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01 AP­PLE MAC­BOOK A IR 1 1-INCH

FROM $1,099, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED AU­GUST 2013

LOVE Same slim­line, alu­minium looks, plus im­proved bat­tery life, faster Wi-Fi and a price drop

HATE No Retina Dis­play T3 SAYS The world’s most stylish ul­tra-por­ta­ble lap­top just got even bet­ter, and cheaper SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 11.6-inch, 1366x768 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i3 1.3GHz/4GB STOR­AGE 128GB SSD QUOTED BAT­TERY 9hrs

02 ASUS ZENBOOK UX31

$1,399, ASUS.COM.AU, TESTED APRIL 2012

LOVE El­e­gant de­sign con­ceals a throb­bing, 1.8GHz Core i7 pro­ces­sor and 256GB solid state drive. Quick boot-up to boot

HATE Slim­line build means no op­ti­cal drive T3 SAYS The king of the ul­tra­books to date com­bines plenty of power with spunky aes­thet­ics SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 13.3-inch, 1600x900 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i7 1.8GHz/4GB STOR­AGE 256GB SSD QUOTED BAT­TERY 5hrs

03 AP­PLE MAC­BOOK PRO WITH RETINA DIS­PLAY 1 3-INCH

$1,849, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2014 LOVE Thin­ner, lighter, with more stor­age space packed inside HATE Prone to over­heat­ing. Bat­tery life’s not bril­liant T3 SAYS The new Mac­Book Pro is bet­ter and cheaper SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 13-inch, 2560x1600 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i5 2.4GHz/8GB STOR­AGE 256GB SSD QUOTED BAT­TERY 9hrs

04 DELL IN­SP­IRON 15

$799, DELL.COM/AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2013

LOVE Work­man­like spec and a solid build. Re­spon­sive touch­screen for Win­dows 8. De­cent key­board. Cheap as…

HATE It’s nei­ther light nor pretty T3 SAYS Dell’s bud­get lap­top is great for ev­ery­one from skint stu­dents to sil­ver surfers SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 15.6-inch, 1366x768 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Pen­tium 1.8GHz/4GB STOR­AGE 500GB QUOTED BAT­TERY 6hrs

05 HP SPEC­TRE XT PRO

$1,499, HP.COM/AU, TESTED MARCH 2013

LOVE At­trac­tive and sturdy all-metal de­sign. Se­ri­ously thin and por­ta­ble. Great bat­tery life. Beats Audio. Rea­son­ably priced

HATE Tricky touch­pad. Screen could be bet­ter T3 SAYS The smartest ul­tra­book. What it lacks in power it makes up for with style and porta­bil­ity SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 13.3-inch, 1366x768 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i5 1.7GHz/4GB STOR­AGE 128GB SSD QUOTED BAT­TERY 7.5hrs

06 AP­PLE iMAC

$1,429, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED JULY 2013

LOVE Moun­tain Lion OS X. Slim­line look – as thin as an iPhone 5 at the edge. The 27-inch model comes with a Retina Dis­play

HATE The DVD drive has been dropped T3 SAYS Op­ti­mum com­bi­na­tion of style and spec­i­fi­ca­tions, now slim­mer. Still got it! SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i5 2.7GHz/8GB STOR­AGE 1TB HDD

07 SONY VAIO TAP 2 0

$1,499, SONY.COM/AU, TESTED JULY 2013

LOVE Twenty-inch touch­screen desk­top with ad­justable view­ing an­gles. Un­plug it and it’ll run on its three-hour bat­tery

HATE Tacky, plas­tic build T3 SAYS Fea­ture-packed all-in-one with tablet pre­ten­sions and full-fat Win­dows 8 OS SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 20-inch, 1600x900 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i5 1.9GHz/8GB STOR­AGE 500GB HDD

08 ASUS ZENBOOK UX32A

$899, ASUS.COM.AU, TESTED NOVEM­BER 2012

LOVE Slim­line de­sign matches the Zenbook UX31 at #2. Solid spec, although ad­mit­tedly not out­stand­ing HATE Rel­a­tively poor bat­tery life T3 SAYS At­trac­tive and pow­er­ful, this Zenbook is a very solid, good-VFM op­tion that also has a touch of style SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 13.3-inch, 1600x900 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM Core i5 1.4GHz/4GB STOR­AGE 500GB HDD QUOTED BAT­TERY 7hrs

09 ACER C7 CHROME­BOOK

$297, HAR­VEYNOR­MAN.COM.AU, TESTED MARCH 2013

LOVE In­cred­i­ble price tag. De­cent screen and ac­cept­able pro­ces­sor. 100GB of cloud stor­age

HATE Chrome OS lacks support. Re­quires web con­nec­tion T3 SAYS In­cred­i­ble cheap­ness makes this a good sec­ond ma­chine, or one for un­de­mand­ing users SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 11.6-inch, 1366x768 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM 1.1GHz du­al­core/2GB STOR­AGE 320GB HDD QUOTED BAT­TERY 3hrs

10 SONY VAIO D UO 1 3

$1,899, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE Slim­line Win­dows 8 hy­brid. Fan­tas­tic touch­screen and enough bat­tery to make it through the day

HATE Lack of stor­age for that crazy price tag T3 SAYS Got money to burn on an over­priced Win­dows 8 hy­brid? This is the swanki­est one around SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 13.3-inch, 1920x1080 PRO­CES­SOR/RAM 1.6GHz

i5/4GB STOR­AGE 128GB SSD QUOTED BAT­TERY 10hrs

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