Comfortable to use, but lacking in features and sporting an old design
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The Hi-Grade Notino D7000SRL (£699 inc. VAT) combines impressive performance, features and battery life. Its powerful specification is particularly notable at this low price, making it easy to recommend for home or business use.
The Notino D7000SRA (£799 inc. VAT) combines an impressive specification, strong features and reliable warranty cover, to make it a good choice for value-conscious buyers.
Hi-Grade is a UK-based manufacturer known for its well-specified and affordable laptops. The Ultinote A9900R (£699 inc. VAT) is an entry-level desktop replacement with enough power and software for the whole family
We're increasingly using laptops in more exposed places, but the average laptop isn't designed to be used in these environments, such as when it's raining or dusty. However, recently we've seen manufacturers releasing devices better suited to extreme conditions.
Providing the strongest performance we've seen from any laptop, the Hi-Grade Ultinote A9900SR (£999 inc. VAT) uses Intel's top-of-the-range dual-core processor technology to great effect.Powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo T7800 CPU and 2048MB of memory, flawless performance is provided.
Unlike the other names in this review, Hi-Grade may be less familiar as a brand, largely because it's a UK-based company rather than a worldwide marque.
Hi-Grade may not have the same brand recognition as the likes of HP or Sony, but with over twenty years in the computer industry, it has a reputation for putting together aggressively priced and highly competitive machines
Until recently, it was almost impossible to buy an ultraportable laptop for less than £1,000. The Hi-Grade Notino D2200 (£595 inc. VAT) shows how far prices have fallen, offering high-performance in a truly mobile chassis