A buyer’s guide to the top 10 laptops

Toshiba Portg R600 Price: 1282 ex. VAT

The Toshiba Portg R600 has been around for a good year now, and we're told by Toshiba, is expected to be around for another so we're still happy to recommend it.

It's an ultra-portable machine, that's pretty much the sexiest machine that Toshiba produces. It weighs just 1.2Kg and offers a 12.1in 1,280 x 800 display, integrated 3G, and optical drive.

It's powered by a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo US9400 and 3GB of RAM so no slouch for office applications either and with Intel vPro tech for remote management, your IT department will love it as much as you do.

toshiba r600

HP ProBook 4510 Price: 497 ex. VAT

Ultra-portables and high design are all very well and good, but if it's good old fashioned value for money you're after you could do a lot worse than picking up an HP ProBook.

HP has redesigned its standard business machine and these are smart to look at.

In this review model, you get a decent Core 2 Dup processor and a large 15.6in display, and while the resolution is average it helps to keep the cost down. With a range of HP software tools, and a price that comes in under 500 ex. VAT, this is a very practical choice for the business user.

hp probook 4510

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Benny Har-Even

Benny Har-Even is a twenty-year stalwart of technology journalism who is passionate about all areas of the industry, but telecoms and mobile and home entertainment are among his chief interests. He has written for many of the leading tech publications in the UK, such as PC Pro and Wired, and previously held the position of technology editor at ITPro before regularly contributing as a freelancer.

Known affectionately as a ‘geek’ to his friends, his passion has seen him land opportunities to speak about technology on BBC television broadcasts, as well as a number of speaking engagements at industry events.