With less than two weeks until Christmas time is running out to find that perfect gift for a loved one, or to indulge in a lovely new piece of tech for yourself. Thankfully there is still time to order from CCL for delivery before Christmas!

Laptops have always been a popular Christmas gift, being portable and more powerful than most desktops from just few years ago they have become endlessly useful digital companions for both work and play. Only a couple of years ago a laptop was just a laptop, however recently with the advent of Tablet PCs and more portable technologies there are many more varieties of laptop available.

Navigating all the options of Ultrabooks, Pentiums, Core i3’s, i5’s and SSDs can be confusing even for a seasoned techie, this guide will cover all the best deals available from CCL this Christmas period and help you make the right choice.

Acer Aspire E1-571 - £379.97 inc VAT 
Intel Core i5-3210M 2.50GHz Dual Core with Hyperthreading Processor = 4GB DDR3 Memory = 500GB Hard Drive = Windows 8 64-Bit

The Acer Aspire E1-571 laptop is equipped with the Intel Core i5 3210M processor giving it a real turn of speed. With an ample 4GB of DDR3 memory it is easily our fastest ever sub £400 laptop. With a 4.5 hour battery life and a quality chassis designed by Acer, who are one of the biggest names in the laptop business, this is an excellent laptop for those looking to do some serious work. The latest Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft introduces a new user interface and with its quick start up and shutdown times ideally suited to laptops.

Asus X54C-SX026V - £269.99 inc VAT
Intel Pentium B950 2.10GHz Dual Core Processor = 4GB DDR3 Memory = 500GB Hard Drive = Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

This notebook offers unbelievable value for money. The speedy Intel Pentium B960 processor makes this laptop ideal for web surfing, homework and watching video. 4GB of DDR3 memory like in many more expensive laptops ensures that even with lots going on the laptop won’t grind to a halt. This laptop is made by Asus who are one of the most respected and trusted IT brands, you may not have heard of them before but they are the worlds #1 motherboard vendor. Definitely a brand to watch in 2013!

Asus X54C-SX461V - £329.99 inc VAT
Intel Core i3-2310M 2.10GHz Dual Core Processor = 4GB DDR3 Memory = 500GB Hard Drive = Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

This notebook is the upgraded version of the cheaper Asus X54C. The main difference between the two models is the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2310M processor. Adding an extra boost to speed your programs will load quicker, respond faster and the whole laptop will feel just that bit quicker. This laptop represents the best blend of performance and value available; you really can’t go wrong if you were to buy this one.

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-1CW - £259.00 inc VAT
Intel Celeron B830 1.80GHz Dual Core Processor = 2GB DDR3 Memory = 320GB Hard Drive = Windows 8 64-Bit

The Toshiba Satellite Pro is the perfect way to experience Windows 8 on a budget. With a Celeron B830 processor and 2GB of RAM this is not as quick as the other laptops in this guide but offers perfect performance for browsing the web and basic office tasks. For anyone looking for a good quality honest laptop to just use for more basic computing or as a second laptop for the kids then this is the perfect model.

Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 - £339.97 inc VAT
Intel Core i3-2328M 2.20GHz Dual Core Processor = 6GB DDR3 Memory = 500GB Hard Drive = Windows 8 64-Bit

Now were talking, Windows 8 with 6GB of memory really flies, especially when you consider the performance the Intel Core i3-2328M processor delivers. Fujitsu are renowned for making high quality laptops and this one is built to stand the test of time. With some advanced features such as a Spill-resistant keyboard and Anytime USB charge which lets you charge phones and other devices from the laptop while it is off this laptop is perfect for students or people who are regularly away from home, try finding a USB charging socket in a hotel when you have forgotten your phone charger. It’s usually impossible!

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultrabook M3-581T - £369.97 inc VAT
Intel Core i3-2377M 1.50GHz Dual Core Ultra Low Voltage Processor = 4GB DDR3 Memory = 20GB Solid State Hard Drive + 320GB Hard Drive = Windows 8 64-Bit Upgrade / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Installed

The pinnacle of style, performance and desirability. Super slim with a high quality metal lid this is one stylish laptop. Ultrabooks are undeniably the most sought after type of laptop this Christmas, just watching the TV and you can hardly miss the adverts for all the new models. With a battery life of up to 8 hours this really is a laptop you can use on the move all day, without any performance sacrifices. The Intel Core i3-2377M processor, 4GB of memory and hybrid SSD drive just make this laptop a joy to use with applications loading quicker than you expect and the Windows desktop experience being as seamless as they come. SSD drives are based on flash memory and are the future of the hard drive, with far quicker response times when reading data than a conventional hard drive they massively accelerate loading times and make your laptop feel more responsive, they are highly desirable additions normally seen in only the most expensive laptops. One other feature to note is that whilst this Acer Ultrbook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed as default Acer are offering a rebate to make the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro completely free for a limited time. For the price of this Ultrabook if you are looking for an impressive laptop with fantastic performance you really need not look further at £369.97 inc VAT.

MSI Gaming Edition GE70 0ND 17.3” - £1049.00 inc VAT
Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor = 4GB DDR3 Memory = 750GB Hard Drive = Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M Gaming Graphics Card = Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

One for the proper gamers this time. Make no mistakes this is a big laptop, with its HD 17.3” screen and powerful graphics card this is one laptop that has the power to compete with the best of desktops. Games run super smooth at high detail settings with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660m graphics card built in, while the Intel Core i7 processor, Blu-Ray drive and large 750GB hard drive round off an amazing laptop. While it costs £1049.00 inc VAT it fully justifies its price tag the moment you load up the latest game and your jaw drops at the performance easily on tap!

Remember if you are still not sure on what would be the perfect gift for you just drop us an email (sales@cclonline.com) or give us a call on 01274 471 201 and we will be happy to help.

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