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The Smallest Core i7 Laptops

written by: M.S. Smith•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 12/14/2010

Core i7 processors are usually found only in large laptops. The great performance found in these processors results in a lot of heat generation and power consumption, making them less than ideal for small laptops. Some of the smallest Core i7 laptops do exist, however.

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    Small Core i7 Laptops

    Normally, Core i7 laptops are very large. However, the newer dual-core Core i7 processors are now small enough and efficient enough to fit into laptops 13" and below. As a result, a host of the smallest Core i7 laptops are now available. Let's take a look at some of the most popular options.

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    Alienware M11x

    Smallest Core i7 Laptop Among one of the smallest Core i7 laptops is the Alienware M11x--it's also the smallest gaming laptop ever made. It packs a Nvidia Geforce GT335M graphics processor, making it possible to enjoy the most modern games at medium detail settings. The Alienware M11x can manage about 5 hours of light real-world usage. It is chunky, however, and weighs over 4 pounds. This makes it less than ideal for usage as an ultra-portable laptop.

    The M11x with a Core i7 processor starts at about $1100.

    Screenshot by author courtesy of Dell

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    Acer Aspire TimeLineX AS1830T

    Small Core i7 Laptop The Acer TimeLine series is the company's line of ultra-portable mid-range products. These laptops are well known for long battery life, and this model manages up to 6 hours of real-world usage (Acer claims 8 hours, but I doubt you'll receive it). This laptop packs the high-end Core i7 680UM, which runs at a clock speed of 1.46 GHz, yet it weighs only a tad over three pounds and has an 11.6" display.

    The Acer Aspire TimeLineX AS1830T typically sells for around $700 at Amazon.

    Screenshot by author courtesy of Amazon.

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    Fujitsu LifeBook P770

    Fujitsu LifeBook P770 This 12.1" inch ultra-portable from Fujitsu is certainly among the smallest Core i7 laptops available. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep pace with the competition. Although it does have a Core i7 640UM processor running at a stock speed of 1.2 GHz, it only has 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. In addition to this, it is priced much higher than better equipped competitors.

    The Fujitsu LifeBook P770 retails for around $1500.

    Screenshot by author courtesy of Amazon.

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    Toshiba Portege R700

    Core i7 Laptop The Toshiba Portege is a 13.3" ultra-portable targeted toward business travelers. The high-end Core i7 models feature a Core i7 620M with a clock speed of 2.66 GHz. This model also comes with a 128GB solid state hard drive. This combination is massively quick, yet the laptop only weighs three pounds and obtains up to six hours of real-world battery life (Toshiba claims 8 hours, but again, that will be hard to manage).

    The Toshiba Portege R700 retails for $1500.

    Screenshot by author courtesy of Amazon.

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    Sony Vaio Z

    Sony Vaio Z The Sony Vaio Z has been around for awhile now, and it has consistently been among the most impressive ultra-portables. The latest models can be equipped with the Core i7 640M processor, which has a clock speed of 2.8 GHz. A 128GB solid state hard drive is standard, as is Nvidia Geforce GT 330M graphics and a 1600x900 display. That's a lot of hardware, but despite the specs, Sony manages to cram it all into a 13.1" laptop that weighs three pounds.

    The Sony Vaio Z with the Core i7 option starts at $2149.99.

    Screenshot by author courtesy of Sony Style.