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The TravelMate Timeline 8481T is a robust but slim 14in. notebook with impressive battery life. We'd have liked a higher screen resolution, though, and the keyboard has too much flex.
The Elitebook 8460p is a robust, if somewhat heavy, 14in. business notebook. We don't like the keyboard design, but the matte screen is superb. We also appreciate the range of off-the-shelf configurations, and the high-quality audio subsystem.
We like the idea of running Android and Windows on the same tablet, and the ViewPad 10pro's Android-in-Windows implementation has merit. However, ViewSonic needs to polish up a few aspects of this tablet, notably its performance and battery life.
Here's our pick from the laptops we've reviewed this year, which should suit a large variety of businesses.
Dell's visually pleasing Vostro 3750 is a good desktop replacement contender for small businesses. It delivers solid, if not spectacular, performance and reasonable battery life for a 17.3in. system with dual integrated/discrete graphics and a conventional hard disk.
The highly configurable Latitude E6420 ATG's ungainly looks are underpinned by a solid chassis design. The screen and keyboard are both good, as is the battery life. We'd prefer integrated USB 3.0 rather than a modular option though.
Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 has a functional and robust design. We appreciate the removable battery, while the Infinity Lounge Windows 7 overlay has potential. However, performance is mediocre and internal storage sparse. There should also be a housing on the chassis for the stylus.
The Motorola Xoom is a solidly built 10.1in. Android tablet, although it lacks accessories, uses a proprietary charging cable and offers little in the way of software extras.
Toshiba has updated the Portégé R700 with new components but retained the old chassis design. We'd prefer a more solid lid section, but the R830 is an impressively portable notebook. Battery life is good, but the cost remains high.
HTC's 7in. Flyer is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but more expensive and, 'magic' pen aside, has little new to offer.
In the market for a tablet? Here's a quick run through of our favourites so far.
Lenovo's ThinkPad W520 is a fast 15.6in. notebook with a high-quality display whose limited portability isn't helped by a brick-like AC adapter. If you do take the W520 on the road, its battery performance ought to be adequate.
Acer's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet is nicely styled, but errs on the bulky and heavy side. Performance and battery life are competitive, but you can find better value for money elsewhere.
We are impressed with this Android 3.0 tablet/notebook hybrid, which works well in both modes. It combines a high-quality screen with good battery life in a generally pleasing design. The only real drawback is the current dearth of tablet-optimised apps.
The MP180 is a viable pocket projector for mobile professionals thanks to its excellent image quality and useful onboard storage. However, other features such as the touchscreen and web access lack polish and seem gimmicky.