Laptops overtake desktops

Thanks to increased Wi-Fi action and the flexibility of getting things done on the move, the almighty laptop - once perceived as far too expensive to

Thanks to increased Wi-Fi action and the flexibility of getting things done on the move, the almighty laptop - once perceived as far too expensive to be a serious threat to the immobile PC - has thundered ahead of its desktop counterpart.

According to recent sales figures, PC World sold 10 per cent more laptops than desktop PCs between April and May this year. Last year, for the same period, laptops sold 20 per cent less than PCs. As ITV’s lacklustre World Cup commentators would say, ‘what a turnaround!’

Computer outlets reckon this is because users want a bit more flexibility from their machines – they want to watch films and surf the net wherever they are – and now they don’t have to pay the earth to do so as the price of laptops has come down dramatically over the last few years.

We thought the news warranted a fresh look at the cream of the laptop crop. Here are three of Stuff’s current favourites:

Apple Macbook Pro (above centre)

www.apple.com/uk

from £1320

A new Intel Core Duo chip, lightning fast speeds, built-in webcam, magnetic power cord and the ability to run Windows and the Mac OS… what’s not to like about the latest Apple laptop? Er, yes, the fact that the black version costs £130 more than the white one. [Read review here]

Sony Vaio VGN-TX1XP (above left)

www.sony-style.co.uk

£1565

SpeedStep processing makes this fast and blessed with good battery life. It’s now being replaced by the swanky TX3 [story here], so you should be able to find one for far less than the meaty official price.

 

Asus Lamborghini (above right)

www.lamborghinistore.com

£1900

If you like your gadgets ostentatious, step this way. The Lamborghini is beautifully finished and – unsurprisingly, considering Asus make laptops for the likes of Apple and Sony – equipped with more than enough processing grunt to make it worthy of it racing namesake. Just try not to look at the price tag. [More info here]