Ultrathin Laptops Solid Performers

Walt Mossberg reviews 3 cutting-edge laptops
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2009 4:08 PM CST
The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 laptop.   (Lenovo)
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(Newser) – Cheap netbooks aren't profitable for PC makers, so it’s logical they're trying to lure consumers toward laptops that are just as thin, but have bigger screens, more features—and a heftier price tag. Walt Mossberg reviews three such models for the Wall Street Journal, and finds pros and cons for each but no clear winner:

  • Toshiba Satellite T135, $600. This model boasts the best battery life of the three and is the cheapest, but it has a slippery, hard-to-use keyboard and touchpad.

  • HP Pavilion dm3t, $840. The priciest laptop of the bunch is also the heaviest, because it’s made of metal, not plastic. This, unfortunately, also means the touch pad is metallic, which Mossberg finds unwieldy.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U350, $700. The Lenovo is the lightest of the three and boasts the fastest restart and boot times, but it has the weakest battery—unless you get a bulky, heavy optional replacement.