August 19, 2008
The Ten Best Mini-Laptops
By REBECCA ARMSTRONG
1 Acer Aspire One 200
The Aspire One, which runs on Linux, not Windows, is a competent compact computer in that it's light, it's small - with a screen size of 8.9in - and it's cheap. The battery life is less exemplary at a measly two hours.
www.acer.co.uk; 0870 853 1005
2 Vye mini-v S18P 500
With its rotating 7in touch-screen and compact size, Vye's mini- laptop is an intriguing beast. On the plus side, it's very lightweight and has a good battery life, but it has limited memory and is prone to sluggishness.
www.laptopsdirect.co.uk; 0870 167 0818
3 MacBook Air From 1,199
While it's not mini all over, the wafer-thin MacBook is certainly the slimmest laptop the world has ever seen. It's undeniably expensive, but you get Apple's expertise, and a lot of style, as well as the substance.
store.apple.com/uk; 0800 048 0408
4 Belinea s.book 1 440
With its seriously small 7in screen and 9 x 6.7in dimensions, the s.book 1 can easily slip into your handbag without spoiling the line or breaking your back. It comes with a Bluetooth Skype phone for cheap calls.
5 HP 2133 Mini-Note 410
As mini-laptops go, the Mini-Note is hard to beat. True, it's heavier than some of its brethren, but it has a broad keyboard, 120GB of storage and it looks great: perfect for on-the-go computing at a reasonable price.
welcome.hp.com; 0845 270 4215
6 Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P8010 1,292
If you're after a business laptop that is fast, reliable and compact, this is well worth a look. It has a fingerprint scanner, splash-proof keyboard docking, and data protection features.
www.fujitsu-siemens-shop.co.uk; 0845 678 0172
7 Samsung Q1 Ultra 693
This is a compact but sturdy hand-held device with a sensitive touchscreen. Mercifully for anyone who actually needs to do some work on it, it comes with a detachable keyboard but it's not ideal for office use.
www.misco.co.uk; 0800 038 8880
8 ASUS Eee PC 901 300
The latest Asus, with its 8.9in screen, cements the brand's position as one of the leading mini-laptop providers. Like the Aspire, it uses Linux rather than Windows, but offers a higher-end product with longer battery life.
www.asus.com; 0800 093 456
9 Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN/N 1,099
This Vaio might be a little on the large side for a true mini, with its 11.2in screen. A solid keyboard and seven-hour battery life make it a viable business option, although it will never be as pretty as the MacBook Air.
www.laptopshop.co.uk; 01255 422 033
10 MSI Wind 330
If your typing resembles an arcane dialect full of random vowels, it could be that your keyboard is a little too portable. The MSI Winds get round this with a decent-sized offering, complete with a 10in screen.
www.msicomputer.co.uk; 020-8813 6688
The Ten Best is edited by Rebecca Armstrong [email protected]
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