… or in some cases maybe a bribe.  Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony’s VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don’t count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony.  They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.
“There’s the faintest hint of a chill in the air. The sandals, bathing suits, and snorkels have been put away. Wal-Marts are packed with little kids shopping for new Trapper Keepers, and pools are closing because their lifeguards have gone back to school. Yep, it’s back-to-school season. The only problem? You can’t head to school with that thirty-pound brick of a laptop your dad used in the eighties. It’s time for something fresher, Zach Morris.

Yes, some of you started school already, while some of us started just yesterday. We’re still hearing from readers who want our take on midrange Windows laptops, so here it is. A Macbook is not included in this review, but you should definitely consider one. Check out our most recent review, here.”

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