5 Laptops – Light & Slim – Carry Anywhere – PC Supporter Review – June 2011

Source: PC World Mag – Jun 2011

You have to take only a couple of business trips or vacations with a 6 pound laptop in tow before you start thinking about switching to a PC with a little less meat on its bones. Although 14” and 15” all-purpose laptops are abundant and often inexpensive, just throw one into your backpack or briefcase and lug it around for a few days – your shoulders will soon beg for mercy. Fortunately, you can find plenty of laptops on the market now that are slimmer, lighter, and more powerful, than almost anything that you could have bought just a few years ago.

What qualifies as a “lightweight laptop”? Professionals draw the line at 4 pounds. There’s a marked difference in design, features, and feel between laptops under that weight and their heavier friends. It may not seem like much, but a pound or two can make a big difference.

Truly light laptops rarely have a screen larger than 13-inches, but they otherwise come in a variety of styles, sizes, and prices.

Here are some of the UltraLight Laptops in a short review:-

1. Lenovo IdeaPad U260

Performance:-

WorldBench 6 score: 75

WorldBench 6 rating: Good

Overall design: Superior

Tested battery life: 04hrs-13mins

 

Features and Specifications:-

1.33GHz Intel Core i5 470UM

12.5-inch widescreen

3.0 pounds weight

320GB hard drive

 

Supporter Review:-

This ultraportable model achieves only median performance, but its style, keyboard, and touchpad will wow you.

 

2. Lenovo ThinkPad X120e

Performance:-

WorldBench 6 score: 57

WorldBench 6 rating: Fair

Overall design: Superior

Tested battery life: 05hrs-26mins

 

Features and Specifications:-

1.60GHz AMD Fusion E-350

11.6-inch widescreen

3.4 pounds

320GB hard drive

 

Supporter Review:-

This ThinkPad is not an ultraportable, even though Lenovo refers to it as such. Rather, it’s one of the best netbooks ever.

 

3. Lenovo ThinkPad X220

 

Performance:-

WorldBench 6 score: 122

WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good

Overall design: Superior

Tested battery life: 07hrs-15 mins

 

Features and Specifications:-

2.5GHz Intel Core i5 2520M

12.5-inch widescreen

3.3 pounds

320GB hard drive

Supporter Review:-

Fast and light, with great input ergonomics and battery life, this unit is best of breed; its old-school look lacks appeal.

 

4. Samsung Series 9

Performance:-

WorldBench 6 score: 103

WorldBench 6 rating: Good

Overall design: Superior

Tested battery life: 05hrs-30mins

 

Features and Specifications:-

1.4GHz Intel Core i5 2537M

13.3-inch widescreen

2.88 pounds

128GB solid-state drive

 

Supporter Review:-

If you can afford it, Samsung’s high style, superthin laptop will make you the envy of your friends with bulky PCs.

 

5. Sony VAIO Z-Series

Performance:-

WorldBench 6 score: 118

WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good

Overall design: Superior

Tested battery life: 06hrs-20mins

 

Features and Specifications:-

2.5GHz Intel Core i5 460M

13.1-inch widescreen

3.1 pounds

256GB solid-state drive

Supporter Review:-

They don’t come any better or more expensive than this slightly larger than average ultraportable laptop.

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