When you buy a laptop, you have to make trade-offs.
Generally, it's true: the lightest laptops deliver the weakest performance (although gargantuan size doesn't always translate to gargantuan performance). If you're looking for a laptop that weighs less than 4 pounds, you'll have to do without a number of features you're accustomed to--including a high-performance video card. Still, a number of newer ultraportable laptops, such as the Panasonic ToughBook Y2
, the Fujitsu LifeBook P7010D, the Sharp Actius MP30
, and the Sony VAIO VGN-T250/L
, offer built-in optical drives, a relatively full complement of features, solid battery life, and good overall performance. You'll be hard-pressed to find heavy-duty graphics cards in the 4-pound weight class, though even gaming notebooks, such as the Dell XPS Gen 2
, aren't as heavy as they used to be.