Group test: Student laptops

Off to uni after A'Level success? Check out our pick of the best student laptops

Image 1 of 5 Toshiba Satellite C650
Toshiba Satellite C650
Image 2 of 5 Dell Inspiron R
Dell Inspiron R
Image 3 of 5 Apple MacBook
Apple MacBook
Image 4 of 5 Sony Vaio E Series
Sony Vaio E Series
Image 5 of 5 Samsung Q330
Samsung Q330

Power, battery life and a hefty student discount

Students, the government wants to offer you and your teachers a dicscounted laptop through the National Notebook and Desktop agreement (NDNA). To achieve academic excellence you'll need processing power and a battery that can surive a hard dayy's studying. These laptops are currently top of their class...

Best…. Pricier Option
Apple Macbook
£800
Love: long battery life. Mac OS X is a joy to use. Student discounts.
Hate: Underpowered for the price. No HDMI
- Read the full review Link: Apple

Best… Connectivity
Sony Vaio E-Series
£700
Love: Superb screen. Good keyboard and plenty of connections.
Hate: Poor battery. Pricey
- Read the full review Link: Sony

Best.... Budget Option
Toshiba Satellite C650-15X
£495
Love: Very cheap indeed. Great keyboard
Hate: Wants for both connectivity and power
- Read the full review Link: Toshiba

Best… Value for money
Samsung NP-Q330
£584 www.toshiba.co.uk
Love: Mobility and performance in a reasonably priced unit. Well designed keyboard
Hate: A bit dull perhaps
- Read the full review Link: Samsung

Best… Multimedia machine
Dell Inspiron 17R
£700 www.dell.co.uk
Love: Powerful spec for the price. Tasty screen. Bundled software
Hate: Hard to use in bright light. Short battery life
- Read the full review Link: Dell