Top 12 laptops for less than £599

PC Nextday Zoostorm 83-5200

A no-frills design, but high-end components make this laptop more desirable

Unlike some of the larger manufacturers in this group test, PC Nextday uses a generic chassis on its laptops in order to cut costs, allowing more money to be spent on components such as the processor and memory.

As such, you'll find the Zoostorm 83-5200 (£599 inc. VAT) offers the fastest processor in this group test, making it an ideal choice for busy corporate users needing to multi-task.

The 15.4-inch screen is a pleasure to use. Its 1280 x 800-pixel resolution isn't any higher than the other laptops here, but images are sharp and colours are vibrant. As with the other Super-TFT screens, it can be reflective in direct sunlight, but we never found it too intrusive in use.

An integrated Intel GMA 4500M GPU handles the graphics, as with most of the other laptops in this group test. Reasonable office performance is provided, and we were able to edit photographs, run regular office applications and watch movies with ease.

You'll have to opt for one of the laptops with a dedicated GPU if you want to play the latest games, however.

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