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Back-to-school laptop report card

By / August 18, 2008

Unlike most electronics, laptop computers enjoy two big retail seasons: the usual winter holidays and a bigger bump during the back-to-school weeks. PCs are a crucial tool for many college kids. And the ability to throw a cheap but powerful laptop into a book bag and head to the library (or at least escape a loud dorm room) makes portable computers all the more important.

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But which one should you buy? The tech gurus at CNET posted this year's honor roll. The list, pasted below, sticks to machines that students really need (i.e. no gaming PCs) but otherwise runs the gamut. I included the CNET score and links to its full reviews.

Since there is always a more powerful computer out there, it's often better to pick a price range first. Keep an eye on weight and battery life, which CNET often carefully dissects, and make sure to ask the college or department if it prefers Macs or PCs.

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