When you have to lug your work around with you, a feature-rich laptop that weighs a tonne is not quite what you need, is it? The MacBook Air, which fits comfortably in a business envelope, is more the thing, although there are complaints that its anorexic looks mean that it comes without a DVD writer, Ethernet and FireWire ports.
But if you’re looking for an extremely slim, lightweight laptop, the Air is a great option. If you want a laptop that does everything but make coffee, and is lightweight to boot, there are still several options open to you.We take a look at some of the ultra-light, if not ultra-slim, laptops available today.
MAC AIRIt weighs 1.3 kg, comes with 2 GB of memory, 80 GB hard drive, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16 inches at its thinnest point, and has a 13.3-inch LEDbacklit widescreen display, a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in video camera and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support so users can pinch, rotate and swipe. But there is no optical drive or Ethernet port. Rs 1 lakh (expected)
TOSHIBA PORTEGE R100
Weighing in at 1.1 kg (1.4 kg with a second battery installed), this is an ultra-thin and ultra-light laptop. There’s no optical drive and the machine does not have a Bluetooth adaptor. It does come with wireless LAN and secure digital card slots, and a 12.1-inch screen as well as a second battery. It also comes with an in-built mono speaker, headphone and microphone jacks. Rs 80,000
HCL MILEAP Y SERIES
It’s small, light and cheap.What more can you possibly ask from a subnotebook? Weighing approximately 960 gm, this notebook is powered by an Intel A110 processor, and comes with 1 GB RAM, two USB ports, in-built webcam and stereo speakers, wireless and Bluetooth, 7-inch swivel LCD touchscreen, touch pad mouse with scroll, stylus and 80 GB hard drive. Rs 30,000
FUJITSU LIFEBOOK S2210The LifeBook S2210 is on the small end of the thin-and-light spectrum. It weighs around 1.7 kg (without the AC adapter), and comes with three USB 2.0 jacks, a mini FireWire jack, headphone and microphone jacks, a Type I/II PC card slot, a media card reader, a fingerprint reader, and VGA and S-video outputs. It’s wireless and Bluetoothenabled, comes with a DVD burner and a media card reader. Rs 42,000
This easily qualifies as an ultralight, despite the fact that it’s got an integrated CD/DVD drive (which is also a CD burner).The case measures 11.1 inches wide, 8.3 inches deep and 1.2 inches thick, and weighs in at 1.6 kg with the six-cell battery. With a built-in fingerprint sensor and an embedded trusted platform module chip that handles data encryption, security on the NC2400 is strong. Rs 90,000
SONY VAIO TZ27GN
The VAIO TZ is an 11.1-inch wide mobile notebook that weighs a little over 1 kg. Powered by an Intel Centrino Duo processor, it’s wireless and Bluetooth-enabled, and comes with an in-built camera, speakers and microphone, DVD writer and a fingerprint sensor. Plus, the machine is tough, with a lid and corners made of multi-layered carbon. Rs 1 lakh
DELL LATITUDE D430Weighing around 1.4 kg, this sub-notebook comes with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, up to 2GB total memory, WXGA display (1280 x 800 resolution), parallel ATA drive with password protection, as WLAN and internal Bluetooth. You also get a docking connector, three USB ports, integrated microphone, DVD writer, integrated smart card reader, and optional fingerprint reader. Rs 95,000