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.