It’s a good time to be a laptop user. With so many options these days, it’s never been easier to stay connected. But while there are now more laptops brands and models to choose from, you’ll want to do a little research before settling on the right computer.
When portability is a must, it’s important to choose a laptop that’s both lightweight and also reliable. That’s why we’ve rounded up our eight favorite small laptop models. From performance powerhouses to great on-the-go options and more, these mini laptops are great for students, adventurers, gamers and everyone in between.
1. Apple 13″ MacBook Air
First released over a decade ago, the MacBook Air has helped revolutionize the world of thin laptops. A lot has changed since then, but the MacBook Air is still a favorite among frequent-travelers and students alike. At only 2.96 lbs, it’s truly lightweight and easy to carry everywhere. Choose between a 1.8GHz Dual Core i5 or a 2.2GHz Dual-Core i7 processor for more power, and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage, depending on your needs. Whatever you need to do, this laptop helps you do it quickly, and with style.
2. Huawei Kepler MateBook D 14
You may have heard of Huawei recently; the Chinese-based company has been making waves with their smartphones. The Kepler MateBook D14 is their latest laptop and it’s a stunner. This 14-inch notebook features a gorgeous 920×1080 full high-definition display that showcases colors and images in crystal clear detail. Add to that a 2 GHz 8032 processor and 8GB and you have a versatile laptop that gives most MacBooks a run for their money.
3. Asus Vivobook 15 Thin and Light Laptop
Sophistication meets style with this ultra-thin (and light) Asus laptop. The 15.6-inch screen features a beautiful four-sided NanoEdge display, which really helps make all those colors and images pop. With a powerful AMD Quad-Core r5-3500u Processor and 8GB of ram, it offers more than enough data and storage for most of your everyday needs. And because it’s so thin and lightweight, it makes a great travel laptop, too.
4. HP Stream Laptop PC 11.6″ Intel N4000
BEST BUDGET OPTION
If your main use for a laptop is listening to music and watching movies, then look no further than this HP Stream Laptop PC. This laptop might be compact, but it packs a punch: Its upgraded WiFi antenna conveys a stronger and more stable Internet connection so you can download or stream your favorite shows easily. Plus, with dual front-facing speakers, you can really feel the emotion in the movie or the music you’re listening to. However, we know that not everything is all fun and games, so this laptop also gives you access to Microsoft Office programs that’ll help you get the work done. It’s like they say: work hard, play hard(er.)
5. Microsoft Surface Book 13.5″
BEST BATTERY LIFE
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 laptops are some of the prettiest, most well-designed models on the market. Known for their dual tablet/laptop capabilities, this 13.5-inch model is a great option for gaming, streaming or working. The PixelSense display is super responsive, and the impressive 17-hour battery life is nothing short of phenomenal. At under 3.5 pounds, it’s one seriously powerful portable laptop.
6. ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02
This super sleek Chromebook includes a rotatable 180-degree hinge for easy viewing and a powerful Intel Celeron N3060 Processor. Not only that, this model was designed with portability in mind. Featuring reinforced rubber edges, a spill-proof keyboard and an extra sturdy construction, you’ll have no problems toting this Chromebook around.
7. Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible
Featuring a 360-degree hinge, you can easily turn this Chromebook into a tablet. What’s more, this Chromebook Convertible is incredibly efficient — the 802.11ac wireless provides connection speeds up to three times faster than previous models. Throw in a beautiful 11.6-inch HD display and 32GB of internal storage and you have one heck of a powerful, portable laptop.