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Best Desktop Replacement Laptops

Rarely the most glamorous of laptops, desktop replacements are nonetheless the bread and butter of mobile computing and generally offer better value than other machines. You can spend as little or much as you like, but if don't care much for using it on the move a DTR is probably your best bet.

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HP Pavilion dv6-2113sa | £499

This isn't one of HP's latest machines, but when we reviewed it back in April if offered outstanding value and it's now even cheaper. £500 gets you this excellent all-rounder that has a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and an ATI graphics card that will let dabble in a little casual gaming. Its glossy design won't be to everyone's taste, but it's a great little bargain.

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Toshiba Satellite A660 | £699

If you're a movie buff with a burgeoning Blu-ray collection, the Toshiba Satellite A660 should be on your list. At £700 it's not a cheap laptop, but it's very good value considering it has a Blu-ray drive and a decent spec that includes a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. You can even play a few games.

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Samsung R780 | From £620

For those that like big screens and big keyboards, take a look at the Samsung R780. This 17.3-inch machine has both in abundance, looks rather smart and performs well. We reviewed the more expensive Blu-ray version, but a non-Blu-ray one can be had for £630 with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

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Samsung R530 | From £380

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, Samsung also has you covered. We haven't been blown away by the R530 on the two occasions we've seen it, but look toward its cheaper versions and it offers great value. A decent dual-core machine can be found for less than £400, and the R530 has a better screen and keyboard than most machines at this price.

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Apple MacBook Pro | From £1,350

As before, anyone with a little more cash to play with will always consider a 15 or 17-inch MacBook Pro. New models are much better featured than in the past, and their graphics switching gives them better battery life than any other laptops in this class. This alone gives them a unique selling point, and their power and relative portability make them perfect for budding film students or anyone who needs power on the move.

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Sony VAIO E Series 14-inch | £650

When we originally reviewed the 14-inch E Series, it was just a little too expensive for our tastes. In time, however, a small price decrease has helped their value. More importantly, the E Series is almost unique at around £650 in offering a more generous 1,600 x 900 resolution. This should help productivity, as will the excellent keyboard and good performance. Gaming potential is limited, but it's a little more portable than most in this category. It comes in a range of bold colours, not all of them pink!

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Big Ben

September 30, 2015, 9:47 am

no dates anywhere on this "trusted" review site. Kinda essential for IT kit. I guess they're hopeing saying "Trusted" over an over will be enough.


August 13, 2016, 3:24 pm

I was thinking the same thing. Is there a way to sort search results by date for time sensitive info?

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