December 02, 2016
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Critics' Choice: Top 5 Budget Laptops | Page 2
4. Gateway NV7915uTypical price: $680 Amazon Pros: Stylish design; comfortable keyboard; above-average performance; good backup software. Cons: Only one mouse button; sluggish boot time; glossy black lid shows fingerprints.
5. Sony VAIO VGN-NW270F/STypical price: $800 Sony Pros: Blu-ray drive; great keyboard; large display in a relatively lightweight laptop; attractive price. Cons: No media control buttons; could accommodate a bigger battery. Worth quoting: "The VAIO NW270F/S features an extra-wide 15.5-inch widescreen display that's a beauty for both movie watching and Excel spreadsheeting. Also helping separate the VAIO NW270F/S from the sub-$1,000 laptop pack is its ability to play Blu-ray discs. Aside from its funky design and BD-ROM drive, however, the Windows 7-equipped VAIO NW270 is a fairly typical mainstream laptop, delivering a configuration and performance that are in line with the competition." -- PC Magazine laptop review (4 out of 5 stars) Worth noting: This VAIO model arrived last fall and is increasingly harder to find in stores and online. James A. Martin has covered mobile technology since the mid 90s.