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1st Place: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch

Not the cheapest, that much is certain, but the 15-inch MacBook Pro is unrivalled among desktop replacements. The turning point was Apple's introduction of switchable graphics. Now the Pro can do all the video editing and intensive productivity tasks when at home, and has enough battery life to be used out and about as well. Outstanding design is just another fringe benefit.

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2nd Place: Samsung R780

If you want a bit of everything, and don't want to break the bank, the R780 delivers. Its large 17.3-inch screen is great to work on, and under the hood it has the power to deal with day-to-day tasks and then play games into the small hours. It possesses a little bit of style too, but most important of all though is its affordable price.

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3rd Place: HP Pavilion dv6-2113sa

It might not be the most fashionable laptop on the block, but we didn't encounter a better value machine than the dv6-2113sa all year. Its AMD dual-core processor, while not quite a match for Intel equivalents, is more than capable and it has enough graphics grunt for a little gaming. Throw in a 500GB hard drive, an excellent keyboard and eye-catching design, and the £500 price tag looks oh-so-tempting.

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