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DELL IN­SP­IRON 15R Dell, $999 dell.com.au

★★★ DELL’S In­sp­iron 15R has specs users would ex­pect from more ex­pen­sive mod­els. On board is a 15.6-inch, 1366x768 res­o­lu­tion screen, a 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, 1GB graph­ics card and an In­tel i3 2.4GHz pro­ces­sor. The 15R runs the 64-bit ver­sion of Win­dows 7 Home Pre­mium as well as Dell soft­ware that adds a dock with short­cuts. The lap­top’s multi-touch track­pad re­sponds to ges­tures such as two-fin­ger scrolling and pinch to zoom. There’s HDMI, VGA and four USB ports, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth. 2

FU­JITSU LIFEBOOK E780 Fu­jitsu, $2599 fu­jitsu.com.au

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WHILE it may lack an eye­catch­ing de­sign, the Fu­jitsu LifeBook E780 has got it where it counts. On­board is a pow­er­ful In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive and it runs Win­dows 7 Pro­fes­sional. The de­vice also sports a full high­def­i­ni­tion, 15.6-inch screen and an NVIDIA graph­ics card, so it can be con­sid­ered a desk­top re­place­ment. Se­cu­rity is a pri­or­ity for power users and it delivers peace of mind via fin­ger­print scan­ning and Ad­vanced Theft Pre­ven­tion to keep data se­cure. 3

SAM­SUNG SF510-S02AU Sam­sung, $1499 sam­sung.com.au

★★★★ SAM­SUNG has cre­ated the SF se­ries for trav­ellers with de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from a shark, which ex­plains its stream­lined look and rounded edges. As it is meant to be used on the go, its cas­ing is light and scratch-re­sis­tant. In­side is a 15.6-inch screen, Win­dows 7 Pre­mium, a Core i5, 2.53GHz pro­ces­sor, 320GB hard drive and 4GB RAM. Its en­ergy ef­fi­ciency al­lows up to 71/ hours of bat­tery life.

2 There’s also an Ex­press Charg­ing Mode that can get the bat­tery fully charged in two to three hours.

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