Of all the high-end business-class laptops, the Sony VAIO SB offers arguably the most bang for your buck. For $999 this machine delivers Intel i5 or i7 processors, a backlit keyboard, Blu-Ray drive and hybrid AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics that auto-switch between discrete and integrated GPUs, and up to 15 hours of battery life with a second battery. Its specs rival the Macbook Pro, but for $300-$400 less.
• 13.3 inch screen
• Intel Core i5 processer, Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6470M + Intel HD Graphics
• 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
• 500GB Hard Drive
• 7 hours of battery life
• Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
• 4.5 lbs.