Top Rated Ultra Portable Laptops – (Feb 2010)

Check out the top rated ultra-portable laptops we’ve listed below:

The Toshiba Portege R500: Slightly larger than most netbooks, the Toshiba Portege R500 is the businessman’s notebook, mainly because it packs a punch, can do practically everything a stationary desktop can and is extremely portable. The fact that it costs a bit more than the average consumer laptop also means that mostly corporate users will be able to afford this one. Packing in an energy efficient dual core processor with 3GB of RAM the laptop can handle anything including office applications, Internet browsing and high-end presentations.

The speaker is tinny at best while the integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics means you won’t be watching HD video on the laptop anytime soon. With more than 5 hours worth of battery life, it outlasts almost all 3-cell netbooks. All in all, it should run circles around most netbooks and some laptops but it also comes with a slim DVD burner, so you can watch DVD movies or archive presentation notes on DVD or CD optical disc media.

The HP Pavilion dv2: While the HP Pavilion dv2’s 12-inch display makes it larger than a typical netbook its slick looking design makes it attractive for both the consumer as well as the corporate executive. This is mainly because the chassis is actually thinner and lighter than your average ultra-portable, mainly due to the fact that it does not have a built-in optical disc drive.

HP has included an external DVD burner as part of the package although this may be applicable according to region. Rather than go Intel, the laptop has gone AMD all the way featuring a 1.4GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410. With 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard disk drive, the laptop outdoes most other Intel-run ultra-portables of the same class. Handling office applications and multi-tasking with ease the laptop gets above 30 frames per second frame rates for some 3D first person shooters, something you’d almost never see on a below 15-inch display laptop.

This laptop can also handle smooth 720p HD movies making it a unique offering amongst the weaker netbooks and the less graphically inclined ultra-portables. Price-wise the laptop is also a bit more competitive and affordable than most business systems making perfect it for the mid-range consumer as well as most business execs.