So I happen to have 3 portable laptops with 11.6 inch displays sitting on my desk right now. And before I box a few of them up to send back, I figured I’d get them to pose for a photo shoot.

What you see above, from left to right are the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e, Dell Inspiron M101z, and Acer Aspire One 721.

All three notebooks have 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays. And for the most part, they’re about the same size. But they have different keyboard, battery, touchpad, and lid designs, among other things. Of course, there are differences under the hood too, but you can check out my reviews for information about overall performance. I just wanted to give you a little idea of how the machines look when you stack them up against (or on top of) one another.

Hit up the gallery after the break for more photos.

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4 replies on “A Dell, an Acer, and a Lenovo walk into my office…”

  1. These slim 11.6″ chassis’s are really going to come into their own when AMD’s first Fusion chips launch at E3 in january next year.

  2. I just like the look for the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e it just stands out from the other two.

    The battery is bulging out of the netbook which makes it look bad.

  3. Very, very nice post Brad. Side-by-side comparisons are very illustrative, and they’re usually too few and too far between on the Internet. I think you’ve plugged a hole in the coverage of this form factor.

    I know in the comments of your reviews of these items others have clamored for a review of Toshiba’s offering in this category. I’d love to see that too. I have anecdotal evidence from two different close friends, both of whom running local computer repair shops in different areas on the country, that Toshiba has resurrected itself in terms of quality and reliability. Both gentlemen highly recommend Toshiba as their brand of choice for new computer purchases (which is interesting to me, because even though I haven’t purchased a Toshiba product in over 10 years, the ones that I have are STILL running).

  4. I think the Acer case shape and size looks the best, and it has the best access to the memory & drives. While the speed and proicessing power matter to me, I think the asthetics of the Acer give it an edge superior…I’d feel less goofy pulling the Acer out in a group.

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