2011 Laptop Review, Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks

Whether you call it an ultraportable, an ultrabook, a thin and light notebook or an ultraportable laptop, your priorities are likely to be the same.
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Oct. 21, 2011 - PRLog -- Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, 2011 Laptop Review

Whether you call it an ultraportable, an ultrabook, a thin and light notebook or an ultraportable laptop, your priorities are likely to be the same.

You’ll want maximum computing power in the smallest possible package that still lets you work without feeling cramped.

Most business travellers agree that the sweet spot for this type of laptop is in the range of 12″ – 14″ screen size, weighing less than 2kg and thinner than 2cm.

Many manufacturers try to dress up chunkier and heavier laptops as ‘thin and light’ ones — but considering some 15″ full-size laptops are only 2.5 kg and 2.5cm thick, we think that’s a stretch.

Really thin and light notebooks are not exactly plentiful, as it’s evidently quite a manufacturing challenge to shave their size down beyond a certain point.

Here’s our pick of the top five currently on the market (or about to be released).


Due to be available within the next six weeks, ASUS’ U36SD is among the thinnest and lightest notebooks on the market, at just 1.9 cm thick and 1.6 kg light.

Not only does it use full-speed Intel Core chips (not the ‘ultra low voltage’ versions that trade speed for longer battery life), it’s one of the only ultra-thin notebooks we’re aware of that can be ordered with a quad-core Core i7 processor in it.

#2 Sony Vaio Z

The thinnest notebook in the world with a full power Intel Core i7 chip in it — the Sony Vaio Z is a waif at just 1.67cm thin, and an incredible 1.16kg light.

It’s also the only 13.3″ notebook we’re aware of that packs a full 1920×1080 high definition display — which means you can fit an amazing amount on the small screen, provided your eyes are good enough. Otherwise, you can scale things up in Windows 7 for crisp rendering of fonts and windows.

The Vaio Z would be at the top of our list, except for the fact that the Australian version is a bit odd: Sony is providing the “Power Media Dock 2″ as standard, which means everyone has to pay for it whether they need it or not, and the Australian model also has no inbuilt 3G option, unlike the overseas models.

See also: 6 Reasons Sony Vaio Z Could Be the Ultimate Travel Notebook - http://bestlaptopbattery.co.uk/battery-wiki/6-reasons-son...

#3 Samsung Notebook Series 9

It’s great to see real design innovation in the PC space — it’s a shame that so many laptops are still made in corporate black plastic. The Samsung Notebook Series 9 uses brushed “duralumin”, an aircraft-grade metal that’s twice as strong as aluminium.

Ditching plastic has allowed Samsung to shave this notebook down to 1.63cm at its thickest point, and it tips the scales at just 1.31 kg.

However, it does make one compromise: it only uses the reduced-speed Intel Core i5 chip at its heart, to keep heat output down.

#4 Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Aspire S3 is claimed to be 13mm thick. Put next to a MacBook Air that’s 17 mm thick at its thickest point, it was obvious that the Air is still thinner.

It turns out the Aspire S3 is actually 17mm at its thickest point, not taking into account the rubber stoppers on the bottom, which add a couple more millimetres.

Putting aside a few thousandths of a metre between friends, it is an impressive form factor, and a surprisingly clean design for a PC notebook.

Das blinkenlights have been whittled down to a mere two tiny pin-prick LEDs beneath the screen — one to indicate the notebook is on, and another to indicate low battery. (That’s still two too many in our opinion, but hey, two are better than seven… we’re looking at you, Toshiba Portege Z830.)

#5 Toshiba Satellite Z830

Toshiba will join the ultrabook brigade next month with the Australian release of the Satellite Z830.

The Japanese colossus of mobile computing has had many waif-thin welterweight notebooks before, of course, but this is its first entry Intel’s new ultrabook category.

(If you want a recap: the ultrabook recipe calls for a profile under 2cm, weight less than 1.4kg, an SSD drive, instant-on from sleep mode, Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 ports and four to six hours battery life.)

Source: http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-5-thi...

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