When the history of laptops in 2011 is written, it will be said that this was the year of the ultraportable (not to be). We've seen more 11.6-inch laptops than ever before, along with a handful of 12.1-inch and 12.5-inch alternatives.
Below you'll find a quick roundup of some of the best ultraportables of this year, along with a few high-profile near-misses. In the coming months, keep an eye out for more high-end models, such as the 11-inch, which will start at $999.
HP Pavilion dm1z (fall 2011)
The original dm1z was one of the first recommendable products in this category. The fall update is a bit better all around.
One of the few ultraportables to use a more powerful Intel Core i3 CPU, the Samsung Series 3 looks sharp, but costs as much as a full-size laptop.
The Lenovo S205's keyboard is the best we've used on a laptop this size, but the design and build quality add some extra cost.
Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, Summer 2011)
This is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, but make sure it has enough storage space for you, especially on the least-expensive configuration. Read the full review.
This is the closest you'll get to the 11-inch MacBook Air in terms of design and thinness on the Windows side, but be prepared to pay a little extra.
With typically sharp Vaio design and a large hard drive, this feels like an upscale step up from entry level 11-inch AMD-powered ultraportables.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these laptops head-to-head.
Editors' note: This story was originally posted on September 8, 2011, but has since been updated with additional products.