These notebooks run the gamut of low-spec to high-spec, feather light to fairly light, and inexpensive to pricey. They’re all good though as long as you keep a few things in mind.
What are thin and light notebooks?
Thin and light notebooks are notebooks with smaller than average screens and consequently are much more portable than average as well. Their battery life tends to be very good, and their specs vary from genuinely fast to sort of low-end.
Why would you want a thin and light notebook?
You’d want a thin and light notebook if portability is important to you but a netbook is too small. Strong battery life is another reason you’d consider notebooks in this category
Why you would not want a thin and light notebook?
You’d best avoid thin and light notebooks if portability isn’t a major concern, or if an 11.6in, 13.3in or 14in screen is too small for comfort. Also, if you’re looking to run new games at the highest settings the notebooks in this category won’t provide much joy.
What are the specs?
The specs of thin and light notebooks tend to vary a lot, but the screen will be between 11.6in to 14.1in. They will also weigh between 1kg to 2.2kg depending on the screen size and manufacturer. A smaller screen tends to mean performance that’s close to a netbook albeit better, and a larger screen tends to mean performance that’s equal to a good basic or allrounder notebook. DVD burners to turn up, but it's a bit random as to which thin and light will have one and which won't.
The blend of portability and computing power is rightly appealing to many, but those interested in gaming or uninterested in portability should look at other categories.