5 Best Laptops For Your Money


This article was written a couple years ago, but recently, in November of 2012, Lucie Ferguson wrote the 5 Best Laptops For Your Money available on Amazon. 

During the recent months, we’ve been taking a close look at the best laptops and desktops available at Best Buy.

We took a close look at computers designed for gaming, business, and basic use. We realized what systems were popular, why people were buying them, and what they were using them for. Since that was such a lot of information I thought that I’d be prudent here to highlight Best Buy’s Top 5 laptops to guide the computer shopper. Enjoy!

5 Best Laptops

Best Selling Gaming Laptop: Asus G73JG-RBBX09

Best Laptops - AsusThe Asus G73JH-RBBX09 is a large screen laptop with enough power to play any of today’s 3-D games. Everybody loves it’s 17.3-inch LCD, ultra powerful quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, and a ferocious 8GB of GDDR5 memory. It’s got today’s most powerful graphics card which gamers say cuts through Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis on maximum settings “like a hot knife through butter.” Dig the 1TB hard drive and Windows 7 (64 Bit Version). It weights 7.5 pounds and is 2.2″ thin. Unfortunately, battery life is just under 2 hours.

The Asus G73JH-RBBX09 is priced $1,429.99 at Bestbuy.com as an Outlet item. Since it ships from their warehouse you’ll have to wait 1-3 days for it to arrive at your local store.

User Opinions: The Asus G73JH-RBBX09 has 4.6 Stars at Bestbuy.com with 13 total reviews.

Positives: Everyone loves the graphics card! One reviewer said that the laptop can run Modern Warfare 2 on max settings with the 1600 x 900 resolution getting 90 fps. Bad Company 2 on max settings gets 40-50 fps. Other user exclaimed: “Let me tell you, it doesn’t matter what I am playing; this laptop doesn’t even break a sweat.” The sound system produces excellent quality music with “Nothing tinny about any of it. The subwoofer is located on the bottom, and makes every sound come alive in rich EAX HD 4.0.” Overall the laptop is great for internet, music, and hardcore gaming.

Negatives: Main downers are overall weight and size (7.5 pounds). I think that if you’re going to spend $1,500 on a laptop you should get internal Bluetooth and a Blue Ray player; not with the G73JH-RBBX09. Once reviewer added a $279 priced LG external USB 2.0/eSATA Blu-ray Blue Ray player so he could watch movies in high def glory.


Best Laptops for Gaming: Asus G72GX-RBBX05

Best LaptopsThe Asus G72GX-RBBX05 is Best Buy’s top gaming laptop. It too has a large 17.3″ LCD widescreen and comes with a Intel Core 2 CPU running at 2.53GHz, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Its graphics card has enough power to handle most of today’s 3-D games. Everything else is pretty standard: Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, 1.3MP webcam, 8-1 in media reader, wireless N, and gigabit networking. The operating system is Windows 7, overall weight is 8.8 pounds, and battery life is 1 hour, 23 minutes. I wish battery life was closer to 3 hours with this system.

The Asus G73JH-RBBX09 is priced $999.99 at Bestbuy.com. It’s not an outlet item; you should be able to buy it at your local store.

User Opinions: The Asus G73JH-RBBX09 has 4.5 Star at Bestbuy.com with a whopping 176 total reviews. Wow! That high number of reviews tells me that this a very popular laptop. Other reviewer usually get anywhere from 4 to 9 total reviews. Here’s the pros and cons:

Positives: Reviewers agree that the NVIDIA GTX260M graphics card is most excellent! The laptop blazes through Team Fortress 2, L4D2, CS:S, Mw2, and BF2! Another nice feature with that laptop is that you can overclock by unlocking it in the BIOS. System cooling is adequate for heavy gaming can get hot during long use. Video quality is crystal clear and perfect on the LCD widescreen. People like the back-lit keyboard and say that the speaker quality is good.

Negatives: This Asus has a major problem with its power settings! It goes into a coma and never wakes up! Asus confirms that when the system goes into a sleep mode a bug will prevent it from waking up. At this time there’s no permanent fix. As a temporary work around you can set the power settings to never go into sleep mode; Hibernation works fine. Others complain that the battery can sometimes get quite hot. The 1 hour battery life should be closer to 2 or 3 hours but you can’t have everything.


Best Laptops for Business: Apple Macbook Pro MC373LL/A

Apple Macbook - Best LaptopsThe Apple Macbook Pro MC373LL/A is the most popular business laptop because it’s easy to use and has superior build quality. Unfortunately, high-end quality comes at a $2,199.99 price! It comes with a 15.4″ widescreen LCD display, a 4 core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Your graphics card is the extremely powerful nVidia GeForce GT 330M that comes 256MB video memory. Apple includes a iSight webcam, wireless N networking, and built in media reader. The laptop weighs 5.6 pounds, measures 1″ thin, and of course comes with the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard preinstalled. Battery life is 4.5 to 5 hours. Too bad that spending $2,100 does give you longer battery life.

The MC373LL/A costs $2,199.99 at Best Buy and is available as a store item.

User Opinions: The Apple Macbook Pro MC373LL/A now has 14 total reviews with a 5 star rating at Best Buy. You can straight away tell that this machine is very popular because it has a higher number of reviews.

Positives: Mac buyers always end up loving their purchases and the MC373LL/A is no exception. One buyer indicated that the setup was absolutely painless and loved the awesome design. People like the back-lit keyboard, speed, picture quality, and long 5 hour battery life. From a multitasking perspective one buyer says that he runs a virtual machine, HD video, web browser and IM application without a noticeable drop in performance. Over and over people explain that “everything is excellent on this computer.” The MC373LL/A is one of laptops that amazes enough people that they end up switching from Windows to a Mac.

Negatives: Only two negatives: The high $2,100 price and the fact that the trackpad can be a bit trickly getting used to. Not bad. It’s a Mac. No surprises.


Great Business Laptop: Toshiba T235-S1352

Toshiba -- Best LaptopsBest Buy’s Toshiba T235-S1352 is a great business laptop because it’s lightweight, has super long battery life, and is will adequately multitask with its peppy dual core processors. The T235-S1352 is has a 13.3″ LCD screen that can play 720p content. The machine comes with a 1.2GHz processor that and the Intel HD on-board graphics card; surprisingly it will play full blue ray/high def movies at 1080p. Inside you’ve got 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a larger 320GB hard drive. The battery life is now up to 8hours, 33 minutes; a definite improvement from the older generation. Also included is an integrated webcam/microphone set and a HDMI output for transmitting to a compatible HDTV set. Other specs include Multiformat media reader, Wireless N & WiFi, 4 USB ports, 1 VGA port, 1 HDMI output port, 1 headphone out and 1 microphone in jack. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit. The thing weighs 3.9 pounds and is a little over 1-inch thick.

The Toshiba T235-S1352 is now priced $579 at Best Buy. It’s a store item (not an outlet item) so you can buy it locally if it’s in stock.

User Opinions: The Toshiba T235-S1352 only have 2 reviews with a 5 Star rating at Bestbuy.com. Toshiba released the T235 line in this past July so this is still a relatively new product. I’m not surprised that it hasn’t built up a lot of new reviews yet. Take a look at this page to see Toshiba’s own specs on the machine. Here’s the two opinions thus far:

  • I went into Best Buy looking for a netbook and got this Toshiba instead. It almost as small as a netbook but it has the better qualities of a full-sized laptop. I have a 17 inch Toshiba and now I have this Toshiba and neither laptop from this company has ever let me down. I am very impatient when it comes to computers and this one is definitely making the cut. It is fast, runs so smoothly, the display is amazing, runs windows 7 amazingly and it is so easy to carry around!
  • I took a chance on this computer and ordered it before I could find any online reviews. I’m glad I did. It rocks. Best keyboard I’ve ever used. System is snappy once the usual bloatware is removed. Great screen and the whole system is thin and lite. No real downside so far.


Excellent Basic Laptop: Acer AS5532-5535

Acer - Best LaptopsBasic laptops are best used for activities like surfing the Internet, checking your email, typing documents, and social networking. Best Buy sells about 104 of these type of laptops. At the top of the list is the Acer AS5532-5535, a great value basic laptop priced at $300. The AS5532-5535 has a 15.6″ screen and comes with a single core processor, 3GB of memory, and a 160GB sized hard drive. The ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics will handle 3-D games at lowest settings. Other features include a dual layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, 2 USB ports, and wireless N, and the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Battery life is 2.5 hours and overall weight is 6 pounds.

User Opinions: The AS5532-5535 machine now has 703 reviews with a 4.4 star overall rating. Here’s some of the recent opinions:

  • I bought this laptop for use at my home, so i can have all of my stuff on one computer, so thats when I went searching for a laptop. When I found this, bought it, then brought it home, I was shocked that it could do more stuff than i thought. I have had this laptop for about 4 months now, and I just use it mostly for some gaming, which is OK. I also use it for internet browsing, editing videos then posting them on youtube. Plus I also use it for my school documents using Microsoft word and powerpoint, which works very great!!!
  • For the price you pay, this is a reliable computer. No glitches or problems with it at all. The screen resolution is crisp, the software is quick and responsive. I use it as a general purpose computer for everything from Internet searches, email, ebook reader, and gaming. The computer is simple to use and was less expensive than some used notebook. The only drawback is the processor gets maxed out kind of easy as a single core but it is okay for most tasks. I would recommend its purchase to others for sure.

This article was written a couple years ago, but recently, in November of 2012, Lucie Ferguson wrote the 5 Best Laptops For Your Money available on Amazon. 

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