Top 6 laptops for less than £799

3rd Jul 2009 | 09:36

Top 6 laptops for less than £799

6 notebooks ideal for home or business use

Top 6 laptops for less than £799

While the sub-£399 laptops on page 18 offer a cheaper entry into laptop ownership, it's at the £799 price point that you can start to choose all the features and components to suit your needs.

The laptops gathered here all feature the latest dual-core processors, powerful graphics cards and include features such as Blu-ray drives, high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi and screen sizes ranging from 14 to 18.4 inches.

Along with machines for gamers and home users, corporate users will also find laptops to suit with great battery lives and portable designs.

Whatever you're looking for, we have it all for you in this group test.

Tested today:

Laptop group

Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T

Acer aspire timeline 4810t

Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T

A staggering battery life and great portability help to hide this machine's flaws

Acer's Aspire Timeline series comprises quality and highly portable machines aimed at corporate users. The Aspire Timeline 4810T (£749 inc. VAT) is the first model we've seen from the range and features a 14-inch widescreen display

Read: full Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T review

Asus N50VC

Asus n50vc

Asus N50VC

An impressive all-rounder with strong performance and very few faults

An excellent 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, achingly capacious 320GB hard drive and whopping 4GB of memory, this is a notebook for those who want to create as well as consume. Mind you, consumers are equally well catered for. Blu-ray is finally seeping down through the notebook market, and Asus has included a combo drive here.

Read: full Asus N50VC review

Dell Studio 15

DEll studio 15

Dell Studio 15

An evolution of one of our favourite laptops, offering great usability and quality

The 15.4-inch screen is superb, with LED backlighting used to offer the most accurate colour reproduction currently possible. The resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels is among the sharpest we have seen, and creates the crispest image quality. Reflections show up in brighter conditions however, as with other Super-TFT panel.

Read: full Dell Studio 15 review

HI-GRADE Notino D8000

HI-GRADE notino d8000

HI-GRADE Notino D8000

Comfortable and well-specified, but fails to come together as a complete package

Hi-Grade is a UK manufacturer, making good value machines in a range of specifications. The chassis features a 16:10 screen, despite 16:9 screens becoming more popular. Measuring 15.4-inches, it's not a giant, but there's plenty of space onscreen for multiple windows.

Read: full Hi-Grade Notino D8000 review

Medion Akoya P8610

Medion akoya p8610

Medion Akoya P8610

High-powered desktop replacement with ample features and great graphics

Medion is known for its budget laptops, but it also makes machines for multimedia use. The Akoya P8610 is the largest and one of the most feature-packed laptops here. The 18.4-inch screen is huge and great for watching fi lms on, and the integrated Blu-ray drive lets you really get the most out of it.

Read: full Medion Akoya P8610 review

Samsung R522

Samsung r522

Samsung R522

A comfortable and stylish laptop, but it's limited when it comes to media use

Samsung's R-series offers good quality and features at affordable prices. The R522 is a mid-range system that features impressive quality, good usability and a true widescreen display. The screen measures 15.6 inches and features a 16:9 aspect ratio. As such, films play back without intrusive black bars at the top and bottom.

Read: full Samsung R522 review

Benchmark results

Our colleagues on What Laptop magazine test every machine that comes into our testing labs for both performance and battery life. Here are the results of this rigorous testing process for this group test:

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The award winners

Although these aren't the cheapest laptops you can buy, offer a great choice of features and different specifications suit all types of user, without the need to spend the earth.

features ranging from Blu-ray optical drives and high-powered graphics cards to the latest processors, whatever you're we're certain there's a laptop here for you. However, in test, two laptops proved to be better than the rest.

Winner:

DEll studio 15

Dell Studio 15

The Dell Studio 15 is a simply fantastic all-round package, with comfort, quality, performance and style on its side. The keyboard is one of the most comfortable we've seen at any price point and the great mix of power and portability make it a laptop suited to home, business and even travel use.

Runner up:

Acer aspire timeline 4810t

Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T

The distinctive keyboard won't suit all users, but the Aspire 4810T is great for both commuters and business users. The 14-inch screen strikes a balance between portability and usability, and the eight-hour battery life is astounding. Quality is also good and the thin chassis lets you work on the move.

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