G Styled: The Best-Looking Notebook For Under $600

Okay, let’s be honest with ourselves for a second: not all of us can afford to spend the amount of money to own one of Apple’s sexy MacBook Pros. So, recently Laptop Magazine took the time to find the best laptop for under $600. They narrowed the choices down to five really good laptops. But, out of those five, which are the best and worst in the bunch in terms of style? Here’s what I think:

The best, hands down, is the HP G62t. This laptop actually looks like it should cost more than $600. First, I give HP points for not only having an attractive top lid, but keeping that going when you open up the laptop as well. I was very happy that, when I opened it, it didn’t have a plain black keyboard layout.

Second, the color and design pattern is like a piece of art. It looks very fashionista, very couture. And on top of that, it feels good to the touch. I’m quite embarrassed to say that while checking this laptop out, I kept running my fingers over it, caressing it even.

Now, while the HP G62t was the most attractive out of the bunch, the Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5018 took the ugly award! It saddens me to give this award to a Toshiba laptop, as I usually love them. Toshiba, however, suffers from the been there, done that syndrome. They keep doing the same boring gray/black glossy cover lid. And while I’m a fan of the glossy lid, it is time for some more color options, Toshiba!

To add insult to injury, they went too far with the keyboard layout. Think of a nice smelling perfume or cologne. You only want to dab a little bit of it on you, not bathe in it! Toshiba, you should have gone easy on the silver coloring there. Just a splash would have done it – you, however, put this Satellite into a tub of it and now it just looks horrible. And your keys look fake.

That’s my take on it. Definitely check out that HP G62t if you’re in the market for a budget laptop. But, before I go, an honorable mention goes to the Dell Inspiron 14. This might be the very first time I’ve even thought about recommending a Dell for personal use and not for business only. It looked good!

G Style Rating for the HP G62t: Fashion Forward

G Style Rating for the Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5018: Hot Mess

Jason Anderson is a self-proclaimed gadget head and publisher of G Style Magazine where he covers all things “fashionably technical.” He contributes a weekly post on laptop and gadget panache. The views and opinions Jason expresses are his own and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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