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HP Pavilion dv5t
The Best Notebooks of 2008



Decked out in onyx and chrome, HP’s Imprint 2 finish isn’t the only thing that’s attractive about this 15.4-inch system. The Pavilion dv5t’s crisp and bright edge-to-edge glass panel (with available 1680 x 1050-pixel resolution) and loud Altec Lansing speakers make for a compelling multimedia experience. And although the touch-sensitive media controls take some getting used to, they were generally responsive.

Taking a cue from HP’s business notebooks, the dv5t features an accelerometer that stops the 250GB hard drive from spinning if the notebook is dropped. Our test system’s 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor made Vista run smooth like butter, and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card delivered smooth gameplay. Not keen on games? Opt for Intel’s integrated graphics and put the $200 you’ll save toward the optional $150 Blu-ray drive. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy high-def movies on the dv5t or on your big-screen HDTV when you use the HDMI port.">Read Review  |  Compare Prices: $725.99

The Best Notebooks of 2008

Apple MacBook

Price: 1,299.00

Apple has raised the bar for performance and design in its new 4.5-pound MacBook.
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Toshiba Satellite A305-S6883

Price: $899.00

Toshiba’s mesmerizing Fusion finish makes the Satellite A305 one of the sexiest 15.4-inch notebooks yet.
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Acer Aspire one

Price: $349.99 (1 Seller)

This mini-notebook is a steal for students or anyone looking for a pint-size complement to a larger laptop or desktop.
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MSI Wind

Price: $619.97 (1 Seller)

Refreshingly free of compromises, the 2.6-pound MSI Wind remains our top pick in the field of mini-notebooks with 10-inch displays.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Price: $2,199.00 - $2,499.00 (8 Sellers)

Apple’s improbably thin MacBook Air has an iconic design, but we’d rather carry and use this thin, full-featured ThinkPad.
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Sony VAIO Z (VGN-Z540)

Price: $1,325.00 (1 Seller)

This 3.4-pound carbon fiber beauty is the first 13.1-inch notebook with a 16:9 aspect ratio display.
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Acer Aspire 8930G

Price: $1,699.00

The Aspire 8930G breaks the mold in more ways than one.
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Sony VAIO FW Series (VGN-FW290)

Price: $1,277.00 - $1,375.12 (6 Sellers)

A big-screen notebook in a mainstream notebook’s body, the VAIO FW series, like the VAIO Z Series, is one of the first laptops to feature a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means its stunning 16.4-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display is ideal for watching Blu-ray movies.
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Alienware Area-51 m17x

Price: $2,194.00 (1 Seller)

This beast of a notebook beats out every other gaming rig we’ve tested in every respect.
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Gateway P-7811 FX

Price: $1,359.00

This rig is done up in a glossy black finish with a copper and silver trim—just the right amount of bling.
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Dell Vostro 1310

Price: $599.00 (1 Seller)

Designed for small-business customers looking for a system that will make their lives easier—even without an IT—the 4.8-pound Dell Vostro 1310 bundles many helpful services and utilities.
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HP EliteBook 6930p

Price: $1,132.00 - $1,349.99 (12 Sellers)

This is executive-class material.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Price: $1,023.88 - $1,440.99 (11 Sellers)

This 12.1-inch cousin to the X301 omits the optical drive but boasts snappier performance and longer battery life—9 hours and 18 minutes, to be exact.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet

Price: $1,884.00 (1 Seller)

This convertible combines the portability of the ThinkPad X200 with excellent tablet functionality.
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Panasonic Toughbook 30

Price: $3,357.99 - $3,651.99 (3 Sellers)

The Toughbook 30 is ideal for field workers who want a system that can handle the harshest of environments.
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