The Best 2011 Windows 7 Laptops for Work and Play

The iPad and other tablets are transforming personal computing, but most of the world still uses laptops for business and pleasure, and 90 percent of them run Windows. Here are the coolest high-end laptops released in 2011 that take advantage of Windows 7's networking, security and UI features.
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Sony VAIO SB

Of all the high-end business-class laptops, the Sony VAIO SB offers arguably the most bang for your buck. For $999 this machine delivers Intel i5 or i7 processors, a backlit keyboard, Blu-Ray drive and hybrid AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics that auto-switch between discrete and integrated GPUs, and up to 15 hours of battery life with a second battery. Its specs rival the Macbook Pro, but for $300-$400 less.

Key features:

• 13.3 inch screen

• Intel Core i5 processer, Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6470M + Intel HD Graphics

• 4GB DDR3 SDRAM

• 500GB Hard Drive

• 7 hours of battery life

• Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit

• 4.5 lbs.

• $999

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