Is there any better computing device than a laptop? We don’t think so. Perfect for working, traveling, typing in bed or at a coffee shop, the core concept of the notebook computer hasn’t gotten any less appealing even three decades after it was introduced. What laptops have gotten is thinner, lighter and faster than ever before.

With the double revamp of the MacBook Air this year and last, and a recent push by Intel on the PC side for an all new category called “ultrabooks,” the latest generation of laptops are reinvesting in the device’s main attraction (portability) while still holding on to the bleeding-edge performance that consumers demand.

Forget the netbook ever happened: These six laptops, all less than .7 inches thick with optimal 13 inch screens, powerful processors, and superfast start-up times, represent the pinnacle of the laptop ideal. All are available now.

Tags: apple, sony, samsung, acer, lenovo, toshiba, ultrabooks
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