When it comes to the best laptops, however, I noticed that they list Apple's sexy little numbers sitting pretty sweet up on their list, pretty sweet indeed!
For example, when it comes to power laptops, well, they go on to list that the MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4GHz Core i7) "...... is the Power Laptop You Want," stating that:
"If you don't need a Mac, the power notebook for you is a Lenovo ThinkPad W520, which was just updated with a 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz or for a whopping $750 extra, a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 chip. The w520 also has a 15 inch screen with 1920×1280 resolution and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM, multiple hard drives and like all Thinkpads, is a reliable, durable beast of a machine. According to John Poole, owner of Primate Labs, which hosts the popular GeekBench benchmarking web platform, it's the fastest mobile notebook chip around right now. “Nothing else comes close in terms of processor performance,” says Poole, in an e-mail interview. “I think people can safely purchase a laptop based on its processor if performance is their primary concern.”"
When it comes to the best cheap laptop that you can buy, well Wirecutter gives their nod to the HP G4t, and they name Alienware's M17x as the best gaming laptop, but when it comes to the honor of being the world's most perfect laptop, well, boys and girls, they state that honor clearly belongs to none other than Apple's trend-setting MacBook Air, and they write:
"The truth is, computer chips have gotten so incredibly fast over the past few years that most of us won’t need anything close to top-of-the-line for processor. Yup, you’ve probably guessed what we’re about to recommend.
The MacBook Air may very well be Apple’s most perfect product yet. With ultraportable computers, there used to be a hefty tradeoff for performance in exchange for a thin, light subnotebook, but Apple has narrowed the gap. Less than three pounds and measuring 0.68 inches thick, the Air took gadget critics by surprise with its impressive performance and outstanding battery life comparable to high-end professional notebooks.
What's funny is that usually when you think Apple, you think "overpriced." But with the Air, Apple has managed to set a new standard for notebooks in terms of looks and price points. Asian manufacturers are reporting that it's been difficult to produce notebooks so thin and light for less than Apple's $1,000 MacBook Air starting price."
In conclusion, I can't really argue with any of WireCutter's choices, as HP certainly makes some great laptops for the cheap, and, as many already know, if you want the best gaming laptops that money can buy, than you just can't beat the fine folks over at Alienware, but, as they also state above, if you absolutely want the most powerful, or the most perfect of all laptops, well than your not going to do any better than getting your grubby little hands on one of Apple's hot selling MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this dreary, overcast Friday, May 11, 2012