New Best Buy laptops from Which?Asus, HP and Lenovo – which brand makes the grade?

12 April 2014

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Our latest test includes nine new laptops, including an Asus Zenbook,  and we can reveal that four have been awarded the coveted Best Buy logo. We put the laptops through our gruelling lab tests to find out exactly how they cope in real life situations.

Cheap Best Buy laptops

In our test of the latest laptops to hit the shelves we have uncovered four new Best Buys, including two models that are priced under £600. These laptops impressed in our test but are available at more affordable prices. 

If portability is important to you we also have a rare Best Buy ultrabook. These slim laptops are always lightweight but can also be a little light on features. This Best Buy has a premium feel with excellent build quality while still offering fantastic battery life. 

We also found some laptops to avoid, models that have a premium price tag but didn't make it as a Best Buy because of poor screen quality or short battery life.  

Read our laptop reviews to see our latest results in full, or to find Best Buy models to suit all budgets.

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How we test laptops

Our laptop tests are the best in the business. From ultrabooks to desktop replacement laptops, we put every model through a rigorous lab test to see how it measures up. Each laptop must face a barrage of technical tests, as well as being subjected to the discerning eyes and ears of our laptop experts.

Our tests are designed to answer questions such as:

  • How long does the battery really last?
  • What is the screen quality and sound quality like?
  • Does it start up quickly and is it responsive?
  • Do the keyboard and trackpad work well?

Every laptop goes through exactly the same tests in our lab, so you can directly compare how each one performs.

New laptop reviews

  • Acer Aspire E1-572
  • Acer Aspire V5-573
  • Asus Zenbook UX302
  • HP Pavilion 15-n290sa
  • Lenovo Ideapad Flex 15D
  • Lenovo Ideapad Y510p
  • Sony VAIO Fit 15E
  • Toshiba Satellite L50-A-1FD
  • Toshiba Satellite U50t-A-10F

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  • How we test laptops – more on how we put laptops through their paces