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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.

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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    • October 21, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, 2011 Laptop Review Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, challenge to shave their size down beyond a certain 2011 Laptop Review point. See Also: Here’s our pick of the top five currently on the mar- ket (or about to be released). #1 ASUS U36SD 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 Due to be available within the next six weeks, ASUS’ heavier laptops as ‘thin and light’ ones — but consi- U36SD is among the thinnest and lightest notebooks dering some 15 full-size laptops are only 2.5 kg and on the market, at just 1.9 cm thick and 1.6 kg light.joliprint 2.5cm thick, we think that’s a stretch. Not only does it use full-speed Intel Core chips (not Really thin and light notebooks are not exactly the ‘ultra low voltage’ versions that trade speed for plentiful, as it’s evidently quite a manufacturing longer battery life), it’s one of the only ultra-thin Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-5-thin-and-light-windows-notebooks-2011-laptop-review/ Page 1
    • October 21, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, 2011 Laptop Review notebooks we’re aware of that can be ordered with #3 Samsung Notebook Series 9 a quad-core Core i7 processor in it. Read our full preview #2 Sony Vaio Z 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 The thinnest notebook in the world with a full power Series 9 uses brushed “duralumin”, an aircraft-grade Intel Core i7 chip in it — the Sony Vaio Z is a waif metal that’s twice as strong as aluminium. at just 1.67cm thin, and an incredible 1.16kg light. Ditching plastic has allowed Samsung to shave this It’s also the only 13.3 notebook we’re aware of that notebook down to 1.63cm at its thickest point, and packs a full 1920×1080 high definition display — it tips the scales at just 1.31 kg. which means you can fit an amazing amount on the small screen, provided your eyes are good enough. However, it does make one compromise: it only uses Otherwise, you can scale things up in Windows 7 the reduced-speed Intel Core i5 chip at its heart, to for crisp rendering of fonts and windows. keep heat output down. The Vaio Z would be at the top of our list, except for Read our full preview 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. Read our full previewjoliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-5-thin-and-light-windows-notebooks-2011-laptop-review/ Page 2
    • October 21, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, 2011 Laptop Review #4 Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook #5 Toshiba Satellite Z830 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. Toshiba will join the ultrabook brigade next month It turns out the Aspire S3 is actually 17mm at its with the Australian release of the Satellite Z830. thickest point, not taking into account the rubber stoppers on the bottom, which add a couple more The Japanese colossus of mobile computing has had millimetres. many waif-thin welterweight notebooks before, of course, but this is its first entry Intel’s new ultra- Putting aside a few thousandths of a metre between book category. friends, it is an impressive form factor, and a sur- prisingly clean design for a PC notebook. (If you want a recap: the ultrabook recipe calls for a profile under 2cm, weight less than 1.4kg, an SSD Das blinkenlights have been whittled down to a mere drive, instant-on from sleep mode, Thunderbolt or two tiny pin-prick LEDs beneath the screen — one USB 3.0 ports and four to six hours battery life.) to indicate the notebook is on, and another to indi- cate low battery. (That’s still two too many in our Read our full preview opinion, but hey, two are better than seven… we’re looking at you, Toshiba Portege Z830.) Read our full preview CloudTag: Thin , Light , Windows Notebooks , 2011 , Laptop Review , Toshiba pa3399u-2brs batteries , dell latitude d630 batteriesjoliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-5-thin-and-light-windows-notebooks-2011-laptop-review/ Page 3
    • October 21, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Thin and Light Windows Notebooks, 2011 Laptop Review Battery Care Tips, Battery FAQ, Battery Techno- logy, Laptop Battery FAQ, Technology News2011, Dell latitude d630 batteries, laptop review, Light, Thin, Toshiba pa3399u-2brs batteries, Windows Notebooks Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a com- ment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this de- livered automatically to your feed reader.joliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/top-5-thin-and-light-windows-notebooks-2011-laptop-review/ Page 4