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The Latest and Greatest Windows 7 Laptops

The iPad may have arrived with authority, but laptops and netbooks are still very much alive. As Microsoft and its hardware partners prepare for the back-to-school buying season, here's a look the latest Windows 7 machines for work and play, from slim netbooks to big honkin' gaming laptops.

Asus Eee PC 1008P - Karim Rashid Collection

For the fashionably inclined, Asus's Eee PC Seashell Karim Rashid Collection will make you feel like taking a stroll on the catwalk. Industrial designer Rashid's style is all over this ultraslim netbook, which is available in Hot Pink or Coffee Brown.

Key features:

· 10.1-inch LED backlight WSVGA screen (1024 by 600 resolution)

· Windows 7 Home Premium

· Intel INTC Atom N450 processor

· 1GB DDR2 memory

· 250GB SATA2 hard-disk drive (5400 rpm) + 500GB Web storage

· 1.3-megapixel camera

· 2.5 pounds

• Price: $492 pink, $499 brown

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Asus G51JX-A1

The Asus G51JX-A1 is a muscular machine that offers physical gaming interaction. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-720QM processor, a dedicated nVidia GeForce GTS 360M graphics card, and nVidia's PhysX Technology. The machine boasts 3D Vision and 3D surround sound. You can also harness its power for work projects.

Key features:

· Intel Core i7-720QM processor

· 2.8GHz CPU speed

· 3D Vision and 3D surround sound

· Altec Lansing speakers and Dolby Home Theater

· nVidia GeForce GTS 360M graphics card

· 6GB RAM, DDR3

· 15-inch screen (1920 by 1080 resolution)

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

· 7.3 pounds

• Price: $1368 to $1598

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's Windows 7 OS see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Alienware M11x

The powerful Alienware M11x laptop lets you play anything. It can handle the latest games, and it proves that sub-15-inch laptops can handle gaming. It has an eye-grabbing design, and you can change the color of the glowing keyboard in one click. It's also good for heavy data crunching and productivity, in case your boss is watching.

Key features:

· Intel Pentium SU4100 processor

· 4.4 pounds

· 2GB RAM, DDR2

· 11.6-inch screen

· 1.3GHz CPU speed

· nVidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

• Price: Starts at $800

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T

Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-3T is a multitouch convertible tablet netbook that aims to redefine the netbook category with its swivel-screen design and Lenovo NaturalTouch responsive fingertip touch-screen technology. This 10.1-inch machine converts from a netbook into a tablet that responds to the lightest of touches; it has HD audio and weighs 3.5 pounds.

Key features:

· Intel Atom N470 processor

· 1.83GHz CPU speed

· 2GB RAM, DDR2

· 10.1-inch multitouch screen

· LED-backlit LCD

· Windows 7 Starter

· Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics card

· High-definition audio

· 3.5 pounds

• Price: $550 to $650

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's Windows 7 OS see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Toshiba Satellite E205

This all-purpose laptop includes a powerful Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Technology, Intel HD Graphics, a backlit keyboard, and a recordable DVD drive. But its most noteworthy feature is its Intel Wireless Display technology, which allows you to connect the laptop to your HDTV wirelessly to view online media, videos, and photos on a bigger screen.

Key features:

· Intel Core i5-430M processor

· Mobile Intel HD graphics

· 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

· 14.1-inch high-definition screen

• Price: $899

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Sony VAIO EB

The Sony VAIO EB notebook is a colorful, affordable machine with multimedia features like HD audio and real-time video conferencing. A built-in numeric pad and an edge-to-edge keyboard gives users the feeling that they're working on a computer larger than the VAIO EB's actual dimensions. A touchpad integrated into the palm rest will stave off RSI problems.

Key features:

· Intel Core i3-330M processor

· Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD graphics card

· Intel High Definition Audio

· 4GB RAM, DDR3

· 15.5-inch screen (1368 by 768 resolution)

· 100 percent HDMI output

· 5.9 pounds

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

• Price: From $799

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition

The Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition, a large laptop for power users, features Quad-core performance, 1GB of discrete graphics, and a 17.3-inch widescreen. The Intel Core i7 processor with multitask processing and great cache size automatically speeds up when your PC needs extra performance. Color choices are Espresso Black and Moonlight White.

Key features:

· Intel Core i7-720QM processor

· 17.3-inch screen (16:9 aspect ratio)

· 1.6GHz CPU speed

· 6GB RAM

· nVidia GeForce GT 320M 1GB graphics card

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

· 7.7 pounds

• Price: Starts at $1150

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Dell Studio XPS 16

Dell's Studio XPS 16 is a high-performance multimedia laptop, with full 1080p high-def support and premium ATI HD graphics for killer video presentations. A backlit keyboard, a 16-inch LED display, and HD audio add to the rich multimedia experience.

Key features:

· Intel Core i5-430M

· 4GB RAM DDR3

· ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670 graphics card

· Intel 5100 WLAN Wireless-N

· Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio

· Windows 7 Home Premium

• Price: Starts at $1999

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Dell Latitude Z

The Dell Latitude Z is an unusually thin and light 16-inch laptop, with business-quality security, wireless docking and charging, and support options to help you work or play on the laptop regardless of where you are. But can your company afford a new Latitude?

Key features:

· Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400

· 16-inch high-definition screen (1600 by 900 resolution)

· Wireless docking and inductive charging

· LED-backlit LCD

· 2GB RAM, DDR3

· 4.5 pounds

· Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

• Price: Starts at $1799

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

iBuyPower Battalion Touch CZ-10

The iBuyPower Battalion Touch CZ-10 is the world's first multitouch gaming notebook. It responds precisely to fingertip gestures on its 15.6-inch multitouch screen. Its DDR3 memory and discrete ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics create a low-heat, high-performance environment with lifelike visuals. This machine is designed primarily for gaming, but you could also use it for stunning video and graphics presentations at work.

Key features:

· Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile P8700

· 2GB RAM, DDR3

· 15.6-inch screen (1366 by 768 resolution)

· ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics

· Multitouch screen

· Intel Pro/Wireless 5300 802.11a/g/n

· Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

• Price: Starts at $999

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]

Sony VAIO Z

This 3-pound, 1-inch-thick VAIO laptop sports the powerful specs of a larger machine: a speedy Intel Core i7 processor, an nVidia GT 330M graphics card, and up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state drive storage. All of this impressive hardware shows up in the hefty price tag ($2440), but if you're a power user working within a generous budget and you like your notebooks light, the Sony VAIO Z may be for you.

Key features:

· Intel Core i7 processor

· 2.66GHz CPU

· 512GB solid-state drive storage

· 8GB RAM max

· 3 pounds

· 13.1-inch screen

· Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

• Price: $2440

[For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible.]