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Dell, $999

★★★ The Dell In­sp­iron range is the Vic­to­ria Bit­ter of the lap­top world. It’s the mean stan­dard and seems om­nipresent. This is the only ma­chine in the line-up with an In­tel i7 chip run­ning at 2GHz. But boot times ap­proach av­er­age as Dell (like HP) loves to shovel loads of ad­ware at users. This Dell has an NVIDIA graph­ics card that is ad­e­quate, but noth­ing on the Sony or HP of­fer­ings. But the lack of high-end graph­ics cards has no doubt con­trib­uted to many 15R own­ers rav­ing about the lap­top’s bat­tery life. The screen is no high-def­i­ni­tion num­ber, but fine for gen­eral du­ties. Given the price and Dell shoe­horn­ing an i7 pro­ces­sor into this lap­top shell, it might ap­peal to gamers pre­pared to up­grade its graph­ics card.

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