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Haswell laptops slowly come to the market

Haswell was launched at the beginning of the month and almost three weeks later, there's only a couple of UK-based manufacturers that have pushed Intel's fourth generation Core processor into their laptops.

PC Specialist and Cyberpowersystem both use Clevo's chassis and add their own components. The former sells the Optimus V for £770 which is a rather unbalanced system. It comes with some high-end components (a 15.6in full HD matte display, a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor clocked at 2.4GHz and an Nvidia Geforce GTX765M GPU with 2GB GDDR5 RAM.

But then you only get 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard disk drive, something I'd expect from a sub £200 laptop. The rest of the specification include a DVD writer, a card reader, Gb Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, a 77Whr 8-cell battery, a webcam and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Cyberpowersystem's Xplorer X6-6000 model is slightly more expensive at £826, has a similar chassis, processor, graphics card and monitor.

But it ups the onboard system memory to 4GB and the system storage to 500GB. Altogether, we're pleasantly surprised by the level of performance these systems offer.