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The ultra-portable market is really bare, but there may be one or two laptops that I have missed.

Here is what I have found so far:

  • Apple MacBook Air
  • Dell Vostro V130
  • Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E420s
  • MSI X-Slim X370
I'm specifically looking for laptops with screen sizes > 13" but that maintain a thin and light profile.

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Originally Posted by MrAlex View Post
The ultra-portable market is really bare, but there may be one or two laptops that I have missed.

Here is what I have found so far:

  • Apple MacBook Air
  • Dell Vostro V130
  • Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E420s
  • MSI X-Slim X370
I'm specifically looking for laptops with screen sizes > 13" but that maintain a thin and light profile.

Thanks
I think I am about to get the Lenovo E420. It has a 14" 1600x900 screen and Sandy Bridge CPUs. All for $525 (with coupon).
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 4/19/11 at 8:21am
   
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I think I am about to get the Lenovo E420. It has a 14" 1400x900 screen and Sandy Bridge CPUs. All for $525 (with coupon).
Daaayum If you do, could you give a review about its looks/feel/design.
    
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Daaayum If you do, could you give a review about its looks/feel/design.
Now I just realized the one I am looking at is the E420, not the E420s. Apparently there is a difference lol. I am just excited about a 14" 1600x900 screen with a SB processor.
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Now I just realized the one I am looking at is the E420, not the E420s. Apparently there is a difference lol. I am just excited about a 14" 1600x900 screen with a SB processor.
Oh haha. Yes there is a difference. The E420s was just released recently.
Depending which processor the price ranges from $750-$830

http://www.google.com/search?q=Think...6187f0ec8bda75

And these guys have it the cheapest including no tax and free shipping!
http://www.costcentral.com/proddetai...23631/froogle/
    
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Daaayum If you do, could you give a review about its looks/feel/design.
The E420 is nice. Some pros are
-great keyboard (probably the best chicklet on a notebook),
-solid build/very nice styling, a glossy display that to me seems a lot less reflective than most,
-and right now the 1600x900 display upgrade appears to be free, putting it at about $550, which is an absolute steal for a sandybridge 14" with 1600x900. If you're a student, academic pricing brings the price down a bit more and includes 4gb ram at no extra, and there's a 5% academic coupon on top of it. I just configured an e420/i3/1600x900 that came to $505. There's just nothing that compares in that price range, so far as I know.

But..it's not exactly thin and light. It isn't bulky by any means, though.

Now, there's the brand new E420s, which is a new thinner/lighter design of the Edge 14 (even a slot loading optical). It's still priced pretty well at $699 ($671 academic), and imo worth it. But..no 1600x900 option, yet, but allegedly soon.

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Now I just realized the one I am looking at is the E420, not the E420s. Apparently there is a difference lol. I am just excited about a 14" 1600x900 screen with a SB processor.
No 1600x900 for the 420s yet. =( Apparently it's on its way at some point.
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Well I just had my brother get the E420 for $550 shipped after taxes. He got the basic SB i3 with the 1600x900 screen. I'll let you all know how good it is. I am excited to play with it. He just wanted something with decent specs so he could stream and watch 1080p on his TV.
   
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Have you looked at Lenovo's x220? I own an x200s. Lenovo thinkpads are not cheap, but you get what you pay for and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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You could wait it out till the new intel atoms are released......
and get a 12 inch or ten inch

my 1015pn works wonders...overclocking it now actually
(house is still freezing cold so ambient temps wont do much arm)


so ya i would wait it out
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