A few months ago I put together a “comprehensive” list of low cost ultraportable laptops. But a funny thing happens to comprehensive lists. They go out of date. Quickly. Rather than try to keep updating a static web page, I’ve decided to launch something new, and hopefully more useful: a liliputer database.

You can always find the Liliputer database/comparison chart by clicking the Liliputers link in the navbar. It’s sandwiched between the Forums and Store links, which I also hope you’ll take the time to check out.

I’m not going to pretend the database contains every single tiny laptop on the market or coming soon. But as of today, it holds 42 such laptops, only a dozen of which are Asus Eee PC models. And the list is growing every day.

Best of all, since I’ve replaced the old list with a database, you can organize the list by category. The implementation isn’t perfect. Since columns are arranged in numerical or alphabetical order, for example, if you arrange the computers by CPU speed, the 1.6GHz models will be listed before the 300MHz models. But the database is a work in progress. I’ll do my best to keep it up to date and usable. I hope you find it a valuable resource. And if you see errors or omissions, please let me know!

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8 replies on “Announcing the updated liliputer list/database”

  1. Newbie to the site question: Where are the OQO and the other UMPCs? Is this a form factor issue or a classification/category issue?

  2. For numerical sorting, a simple solution may be to use the same unit of measure for all entries. For example: instead of 1.6 GHz, make the system see 1,600 MHz so that it can compare it against 300 MHz.

  3. Nicely done! A comparison feature would be great, as I’m sure there are lots of people trying to choose between several liliputers.

  4. One thing’s missing — a quick way to see which are your favorites. In particular, I’m looking for an ultraportable with a not too mini keyboard, 90 percent or so, to take with me to blog world. what’s the best choice for someone looking for a speedy, portable laptop to blog on? The mininote? The S10? The Wind?

    1. If you’re looking for something with a larger keyboard, I’d either go with
      the min-note or pretty much anything with a 10.2 inch screen (ie: The Eee PC
      1000/1000H or MSI Wind).

      After a few days of using the Eee PC 1000H I still like the mini-note
      keyboard better, but the 1000H is MUCH faster at performing most basic
      tasks. Or at least that’s how it feels. I’ll run some quick tests this week,
      time permitting.

      1. Why not consider the Aspire One?

        The screen is not as large as the Eee PC 1000, but the case is nearly as big. As a result, the keyboard is in the same league as the Eee PC 1000 or the MSI Wind.

        These all have the same Atom processor, so performance should be roughly the same.

        To me, the keyboard is the most important feature.

        Oh, and the price of the Aspire One is about half of the Eee PC 1000.

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