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 Smallest

Name: UMID M1

Price: $599

Availability: Now, overseas

Extreme spec: 6.1 by 3.7 by 0.6 inches

Reasons to love it: Is this tiny powerhouse hot? No, it's just UMID. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) This mighty mini has a 4.8-inch single-point touchscreen with 1024 by 600 resolution, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a mini-USB port, a nonstandard headphone jack, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. You can order one with a solid-state drive as large as 64GB. With its 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, the M1 mini-notebook runs Windows XP Home. Unfortunately, the M1 isn't for sale in U.S. stores, but you can pick one up from sites that specialize in imported tech gear, such as

Check out Senior Writer Darren Gladstone's brief demo of the M1 at the 2009 edition of the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco. You'll find the M1 around the 2-minute mark.

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