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Save money with the top laptops of 2009

Many people make the mistake of thinking that you need to buy a cutting edge computer when you're buying a laptop in order to prevent it from becoming obsolete within a year or two. While that is partially true, it doesn't take into consideration the user in question. If you are only planning to use your new laptop to browse the web, answer emails or stay in touch with your friends, you'll be able to get by more than adequately with an older model. To help you decide which model of laptop might be best for you, we've taken a look at some of the top laptops of 2009.

If you only need your laptop for browsing the web and you've got no problem with using a smaller monitor and keyboard, then you should take a look at the Acer Aspire One D150. Despite being more than two years old at this stage, it's still one of the biggest sellers in the netbook market, representing great value for money thanks to a reasonably fast processor by netbook standards and an impressive battery that should see you get around six hours out of each charge.

Another excellent 2009 netbook, the HP Mini 1000, represents a great deal too. It's powered by the Intel Atom processor and looks as good as any netbook we've seen to date. It does have an issue with the screen being a little too glossy, but that's minor enough and shouldn't really be an issue for all but the pickiest of customers.

If you've got a little more money to play with, but can't justify the prices of a brand new MacBook, then you could give some thought to picking up a second hand 2009 MacBook. It'll save you a lot of money and Apple machines are known for their longevity and lack of problems - but you'll also be without warranty should something go wrong, so it does present something of a risk that only you can decide to take.

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