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Best New Windows 7 Notebooks
Ready for Microsoft's new OS? Here are our favorite new Windows 7 notebooks for every budget.

by LAPTOP Staff on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

If you have been holding off on purchasing a new notebook until the arrival of the much-heralded Windows 7, your wait is over. Although we already gave this sleeker, more user-friendly OS our stamp of approval in our full review, there are now a slew of laptops available pre-loaded with lucky number 7. Now you have a decision to make: which system will suit your needs best?

We’ve tested and reviewed several Windows 7 machines over the past few weeks, and there are already strong contenders in all budget categories, from $400 netbooks to $2500 extreme gaming rigs. Here are our picks for the seven best notebooks debuting with Windows 7.

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Best New Windows 7 Notebooks


Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T

Price: $599.99

This sleek ultraportable offers better performance than netbooks and nearly nine hours of battery life.
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Alienware M15x

Price: $2574.00

This 15-inch beast of a gaming rig is tops in all categories—including price.
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HP Envy 13

Price: $1,899.99

HP’s premium ultraportable offers excellent performance and an elegant design, but its touchpad could be better.
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HP ProBook 5310m

Price: $899.00

A business-friendly ultraportable with a sleek design, strong performance, and good battery life.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet

Price: $2,075.00

Not only does this convertible have an excellent touchscreen, but its performance and battery life are stellar.
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Toshiba mini NB205-N330BL

Price: $419.00

The best designed netbook gets a bigger hard drive and Windows 7 while still lasting all day on a charge.
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Toshiba Qosmio X505

Price: $1,899.00

A blazing-fast 18-inch desktop replacement with Intel Core i7 power and smooth Blu-ray playback.
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