Ultra-Portable Laptops

Why were laptops invented? What was the need to create a transportable computing machine? Of course the foremost reason of creation of laptops was Portability issue. People with tough traveling routines were not able to get done with their computer related tasks sooner. They needed a portable computer, and thus were notebooks introduced. This declares that portability should be the major feature of a laptop. This is why heavy and thick laptops are not liked much, even though they have better functions and features.

These days, ultra-portability is in demand. People want laptops that are very easy to carry and are extremely functional. Today, I will discuss some ultra-portable high end laptops.

1. Alienware M11x:

Ultra portability and great battery life; what else do you demand from a notebook? Alienware M11x has it all. Let us have a look at its specs and features.

Specs:

  • Weight: 5.3 lbs
  • Display size: 11.6 inches
  • Maximum resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Processor speed: 1730 MHz
  • Video chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 500 GB
  • Networking: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Built in features: stereo speakers, microphone, webcam
  • Energy Star compliant

Features:

This 11.6” machine is best choice for gamers! You can take it anywhere, you can play latest titles on it and battery won’t leak fast. Also, this laptop is not going to cost much. The Intel ultra-low voltage processor has been overclocked for better performance. The dedicated 1GB of graphics memory makes video watching and game playing whole new experiences. You can switch to Intel integrated graphics while simple web surfing or working in MS Office, in order to save juice. Where display is average, audio quality is brilliant. Fan noise disturbs a bit, when system is heated up.

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Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • AlienFX customizable lighting
  • Great performance
  • Overclocked fast processor
  • Nice battery life
  • Good for gaming
  • Ultraportable

Limitations:

  • Unimpressive display
  • Bad fan noise

2. Sony VAIO VGN-Z598U:

This multi media high end ultra portable business laptop by Sony is one of the best options, but only for those to whom money does not matter. This laptop defines the term “expensive.”

Specs:

  • Display size: 13.1”
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Processor class: core 2 Duo P9500, 2530 MHz
  • Video chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
  • Graphics memory: 256 MB
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3, 1066 MHz
  • HDD: 256 GB
  • Optical drive: BD-RE/BD-R
  • Networking: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate – 32-bit

Features:

Sony is notorious for high price tags (though not more than Apple) that it puts especially on Vaio. As far as this ultra portable is concerned, switching between integrated graphics and NVIDIA GPU will certainly save power, resulting in long battery hours.

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The wide screen is beauty; that shows crisp picture even in direct sunlight, as well as is helpful in viewing side by side windows. Keys are nicely spaced and are easy to type with. Audio is okay; one will have to use earphones at times. If you are afraid of the frightening $4450 price tag, opt for normal hard drive instead of dual SSDs and you will save $2000.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Awesome widescreen display
  • Two GPUs
  • Great performance
  • Nice battery life
  • Ultraportable

Limitations:

  • Very expensive
  • Average audio quality

3. HP Probook 5310M:

This 14” ultraportable notebook from HP has good industrial design and nicely priced. Let us look at its specs and features.

Specs:

  • Display size: 14”, glossy S with LED Backlight
  • Weight: 3.79lbs
  • Max resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Processor speed: 2300 MHz
  • Video chipset: Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • HDD: 300 GB
  • Networking: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Built in features: stereo speakers, webcam, microphone

Features:

This is an all purpose nice business machine with adequate battery life of 5 hours. Keyboard is nice and keys are spaced properly. The touch pad is also very nice though with slightly thin mouse buttons.

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Also, it has multi touch functionality. Display is really nice and so is the video watching experience; but you might complain about audio. This is so because this laptop focuses on business people. I am sure that everyone out there is going to love the 2M webcam.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Nice industrial design
  • Handy business software
  • Nicely priced
  • Above average keyboard and touchpad
  • Pleasant display
  • Limitations:
  • Thin mouse buttons
  • Unimpressive audio quality

4. Lenovo ThinkPad X200:

This highly ultra portable laptop is packed with god features and great battery life.

Specs:

  • Display size: 12.1” Active matrix LCS (TFT)
  • Weight: 3.24 lbs
  • Maximum resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Processor class: Core 2 Duo P8600 2400 MHz
  • Video chipset: Intel X4500 HD
  • Graphics memory: 384 MB
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3 (up to 4 GB)
  • HD: 160GB
  • Networking: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit

Features:

You will notice the big keyboard and will love working with it. The laptop is highly portable due to its form and weight. Though the normal graphics don’t allow you to play high end games; it does save your battery. What is the big deal if you can work non-stop for NINE hours but cannot play games? Lack of an optical drive is annoying, but Lenovo is into cutting off optical drives in its ultraportable notebooks. Overall, it is a great choice for you if your priority is good battery, nice keyboard and ultraportability.

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Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Big keyboard
  • Grand performance
  • Very light in weight

Limitations:

  • No touchpad
  • No built in optical drive

5. HP EliteBook 2540p:

This highly portable machine does lack a dedicated GPU which results in bad gaming experience, but the light weight factor overwhelms this fact.

Specs:

  • Display size: 12.1”
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • Max resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Processor class: Intel Core i7, 2130 MHz
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 250GB
  • Networking: Ethernet
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Built in features: stereo speakers, webcam, microphone, Fingerprint reader, keyboard light
  • Energy star compliant

Features:

The solid case of this notebook enables it to bear pressure. Battery life is really nice with around 5 and a half hour. This is powerful system running on Core i7 and is able to run almost any application. The keyboard is nice and works well and touchpad has multitouch functionality. A dedicated GPU would have added into the computer’s goodwill.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Strong processor
  • Ultraportable

Limitations:

  • No dedicated GPU

These ultraportable laptops provide you with the opportunity of working (or playing) anywhere; take them on journeys with you and the batteries will not deceive you for hours.

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