Next month is shaping up to be a doozy for laptop lovers, too, as many vendors refresh their line-ups with Intel's 2nd Generation Core (or Sandy Bridge) CPUs. The new CPUs will offer better performance and efficiency over the 1st Generation Core CPUs and their integrated graphics performance will also be far superior. Check back soon for the latest 2nd Generation Core laptop reviews.
Despite not being very different to the , the HP Mini 5103 is still one of the best netbooks money can buy -- if you don't mind forking out so much cash for a netbook, that is. It's solidly constructed, has 2GB of RAM and a fast 7200rpm hard drive, and its battery life is great. We hate the prolonged setup procedure when you boot it up for the first time, and think it comes with too much bloatware, but overall, the 5103 is excellent.
The Sony VAIO Y Series ultraportable notebook represents good value in our opinion. It's very small and light, it's nicely designed and it feels comfortable to use for the most part. Under the hood it features a Core i3 CPU, which gives it ample power to tackle office tasks and Web browsing. We like it a lot.