Dec 27, 2016

Honest Laptop Reviews. Finally.

The Smallest Full Featured Laptops (by weight):

Apple MacBook Air MC968LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop

ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 11.6-Inch Ultrabook

Toshiba Portege Z835-P360 13.3-Inch Ultrabook

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The Smallest Laptops By Dimensions:

One would think that going for the smallest laptop possible would make things easier and be more portable, but let me tell you this, don’t do it. You will thank me for it. As someone who regularly comes into contact with the latest laptops, I’ve seen a number of laptops going for what is currently the smallest laptop screen size available, which is around 7”. Due to space constraints many manufactures have tried to shrink down a laptop’s architecture to fit the form factor rather than do what smartphone and touchscreen tablet manufacturers are trying to do for their own products.

The Sony VAIO Lifestyle VGN-P688E/Q 8-Inch Laptop Weighs 1.4 pounds

First of all, the smaller the laptop screen, the less likely you will find it easy to work with. True, a 7” AMOLED display would look something wonderful, but so far, no laptop manufacturer has done this (although some touchscreen tablet makers like Samsung have). The result is a laptop screen that is blurry and doesn’t have the resolution to handle even some media clips. The graphics processors on these machines are pitiful for anything else than solitaire while the processors are bogged down by very poor choices in operating systems.

Most of time these operating systems include Windows CE, Windows XP, Windows 7 or worse Windows Vista. While the interface is familiar, such Windows-based operating systems slow down performance on standard-sized laptops, much less the smallest laptop available. A better operating system for such laptops would probably be Android, and there are a number of such Android powered laptops already on the market.

The Red 7″ Mini Netbook Laptop (Windows CE) weighs 1.6 pounds

Unfortunately, while these Android-powered laptops are super cheap (some reaching a mere $69!) they are far from the Chromebook-like machines that they purport to be. This is because the processors inside these machines are usually ARM chip processors of the kind that you would more likely find in a personal media player than in computer. However, they are very lightweight and with those prices, should make most students or poor writers happy. Build quality for these laptops is terrible though so take care with them or risk watching all your data and documents disappear the next time your drop it.

Rather than go for the smallest laptop, I’d suggest that you go for the thinnest as the Macbook Air and other ultrabooks offer some of the most lightweight performance available in this range. However, these ultrabooks are still exorbitantly pricey and you can expect the price tag to begin from $699 and up, but the extra performance and build quality should more than make up for it.