We report the electrochemical behavior of various layered oxides in Li cells. A series of LiNiyMnyCozO2 materials (with z=1-2y) was synthesized by “chimie douce” and investigated as positive electrodes in rechargeable lithium batteries. Electrochemical performances of LiNiyMnyCozO2 oxides are tested cell using non-aqueous 1M LiPF6 dissolved in EC-DEC. Charge discharge profiles are investigated as a function of the rate capability, the voltage window and the synthesis parameters of the cathode. A relation is found between the gravimetric capacity and the cation disorder of materials as indicated by magnetometry analysis.