Price: $1,000 

Anyone favoring performance over aesthetics should invest in Dell’s portable powerhouse. Spearheaded by a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M processor with 4GB of RAM, computing tasks like music playback and Windows 7 navigation execute without a hitch. Sound quality is just as impressive delivering audio that’s loud enough to fill a room. The aluminum chassis is also capable of taking a few bumps.