There’s no better tool for working, playing or keeping in touch on the go than a laptop. Whether you’re looking for a present for a friend or relative or you want a brand new system to meet your needs, it’s always good to look to the future when you’re buying technology.
Argos has a variety of laptop deals to tempt you, covering a range of budgets. Here are 10 of the best laptops available in 2013.
Sony Vaio Duo 11
The Windows 8 operating system is tailored towards touchscreen interaction and this laptop gives you the best of both worlds, with a physical keypad hidden by a slider mechanism and a high-resolution 11.6-inch multitouch display letting you make the most of Microsoft’s latest platform.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook
Google’s Chrome OS gives a very different experience to Windows, since most of its features are based on cloud computing. You really need an internet connection to make it worth using. The Series 3 laptop from Samsung uses this software to great effect and is very affordable, providing you with a new way to surf the web without resorting to an underpowered netbook.
Acer Aspire V3
If you want a solid mid-range performer then this model from Acer, which has a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 chip to boost its processing power, is a good option. It has a 15.6-inch display and is well suited to photo and video editing while on the move thanks to its well-specified hardware.
Asus VivoBook S200
An affordable touchscreen laptop designed for Windows 8, this model has a Core i3 processor and a stylish design while still managing to offer good value for money and all the features you could ask for at this price point.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410
The Ultrabook market, which consists of stylish and slim laptops from a variety of Intel-approved manufacturers, is growing quite quickly. Premium materials and high-end hardware come together in the IdeaPad U410. And unlike some of its rivals, you can actually choose it in a range of colours.
The MacBook Air is the range from Apple that inspired Intel to form the Ultrabook alliance and it remains an impressively thin and powerful device. Improved RAM speeds, the latest Intel Core i5 processors and a thin, light body help to make the latest MacBook Air models just as appealing as ever.
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If you want a gaming laptop on a budget then this could be suitable, since it has an Intel i5 processor and a graphics chip from Nvidia’s GeFore CTX range. With an 11.6-inch display and solid-state hard drive, it is also very portable and surprisingly energy-efficient, which is unusual for a laptop that promises powerful graphical processing.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Few other laptops can match the 2880×1800 resolution of the new MacBook Pro, although you will pay a premium for the model with the Retina Display. The 15.4-inch screen is dense with 5.1 million pixels and it will be ideal for people who work in a visual medium and need the best portable tool for the job.
Dell XPS 15
It may not be as stylish as the Ultrabooks, but the XPS 15 is a laptop that provides plenty of power and some quality design features, such as the reinforced glass covering its display. The XPS range was originally aimed at gamers, but now it has become a good choice for any power user who wants to replicate desktop performance on a laptop.
Sony Vaio S Series 13P
Sony’s more traditional laptop range remains popular thanks to its build quality and premium branding. The 13P is going to be a favourite of business users who want a functional yet attractive device. It gives you all the cutting-edge hardware you could ask for, along with the latest Windows software.