The world's most extreme laptops

Some laptops will give you a hernia, while others will fit in a coat pocket. Some cost a day's pay--others, half a year's. Here are the outliers of the notebook world.

The Lightest

Name: Sony VAIO X

Price: $1300 and up

Availability: November 2009

Extreme spec: Weighs only 1.6 pounds (with a standard battery)

Reasons to love it: Some of the most fashionable ultraportables--like the Dell Adamo and the MacBook Air--tip the scales at about 3 pounds, but those laptops feel as if they could anchor a cruise ship compared with this featherweight computer. Though the VAIO X carries an 11-inch screen, you can't get much lighter than this slimmed-down beauty's 1.6 pounds even if you move to a netbook with a 9- or 10-inch display.

The VAIO X comes loaded with Windows 7, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 64GB solid-state drive, a multitouch trackpad, Memory Stick Duo and SD Card slots, GPS, ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11n) and Bluetooth connectivity, two USB 2.0 ports, and a Motion Eye Webcam.

The processor is a 2.0Ghz Intel chip. Which Intel chip? Sony isn't saying, but early speculation has indicated that the VAIO X will sport a processor from Intel's Atom lineup.

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