It may not be made of fine materials like aluminium, but the Series 5 NP530U4E offers good processing power, graphics and connectivity for a reasonable price, and it doesn't skimp on the battery life either.
Best of the rest
Apple 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012)
Apple pulled out all the stops with the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The screen, processor and graphics card are all high-calibre, the battery lasts nearly 6 hours and the finishing is tip-top. As it stands, the few shortcomings (such as the connectivity) aren't enough to warrant anything less than our best rating.
Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition
The Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition offers excellent processing power and gaming capabilities. It also has a Full HD display with great contrast, above-average sound and well-finished hardware. This is a choice laptop—as long as you don't need too much battery life.
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15
The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 is thin, powerful and affordable. It's perfectly suitable for most activities, although it's not great for gaming. It has a good range of connections, decent battery life and reasonable amount of storage space.