Unless you’re editing video or manipulating 3D renderings on the plane, you don't need to saddle yourself with a traditional notebook that weighs 5 pounds or more. The MacBook Air is speedy, svelte, and durable, and it runs Windows—though not Windows 8, at least officially—all at a weight of less than 3 pounds. The epic battery life and ultrabright screen are just icing on the superslim cake.
If you're categorically opposed to using Apple products, check out the stunning Vizio CT14-A2 Ultrabook, instead. This solid, sleek, well-rounded performer challenges the MacBook Air on most fronts for the same price.
Starts at $1199 at Apple.com