Laptop computers have come a long way since the 24-pound Osborne 1–just imagine toting around a two-year old toddler and you get the idea of just how “portable” the first generation of laptop computers were. ‘This the blessings of technological evolution: modern day laptops commonly weigh less than five pounds. That’s not enough for many manufacturers, though. Many are engaged in a corporate war to produce the lightest laptop in the world. Hence, I give you, from lightest to “heaviest”, four of the lightest laptops the world has ever seen
• Sony VAIO X Series Atom Z550
The Sony VAIO trademark is practically synonymous with “lightweight” and “slim”. The X-Series UltraLight laptop, however, pushes the tech envelope by weighing in at an astounding 1.464 pounds. It sports an 11.1-inch LED screen, 2Ghz Atom processor, 2 gigs of RAM, an HDMI output, and a 64GB solid-state hard drive (SSD). Thank goodness gravity will be kind to the Sony should it be dropped!
The ultrathin, ultralight MacBook Air (the 11.6-inch screen version) is feather-light at 2.3 pounds. Featuring a Core2Duo processor running at 1.6 Ghz, the ultralight, sexy-sleek MacBook is also ridiculously thin at less than 17mm thick.
The Acer TimelineX 1830T comes in at third on the list of lightest laptop computers in the world: it weighs a meager three pounds. The Acer boasts an 11.6-inch HD LCD screen, an i7 processor running at 1.46 Ghz (capable of clocking up to 2.53 Ghz with Intel’s ‘Turbo Boost’ technology), 4 gigs of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
This ultralight unit from HP, wearing an ultra-chic aluminum/carbon fiber skin, boasts a full 15.6-inch screen, a whopping 750Gb hard drive, and i7 Quad processor. It weighs a mere five pounds—wait, hold the phone!—isn’t that a huge step-up from two or three pounds?! Perhaps. In keeping with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, though, the HP Envy 15 is indeed one of the lightest fully-functional laptops in the world in relation to its immense power and storage capability.
Sony may soon be facing some fierce competition from Toshiba laptops though. While still a prototype, Toshiba–according to reputable sources–is working hard to develop an ultralight 13-inch laptop that weighs less than 1.8 pounds! Employing a SCiB (Super-Charged ion Battery), the prototype laptop is also rumored to charge completely in less than 13 minutes! Look for it to be available in either i3, i5, or i7 configurations and tout around 4 gigs of RAM. Unrealistic? You be the judge.