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Back-to-School Laptops: We Review Best Buy's Exclusives

At a Glance

The sleek, slim 14z all-purpose laptop delivers a great package overall--so long as you don't crave an optical drive.

Pros

  • Crisp, vivid screen
  • Discrete nVidia GPU squeezed inside

Cons

  • No built-in flash media slots
  • Pricy external optical drive
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At a Glance

Bigger, better, faster, more: This notebook expands upon HP's all-purpose Pavilion dv3 while undercutting the price.

Pros

  • Decent all-around performer
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Big battery makes it a bit clunky
  • Slightly narrow touchpad
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At a Glance

Sony hits with big screen, general-purpose entertainment for a budget-friendly price.

Pros

  • Good screen
  • Loaded software suite

Cons

  • Keyboard is a little scrunched
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At a Glance

Though it has awesome audio and decent video, the M505's slick looks won't fool many – it's a budget box.

Pros

  • Good all-around A/V experience
  • Slick style

Cons

  • A too-tiny touchpad
  • The HDMI port tease
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