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Welcome to the last episode of this week’s Laptop Buyer’s guide. We’re into the part where most people would consider this price category to be ludicrously insane. You can buy a decent, mid 1990′s second-hand car for this kind of money and that would arguably enable you to do more than just play games. You can drift with a rear-wheel drive Ford Escort, you can’t do the same on a laptop. But still, a lot of people do buy laptops in this price range and for the most part, they’re worth the extra expense because the build quality is generally better than average and the hardware lasts you a lot longer. Most of the time it’ll take a bit more punishment as well. So without further ado, commence the drooling!

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It’s the second-last episode of the Laptop Buyer’s guide for this month and we’re settling into the mid-range market here, hoping to hit some of the sweeter spots that would make picking up a laptop instead of a desktop a realistic choice. Although it’s true that a desktop rig for the same price usually nets you about twice the performance, mid-range laptops usually have fantastic build quality to them and aren’t very likely to give up the ghost a year into the warranty. Hit the jump to see what your month buys you this week.

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It’s been a long time coming and I never thought that this would ever get really going again. While the System Builder’s Guide has been relatively straightforward to lay out, the mobile market is a different beast altogether. There’s a distinct lack of choice when it comes to which vendor to support and the minefield of laptop OEMs with their own ideas of what a ultraportable, or an ultrabook or a gaming laptop should look and feel like makes this a much more difficult subject to consider. Throw in the convertible tablets and tablets and you have a recipe for disaster as you try to wade your way through 40-plus tabs of options with anything between 3-5 open looking at slight variances of the same model from the same name brand.

The desktop market is sensible, clean and doesn’t put you in a box as much. Still, a lot of NAG Online readers do so from a mobile device and it’s time to get back into helping you figure out what you need to buy and what needs to be prioritised when you finally get to deciding what notebook or tablet you need to buy. Head on in for the first episode of the Laptop Buyer’s Guide in over a year!

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The month of May is upon us and in a few short weeks it’s going to be absolutely crazy – Computex, Intel’s Haswell reveal, the PS4, E3 and everything in it and whatever AMD decides to squeeze in to steal the limelight. It will also be the last month of Intel’s Ivy Bridge for desktop processors. This month, it’s pretty much the end of the road for Intel’s mobile Ivy Bridge processors – from June onwards, all the focus will be on Haswell and rightly so – it will change a lot of things. But for now, lets focus on bargains that laptop buyers can look forward to this month!

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Welcome back to another episode of the Laptop Buyer’s guide! I know this is about a week late, so let’s get on with it. Today we’re going through the options in the high-end market and things are slowly becoming harder to for buyers who need to answer the old question: mobile, or a better desktop? That’s because we’re slowly achieving parity in terms of performance between the desktop and mobile sectors and at this price point it’s a perfectly viable option to go with either a laptop or a desktop. Even though there’s a performance gulf that limits how far you can push these laptops, when you take resolutions into account they’re not that far off. With the next generation of Haswell chips it’ll bring the two platforms that much closer in terms for CPU performance. For now, though, let’s see how deep you need to dig into your wallet this time round.

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Welcome back, ladies and gents, to the Laptop Buyer’s Guide! It’s been a while since we last revisited the market and things have changed, many of them for the better. Arguably this is the market that’s gaining the most relevance because, especially in the case of AMD, more effort is being put into mobile products than actual desktop products. It’s a fast-growing market if you sell mobile machines and as more players invade our shores, the more choice we have and the lower the prices will be. This month notes the appearance of two new competitors in the retail market along with some interesting chassis options, so let’s get right to it: from R4500 to R8500!

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Hello Internet and welcome to the last episode of the Laptop Buyers guide for this month. Today we’re back in the high-end price range, where laptops become gaming laptops and Ultrabooks become…er, better Ultrabooks? That aside, this is where you’d be shopping if you want absolutely no compromises. Unfortunately, even for someone who has this much money to burn, there isn’t a lot of choice. Even worse, some companies know that and subsequently overcharge local customers. Careful shopping, then, is encouraged. Hit the jump, because I’ve mostly done that for you.

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Welcome back to another episode of the Laptop Buyers guide. This week we’re looking at options in the mid to high-end range where most people who want a powerful machine that can act as a desktop replacement start to look around. Its this price range where you’ll also find the most tablets and some of the higher-spec lappies as well. Gamers, businessmen and the average Joe looking for something for entertainment use will all find something here. Without further ado, hit that button!

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Its 2013! Welcome back everyone, I’m sure you all had a good holiday browsing some neat tech and wishing you could afford it. This month we’re back to the laptops and mobile devices with the buyer’s guide. We’re going to start with Netbooks and go all the way to the R8000 budget ceiling for this month. What does that kind of money get you these days?

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Welcome back, boys and girls, to the last of the Laptop Buyers Guides this year. This is where the range tops out. Beyond R21,000, there’s not much sense in spending more because you’ll only get increased heat and not much of a bargain in the end. Sure, an Alienware M18X might push 1080p resolutions with everything on Ultra for R35,000, but that’s insane money for the average Joe – regular people would put that into repairs for their car or repayments for their house bond or the Bioshock Songbird Edition (or every single Collector’s Edition for the next twenty years). But with a cap of R21,000, we’ll enter the realm of sensibility. Lets see what can be fit into your budget.

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