The nominations have been announced, the red carpet is ready to be rolled out, and the film industry is prepping for their biggest night of the year. With the biggest night of movie awards this weekend, we thought it might be fun to look at star PCs, recommended for small businesses with Windows 7 Professional, that could also be good fits for the characters in the Best Picture nominated films. Like the movies, these nine PCs all deserve the award for style and function.

 

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BEST PC FOR MOVIE STARS ON THE RISE

The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s offers users a zippy, polished and painless experience with a timeless look. This PC would fit seamlessly into the lives of the characters of “The Artist”, where two Hollywood stars, silent movie star George Valentin and Peppy Miller a young, up and coming dancer, take a fancy in one another circa 1927. With a long battery life and a fast boot up time, this PC would be the perfect companion while the two balance careers and a new love.

 

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BEST PC FOR DOCUMENTING MEMORIES

The ASUS Zenbook is an attractive, comfortable PC that has a warmth and natural appeal. This PC would be a great machine for “The Descendants,” a family who is struck by an unforeseeable tragedy, bringing a father and his daughters closer together as they unravel some hidden secrets of his wife and their mother. The island hopping trio can rely on this PC with its great audio, high-resolution screen and long battery life.

 

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BEST PC FOR THE ADVENTUROUS

The Acer Aspire S3 is speedy, powerful, ultra-light, and smart with multitasking capabilities and low power consumption! This PC is a perfect companion for the nine-year-old boy in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” as he goes on a journey to solve a family mystery after discovering a hidden key left behind by his father. This PC would be great during his exhaustive search for the matching lock as it combines SSD and a spinning hard drive, which allow for larger storage capabilities without compromising speed.

 

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BEST PC FOR THE ON THE GO AUTHOR

The Samsung Series 7 Slate gives users a portable and light weight version of a PC, while delivering Fast Start technology to ensure increased productivity. This tablet is an excellent match for the young aspiring writer in “The Help” who is compiling stories from maids in the 1960s about the families they serve. For the characters that are fighting for civil rights and writing their stories quietly into the wee hours, this tablet offers an expansive display and active digitizer pen that would allow any writer to capture quick notes, while also being easy to throw in a bag and go.

 

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BEST PC FOR LONG-TERM ENDURANCE

The shiny, glasslike designed HP ENVY 14 Spectre has a tough black, scratch resistance Gorilla Glass lid and offers a long battery life. This PC is the perfect machine for the orphan in “Hugo” who lives in the walls of a Parisian train station and gets involved in a mystery involving his father and a robot. This PC would allow him to capture quick notes at any time and has a comfortable, backlit keyboard – and on top of that it can also detect proximity, diming itself as a power saving method that allows for quick shut down while travelling.

 

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BEST PC FOR WORKING LATE NIGHTS OUT

The Sony VAIO S Series is an attractive and stylish PC with comfortable keyboard spacing, and strong wireless range. This PC is the perfect match for a world traveler like Gil in “Midnight in Paris” where a trip to the romantic city of Paris turns into one he will never forget, magically coming to life with the great writers and artists of the past. This PC is an ideal companion to take on his late night excursions as it has a light and thin frame and a seven hour battery life, so he won’t be concerned about losing material as he tackles his novel in real time.

 

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BEST PC FOR ASSISTING IN YOUR SUCCESS

The Samsung Series 9 is an impressively sturdy, pressure resistant and supremely thin PC. This machine would fit flawlessly into the life of “Moneyball” leading character Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, as he builds a baseball team from the ground up by using a computer-generated formula to successfully develop a winning team with a very small budget. This PC is not only easy to take on the go but also has great performance startup and shutdown speeds, which would be ideal for on-the-go decisions and perfect for the tech-savvy manager as he tirelessly puts his team together.

 

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BEST PC FOR EXTENDED USER COMFORT

The Dell Vostro V131, with its durable exterior, excellent battery life and slightly sculpted backlit keyboard gives users an optimal comfort experience. For the eldest boy in “The Tree of Life,” who is reminiscing on his past and seeking reconciliation with his father, this PC would be an idyllic companion for his hours of reflection. And with the multiple-program multitasking and video editing capabilities, this PC would allow him to accurately capture his new discoveries to the meaning of life.

 

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BEST PC FOR A LONG JOURNEY

The Toshiba Portege Z835 features a skinny, featherweight frame and durable outer layer resistant to scratches and fingerprints, making it perfect for an adventure like “War Horse”. In this movie, Albert enlists in the service during WWI and goes on an expedition across Europe in search of his horse, Joey, who was sold to the cavalry. As Albert looks for Joey, the 8-hour battery and keyboard backlighting would be ideal for Albert to work on his laptop regardless of where he is on his excursion.

As you can see there really is a PC for everyone and every movie. Similarly, small businesses will find that they truly do get an award winning combination with Windows 7 Professional’s maximum productivity, increased mobility and security. To learn more about how Windows 7 Professional can help your small business, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/business/.

As always, I love hearing from you, so please let me know your vote for your favorite PC and this year’s Best Picture!