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High-end notebooks: why expensive is also better

Thomas Rau

Good instead of cheap: When buying a notebook, more than just the price counts. PC-WELT shows when and for whom it is worth investing more money in a laptop.

In recent years, notebooks have had to be one thing above all else: cheap, cheap, cheap. No wonder, because most buyers were looking for a laptop with decent performance that could replace the PC on the desk at home: even notebooks for 500 euros can do this without any problems.

But anyone who sees a status symbol in a mobile computer or needs it for work cannot make friends with the cheap laptops. They are in plastic housings, which usually neither withstand a lot nor look overly attractive. A creaky case, wobbly keys or dirt-sensitive surfaces quickly spoil the fun of the cheap laptop.

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High-end notebooks: clear advantages in terms of speed and design

Many notebooks over 1000 euros, on the other hand, score with speed and beauty. The high computing speed and quick response to inputs make working on the notebook much more pleasant. If you use the notebook for business, you increase your productivity with a fast notebook - the higher purchase price for a high-end notebook is then quickly recovered.

The best hard drive for your notebook

In most high-end notebooks, an SSD ensures high computing power. In many applications, the flash hard disk brings a greater speed plus than a faster CPU or more memory. As perceived and measured, a notebook with an SSD reacts much faster: For example, Windows starts on an SSD in around 20 to 30 seconds, while notebooks with a standard hard drive usually take over a minute to be ready for use. In a test that checks the pure hard disk performance, for example the HDD test by PCMark Vantage, an SSD performs five times better than a magnetic disk. The speed of the hard disk also plays an important role in many everyday applications - when starting programs, scanning viruses, searching through and copying files. An SSD is therefore currently the most important component for a fast notebook. Even notebooks that work with an energy-saving Core i5 variant such as the Macbook Air 11 can, thanks to the SSD, keep up with notebooks that have a standard processor.


Price in euros (according to the manufacturer)


hard disk

PC Mark Vantage, HDD test (points)

Samsung 900X3A


Core i5-2537M

Samsung SSD, 120 GB


Toshiba Portégé R830-10V


Core i7-2620M

Toshiba SSD, 250 GB


Acer Aspire 7750G


Core i7-2630QM

Intel SSD, 120 GB


AppleMacbook Air 11


Core i5-2467M

Apple SSD, 120 GB


AppleMacbook Air 13


Core i5-2557M

Apple SSD, 256 GB


Dell XPS 15z


Core i7-2620M

Western Digital hard drive, 750 GB


Lenovo Thinkpad X1


Core i5-2520M

Hitachi hard drive, 320 GB