Intel's ultrabooks have well and truly arrived at IFA this week, with Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba revealing their entries into the new category of super-skinny laptop. The Aspire S3, IdeaPad U300s, and Portege Z830 all have their subtle differences, but at their core, they're machines designed for maximum portability with a minimal corresponding sacrifice in utility. Apple's MacBook Air is the gold standard in this respect, so we thought it worthwhile to see how well it stacked up against the Windows-equipped newcomers.
Three Four galleries of detailed hands-on photos await your attention after the break.
Update: We've not only tracked down ASUS' mythical UX21 (the original ultrabook) for a tête à tête with the Air, but we even managed to gather all four ultrabooks together for a direct size comparison. See the fresh pics in the fourth gallery below.
MacBook Air vs Acer Aspire S3
MacBook Air vs. Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
MacBook Air vs Toshiba Portege Z830