Top 10 of PCs and Laptops (January 2011)


Apple Mac Pro 12-Core, the fastest ever
Professionals requiring high process capacity, such as architects, have to take a look at the upgrade of the mythical Mac Pro. With 12 cores of processing power (50% more than its predecessor), it is the fastest on the market. New, up to five times faster graphic cards. Hard drive easily expandable up to 8 TB. Four 512 GB solid-state memory drives, twice as fast as hard drives for video encoding. € 4.899
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Alienware M17x, for video gaming
The laptop for gamers and graphic designers. Power and speed thanks to its Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300, designed for gaming, and 8 GB of RAM DDR3 memory. 17” high-definition screen. The graphics are the key to gaming quality thanks to its two Nvidia GeForce GTX 289M graphics cards in SLI, among the best on the market. Blu-ray optical drive. Excellent customisation functions. Anodised aluminium and ground-breaking design. € 5.764.
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Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen Edition, multimedia in high fidelity
Powerful multimedia laptop flanked by the quality of the Bang & Olufsen speakers, with sound quality similar to that of hi-fi equipment. Power and speed supplied by the Intel Core i7 processor, with 6GB of RAM. Excellent multimedia experience thanks to its image and sound, full HD supplied by the Nvidia GeForce graphics card and the Blu-ray player. 18.4-inch screen. Exterior in polished aluminium. Something to take your fancy. € 2.800.
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4.- MacBook Air 13” SSD 256GB, sophistication in sculpted aluminium
Revolutionary all-flash storage, ultra-reliable, accesses data instantly and snaps to life directly the cover is lifted. The thinnest on the market. Made from a single piece to enhance its robustness in ‘unibody’ aluminium, a sculpted block of metal that encloses the computer with no assembly or screws. Multi-touch crystal track pad that recognises up to four-fingered movement. 13” HD screen. Wi-Fi. Cutting-edge technology and sophistication. € 1.223.
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5.- HP Envy 17 3D, the laptop with stereoscopic viewing
Laptop with 17.3’’ screen for higher 3D content quality with glasses and in high-definition 2D. It perfectly displays both types of content in glare-free Blu-ray. Audio enhanced with Beats Audio technology exclusive to HP. Intel Core i7 processor power. 2TB storage for 3D films, which take up a lot of space. Laser-etched aluminium casing weighing three kilos. Limited edition. € 2.000.
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6.- Toshiba Portégé R700, the fastest ultra-light
The thinnest and fastest ultra-portable on the market. A tablet weighing 1.3 kilos and 1.5 centimetres thick, with 8-hour battery life. Its thin design is no bar to including a DVD optical drive. The power and speed of the Intel i7 processor and 16 GB RAM sets no limits to professional use. Connectable to 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Webcam. Casing reinforced with magnesium and spill-resistant keyboard. 13.3" high-definition screen. € 1.800.
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7.- Sony VAIO P, ultra-portable at 600-grams
Despite its 623-gram weight and a size that fits in your jacket pocket, it is still a computer. 2GB RAM speed. Tactile, with accelerometer to scroll through screens at a single touch. GPS and digital compass with real-time maps. Webcam. Two USB ports. Integrated connection to 3G mobile networks. The main controls are duplicated and at either side of the screen to enable use with both thumbs while holding it with both hands. € 900.
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8.- Fujitsu Esprimo FH550/3AM, the most complete 3D computer
The most complete 3D computer on the market, it integrates three-dimensional image viewing and creation together with 2D to 3D image conversion in real time for the first time ever. Two integrated webcams for taking videos and photos in 3D. This enables video-letter sending in 3D and adding “depth” to messages. The main attraction for its use is video gaming while the range of 3D content is expanded. 20” screen. € 1.700.
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9.- MacBook Air Supreme Platinum Edition, extreme luxury
Stuart Hughes has designed the most expensive Apple MacBook in the world. Seven kilos of solid platinum to encase one of the thinnest and lightest laptops in the Apple stable, the sophisticated McBook Air. Only five units will be sold worldwide, at a unique price: € 364.418
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10.- Toshiba Libretto, the versatility of a dual touch screen
Computer + digital tablet = Libretto, a computer with two touch screens. One of them can operate as a keyboard to provide a normal computer. Both of them can also be used in a complementary manner or make them work as a single 14” touch screen (with a central bar, of course). It lets you run two simultaneous applications or combine them to switch from one screen to the other with one finger. It weighs 810 grams and fits in a pocket. € 999.
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