3 DELL XPS 14Z 13-INCH
Dell, $1199, dell.com.au
★★★★ If you want a slender laptop also able to play DVDS, this Dell could be for you. It offers Windows 7 Home Premium, a dual-core processor (Intel Core i5 or i7), NVIDIA graphics technology plus a hard drive up to 750GB. The keyboard is backlit and moisture-resistant. There are only two USB ports close together, so if you use a mobile broadband dongle you will need a USB hub to connect another device. The builtin webcam is only 1.3 megapixels but the speakers are a decent size and the software allows easy access to music, video and photos.