Best Windows 7 Ultraportable: ASUS UL30 13.3 Inch Laptop
When it comes to ultraportable laptops, ASUS is the company to beat. ASUS is better at extending laptop battery life than any other company and is also very good at making ultraportables which are inexpensive but don't feel cheap. The cream of the crop is the ASUS UL30, a 13.3 inch laptop which is easily the best Windows 7 laptop for users who need a great, but small, laptop.
The portability of the ASUS UL30 is superb. The laptop is less than one inch in thickness, weighs less than four pounds with battery, and the battery life in light usage can nearly reach ten hours. This combination of traits, which very few laptops can hope to match, is achieved through the use of Intel ultra-low voltage Core 2 processors. These processors provide solid performance, but sip energy.
The quality of the ASUS UL30 is also great. The design focuses on minimalism, opting for a simple brushed-aluminum lid rather than one made out of bright, glossy plastic. The keyboard and trackpad are solid, although not best in class (the Lenovo X200 series claims that honor) and the laptop feels solid when held with one hand. The only downside to the ASUS UL30 is the graphics performance. There are other Windows 7 laptops which better GPUs, although they also have far less battery life.
The ASUS UL30 usually runs between $550 and $750 depending on the model. It is recommended that you pick up one of the more expensive ones - they have better processors which result in a more pleasurable experience.