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Ratings: New laptops, desktops, and netbooks

Consumer Reports News: November 09, 2010 05:32 PM

The new MacBook Air
Photo: Courtesy of Apple

Apple introduced a new MacBook Air a few weeks ago that weighs just 2.3 pounds and measures 0.11 inches thick at its thinnest point. It’s got an 11.6-inch display, and costs $1,000. Our brand-new batch of Computer Ratings lets you know what we think of the Air and its larger 13.3-inch sibling.

Our new Ratings also reveal your best choice for a mini computer, one that’s small and unobtrusive enough to place in your living room for feeding video to your TV. There’s also a great bargain, a 13-inch Toshiba laptop for $780. Check the Ratings to find out why we liked it.

In desktops, there’s a fully loaded HP computer that includes lots of video memory, a large hard drive, Blu-ray, and a TV tuner. It’s a great entertainment system that also provides an excellent gaming experience.

For our take on 42 desktops, 21 netbooks, and 70 laptops, see our Ratings (available to subscribers).

—Donna Tapellini

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