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1st Place: Sony Vaio Z Series
What is the ultimate laptop? Well, it needs to be fast enough to replace a desktop, small and light enough to be taken out for the day, and have a battery life of at least five hours. Enter the Sony VAIO Z Series. This 13-inch laptop makes a MacBook Pro look like a toy. Its screen is magnificent, its speed is blistering and it weighs little more than 1.5kg. Case closed.
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2nd Place: HP Pavilion dm4
For the money, the HP Pavilion dm4 offers unrivalled design, sophistication and performance. Its Core i5 processor gives it desktop replacement levels of performance, albeit without the gaming prowess. Battery life in excess of six hours is a more than adequate tonic, though.
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3rd Place: Alienware M11x
Easily the most innovative laptop released this year, the M11x has a unique claim as the only ultra-portable gaming laptop in the world. Its 11.6-inch screen and sub-2kg weight indeed makes it very portable, while switchable graphics and low-voltage processing means you can play games and enjoy all-day battery life.
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