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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Netbooks vs UMPC vs Ultraportable Laptops

In Small Mini Laptops, we cover every laptop computers that are 13-inch or below in size. We generally call them mini laptops, but in fact, they can be further categorized into 3 main groups: netbook, UMPC, and ultraportable laptops. In this post, we will briefly explain the definition and differences between these 3 laptop categories.

Acer Netbook
Netbook is a new term in laptop industry that's becoming popular in recent years. It's a small and low-cost computer that is primarily designed for web browsing and e-mailing, and is relying heavily on the Internet for remote access to web-based applications. Compare to standard-size laptops, netbook has lower processing power (generally run on Intel Atom CPU), lower battery capacity, and lack of certain standard features in normal-size laptop such as optical/CDs/DVDs drive. Apparently, the most attractive characteristic of a netbook is the low-price which generally falls below $500, and can go as low as $200+. Size wise, netbook normally comes with either 8.9-inch or 10-inch screen. Some of the popular netbooks in today's market includes Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Samsung NC10, and MSI Wind.

htc UMPC
UMPC stands for Ultra-Mobile PC. It was originated from project Origami launched by Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, and a few others in 2006. The form factor for UMPC is defined as touchscreen mini-tablet smaller than eight inches with a resolution of at least 800 pixels wide. Due to their tiny size, many UMPCs comes with on-screen virtual keyboard instead of physical keyboard. Some UMPCs feature Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, webcams, fingerprint readers, stereo speakers, TV tuners, and memory card readers. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and WWAN connections are sometimes included as well.

Dell Ultraportable
Ultraportable laptop is basically a full-featured laptop, but with smaller size -- normally less than 14 inches screen, and weigh less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs). Other than size, an ultraportable laptop will have similar processing power and features as other standard laptops. Examples of ultraportable laptops includes the 13-inch Dell XPS, and the SR series, Z series, and TT series of Sony VAIO.

And that basically cover the 3 major categories of mini laptop that will be the main focus of this blog. Hope you get a clearer picture for each categories of mini laptop now after reading this post!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Welcome To Small Mini Laptops

Welcome to the Small Mini Laptops blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide the latest news and reviews about mini laptop computers.

There are a few categories of mini laptop computers: netbook, UMPC, and ultraportable notebook. Each categories have different level of specs and pricing. We will cover cover them all in this blog, as long as their size is 13-inch or below.

Our objective here is to help people to make a smart laptop buying decision. Stay tuned for more mini laptops' news and reviews to come!