Quick Response Thanks To Solid State Drive.
Feb 22 2011 - Apple's MacBook Air 11-inch is an impressive achievement in technology. The laptop is thinner and lighter than any netbook on the market but provides superior performance. Of course, at $999 it is much more expensive but less than the past base MacBook Air. Compared to other ultraportables, it does sacrifice performance, storage and running time to provide its ultrathin profile.
Anyone who recalls Steve Jobs railing against netbooks at the launch of the iPad might have been puzzled when the same guy revealed the latest addition to the MacBook Air line in October. With an 11.6-inch screen, barebones processor, no optical drive and all solid state storage, it wouldn’t seem like a stretch to throw it in with a handful of similar models from Asus, Acer and Dell.
Apple's MacBook Air isn't for everyone; its modest specifications, limited ports and relatively small storage will disappoint some. However, those after a light, functional and superbly built ultraportable notebook with excellent battery life won't be disappointed. The MacBook Air's full-size keyboard and trackpad, along with an excellent screen, are enough to make this an excellent option for those users for whom mobility is a key concern.
We still have reservations about the MacBook Air. The improved graphics performance does make it feel a lot smoother and more responsive than before. However, itÃ¢â? ¬â? ¢s still very expensive, and design decisions such as the non-replaceable battery just seem extremely short-sighted. Still very thin. Yet, for all its limitations, the sheer quality of the design shines through. ItÃ¢â? ¬â? ¢s not just the look of the machine that matters Ã¢â? ¬â?? the feel of it is important too.
At 1280x800 the screen is bright and crisp though, and a high resolution webcam sits at the top, offering what Toshiba helpfully calls an "HD Webcam" — it's capable of video up to 1280x800.
Toshiba's Satellite U500 wants to be portable and powerful, which has a negative impact on both the battery life and the weight. Still, if you need power in a petite package, the U500 might do it for you.
Toshiba's Satellite U500 is a great laptop that doesn't make any compromises when it comes to features and performance. It's also very well priced. Above all, it's comfortable to use, looks good and is solidly built. You can't go past it if you're looking for something small and usable for under $2000.
the battery life of the UL80Vt is impressive.
If a reasonably thin and light notebook with excellent battery life sounds like your cup of tea, then the ASUS UL80Vt is for you. At 14in it's easy to use, yet not a burden to carry around. It's well built, looks good and performs well, but it does lack some connectivity options such as eSATA.
Slim and light powerhouse gaming
We can't help but be smitten with the HP Envy 15. It's a gaming powerhouse, a desktop replacement and more than powerful enough to keep us away from shopping notebooks for a few years. Yet it's gorgeous, very thin and light. Its unique looks and Apple-chic design make this one of the few gaming notebooks that you can take to a meeting without looking like boy-gamer redux.
the Sony Vaio NW offers solid, but not earth-shaking, performance for both games and multimedia fans for a competitive price.
The Sony VAIO NW is a classy-looking midrange laptop with a solid selection of features, and even some advanced options available if you want to configure your own, which we'd highly recommend. At its base, the machine doesn't really standout, but pop in a Blu-Ray drive for less than $100 and you've got a much more capable addition to your home theater setup.
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