Dell announced their new ultra-thin and light Vostro V13 13.3-inch notebook yesterday. It's just 0.65 inches thick, weighs in at a miniscule 3.5 pounds, and costs as little as $450. Now that's a good deal on an ultraportable.
That base model gets you a Celeron processor and Ubuntu operating system, while the top-notch, $650 model comes with Windows 7 and a ULV Core 2 Duo processor. Other specs include 2GB RAM, VGA input, 2 USB ports, LED-backlit and anti-glare screen at 1366x768 resolution, and a 6-cell battery rated for 4.75 hours (probably around 3 hours in real life).
Yeah, it's a bit light on specs, but the Vostro V13 is a great option if you want the portability of a netbook with the comfort of a notebook-sized screen and the solid metallic construction of a much more expensive computer. As a writer, this looks like an attractive setup to me.