In-betweeners: Rounding up ultraportable 11.6-inch laptops
What happens when you take a standard 10-inch Netbook and make it a little bit bigger, a little more powerful, and a little more expensive? The recent explosion of 11-inch systems shows us, whether one calls them premium Netbooks or ultraportables.
Bigger than a standard 10-inch Netbook, but still less powerful and less expensive than even budget-minded midsize systems, 11.6-inch laptops sit somewhat awkwardly between categories. Some call them premium Netbooks, others tag them as ultraportable systems. In general, they're what you get when you take a standard 10-inch Netbook and make it a little bigger, a little more powerful, and a little more expensive.
The timing for the current explosion of 11.6-inch systems couldn't be better, as the Netbook genre was starting to feel a little dated. That's mostly the fault of Netbook manufacturers, who have frozen the performance and specs of most 10-inch $299 devices at the same Atom level, more or less, since their inception.
These in-betweeners admittedly cost more, from $399 to more than $500, but they bring more to the table, too. Many of these machines use single- or dual-core AMD Neo processors. They can handle full-screen video streaming decently, as well as some (very) light gaming. Many of these machines also add useful extra ports, such as HDMI.
We've rounded up the