Top 12 laptops for less than £599

DELL Studio 15

The best all-round mainstream laptop currently available at this price

Dell's Studio range is aimed at the regular home user, with the Studio 15 (£599 inc. VAT) offering a great mix of affordable portability and power.

The 15.4-inch screen is the best in this group, with LED backlighting used to offer the most accurate colour reproduction currently possible. The resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels is among the sharpest here, and creates the crispest image quality. Reflections show up in brighter conditions however, as with other Super-TFT panels.

Graphics are handled by an integrated Intel graphics chip, which is the same GPU used in many of the Studio's rivals.

It gives this machine moderate 3D capabilities, and we had no trouble running presentations or watching DVDs, and photo editing was also carried out with ease. You won't be able to play anything more than the simplest of games, however.

Read more: Dell Studio 15 review

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