Dell's fledgling Studio laptop series meets its established XPS series with slick results
Samsung's Aura laptop range has consistently impressed us, but its easily scratched casing has proved disappointing in the past. The X22 (£880 inc. VAT) removes this flaw and provides impressive power, features and usability at a reasonable price.
The Rock Pegasus 710 (£799 inc. VAT) is a large desktop replacement machine, offering plenty of features for your money. Costs are kept down by the use of a generic chassis, which we’ve seen on previous laptops
The Acer Aspire 5920 (£549 inc. VAT) is incredible value for money, as it delivers the best in terms of specification, but isn't an expensive machine
Sony’s VAIO range is one of the world’s best known laptop brands. While the VGN-FZ21M (£799 inc. VAT) isn’t the cheapest or most portable system in this group, it’s a well-specified and usable laptop, ideal for multimedia use.
While HP's Pavilion range targets consumers, the Compaq brand is for corporate users. Although the Compaq 6510b (£798 inc. VAT) lacks style and power, its strong battery life, security features and solid build quality are ideally suited to mobile business users.