HP PAVILION DV4 14-INCH
HP, $1199 hp.com/au
★★★ This HP model is the only 14-inch laptop in the lineup, but the only physical difference noticeable is its lack of a number pad. However, those looking for a work machine might want to aim bigger. Boot up and you are greeted with custom HP software over Windows 7. The pretty fonts and graphics are a nice touch and the actual experience is simple enough (including installing Norton AntiVirus). But HP tends to make too much of the custom software, making the machine slow. That said, this HP runs a 2.3GHz Intel i5 processor with 4GB RAM, so it is capable of most day-to-day tasks. Keeping it in favour with gamers is an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card.