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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series review

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 Series is cheaper than the XPS 15, and actually defeats Dell’s flagship laptop in several key areas as well. See Full Review »

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Asus Zenbook UX31 Review

  • High-resolution display
  • Good sound quality
  • Great performance for an Ultrabook
  • Above-average battery life
  • Disappointing design and build quality
  • Keyboard lacks quality feel
  • Runs warm
  • Expensive
Our Score 7.5
User Score 0

Sony Vaio C Series (15.5-inch) Review

  • Full 1080p available for just $50
  • Stylish lid and interior
  • Excellent backlit keyboard
  • Solid performance
  • Small touchpad
  • Runs warm even at idle
  • Heavy and thick
  • Poor bang-for-the-buck
Our Score 7
User Score 0

HP Pavilion g6 Review

  • Excellent build quality
  • Solid, comfortable keyboard
  • Responsive multi-touch touchpad
  • Very little bloatware
  • Bargain price
  • Average display
  • Disappointing speaker volume
  • Short battery endurance
  • Second-gen Intel Core processors aren’t…
Our Score 8
User Score 5

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review

  • Respectable battery life on Intel graphics
  • Reasonably portable form factor, weight
  • Easy-to-switch graphics
  • Modest gaming performance
  • Solid touchpad and keyboard
  • Loaded to the gills with bloatware
  • Below-par webcam quality
  • Low-resolution screen
  • Cheap-feeling plastic lid
  • Weak speakers
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

HP Mini 5101 Review

  • Durable and attractive matte black finish
  • Sturdy magnesium chassis
  • Drop protection and other business add-ons
  • Respectable performance
  • Superior battery life (with optional six-cell…
  • Reasonably priced
  • Clammy fingers stick on glossy trackpad
  • Average keyboard
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (2011) Review

  • Ultra-solid unibody construction
  • Gorgeous high-resolution display
  • Fast, efficient Core i7 processor
  • Intel Thunderbolt, FireWire 800, ExpressCard 34
  • Superb speakers
  • Above-par battery life
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Glossy screen catches glare, doesn’t recline far…
  • No SD card slot, crowded USB ports
  • Scarce Thunderbolt accessories, for now
  • Unnecessarily condensed keyboard
  • No Blu-ray drive option
  • Steep price premium
  • No user-replaceable battery
Our Score 8
User Score 9

Lenovo IdeaPad V460 Review

  • Superb, ThinkPad-grade keyboard
  • Sleek aluminum design, lightweight
  • Powerful processor options
  • Decent gaming performance with optional GeForce…
  • Bright matte screen
  • Affordable
  • HDD protection, fingerprint reader, other business…
  • Short battery life
  • No Nvidia Optimus for automatic GPU switching
  • Screen borders on washed out at max brightness
  • Occasionally finicky touchpad
Our Score 7.5
User Score 4

Asus UL30A Review

  • Thin
  • lightweight; excellent value; outstanding 9-hour…
  • Spotty Wi-Fi connectivity; quite a bit of flex in…
Our Score 7.5
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