There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

The MacBook Air is Apple's first foray into a crowded ultraportable market that has seen its share of very light, very capable products from companies including Sony, Lenovo, and Fujitsu, among others. Here's a fast look at how they stack up.

MacBook Air: sleek & light

The MacBook Air is lightweight and well-balanced. Indeed, one member of staff had no problems lifting this 1.3kg laptop one-handed... and she's a girl. Unlike most notebook computers, the MacBook Air has a clean, tapered, uniform look when closed.

MacBook Air

Read our Apple MacBook Air review here.

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
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  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there

There is no optical drive in the MacBook Air, but that isn't unusual for laptops in this class. It has only three ports (a headphone jack, one USB 2.0 port and one Mini-DVI port), and no ethernet - and its battery is sealed into the case. But its keyboard is already being compared to the popular MacBook and its large (for this class) 13.3in monitor boasts 1,280x800 resolution.

MacBook Air

Read our Apple MacBook Air review here.

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close

It's been around a few years, but the Fujitsu Q2010 is about as slim as the MacBook Air and somewhat lighter. It has a smaller (12.1in) screen than the MacBook Air, which boasts a 13.3in screen.

Fujitsu Q2010

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  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Fujitsu Q2010: major features

The Q2010 has integrated Wi-Fi 802.11abg, as well as Bluetooth v. 2.0, and enough ports and slots to keep you running the basics and then some (integrated SD Card slot on the lefthand side, plus headphones and microphone jacks and a convenient volume wheel).

And did we mention that it is extremely light (just shy of 1kg)? It comes in 40GB or 80GB configurations. But you better hurry if you want one. They're getting quite hard to find.

Fujitsu Q2010

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  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ

The X61 has become one of the most popular ultraportables in the corporate world (and is the current reigning leader in the

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office). It's not an accident. It's fast and has astonishing battery life.

Lenovo X61

Read our Lenovo ThinkPad X61 ultraportable laptop PC review here.

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Lenovo Thinkpad X61: major features

While heftier than either the Fujitsu or the MacBook Air at 1.6kg, this performance champion has a tip-top keyboard, a 12.1in screen, is reasonably priced, and uses Intel's Santa Rosa processor.

Lenovo X61

Read our Lenovo ThinkPad X61 ultraportable laptop PC review here.

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest

This is the ultraportable Apple seems to be most interested in challenging, and in truth, it is probably the nicest looking PC laptop on the market (although it can be tricky to source one in the UK).

Looks can be deceiving, however: our Test Centre found it to be quite slow. But it is a beauty.

Sony Vaio

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

There's no two ways about it. The Apple MacBook Air is a stunning piece of kit. But PC laptop makers have been churning out stylish ultraportable PCs in their droves. And the MacBook Air has some stiff competition. Here's our guide to the MacBook Air's closest challengers.

Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features

The VGN-TZ150N/B has a glossy piano-black keyboard, a sturdy carbon-fiber exterior, and a 1.24kg minimum weight.The 11.1in, LED-backlit, 1366-by-768-pixel screen is very bright, which makes it easy to read despite its small size. The individual keys are slightly raised above the surface of the keyboard for fairly easy touch typing. Another nice feature: two dedicated slots for using an SD Card and Memory Stick simultaneously.

Vaio side

  1. MacBook Air: sleek & light
  2. MacBook Air: what's missing, what's there
  3. Fujitsu Q2010: mighty close
  4. Fujitsu Q2010: major features
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad X61: the current champ
  6. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: beauty contest
  7. Sony VGN-TZ150N/B: major features
  8. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?prodcatid=144
  9. See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs