Thinking about a new laptop?

Some computers are tempermental. If you mistreat them strange things may happen while you are sleeping.   Computers never sleep.  The compelling virtue of Linux is that it is free, but several sorts of laptops are available this year.

1.  Best Laptop Overall: MacBook Air 13-inch (2013)
The 2013 edition of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch is the best overall laptop, because it’s simply a joy to use. These days, there are dozens of super-light, uber-thin notebooks, but the 3-pound, 0.68-inch thick MacBook Air 13-inch stands out because of its sharp screen, responsive keyboard, superior touchpad and iconic design. OS X Mountain Lion is also a breeze to use, offering a Notification Center, iCloud and Mac App Store. Best of all, the MacBook Air 13-inch lasts 9.5 hours on a charge.

Starting Price: $1,099

Or here is a more modestly priced non-apple laptop

rainy-day-reading2.  Best Mainstream Laptop: Acer Aspire M5-583P-6428
The Acer Aspire M5 proves that you don’t have to buy a high-end laptop to get all-day battery life. This $699, 15.6-inch system features a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU, a classy aluminum chassis and 8 hours and 55 minutes of endurance. Throw in a bevy of helpful utilities such as Acer Cloud Docs, Media sharing and SocialJogger social media aggreater and you have a winner.

Starting Price: $699

and these two are impressive….

peace-justice3.  Best Multimedia Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Great for gaming or movie watching, the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p sports a brilliant 1080p screen, attractive red-backlit keyboard and plenty of performance. With a quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and optional dual Nvidia GeForce GT750M graphics cards, the Y510p is capable of playing today’s most demanding titles without a hitch.

Starting Price: $1,099

4.  Best Workstation Laptop: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display
Whether you’re a graphics professional, an executive with fine taste or a home user who needs plenty of pop, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch is the best mobile workstation you can buy. While its quad-core Core i7 power, Nvidia GT650M graphics and speedy SSD provide plenty of oomph, the laptop’s greatest strength is its eye-popping 2880 x 1800 Retina display. With the MacBook Pro, your high-res videos and photos will look fantastic and transcode or filter in the blink of an eye.

Starting Price: $2,199

5.  ~And PC Magazine recommends this:
Road warriors and jet travellers rejoice, we’ve found a laptop that will last all day and well into the night. The newest Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2013)$1,049.99 at Amazon lasted an astonishing 15-and-a-half hours on a battery test that makes most current mainstream ultrabooks and ultraportables cough and die after four to six hours. The fact that the system gives up very little if any day-to-day performance is astounding. This isn’t a low-powered slate tablet that gives up computing performance in exchange for battery life. With the latest MacBook Air 13-inch, you have a fully functional ultraportable laptop with extremely long battery life, as it should be. If you need to do real work on a plane, train, or out in the field, get a MacBook Air 13-inch. It’s our new Editors’ Choice winner for mainstream ultraportable laptops.

rainy4Avoid Dell and Hewlett Packard. Both have internal design problems and  Hewlett Packard has some built-in structural defects. Of the two, Dell will last longer but the machine should be backed up to another server.

If you are interested in helping me purchase a new machine…
I think I would go for Unit number four above.  😉

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