The Best Ultraportable Laptops

Are you looking to purcahse a good ultraportable laptop? An ultraportable laptop is extremely lightweight and portable, making it a very suitable device for the road warrior.

Now, I’m sure you know that it can be hard to make a purchase decision, with so many models to choose from!

Not to worry, this article is meant to provide you with more information on ultraportables, along with some of the best models out there.

1. What Are Ultraportable Laptops?

Before we begin, let’s first take a look at what exactly constitutes an ultraportable laptop. Well, quite simply put, an ultraportable laptop is the smallest type of laptop design available in the market. Most of these laptop models weigh less than four pounds and are less than an inch thick. Some of the models sacrifice certain features (e.g. a built-in DVD drive) to save on weight.

2. Who Are They For?
Ultraportable laptops are designed specifically for road warriors. Road warriors refer to mobile office workers who are traveling constantly. They usually need just enough computing power with them wherever they are, be it in the hotel room, Starbucks or the airport lounge.

3. What to Expect
What can you expect from a typical ultraportable laptop? Well, here is a list of things to expect:

Fast-Enough Performance. An ultraportable doesn’t really need a top-of-the-line CPU. Most of the ultraportable laptops come with processors that range from 1 GHz to 1.8 GHz. You can expect to find around 512MB to 1 GB of RAM.

Small Displays. Again, with an ultraportable laptop, there is a need to save space. Hence, they typically come with small screens that are a bonus for commuters who don’t have much workspace. You will expect these laptops to come with displays ranging from 10.6 to 13.3 inches.

Lack of Optical Drives. One thing to note about ultraportables is that some of the models leave out the built-in DVD burner to save on weight (the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 comes to mind). This is a plus for those who don’t need to access DVDs very often. By omitting a built-in DVD burner, you can end up with a super light laptop that weighs less than two pounds.

Great Battery Life. This point is important – ultraportable laptops are one of the most energy efficient on the market. This is because they don’t expend a lot of energy – usually only simple applications like word processors or email are used (unlike in gaming laptops where heavy 3D games and applications are routinely accessed).

The Best Ultraportable Laptops

The following lists three of the best ultraportable laptops available in the market right now. I highly recommend them if you’re looking to purchase a unit right now.

Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
The first ultraportable laptop that comes to my mind is the Lenovo ThinkPad X61s. It weighs about 3 pounds and is very thin as well. You will find that the laptop has a solid chassis and awesome computing power. The machine comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 100 GB hard drive, and is equipped with Windows Vista Business.

Fujitsu LifeBook P7320
The Fujitsu LifeBook P7320 is the second ultraportable we will look at here. This is one of the sleekest and lightest laptops around and it still manages to incorporate a built-in DVD burner. It comes with an Intel Core Solo processor, 1GB of RAM and a modest 60GB hard drive. The small 10.6 inch make pose a problem to some folk – but otherwise this is a very good laptop.

Toshiba Portege R500-S5001X
The final ultraportable we will look at is the Toshiba Portege R500-S5001X. This baby weighs in at 2.4 pounds and is less than an inch thick. The amazing thing is that it manages to squeeze in a DVD burner and a 12.1 inch display. It comes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of RAM and a pretty big 120GB hard drive. It comes equipped with the older Windows XP Professional though. On the whole, the Toshiba Portege R500-S5001X is a great buy and is highly recommended.


Well, I hope this article has shown what an ultraportable laptop is and what are some of the better models out there in the market. If you are looking to buy an ultraportable laptop, good for you! My personal laptop is also an ultraportable (the Lenovo ThinkPad X61s, to be exact). You’ll do well to remember the information in this article the next time you’re shopping. Until next time, good luck and happy shopping!

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