more affordable Ultrabook models on the market, partly because it used a conventional hard drive rather than more expensive solid-state storage. This latest laptop is a little more expensive than some of its predecessors, but enhances performance with a hybrid disk/flashstorage drive and […]

Toshiba CB30-102 review: Chromebook boasting a 13.3” screen and Intel Celeron processor

Price: £250 inc VAT Rating: 8 Chromebooks are Google’s vision of how a modern laptop should be. Generally they’re lightweight, relatively cheap, and feature an interface optimised entirely for web use. This makes them excellent second computers, ones that you can hand to your children or take to places where a £1000 ultrabook might be […]

Dell Inspiron 15R (5537) review: a good performing and well built laptop with a competitive price tag

Price: £549 inc VAT Rating: 8 The previous version of the Dell Inspiron 15R did well in our round-up of budget laptops last year. This year’s model of the budget Dell laptop isn’t drastically different, but it adds a touchscreen for Windows 8 and brings things up to date with a new Haswell processor. See […]

Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook review: It hits a sweet spot

The Chromebook has found its sweet spot, and it’s around the $279 range where the Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook resides. It sure isn’t down in the dumps with the $200-or-so cheapies, with their clackety plastics and sorry little screens. Nor is it in the 1-percenter fantasyland of the gorgeous and expensive Chromebook Pixel. The $250 Samsung Chromebook 3 is nice, […]

Asus X552CL review: provides good performance for a budget laptop

Price: £500 inc VAT Rating: 7 You’re not going to get a full-on gaming rig for under £500, but the X552CL budget laptop from Asus is a good attempt to provide respectable graphics performance at a competitive price. See also:Group test: what’s the best budget laptop? Promoted rather tactlessly as a ‘notebook for the masses’, […]

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11Q review: worth considering if you’re on a tight budget and looking for a good, basic laptop

Price: £449.00 Rating: 8 There are several models in the M50 range, equipped with a variety of both Intel and AMD processors and with prices varying from £400 to £600. However, we reviewed the M50-A-11Q model, which typically costs £449 from a number of online retailers, and which includes a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U […]

Dell Precision M3800 review: incredible performance from a thin and light laptop, with superb build quality

Price: �1926 inc VAT Rating: 8 The Dell Precision M3800 is a mobile workstation notebook that closely resembles the company’s XPS 15 Touch gaming laptops. Measuring 18 mm with the screen closed, it’s conspicuously thin, at least compared with most mobile Windows workstations that have a chassis thickness measured in inches. See What’s the best […]

Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series review: a generally excellent laptop built with rapid components

Price: £1522 inc VAT Rating: 8 Ultrabooks are usually high-end consumer machines, but these laptops are also beneficial in business. Dell’s new Latitude is a prime example: it’s lighter, slimmer and better-looking than most corporate machines, and it’s got impressive power despite its size. See What’s the best laptop you can buy in 2013/2014? It’s […]