Top rated ultraportable laptops: August 2011

Here are our ten top rated ultraportable notebooks for August 2011

There's no doubt that Apple's MacBook Air is the ultraportable laptop of choice for many people. However, at the top of our top rated list is its main challenger: Samsung Series 9. It's slim, light, a joy to use, it has good speed and connectivity features, and its matte screen is just beautiful.

Our list also includes Fujitsu's, Sony's and Toshiba's great, 'no compromise' ultraportables, which have full-voltage CPUs and built-in optical drives. If you're a gamer, you'll want to check out the little Alienware M11x R3, which packs lots of graphics power in an ultraportable frame. If you're a business user looking for something small and solidly built, then HP's EliteBook 2560p should be right up your alley.

About our ratings: A star rating is awarded to a product in quarter increments from one star to five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the notebook. Notebooks are evaluated on performance, features, build quality, ease of use, battery life and value for money.

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HP ProBook 5330m

We think that the 13.3in ProBook 5330m is a very good notebook overall, thanks to its solid build quality, decent performance, backlit keyboard and useful security features. However, its battery life is too short and it lacks USB 3.0.

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  • 24th July, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • HP
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  • Pros:
  • Build quality
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Security
  • Cons:
  • Battery life
  • No USB 3.0
  • Feels heavy
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