Apple MacBook v Samsung RF510 v Sony Vaio

Apple MacBook v Samsung RF510 v Sony Vaio

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  • The laptop market is overwhelmed by devices promising the same thing, but which ones are unique and do the job they're designed for? From the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch laptop to the Sony Vaio VPC and Samsung RF510, T3 counts down 5 of the best laptops and what they're best used for.

    Laptop computers have almost reached a point of near perfection as most of them offer the latest specs and features. But with an increasing number of manufacturers rapidly upgrading their electrical offerings to satisfy hardcore technophobes, finding the right laptop for you can pose a bit of a problem. The market is overcrowded with devices offering you the same thing, so how do you tell them apart?

    It’s important to remember that no two laptops are the same - some put more emphasis on specs and features, while others focus more on price and design. So without further ado, T3 unveils five laptops, each of which satisfy one of the five most important criteria: price, design, use, features and overall performance. 

    Best: Value for money
    DELL XPS 15
    £650
    Love: Nvidia Optimus graphics. Price tag
    Hate: Comparatively low-res screen. Chunky
    Dell XPS 15 review I Link: Dell

    Best: Overall
    APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH
    £1,849
    Love: Bags of power. Top screen. Slick design
    Hate: Not cheap
    Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch review I Link: Apple

    Best: For typing
    SAMSUNG RF510
    £799
    Love: Good usability and overall performance
    Hate: Poor battery life limits outdoor usefulness
    Samsung RF510 review I Link: Samsung

    Best: Media features
    ACER ASPIRE ETHOS 8943G
    £929
    Love: Blu-ray drive. Media controls. Price
    Hate: Screen could be higher res. Bulky
    Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review I Link: Acer

    Best: Slimline design
    SONY VAIO VPCZ13M9E/B
    £2,039
    Love: Incredible power for a 13-incher
    Hate: Fragile lid. Only 128GB sorage. Costs more than a MacBook Pro
    Sony Vaio VPCZ13M9E/B review I Link: Sony

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    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ma/xs_MacBookPro_15inch_20112.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_VaioVPCZ_610px.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ac/xs_Acer_AspireEthos_610px.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/sa/xs_Samsung_RF510_610px.jpg
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