Best Home Laptop

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

laptopsThin and light laptops are best known for their portability and good battery life which is ideal for businessmen or professionals on the go. The home laptops have a different playground with slightly heavier form factor, a good high resolution display, decent performing CPU and probably a bit higher capacity RAM. They are meant to be carried only from one room to the other and some occasional travel outside the home. However, choosing a perfect home laptop can be as difficult as choosing a home or a car or something like that. You have a plethora or different models from various manufacturers. They have different CPUs, different amount of RAM, HDD space and so on. Instead of going into more details and analyzing what will best suite you, here I will suggest you some model from reputed brands that will most likely fulfill your needs.

Best Overall Home Laptop


Dell Studio 15

If you are considering a decent performing home laptop in a moderate to a bit high budget, Dell Studio 15 should be your choice.


  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • 6X Slot Load Bluray (BD) Combo Drive (BD Read Only) DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability, Write or backup data on CD or DVD
  • Widescreen 15.4 inch LED display (1366 x 768) with TrueLife
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  • Wireless- B/G Card , Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam, Intel High Definition Audio 2.2
  • Microsoft Works, Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 6 Cell Primary Battery, 125V Power Cord, 65W AC Adapter


About $1300

Read our Review of Dell Studio

Best Home Gaming Laptop

Alienware M17X

If you can afford it, there is no better gaming laptop than this one. But don’t ever try to get it out of your home, because it might be too heavy for your back.


  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
  • GPU: 2 x 8800M GTX SLI
  • LCD: 17″ WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology – Black
  • RAM: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
  • SSD: 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Optical: 2x Blu-ray Writer/DVD±RW Burn
  • Turbo Mem: Intel Turbo Memory (1GB)
  • Wi-Fi: Internal Intel Wireless 4965 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card
  • Audio: High-Definition Audio with surround sound


Around $6000 for top configuration

You can also take a look at our list of top 10 gaming laptops.

Best Cheap Home Entertainment Laptop

HP Pavilion DV2

This Laptop has a decent gaming performance through its dedicated graphics card and good processor. It also no problem in rendering full 1080p movies. The price is very affordable for a laptop of its performance.


  • AMD Athlon™ Neo Processor for Ultrathin Notebooks MV-40
  • 12.1″ Diagonal WXGA High-Definition (8) HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
  • 4GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
  • 320GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA), SuperMulti 8x DVD+-R/RW Drive
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3410 Graphics


About $630

Read our Review of HP Pavilion DV2

Best Budget Home Laptop

Dell Inspiron 1525

If you want a budget laptop but more powerful than a typical netbook, Dell Inspiron 1525 should be your choice. A large selection of ports and variety of configuration selection option makes it the best choice for many.


  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.00GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
  • 15.4″ Widescreen with Truelife for Extensive application use.
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive for large video files
  • Wireless Internet access 802.11b/g (where available)
  • 4 USB Ports, 1 VGA Out, 1 HDMI Port, 1 iEEE 1394a FireWire Port, S-Video Out, 8 In 1 Media Card Reader
  • 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability for DVD RW For DVD and CD Burning
  • Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Web Camera
  • Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  • Slim and compact design for business user
  • Windows Vista Home Premium


About $960

Read Our Review of Dell Inspiron 1525

September 23, 2009: 5:41 am

i like Dell Inspiron 1525 because it’s features is great 4 USB Ports, 1 VGA Out, 1 HDMI Port, 1 iEEE 1394a FireWire Port, S-Video Out, 8 In 1 Media Card Reader. i really like this.

Sarin Iyer
September 23, 2009: 1:44 am

I bought an Acer Timeline 4810T a month ago and its really doing well.The good thing about Acer is that they give us the choice of selecting features, which we require and not thrown at us and that too, at affordable price. I think, where Acer scores over other laptops is more value for money.

There are many that will swear by their Acer laptop computers and this is amply evident when you come across a great many advertisements expounding on the virtues of such laptops. However, it is not such a good idea to go by advertising claims alone and it is also necessary to first check out different manufacturers and sees what’s on offer before making a considered decision. It should give you peace of mind that Acer is a worldwide company and it is known for providing practical and first-rate solutions for the marketplace. For this reason it will be worthwhile to consider an Acer Timeline.

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