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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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 (1291-23M)

The ThinkPad X1 is the type of laptop that no reviewer wants to give back to the vendor. It feels solidly built and great to use, but it could be better. In particular, its touchpad needs refinement, it could use more premium features such as an ambient light sensor, and Lenovo needs to make sure that all of its features work perfectly straight out of the box -- the 3G modem in our review model didn't recognise our SIM cards.

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  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 26th May, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Lenovo
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • Semi-rugged design
  • Full-voltage Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Solid state drive
  • Cons:
  • Touchpad could be better
  • Had problems recognising SIM cards
  • Could use more premium features
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