While not the smallest of ultraportables
, Toshiba's new dynabook
SS S30 should be plenty portable for most. The 12.1-inch lappy measures 1.1-inch thick, and weighs a mere 2.7 pounds, while managing 7.7 to 9 hours of battery life based on HDD speed selected. The keyboard has a waterproof seal beneath it for extra durability, and the laptop features a fingerprint reader along with SD, PC card and an optional CF card reader. Both configurations of the laptop are based on Core Solo
U1300 processors, with 512MB of RAM, Intel 945GM Express graphics, 802.11a/b/g WiFi and gigabit Ethernet. The main difference between the models is the 1.8-inch 4,200rpm 30GB in one (which makes room for the CF slot and all that battery life) and the 2.5-inch 5,400rpm 40 gigger in the other. The S30 should be launching in September for around 252,000 Yen -- about $2,168 USD.