When the history of laptops in 2011 is written, it will be said that this was the year of the ultraportable (not to be confused with the Ultrabook). We've seen more 11.6-inch laptops than ever before, along with a handful of 12.1-inch and 12.5-inch alternatives.
Below you'll find a quick roundup of some of the best ultraportables of this year, along with a few high-profile near-misses. In the coming months, keep an eye out for more high-end models, such as the 11-inch Asus Zenbook UX21, which will start at $999.
Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, Summer 2011)
This is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, but make sure it has enough storage space for you, especially on the least-expensive configuration. Read the full review.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these laptops head-to-head.
Editors' note: This story was originally posted on September 8, 2011, but has since been updated with additional products.