Micro Express NBL5100: Sturdy and Fast--But With a 32-Bit OS

Micro Express’s NBL5100 desktop replacement is speedy, but the company's cheap OS choice holds it back.

Dell Inspiron M101z: Worth the Price If You Want a Small Machine With a Great Keyboard and Touchpad

The Inspiron M101z is a bit short on battery life, but it's a solid contender in the value laptop market.

Toshiba Portégé R700: Super Slim, Super Fast, Super Hot

The Portégé R700 is a beautiful ultraportable, but a bit hot to handle.

Gateway NV59C09u: An Attractive but Seemingly Fragile General-Purpose Laptop

A reasonable amount of power for work or video, but a bit pricey for its total capacity.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y460: Plenty of Gaming Muscle, but All Business When Needed

This IdeaPad Y460 is a great compromise between power use and performance, but a compromise nonetheless.

Samsung NB30: Tough for a Netbook

The NB30 delivers middle-of-the-road netbook performance, with some durability bonuses.

Samsung N150: Plain but Long-Lived

This middle-of-the-road netbook delivers exactly your money's worth--and not a dime more.

Dell Inspiron 15 (1564): Powerful and Affordable

There's no denying the power here, but how are you going to make use of it?

Lenovo IdeaPad U150: A Remarkably Stylish Slimline

A nice-looking machine sitting in the dead center of the performance benchmarks.

Dell Inspiron 14z

The Inspiron 14z is aimed squarely at students, with a stylish look and great battery life, but the overly-polished screen is hard to see.

Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 (2847-22U)

The SL510 is an excellent choice for business users or students who don't goof around much.