Apple MacBook v Samsung RF510 v Sony Vaio

Apple, Samsung, Sony: find out which laptop comes out on top

Image 1 of 5 DELL XPS 15
DELL XPS 15
Image 2 of 5 APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15 INCH
APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH
Image 3 of 5 SONY VAIO VPCZ13M9E B
SONY VAIO VPCZ13M9E/B
Image 4 of 5 ACER ASPIRE ETHOS 8943G
ACER ASPIRE ETHOS 8943G
Image 5 of 5 SAMSUNG RF510
SAMSUNG RF510

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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