We’ve just published a bunch of laptop reviews on the IT Donut. But we’ve taken a slightly different approach to your average review site. Instead of getting our hands on each laptop ourselves, we’ve combed the web for trusted reviews, then distilled the information into a need-to-know review specifically aimed at smaller companies.
All the laptops we’ve looked at are capable enough to be your main computer, and small and light enough to carry with you regularly. Prices vary, but you’re looking at a minimum of about £500 for a usable specification. We’ve recommended which model to go for in each individual review.
So, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, here are the five we’ve looked at, and the sort of situations they’re good for:
Dell Vostro V131
Price: From £359, but £500+ for a reasonable specification.
In one sentence: A portable laptop that’s stylish and powerful enough to be your main laptop.
Best for: Everyday computing in a sleek package that’ll be at home in any sales meeting.
Acer TravelMate TimelineX
Price: From £569
In one sentence:Decent performance wrapped in a dull, uninspiring design.
Best for: Businesses willing to sacrifice some style and build quality in favour of value for money.
HP ProBook 5330m
Price: From £665
In one sentence:Fine to use at your desk but battery life is very poor.
Best for: Occasional travellers who don't need to worry about how long the battery lasts.
Price: From £839
In one sentence:Super-solid build quality, excellent performance - but at a price.
Best for: Regular travellers who have budget to spenf and want a laptop that'll withstand a few knocks.
Toshiba Portégé R830
Price: From £1,139
In one sentence:Expensive, thin and light, with excellent performance - but only an average quality screen and a little overpriced.
Best for: Anyone who wants a superbly portable laptop with built-in DVD drive and classy looks - and is happy to pay a little over the odds.
Are you in the market for a new business laptop? What are the most important things on your shopping list?