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Laptop Of The Year 2011


When we revealed our shortlist for the Best Laptop of 2011, it included laptops of all shapes and sizes from manufacturers including Apple, Lenovo, Samsung and Asus. We asked you to vote for your favourite, whether that was a laptop you owned or one you simply wished you owned.

Having tallied your votes we whittled down the shortlist to three finalists: the 15in MacBook Pro, Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Samsung Series 9. The chosen finalists showed just how diverse the laptop category now is with a large professional product going up against an ultra slim device and what is essentially a tablet.

Our panel of experts then got together to discuss and debate the merits of each laptop getting a chance to put each through its paces before voting for the winner.

While the voting was very close, looking at the judges comments, it is clear that they felt one overall had the outstanding battery life, great value and flexibility which made it a superb product and worthy winner of Laptop of the Year 2011.

Laptop Of The Year 2011 - the winners


November 28, 2011, 8:41 pm

i don't understand how the asus can win both laptop AND tablet of the year? i can absolutely see how it can win the tablet category because of its unrivalled flexability, but it doesn't have a cd drive, can only run apps not full programs, etc etc


November 29, 2011, 4:09 am

I agree, voting the EEE Transformer as the best laptop is at best misguided advice to less informed readers.

Does the fine judging team at TR think a laptop is just to browse the web these days?

Just trying to print from the EEE Transformer is a nightmare (you need an actual PC to run Google Cloud print)

Greg Shewan

November 29, 2011, 6:39 pm

The Transformer is in many ways better than a netbook, which is in itself just a media tool, regardless of what OS it runs. Doing work on a netbook is tiresome cause of the lack of grunt, vertical pixels and not to mention many netbooks don't have optical drives.

So based on that logic you would have to exclude all netbooks from the above category as well which is not feasible, based purely on OS. I'm surprised the Macbook and Samsung are in there equally, I wouldn't call them value products, I'm assuming their high prices were excluded from voting ;)


November 29, 2011, 11:51 pm

I can only agree with Gk.pm and chrisjordan2008. A computer that cannot run things like MS Office (or LIbreOffice, if you prefer), Photoshop, and a powerful video editor, cannot be laptop of the year.
Yes, there are still people out there who actually produce something on their computers and don't spend all their days watching youtube.

I've never actually seen a Transformer, but according to your review, it must be a very cool piece of hardware. Best tablet? Anytime! Laptop? Never!


December 25, 2011, 6:48 am

I agree with all previous commenters. I went to look today at the Transformer. I had one question: Can it integrate with MS Office. It's off my list.

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