5 Best Laptops of 2011

The 5 Best Laptops of 2011..

If you know anything at all about laptops, you understand that there are lots and lots of manufacturers of laptops … even more models. It’s a crowded field … very crowded. And, because that’s true, it’s anything but easy to select the five best laptops.

5 Best Laptops of 2011There are seemingly countless reviews available on the Internet and, as a result, it’s easy to come up with many more than the “the top five.” In fact, if you accept the words of the consumers who have provided the reviews, there are probably dozens of great laptops currently available.

So the question is this: how do you choose a laptop to make coveted list? It’s not easy and there are many factors that contribute to the selections, including price and features.

Let’s start with some of the models which appeared more frequently in list reviews on the Internet. These new-for-2011 laptops include …

  • Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 ... Consider this to be a top-of-the-line portable computer. It’s somewhat expensive – about $2,400 at most online or offline retailers – but it includes a broad range of features and a large screen – a full 15 inches.
  • Toshiba Portege R835-P56X is much less costly … it will only set you back about $800. This laptop, which features a smaller, 13 inch screen, is technologically up-to-date … and very reliable.
  • Apple MacBook Pro Writer 2011 … is a first cousin to the Apple mentioned earlier … with two differences. It has a 13 inch screen and it costs less – lots less – only about $1,400.
  • Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A also utilizes a trim, 13 inch screen and sophisticated Japanese technology to provide a host of great features and applications you will enjoy.
  • Alienware M14X is a good-looking laptop and a “tech marvel.” It’s loaded with features and the price proves it; about $2,100 -- give or take a few dollars – at most online retailers and walk-in shops.

Now, most consumers and current laptop owners are convinced that the 5 models mentioned here are “the best of the best” for 2011. However, there is a second school of thought concerning laptops and what makes them “the best.”

It comes from prestigious Consumer Reports, the organization that tests product and always reports on them fairly … without bias. According to the editors at this nationally-famous magazine …

When it comes to laptops, there are two factors that should concern you and guide your purchase. These factors are: price and shelf life. The thinking is that, because laptops generally become outmoded and obsolete within 3 years, it makes no sense to purchase a high-end and costly laptop … because you will have to replace it within 36 months. If that’s true, and the editors of Consumer Reports are reliable, then it makes much more sense to purchase a budget-friendly laptop.

A more affordable laptop is likely to include many of the “bells and whistles” found in more expensive models and will last just as long before it needs to be replaced … about three years.

Now, if you’re looking for the best laptop available in 2011, your choice should be easier. Think budget-friendly.