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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.

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