Top 10 Smallest Laptops in the World
Technology moved on and 50 years later and the laptop as we know it emerged on the market. Initially, the price was so high that only large companies and the rich could ever hope to own one. Over the years, Laptops got faster, lighter and less expensive for the average consumer, but only in the last half a decade have any significant changes been made to the basic laptop shape and size. This new form of smallest laptop combines the power of a regular sized notebook laptop with the added portability of even smaller devices such a Palmtops, PDAs and the newer range of cellphones.
10. Apple Macbook Air – 13.3″
The Air is alone on this list for being a small laptop of slightly different dimensions. It’s actually a 13″ system making it the biggest we’ve looked at so far. What makes it still qualify as a small laptop? It’s incredibly thin and light, ideal for people that travel often. You may well have seen the high profile Mac adverts which involve putting the laptop into envelopes and other such small spaces. It’s also incredibly sexy compared to just about every other 13″ laptop around.
9. HP Pavilion Dv2 – 12.1″
With an impressive technical list that sounds more like a regular sized laptop but a small form factor and light weight to rival a small laptop, the DV2 is HP’s answer to the problem of size vs. power. For many people who are turned off by the idea of small laptops, it could well be the solution if you are looking for a system capable of demanding tasks that won’t break the bank or your back.
8. Dell Latitude E4200 – 12.1″
The E4200 is slightly more of a professional system than some of the others we’ve looked at, and this ethos is echoed in the systems design. It’s bold, practical and refreshingly angular in a world that’s obsessed with curves. It’s also one of the most solid systems we’ve seen and at 12″ this is quite an accomplishment. It may not hold up to companies like Lenovo, Sony or Apple when it comes to style, but it’s not ugly either. The only stumbling point some people may have is that the systems 6-cell battery sticks out from the back of the system quite a long way.
7. Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11MN – 11.1″
Sony’s offering to the world of ultrathin laptops isn’t quite as visually attractive or unique as their ‘netbook’ offering but it’s one of the best out there in terms of overall features including one of the most commonly excluded features on most small laptops: a fully capable DVD drive.
The design on the TZ1 isn’t exactly ugly; it just doesn’t stand out amongst its competitors in the way people who are familiar with the Vaio brand might be used to. One of its more unique design features is the keyboard, which features spaced out keys similar to those seen the Macbook. This style was actually first created by Sony themselves nearly five years ago. It’s not a bad keyboard although many people find the spacing between keys more annoying than practical.
6. Lenovo IdeaPad U110 – 11.1″
The Lenovo is perhaps the PC world’s answer to the Macbook Air. It’s incredibly stylish, thin and lightweight. Its 11″ screen strikes a good balance between screen size and weight. Its size makes the system one of the smallest ‘ultrathin’ laptops, only an inch bigger than the larger netbooks. Despite weighing only 3.1 pounds with its 4-cell battery included, the U110 is one of the most sturdy feeling machines around thanks to its aluminium cover and case.
5. Samsung NC10 – 10.2″
Samsungs entry to the market is the exact opposite of some of the niche systems we’ve already run through, sharing more in common with the EEE PC line – it’s powerful, small and focuses on doing simple tasks as well as possible. Thanks to this focus on simplicity, the NC10 remains an excellent contender despite doing nothing ‘special’.
4. Asus N10J-A1 – 10.2″
On the surface the N10J looks like just about every other small laptop around. It’s not got any particular design features that stand out; it runs a similar chip, OS and ram options. It’s small, lightweight and portable. What really makes the N10J stand apart from its competition is on the inside: a dedicated 3D graphics chip.
3. HP Mini 1000 – 10.2″
HP’s last small laptop offering was the 2133. It was an interesting attempt at the market with an excellent control interface and keyboard. Unfortunately, use of a budget processor and a high price range meant the system couldn’t quite cut it amongst its competitors at the time. The Mini 1000 is HP’s consumer answer to the 2133, lifting the excellent keyboard straight from the business model while upgrading the CPU to the much more powerful Intel Atom.
2. ASUS EEE PC 1000H – 10″
ASUS’ EEE PC range was a key playing in the birth of small laptops only a few years ago. Early models were limited by their small solid state drives and reliance on using Linux as the primary OS to keep the price down. Initially, the EEE PC was designed with only the most casual users in mind, but a shift to Windows XP as well as a full upgrade of just about every aspect of the old model has seen the 1000H bring Asus back to the forefront of the small laptop market.
1. Sony VAIO VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC – 8″
It’s a rather pretentious name for what is essentially just another smallest laptop, but then the Vaio range has always been one for style and design following just behind apple in desirability ratings. It’s popular amongst people with the disposable income to afford to pay for the brand as well as the components.