The Liliputing Product Database is one of the most comprehensive resources around for finding information about more than 100 mini-laptops that have been introduced over the past two years. But as the mobile computer space continues to evolve, I’ve decided to expand the database to include some of the more exciting thin and light computers that have started to appear.
Up until recently, my cutoff point for including a laptop in the database was that it had to have a 10.2 inch or smaller display. But many laptops with 11.6 to 12.1 inch displays are hitting the market these days, and some of them are cheaper than many 10 inch laptops. And while many have more powerful processor, a number of 11 and 12 inch laptops including the Acer Aspire 1810T, Asus UL20A, and Toshiba T115 are expected to get battery life that is as good, if not better than many netbooks. And most importantly, many of these 12 inch and smaller laptops still weigh 3.5 pounds or less.
I’m fairly certain I won’t expand the database to include 13 inch laptops anytime soon. As far as I’m concerned, a 13 inch laptop is just a laptop. And while there’s no good name to describe this new generation of thin, light, and relatively low power 11 and 12 inch laptops yet, I think they’re something new and exciting. Just like netbooks.
Adding these laptops to the database also gives it a bit more variety. I’d gotten tired of entering Intel Atom, GMA 950, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive over and over. Now you’ll find a number of machines with Intel CULV, AMD Neo, and other processors as well as NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics.
The database is still a work in progress and I still have a number of laptops to add. But if you haven’t checked it out in a while, you might want to take another look.