The term mini laptops was earlier only associated with laptops having a screen size of approximately 10 inches and less. These mini laptops and notebooks had a relatively low processing power and were only suitable for browsing the internet. With increasing globalization more people are on the move due to business or pleasure activities and want their portable mini laptops to offer more than just a capability to browse the internet. Thus came these larger laptops with a screen size of 11.6 and 12 inch. With a larger area it is possible to accommodate features like more ports, larger keyboards etc. In this article I try to compile a list of the best 11.6 inch laptops available at the moment. I will keep updating this article as and when new and better laptops with 11.6 inch screen size come in the market.
Within the 11.6 inch laptop category, the Toshiba Satellite T215D is the best 11.6 inch laptop available in the market today for budget oriented customers. Launched around May 2010, the laptop is sleek, stylish and combines all the functionality and power one would expect from a standard laptop. This ultraslim netbook comes with a AMD Athlon dual core processor, 2 GB RAM(which can be updated to 8 GB as all other standard laptops available these days) and a 320 GB hard disk.
The netbook has a LED backlit screen(TruBrite) with a resolution of 1366 x 768 which uses less power and displays excellent picture/video quality. The toshiba T215 has a good battery life rating and can run unto 5.15 hours without recharging. It accommodates a full-sized keyboard making it easier to type.
This 11.6 inch netbook comes preinstalled with the 64 bit Windows 7 operating system and as gathered from reviews can work equally well with Linux based operating systems. The satellite Toshiba laptop has a built-in webcam, 3 USB ports, a HDMI port, a VGA out, a media card reader which supports many formats and wireless Wifi networking capabilities but lacks bluetooth functionality. With a price tag of $499 and weighing 1.5 kgs(3.5 pounds) it is a true bargain for those looking for something lightweight to carry around but having all the facilities of a standard laptop.
AO721 is the newest 11.6 inch netbook computer from Acer in 2010. It has a full sized keyboard and is less than 1 inch in thickness, which gives it a sleek look. But the Acer Aspire AO721 is made completely out of plastic and is therefore not so durable. For people who need to travel constantly with their laptops must buy a protective cover for this laptop.
The Aspire One 721 is almost similar in configuration to the Toshiba T215D except for the fact that is fitted with single core AMD Athlon Neo processor and has Bluetooth. Also it comes with only 1 GB RAM which can be upgraded to 4 GB and weighs a little less than 1.3 kgs(3 pounds). Costing about $60 less than the Toshiba T215D laptop, this Acer 11.6 inch laptop computer is not a bad deal afterall.
The Acer TimelineX AS1830T are a series of 11.6 inch laptops which are powered by Ultra low voltage Intel Core i3 and i5 processors. The Intel core ULV processors are known for their speed and efficiency so if you are looking for something that is really compact and has great speed, this notebook is for you. The combination of Intel core technology and LED backlit display helps to reduce the power consumption, leading to a battery life of 8 hours between charges. The TimelineX AS1830T come with a standard configuration of 3GB RAM, 320 GB SATA hard disk, 3 USB ports, an HDMI port, multi-format media card reader, webcam, multi gesture touchpad and stereo speakers with dolby surround sound.
But these Intel processors are not cheap and the i3 model starts at $599 which is by far the only good i3 mini laptop available under $600. The model with i5 processor starts at $699. For people who generally work on CPU extensive applications like Microsoft excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop etc. this is the best choice in the mini laptop arena.