I’ve been following the emergence of netbooks and small, portable laptops since early 2010. In 2011 what became clear is that consumers want portable laptops which are small but don’t compromise in speed and power.
An ultraportable laptop is not a netbook. Full powered processors are what make an ultraportable different than a netbook. The size of an ultraportable laptop is around 13 inches to around 11 inches.
Other words and terms that mean ultraportable laptop
Currently in late 2011, the new ultrabook laptop category is a prime example of how the ultraportable laptop market is emerging. Expect to see ultrabook laptops front and center. Certainly our website will provide in depth information about these new ultraportable laptops.
You will also see the term ultrathin laptop, which is a category of laptop that is targeted above netbooks. These laptops feature a more low power processor but are still considered a category above netbooks in terms of functionality, price and power.
Ultraportable vs Netbook
To make this site more usable, we want to ensure a line between what is or isn’t a netbook and what is or isn’t an ultraportable. Here is a breakdown which should help clarify our definition.
Asus Eee PC 1215N
This is a 12.1-inch laptop. Some might consider this an ultraportable, but Asus themselves label this laptop as a netbook. Is Asus wrongfully categorizing their laptop? Not really.
The big indicator is in the processor which in the Asus 1215N is actually the Intel Atom. This is a low cost, low power processor and is the reason why we would not consider this to be an ultraportable laptop.
Also understand that Asus has another 12.1″ laptop, the UL20 series which they do not label at being a netbook. The reason? Yes, you guessed it. The processor in the UL20 is a powerful and not low cost Intel processor.
Being concise is important to us. We want you to know what laptops we will be reviewing and discussing. Definitions of an ultraportable laptop should remain consistent. The processors will obviously change and improve, but a small, light, thin, laptop without compromising power, speed and features is ultimately what makes a laptop an ultraportable laptop.