Ultra Light Notebooks: Long Battery Life, Thin and Perfect For Your Day (Dell’s New Entrant)

Ultralight notebooks are awesome – their long battery life, lightness and full processing speeds make them way better than netbooks and more powerful than a tablet. I think they’re the perfect computing companion for every mobile professional. I’ve been using one from Acer for the past few weeks and really like it.

Dell’s launched it’s first ultra light notebook and WSJ”s Walt Mossberg has a look at it here. Overall it’s good, but the its batter life is shorter than other notebooks. Walt writes:

Dell uses edge-to-edge glass for its screen and leaves much less of a bezel, or border, around the screen, than the Apple does. The XPS 13 isn’t smaller than its competitors in every dimension. It’s thicker and a tad heavier than the comparable MacBook Air. And, like the Apple, it’s significantly heavier than Toshiba’s ultrabook. But the shorter width and height are a nice touch.

I’ve been testing the Dell XPS 13, and there is a lot to like about it, even beyond its compact dimensions. I found it to be solid and well built, speedy and with a good, backlit keyboard, a bright screen, and good looks. It emerged from standby mode quickly and reliably. But this machine has a major downside: subpar battery life. In my standard test, it fell about an hour short of the longest-lived competing ultrabook I’ve tested and two hours short of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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    Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronics, today announced the launch of its new Series 5 Ultra notebooks. A family of extremely portable, no compromise Ultrabooks, the Samsung Series 5 boasts a slim design profile with a rich feature set and an Intel® Core™ i5 processor. The Series 5 Ultrabooks, available in 13” and 14” screen sizes, redefine the computing experience by offering users top-of-the line performance, with near instant starts using FastStart and the innovative ExpressCache™ storage, all in a stylish yet sturdy design. Designed with consumer feedback in mind, the 14” model is also one of the first in the market to feature a built-in DVD drive and SD card slot, giving users the ability to easily access software, movies, photos and more.


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