When you think of truly thin and light notebooks, there’s no doubt that Apple’s MacBook Air comes to mind. It’s understandable, since Apple really did redefine the terms “thin” and “light” in the laptop world. But just because they did it first, doesn’t mean that they do it best. Toshiba has announced their new dynabook R631, which beat’s out the Air in both thickness and weight.
Measuring only 15.7mm thick and weighing in at 2.5lbs, this notebook looks to claim the title of thinnest and lightest. And just because it’s small, doesn’t mean they’re skimping on power or battery life. Loaded with a Sandy Bridge i5 processor, 5GB of DDR3 and a 128GB SSD, you’ll get plenty of bang, and the 9 hour battery life means you won’t be tied down to a power outlet. The real question is whether or not they’ll be able to price this competitively enough to be worth it. Currently it is slated for release in Japan later this month. Hopefully we’ll see a similar version here in the US sometime after that.