Thanks to the constantly increasing efficiency of laptop hardware components, you can now comfortably carry a laptop with a desktop-level performance everywhere you go without feeling like a Nepalese porter hired by a pampered upper-class housewife. Laptop manufacturers have recognized that we are past the time when every megahertz mattered, releasing numerous portable mini laptops that prioritize portability, battery life, and versatility over raw performance. We have selected five such laptops.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is all about variety: a variety of modes, a variety of input methods, and a variety of modern technologies that it well-worth its price of $459.99. Thanks to the 360-degree hinge, you can use the Chromebook as a laptop or tablet, and you can also flip it into either the stand or the tent mode. The 12.5-inch touchscreen display with the Full HD resolution has an anti-glare layer that effectively reduces reflections and glare in bright environments. Below the comfortable keyboard with 1.4 mm of key travel is a large touchpad, which has an intelligent palm rejection feature to eliminate accidental clicks and cursor movement while typing. The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is powered by an Intel Core m3 processor, offering reliable performance and excellent efficiency.
11-Inch MacBook Air
Apple’s 2015 11-inch MacBook Air is still among the best portable mini laptops on the market. It offers Apple’s signature design and attention to detail together with the great performance of a dual-core 5th-gen, low-voltage Broadwell 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM. The Air can last up to 9 hours on a charge when browsing the web, and it has an impressive standby time of up to 30 days. The only thing that holds this laptop back in 2017 is the low native resolution of only 1366 x 768 pixels. But because the display measures only 11.6 inches, it’s unlikely that you will notice any pixelation or jagged edges. Like all Apple products, the 11-inch MacBook Air is considerably more expensive than many other laptops with comparable specifications, but its build quality remains unmatched.
Microsoft Surface Pro
If you were to purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro without the optional Type Cover, you would end up with a gorgeous and powerful tablet that’s far too big for portable use, but excels as a canvas for graphics artists or a multimedia consumption and presentation device for the less talented among us. But with the Type Cover, the Surface Pro becomes a full-fledged laptop with an Intel processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of storage space. Thanks to the extra-large battery, you can watch movies for up to 13.5 hours before you will be prompted to charge the laptop. When purchasing the Surface Pro with the Type Cover, consider also paying for the Surface Pen, which makes it possible to draw naturally with 4,096 pressure points that respond to the lightest touch.
HP Stream Laptop PC 11-y010nr
The HP Stream Laptop PC 11-y010nr is a kid-friendly mini laptop with Windows 10 and 1 TB of free cloud storage space and access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office applications. The laptop’s Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4 GB of RAM can handle everything from document editing to web browsing to multimedia to light gaming. Because of its efficient design, the HP Stream Laptop PC 11-y010nr lasts almost 11 hours on a charge, making it perfect for students. Additional features of this laptop include a built-in memory card reader, a webcam, and a spacious trackpad with support for multi-finger gestures.
Dell Inspiron i3179-0000BLU
The Dell Inspiron i3179-0000BLU is a versatile 2-in-1 mini laptop that’s suitable for work, school, traveling, and home use. It features an efficient 7th generation Intel Core m3 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of storage space. The 11.6-inch display is touch-enabled, making it possible to use the Dell Inspiron i3179-0000BLU both as a traditional laptop and as a tablet. Being just 3/4 inches thin, the laptop is irresistibly sleek and lightweight. Thanks to the included USB 3.0 port, you will be able to use your other electronic devices to their full potential, and the integrated microSD card reader makes photo and video transfers effortless.