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Even those of you who have a basic idea of what you want in a computer and what it should look like may get taken aback by the sheer number of notebooks available in the market. Due to all the variety, shopping for a laptop can prove to be quite overwhelming especially because most notebooks out there share many common features and specifications.

Here’s a list of some of the best notebooks that have come out lately which should help narrow down your options. These are not just the very best but also the very latest notebooks in the world of computing since they all have been launched in 2012.

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is arguably the best notebook launched in 2012. With this breed of laptops, Apple has introduced the advanced Retina Display screen technology offering a resolution of 2880×1800 pixels, a never before seen level of detail on a notebook. It is powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core i-series processors that are the most powerful and up-to-date. This 15-inch notebook gives the performance of a complete midsize laptop without being as heavy as one, thus, making it a perfect desktop replacement.

Alienware M17x R4

The Alienware M17x R4 is an excellent gaming laptop with an attractive retro style design. Thanks to Nvidia Kepler graphics and Ivy Bridge processors, this Alienware model is possibly the best midrange gaming notebook in the market. The system has a 17-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080. The M17x R4 is a solid, 9.6 pound notebook that has several attention grabbing lighting zones that you can control with the Alien FX, the Alienware’s Command Centre Software.

Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71

The Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 is a light and compact laptop offering a 13.3-inch screen with a dazzling 1080p HD screen. It has a 500 GB hard drive and offers advanced photo and video editing capabilities thanks to the Core i7 processors and NVidia GeForce GT 620M graphics. Its full sized HDMI port is ideal for multimedia users. It is one of the few ultrabooks in the market that packs in 3 USB 3.0 ports.

Sony VAIO E15

The Sony VAIO E15 is a powerful yet affordable laptop that packs in the Intel third generation processor for a boost in performance and productivity. It houses some premium media editing tools that users would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The VAIO E15 has a 15.5-inch display and an advanced webcam that utilizes Sony’s Exmor sensors. It combines a slick design with solid hardware and makes for an ideal entry-level desktop replacement.

HP EliteBook 8460p

The HP EliteBook 8460p is undoubtedly a solid choice for those in need of a business laptop. Although with a 14-inch screen it is bulkier than most, it has a securely latched lid making for a solidly constructed laptop. Its spill resistant keyboard will take care of that accidental trickle. It also has a great laptop and touchpad with a palm rest. The HP EliteBook 8460p is clearly made for the traveling businessman providing security and stability like no other laptop.

These are the top notebooks of 2012. Technology advances every year, these gadgets make us look forward to the new releases next year. We just have to wait and see.