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5 Business Ultra Portable Notebooks For Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft's Windows 7 Professional is set to become a massive hit with the business community due to its extensive set of features including the fact that it includes some significant improvements to your mobile experience.

Now, to fully enjoy Windows 7 Professional on the move, you might want to get a new lightweight notebook to help you handle your busy lifestyle; this is why we have shortlisted five of the best business ultra portable notebooks on the market.

The Acer Aspire 751h can confound potential buyers. It comes an Intel Atom processor and is presented as a netbook. But then, it is an altogether different beast. Apart from the Z520 CPU, its chassis houses 2GB RAM, a spacious 250GB RAM, a raft of connectors plus a battery that has enough juice to last for 9 hours.

The great thing though is that it is only 1-inch thin and weighs only 1350g, even if it has a 11.6-inch TFT capable of displaying 1366x768 pixels, far more than comparable netbooks.

To cap things up, there's an integrated webcam, a one-year international warranty and Bluetooth compatibility. Available in red, blue, black and white, it costs £390 from Acerdirect and will be a great business laptop.

The Samsung X120 is another great laptop that will fit the bill if you're after a capable yet affordable business laptop. This £478 machine (available at Ebuyer) is a notch higher than the Acer Aspire as it packs a 1.3GHz SU2700 ULV Processor with 3GB RAM.

The screen is a LED model (11.6-inch, 1366x768 pixels) and is powered by the more powerful GMA4500M HD. The X120 though comes with a smaller battery, a 4-cell model that should give at least 4 hours worth of usage and is similar in size to the 751h.

The laptop's keyboard integrates the latest anti-bacterial, silver nano technology and the touchpad even supports gesture interaction. Users will also appreciate the HDMI output; a must since the laptop is fast enough for High Definition material.

The X340 from MSI is one of the laptops on the market that looks the most like Apple's elegant Mac Book Air. It packs a 13-inch screen in a chassis that's on average 14mm thick and weighs in total 1.4Kg.

The X340 is powered by an Intel Core Solo SU3500 running at 1.4GHz which should be powerful enough to power Windows 7 Professional.

It is also equipped with 2GB RAM and a 320GB hard disk drive. Add HDMI, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, a 1.3Mp Webcam and a card reader to the mix, and you've got yourself a very capable notebook indeed. It is available for £609 from Oyyy.

If you're looking for the ultimate in terms of portability, then there's not many laptops that can beat the Portege R500-10U. Check this, this lightweight model comes with a 12.1-inch screen capable of showing 1280x800 pixels and yet weighs only 800g.

The rest of its configuration is surprisingly powerful. There's a Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 (2 x 1.2GHz) Ultra Low Voltage processor, backed by 2GB RAM plus a 64GB solid state disk, Wireless N, GbE LAN and Bluetooth, Biometric fingerprint security and a long life lithium-ion battery, the whole covered by a 3 year Toshiba international warranty for a total cost of £800 at Morgancomputers.

Improved handwriting recognition & touch screen capabilities are amongst some of the main improvements in Windows 7 professional. Which is why our last candidate for today's exercise is the Fujitsu Lifebook T1010.

Powered by a powerful Core 2 Duo P8400, the most capable CPU of the lot, it has 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard disk drive with a DVD writer. Its 13.3 inch screen is a resistive one (which means that it needs a stylus to work) and can display 1280x800 pixels. It is available from Ebuyer for £761.

Note that all the laptops presented come with Windows Vista in one form or another. You will be able to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 fairly easily.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.