Top rated ultraportable laptops: August 2011

Here are our ten top rated ultraportable notebooks for August 2011

There's no doubt that Apple's MacBook Air is the ultraportable laptop of choice for many people. However, at the top of our top rated list is its main challenger: Samsung Series 9. It's slim, light, a joy to use, it has good speed and connectivity features, and its matte screen is just beautiful.

Our list also includes Fujitsu's, Sony's and Toshiba's great, 'no compromise' ultraportables, which have full-voltage CPUs and built-in optical drives. If you're a gamer, you'll want to check out the little Alienware M11x R3, which packs lots of graphics power in an ultraportable frame. If you're a business user looking for something small and solidly built, then HP's EliteBook 2560p should be right up your alley.

About our ratings: A star rating is awarded to a product in quarter increments from one star to five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the notebook. Notebooks are evaluated on performance, features, build quality, ease of use, battery life and value for money.

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Samsung Notebook Series 9 (NP900X3A-A01AU)

The Samsung Series 9 has strong build quality, a sleek design and many great features that make it comfortable to use. It's high price tag definitely makes it a luxury item, but if you want excellent mobility and usability in the same package, it's hard to beat.

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  • Manufacturer:
  • 8th May, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Samsung
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  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • Excellent built quality and design
  • Fast SSD
  • Excellent screen
  • Cons:
  • Wi-Fi adapter is not dual-band
  • Ambient light sensor is sometimes erratic
  • HDMI adapter isn't supplied
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