We've been scouring the shelves of big retail stores to find boxed versions of popular PCs--from entry-level systems starting at $329 to massive $2,000 gaming monsters--and putting them all in our spring 2010 roundup of retail laptops.
In the "Budget" category, we looked at off-the-shelf models that cost up to $599 (not including Netbooks). We saw a wide variety of components, from single-core Athlon CPUs to Intel's new Core i3.
Though most of these laptops were not particularly inspiring (but as budget laptops, you can't really blame them), we did discover one hidden gem: the Gateway NV7915u. It is a $599 17-inch desktop replacement with an Intel Core i3 CPU and a 500GB hard drive, which makes it an especially good bang for your buck--so much so that we made it an Editor's Choice pick. We also liked the Asus K60I, which knocked the CPU down to an old Intel Pentium dual-core T4400 but had a cool design and good battery life.
Note: For our roundup of retail laptops in all price ranges, check here.
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