In Pictures: Ultrabooks - the newest, thinnest, lightest laptops

Ultrabooks, a term coined by Intel, gave name to the increasingly thin, light, fast and (relatively) cheap Windows laptops popping up over the last year in reaction to the Apple MacBook Air and the iPad-led tablet craze.

Lenovo IdeaPad U300S

The ultra-slim, book-shaped Lenovo IdeaPad U300S comes in eye-catching colors such as graphite gray and clementine orange and delivers most of the goods for a reasonable (though higher than most ultrabooks) price of $1,095. A souped-up model with more storage and a faster processor is available for $1,495.

• 13.3-inch display

• 1.6GHz Core i5-2457M

• 4GB of RAM

• 128GB SSD Drive

• 6-7 hours of battery life

• Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

• 0.6 inches thick

• 2.9 lbs.

• $1,095 (a higher-end model with a Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD is available for $1,495)

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