Top all-purpose laptops

These laptops have speed and performance, and are a great choice for most notebook users

For these capable laptops, "purpose" isn't limited to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations but extends to solid multimedia and gaming capabilities. You'll find plenty of CPU, RAM, storage, and graphics oomph here, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DVD (even Blu-ray), memory card readers, et al, at prices that sometimes dip well under $1,000. Which is the perfect blend of power, good looks, and usability? Asus and HP top our chart, but Acer, Dell, Gateway, and Toshiba are close behind. 

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Acer Aspire 5741G-6983

Asus N53SV

Asus N82Jv

Dell Latitude E5510

Gateway ID49C13u

HP Envy 14

Micro Express NBL26

Samsung SF510


Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055

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