Gadget Awards 2014: Best Personal Laptops
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Laptops, like smartphones have become an essential part of our lives. Missing out on either of them is unthinkable which is why their importance is well and truly understood. After running down our contenders in the mobile space, it's time for laptops to be given credit (or award) where it is due.

This year saw the rise (and fall) of 2-in-1 hybrid, Intel going berserk with affordable Windows dual-mode devices and some that even managed to offer 4-mode functionality. But at the end of day, laptop came out as the sole winner but which ones do you really go for and why? Answer and winners are here, so take your pick and make the right laptop buy.

Budget

Lenovo G505 - Rs 34,900

Buying an affordable, yet competent notebook shouldn't give you nightmares anymore. The laptop has a 15.6 inch HD display, running on Windows 7 (touch option has Windows 8) and packing a Core i3 Intel processor with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB storage space. It can easily replace your bulky PC and offer performance levels that are more than enough for a basic user.

HP Pavilion 15 - Rs 34,990

If you want an affordable, wide-screen option then Pavilion 15 is the best possible option available in the country. Similar to theG505 on power terms but offers better battery life support and track pad usage is friendly as well.

High end

Apple Macbook Pro - Rs 95,800
It's hard to compare any notebook available in the market with the MacBook. This year's lineup has been further improved with Retina quality display and sleek design dimensions. Apple devices are never known to hog the limelight for its hardware yet still deliver the best-in-segment value.

Read also: Macbook Pro with Retina review

HP Envy Touchsmart - Rs 81,000
Highly configured, powerful hardware delivering excellent performance is well complimented by design aesthetics and form factor size. This is Envy Touchsmart for you and if you've really got deep pockets but prefer a Windows option, think no further.


Gaming

Alienware 17 - Rs 1,35,200
Possibly the best gaming notebook in town (and the most expensive as well) is the Alienware 17. Dell announced the 14 and 17 variants of the latest series but somehow, we felt the latter offer better value-for-money performance.

Read also: Alienware 17 review

Honorable mention: Toshiba 4K laptop, Asus Gamers of Republic notebook.