Ultraportable laptops review

Ultraportable laptops can do most of your computing tasks while on the go.
 
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03.Product profiles

Profiles - What to buy

Dell XPS M1330

Dell XPS

Price $1798

Good points

  • Best overall.
  • Best ease of use.
  • Best performance.
  • Relatively low price.
  • Battery has built-in status meter.
  • Bag, noise isolation earbuds, ExpressCard, remote control included.
  • On-site warranty.

Bad points

  • Lowest rated LCD screen by expert LCD assessment panel.
  • Relatively heavy.
  • Only one-year warranty.

BenQ Joybook X31-PE04*

BenQ

Price $1699

Good points

  • Equal second best overall.
  • Relatively low price.
  • Roomy (250 GB) hard drive.
  • Two-year warranty (requires registration).

Bad points

  • No third-party firewall software.

*Soon to be replaced with the X32, featuring the new Centrino 2 chipset.

Toshiba Portege M800

Toshiba

Price $2310

Good points

  • Equal second overall.
  • Good quality speakers.
  • Three-year warranty.

Bad points

  • Hottest laptop tested (failed comfortable temperature test).
  • Relatively heavy.
  • Highest power usage.

Apple Macbook Air

Apple macbook

Price $2499

Good points

  • Judged most stylish by expert panel.
  • Excellent data migration/synchronisation.
  • Excellent touchpad and keyboard.
  • Lowest power usage and running cost.
  • Excellent software bundle included.

Bad points

  • Failed comfortable temperature test.
  • No Ethernet port or multimedia card slot.
  • No optical drive.
  • No fingerprint reader or lock slot.
  • Battery not removable.
  • Only one USB port.
  • Only one-year warranty.

Profiles - the rest

Lenovo Ideapad U110

Price $1798

LenovoGood points

  • Additional battery supplied as standard.
  • Best rated LCD screen.
  • External DVD burner (dual-layer DVD-RW) included.
  • Roomy (250 GB) hard drive.
  • Bag included.

Bad points

  • Only one-year warranty.
  • Shiny surfaces easily marked by fingerprints.
  • No third -arty firewall software.

Sony VAIO TZ36GN/W

Sony vaio

Price $1798

Good points

  • Best battery life.
  • Good sound quality via speakers.

Bad points

  • Lowest performance score.
  • Slowest boot time.
  • Only one-year warranty.

Twinhead J13S

Price $1798 Twinhead

Good points

  • Lowest priced.
  • Fastest boot time.
  • Carry bag included.
  • Three-year limited warranty (requires registration).

Bad points

  • No antivirus, third-party firewall or anti-spyware software.
  • Lowest ease of use.
  • Heaviest laptop in this test.

Pioneer Dreambook Light M725R

Pioneer dreambook light

Price $1798

Good points

  • Relatively low cost.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Good performance score.
  • Roomy (250 GB) hard drive.
  • Bag included.

Bad points

  • Failed comfortable temperature test.
  • Only one-year warranty.
  • Shortest battery life.
  • Shiny surfaces easily marked by fingerprints.
  • Relatively heavy.
 

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