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Ultrabook reviews, guides and comparisons

The best 11.6 and 10 inch ultrabooks available right now

By Andrei Girbea , updated on February 11, 2017

There are many thin, light and fast ultraportables out there, but for some users the size matters more than anything else when choosing a laptop.

Thus, if you hate lugging around large and heavy computers and you don’t really ask that much from your portable companion anyway, chances are you’ll be very happy with one of the compact options below.

This post is about the best 11-inchers and smaller options with 10-inch screens available these days in stores, and I’ll present you the best available options and the differences between them, in order to help you pick the right device for your needs and budget. We’ll talk about the available 12-inchers in a different post.

Now, in order to make your search easier, I’ve split the post into three sections:

I’ll tell you what I like about each option, the negative aspects you need to be aware of as well, and I’ve also added links to our detailed reviews and to our deals website, where you can usually find these devices discounted. Last but not least, you can also get in touch with me in the comments section if you have any questions or anything to add to the article, I’m around and will help out if I can.

The premium 11.6-inch ultraportables

This chapter includes the best 11-inchers you can find these days, although the offer is limited and even outdated, as most manufacturers migrated their premium ultraportables towards the 12-inch segment in recent years.

Apple Macbook Air 11

The Macbook Air is even to this day the 11-incher to get if you need performance in a very small body.

It weighs just 2.38 lbs and is 0.68-inches thick and it’s not just portable, but also sturdy built and nice looking thanks to its aluminum unibody design. The Core U hardware platform takes care of the performance side, with up to 8 GB of RAM and fast PCIe SSD storage. It’s true this is not the latest Core U generation, as the Macbook Air 11 hasn’t been replaced after the 12-inch Macbook was launched, but it’s still capable of handling everyday activities and demanding loads. A 38 Wh battery is part of the whole package as well, enough for around 7 hours of real life use, although Apple claims this computer will last up to 9 hours on a charge.

We also have to mention the excellent backlit keyboard with black chiclet keys and the accurate touchpad, which greatly enhance the experience with this laptop. On the other hand, the 11-inch Macbook Air offers a rather limited IO (2xUSB slots, 1x Thunderbolt 2 slot and no card-reader), but its single major drawback is the poor screen, with a 1366 x 768 px TN glossy panel. If you can look past these, the MBA is an outstanding product, but I admit it’s tough to accept that screen in this day and age.

Apple sells the Macbook Air 11 for around $700 and up at the time of this update, for a Core i5/4GB/128 GB SSD configuration, but you will usually find it discounted online.

Those of you that won’t be able to accept the subpar screen should consider the Apple Macbook instead, just keep in mind it is a different type of laptop, one the focuses on portability and not as much on performance. It offers a miles better 12-inch screen in a smaller and lighter body, but is no match for the MBA 11 when it comes to speed, connectivity and typing-experience. On top of that, the base version of the Macbook 12 starts at $1299, albeit that’s for a higher-end configuration with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Follow this link for my impressions on the Apple Macbook and this one for up-to-date configurations and prices.

An even better alternative for the Macbook Air 11 is the Dell XPS 13, a 13-inch ultraportable with Core U hardware, a good screen, a compact body and a total weight of 2.6 lbs. You’ll find more about it in my detailed review.

The Apple Macbook (left) and especially the Dell XPS 13 (right) are proper alternatives for the Macbook Air 11

The Apple Macbook (left) and especially the Dell XPS 13 (right) are proper alternatives for the Macbook Air 11

HP EliteBook Revolve 810

The Elitebook Revolve 810 is one of the most complete 11-inchers available right now. It gets a beautiful and tough metallic case that weighs 3.1 lbs, an excellent backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, a bright IPS touchscreen, fast Core U hardware and a 44 Wh battery. Potential users might only complain about the screen, as only a 1366 x 768 px option is available, with no digitizer and pen support. The revolve is also a 2-in-1, and its screen rotate around its middle hinge, like on the tablet-pcs of the past.

If you can look past its lacks, the Revolve 810 has almost no rival in the 11-inch segment, as the Macbook Air is not a convertible and only settles for a TN display. However, the Revolve 810 is extremely expensive, with a Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of RAM and a 180 GB M.2 SSD selling for around $1500. And this particular detail will steer most of you towards something else.

The EliteBook Revolve 810 offers almost anything one could want in an 11-incher, but its high price tag can be a deal-breaker for most

The EliteBook Revolve 810 offers almost anything one could want in an 11-incher, but its high price tag can be a deal-breaker for most

Lenovo Yoga 710 11

Lenovo’s 11-inch Yoga 710 is a 4-in-1 hybrid with a 360-degrees convertible display and a thin-and-light body, made out of good quality plastic. It weighs just 2.3 lbs and is .49″ thick. The laptop gets decent IO, a FHD IPS touchscreen and a fairly nice keyboard, which isn’t backlit though.

On the inside there’s Core M hardware, paired with up to 8 GB of RAM, SSD storage and a 40 WH battery. The Core M platform handles everyday activities well, as long as you keep multitasking at bay, but is not as fast as a Core U processor. It’s fanless though, and as a result this computer is very quiet.

Long story short, the Yoga 710 11 is a nice and compact 2-in-1 11-incher. It starts at around $750, but there’s a fair chance you’ll find it discounted online. Follow this link for more details and updated configurations and prices.

The Yoga 710 is a thin-and-light 11-inch convertible with fanless Core M hardware

The Yoga 710 is a thin-and-light 11-inch convertible with fanless Core M hardware

Some of the older options

There are a few older 11-inchers you might still find here and there, probably for pretty good prices.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix series – more details – another Core M powered 11-incher, this time with a detachable form-factor. The Helix is a stand-alone Windows tablet that weighs 1.75 lbs and is 0.35″ thick, with an IPS FHD touchscreen, active digitizer and pen support. The hardware is tucked behind the display, with up to 8 GB of RAM and SSD storage, as well as a 35 Wh battery. Lenovo pairs the slate with either a slim Keyboard Folio or a Keyboard Pro Dock, which includes a nice chiclet keyboard, a trackpad with Trackpoint and mechanical click buttons, extra ports and an extra 26 Wh battery. The latter accessory will transform the Helix into a versatile mini laptop, albeit a rather large and heavy one at 3.75 lbs.

The Helix was expensive at launch, selling for around $1000 with the Keyboard Folio, while the model with the Keyboard Pro Dock and the Thinkpad Pen was available for around $1250. These days you can find it for much less though. Follow this link for more details and the latest configurations and prices.

The ThinkPad Helix is a sturdy built detachable with digitizer and pen support, but also a hefty price tag

The ThinkPad Helix is a sturdy built detachable with digitizer and pen support

  • Dell XPS 11 – more details – Dell’s XPS 11 is still one of the best looking 11-inch convertibles ever launched. It sports an 11.6 inch IPS QHD touchscreen and Haswell Core Y processors inside a sturdy 2.5 lbs body. The awkward and flat touch-keyboard design will kill it for heavy typists, but everyone else might like this one, for the right price.
Dell XPS 11 - an interesting hybrid with a fair price

Dell XPS 11 – an interesting hybrid with a fair price

Affordable 11-inch laptops and 2-in-1 hybrids

The offer for affordable 11-inch mini laptops is quite vast, especially in the sub $300 spectrum of inexpensive secondary notebooks, travel companions or laptops for kids. Don’t expect premium features or materials, but if you want something simple, able to deal with basic tasks and capable of going for a few hours on a charge, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something right below.

Chromebooks

We have to start this section with Chromebooks, cause there are many good ones selling for between $150 and $250, and if your needs are accommodated by one of these, you’re not going to find better value for your money anywhere else.

Just make sure you understand exactly what a Chromebook can and cannot do, I’ve put up a whole article on this topic over here. In few words though, if you’re always on the Internet and your activities involve browsing, Youtube, eMail and other web-related tasks, you’ll be just fine with a Chromebook. If on the other hand you need to run specific software, games or plan to use your computer offline often, you’d better go for one of the Windows options down below.

I’ve also gathered a list of the best available Chromebooks over here, and I encourage you to check it out if you consider that a Chromebook is what you need.

Affordable traditional options

This section includes the Windows 11-inchers with a traditional notebook form-factor (clamshell) and a selling price of under $250.

There are a few of these, but my advice is not to buy a model that doesn’t offer at least 4 GB of RAM and to aim for one of the faster CPU options, otherwise you’ll struggle even with daily browsing and light multitasking. That aside, expect 11-inch non-touch displays in this class, non-backlit keyboards and fairly well made plastic bodies with a thin profile. With that in mind, I suggest having a look at the HP Stream 11, the Asus Vivobook E200 series and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000.

The HP Stream 11 is powered by an Intel Celeron platform and includes 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Yes, the storage space is very limited, the but CPU and RAM should ensure decent performance with daily use and the 38 Wh battery offers enough juice for about 6-10 hours each charge. The Stream 11 is also light (2.6 lbs), well built and available in a few lively colors, all in a package that sells for under $200. Follow this link for more details.

The Asus Vivobook E200 is a thinner and lighter device (2.2 lbs), also made of plastic, but available in either Gold or Silver. It looks and feels surprisingly good for a computer in this price-range and despite the lower weight, it still packs a 38 Wh battery. However, it is motorized by Intel Atom hardware, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, so it’s going to be a little more sluggish than the HP in daily use, but it will also last a little longer, since the Atom platform is built primarily with efficiency in mind.

The Asus E200 starts at $200 as well, and you can find more about it via this link.

The HP Stream 11 and the Asus Vivobook E200 are excellent Windows laptops you can have for under $200

The HP Stream 11 and the Asus Vivobook E200 are excellent Windows laptops you can have for under $200, just make sure you know what they can and especially what they can’t do

There’s also a more recent entry in this class, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 with a traditional form-factor and matte screen.

It’s a 2.6 lbs plastic built device built on Intel Pentium hardware, with 2-4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 32 Wh battery. However, it is more expensive than then the options HP and Asus offer, as $199 will only get you a configuration with 2 GB of RAM and you’ll have to pay $50 extra for 4 GB of RAM and a slightly faster processor. You’ll find more about this series from this link.

Dell offers an 11-incher in this class as well, but it's a little more expensive than HP's and Asus's models

Dell offers an 11-incher in this class as well, but it’s a little more expensive than HP’s and Asus’s models

Other options you will probably find for even less are the Asus EeeBook X205, the Lenovo IdeaPad 100s or the Acer Aspire E11, however these are built on even slower Atom processors and only include 2 GB of non-upgradeable RAM, that’s why I personally advice against them, especially if you plan to keep them around for a while. However, I’ve seen some of them going for as low as $100 though and they are steals at that price, but make sure you don’t have over-expectations from these little fellows.

Affordable 2-in-1s

If you’re still on a small budget but want a convertible mini-laptop with a touchscreen, slightly faster hardware and more storage space, the HP Pavilion x360 11, the Lenovo Flex 3 11 (also known as the Yoga 300 11 in some regions) and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series are some of your better options. Just keep in mind you’re still getting plastic bodies, non-backlit keyboards and TN displays with these ones, for around $300 to $500.

The HP Pavilion x360 11 2-in-1 is built on Intel Pentium or even Core i3 processors, with up to 8 GB of RAM and usually a 500 GB HDD, which means there’s a 2.5″ bay inside where you can stick whatever storage solution you might want. There’s also a 34 or a 41 Wh battery (on the Core i3 config), so overall this notebook will handle daily chores well and will last for quite a few hours on a charge.

Specs aside, the Pavilion x360 11 is a convertible, with an HD TN touchscreen, is made out of plastic, is available in a few different colors and it weighs around 3.1 lbs.

HP ask between $350 (for the Pentium model) and $550 (for the Core i3 model) and you can find more about them via this link.

Lenovo’s Flex 3 11 series on the other hand comes with a cheaper price tag, slower hardware (Intel Celeron and Pentium) and a 30 Wh battery. It still gets up to 8 GB of RAM and a 2.5″ storage bay, so it can be a decent mini laptop, but it’s not going to last as long on a charge. You’ll find out more about this device from our detailed review, and details on the latest configurations and their updated prices are available here.

 

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Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is a solid alternative for the HPs, a similarly sized computer with the same form-factor.

Dell’s option is available with a larger selection of hardware options though, from Intel Celeron up to Intel Core M CPUs, 2-4 GB of RAM based on the configurations available at the time of this post and eMMC to SSD storage. It also gets a 32 Wh battery, but the screen still uses a TN panel. These aside, the Inspiron 11 3000 is also made out of plastic, available in a bunch of different colors and weighs 3.1 lbs.

Dell asks between $250 and $550 for the models in this series, and you can find more about them via this link. Keep in mind there are also some older Inspiron 11 3000 versions, with larger 43 Wh batteries and a more rugged design. Those were available in silver and you should easily recognize them by this aspect.

Dell'll inspiron 11 3000 is available in many colors and configurations

Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 is available in many colors and configurations

Mid-range traditional 11-inchers

In case you’re after a more strongly built machine with sober aesthetics, a great keyboard, proper IO and decently fast hardware, Lenovo and Dell offer a few interesting options. However, they’re charging premium for the rugged construction and the supposed reliability, so unless you need these your money are probably better spent on the options mentioned above.

Dell’s offer is the Latitude 11 Education series. It gets a black plastic case, weighs about 3 lbs and is a traditional laptop with a clamshell form-factor, a matte screen, a good keyboard and proper IO. It’s motorized by Intel Celeron and Pentium processors with up to 4 GB of RAM and a 7200 rpm HDD, and gets a 38 Wh battery and a TH HD screen. The prices are pretty high though, as Dell charges between $350 and $550 for these models.

Lenovo’s offers on the other hand are a little better priced for what you’re getting. They have the clamshell ThinkPad 11E in stores, as well as the convertile Yoga 11E. Both are 11-inchers with TN HD displays, matte on the former and glossy and touch capable on the latter. They also get pretty much the same build, keyboard, ports and hardware inside, but with Pentium or Core i3 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM and SSD storage included with most options, as well as a 42 WH battery.

The ThinkPad 11E starts at around $400, for a pretty decent configuration with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, while the Yoga 11E is about $100 more expensive for similar specs. Follow this link for more details on the traditional 11E and this one for extras on the convertible Yoga 11E.

From left to right, the Dell Latitude 11, the Lenovo ThinkPad 11E and the Yoga 11E

From left to right, the Dell Latitude 11, the Lenovo ThinkPad 11E and the Yoga 11E

How about 10 inchers?

You can hardly find 10-inch mini laptops in stores anymore these days, with some exceptions like the Panasonic Let’s Note Z6 for instance, which is only available in Japan. There are however quite a few good Windows tablets with 10-inch screens to consider, and these are usually paired with keyboard docks or folios so can be used as both notebooks or as slates.

And there’s also the unusual Lenovo Yoga Book, which we’ll address first in this section.

Lenovo Yoga Book

 

Mid-range tablets with digitizer and pen support

We’re currently updating this section.

Surface 3

Core M options – dell latitude 11, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, Lenovo Thinkad X1 tablet

Dell Latitude 11 5000 series

The Latitude 5000s are Windows tablets with an 10.8-inch screen, that can be paired with a matching keyboard dock for laptop use, and Dell is one of the few OEMs that still offer one of these in a package that could spark interest from regular consumers (HP and Fujitsu also have similar devices in stores, but they are really expensive).

The Latitude 5000s are built on Intel Core M hardware, so they are fanless and can handle most standard tasks well, but they’re not meant for heavy multitasking or demanding loads. The CPUs are paired with up to 8 GB of RAM, SSD storage and a 35 Wh battery, tucked inside a fairly thick and heavy slate (1.6 lbs). The 10.8-inch touchscreen gets an IPS panel, FHD resolution and is compatible with Dell’s Active Pen. In order to meet business requirements, these devices also feature TPM, fingerprint-readers and integrated 4G connectivity on some configurations.

 

Affordable 10-inch tablets

Asus T100 series

Acer Switch 10

Among them, we have the Asus Transformer Book T100 series, a $300 dollar 2-in-1 convertible (or even cheaper these days) with a keyboard dock, which acts like a compact mini laptops and offers a complete Windows 10 experience on a compact 10 inch device. It’s powered by the latest Intel Atom Bay Trail hardware platform, which means that it’s not very punchy, but can deal fine with casual activities or movies. And because this is a low power platform, the T100 will run for 6-7 hours on a charge.

There’s also its metal made successor, the Transformer Book T100TAM that I reviewed here, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 or the slightly larger but more powerful Dell Venue Pro 11 .

 

 

 

Wrap up

These are the 11.6 and 10 inch options I’d look at right now if I’d be in the market for an ultracompact laptop. Most of them cater to those of you on limited budget, those looking for devices for primarily tablet use, or those looking for secondary travel companions and inexpensive machines for your kids, as the options for high-end 11 and 10-inchers is limited.

So if you need power in a small form-factor, check out my general list of recommended ultrabooks as well, where you’ll find options marginally larger and heavier than those mentioned here, but able to meet most requirements in terms of performance, keyboard experience, screen-quality, ports or battery life.

With that in mind, we’ll wrap this up here. I’m constantly updating this list with new ones and take out the old and obsolete ones, so do save the link and come back when you’ll need the recommendations again. And if you spot any mistake, care to suggest a device that’s missing from the list or just want to say hi, leave a comment below, I’m around to help out.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

45 Comments

  1. Cate

    March 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for your helpful website. I have been browsing a lot and found your website the most helpful. Am happy to click via your site when I make my purchase.

    May I pick your brain for a small question… but one that puzzles a non-IT person like me.
    I am looking for the best and lightest 11″ laptop with touchscreen (best for me means: fast, quiet, durable, using it for microsoft suite applications, watching movies and online research). It will be my only computer and I tend to carry it everywhere with me (hence light and durable). I am likely to choose the Acer Aspire.
    I looked at amazon, walmart etc for prices and found 2 ACER aspire models on Walmart site that seem similar but have different pricing…. I don’t understand the differences, do you? Which one is best choice?
    1) Acer Silver 11.6″ Touchscreen S7-191-6447 Ultrabook PC with Intel Core i5-3337U Processor and Windows 8 Operating System
    2) Acer Aluminum 11.6″ S7-191-6859 Ultrabook PC with Intel Core i5-3317U Processor and Windows 8 Operating System
    Thank you for any help you can provide!!
    Cate

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Hey Cate

      Looking at the specs on us.acer.com, the processor on the 6447 is a tiny bit faster than the one on the other version. It’s basically the same processor, but one is clocked at 1.7 Ghz (3317U) and one at 1.8 Ghz (3337). In practice the difference between them is abysmal, so you shouldn’t care much about that.

      ON the other hand, looks like the 6859 version comes with two batteries in the pack, the included 4 Cell one and an extra 3 Cell on. It also has a multitouch trackpad, while the specs for the 6447 fails to mention that (although i believe both have multitouch trackpads).

      Same thing seems to happen with the products on Walmart’s website. So i’d go for the 6859; it only costs 40$ extra and comes with that extra battery that’s going to prove very useful, since the S7 has quite poor battery life with everyday use (under 4 hours in real life)

  2. Cate

    March 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you!!

  3. Maggie

    December 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for the helpful article. Just exactly what I need to read to make up my minds. I like the fact that you include battery life in different Intel processors (Ivy vs Haswell). Thanks much!

  4. Clarissa

    April 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Thank you for the very useful reviews! I am trying to find an option that will provide good work productivity (word, excel), serve as a tablet, and be good for taking notes (real note-taking, not just side comments). Ideally weigh 2.5 pounds or less, and like you, much prefer 12.5 or smaller. Looking at Surface 2 Pro, maybe Dell XPS 11 (though have not seen any reviews for note-taking on latter). What would you suggest? Greatly appreciate your insights.

  5. Harsh

    April 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you – very useful reviews. I am looking for a small and light laptop that I can do work productivity on (powerpoint, excel, etc. – I work on these for 4-5 hours per day). I am not sure what size screen I should go for – 11.6/ 12.5/ 13.3? I would like to go as small as possible while not severely compromising my ability to work directly on the laptop (I do not use an external monitor or keyboard since I am very mobile when I am working). What minimum screen size do you suggest?

  6. Stevens

    April 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for the best article. i really find the best Laptop for along time but now i just see it on this site. Now i still don’t know which one is the best for work? Hey ! every body please guide me, now i need a laptop to design graphic. Thanks for your best guide!!!

    • Tep Sohav

      September 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

      I think Mac is suitable for designer.

  7. Bilal Dhoda

    June 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Hi
    Thank you for this very informative article.
    I am struggling to find a suitable solution. Currently it seems that a surface pro 3 is the only option.
    I require at least a haswell i5, 11.6/12 inch screen and 512GB ssd.
    Do you have an alternate?
    Thanks again

  8. Bill Frenette

    August 24, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Dear Sir, I have been using an Alienware M11x R2 for 4 years and really like the machine. Never a problem. It has a i7 chip (2617) 8 GB ram and I just put a 1 TB Samsung solid state drive. I would like to get a faster machine and have been watching the Alienware M11x R3 version on Ebay. what is your opinion of the Alienware and do you think anyone will be coming out with a faster 11.6 laptop. It is my only computer, and have used the facial recognition from the start and am hooked on it.Thank you for any suggestions. Sincerely, Bill Frenette

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

      There are little differences between the M11X R2 and R3, i don’t think it’s worth the upgrade. Dell haven’t updated this series since 2011 and I don’t think they will anymore. Still, if any new powerful 11 inchers are going to appear, that won’t happen sooner than Q4 2014, Q1-2015, when then new Intel Broadwell devices will start shipping. So if you can wait till then, you should. If not, maybe you can turn your attention to some of the available 13 inchers..

  9. ravellar

    August 26, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Magic’s Zlate 11 is definetely a contender , in terms of lightness ( at 800 gram ) and power packed with Intel’s N3530 – New Pentium as it’s engine . Try it out yourself and you will see what i mean .

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      hmmm, do you own this thing? I wasn’t aware of it and can’t seem to find any good reviews

    • C2L

      November 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      That 64 gigs of eMMC will definitely be a hold back though, that's why I went with the Acer Aspire R11 with the pentium n3700, but for people who only want to use the web, the Zlate 11 is definitely a viable option

  10. Bill Frenette

    August 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I have an Alienware M11X Version R2, purchased July 2010. Has worked flawless, i7 chip 8 GB ram 1 TB SSD. Would like to upgrade to the R3 model, but need your input and advice. My machine still works great, I just want more speed, and no I do not use it for gaming, at all and never will.
    thank you for any advice. Sincerely, Bill F.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Bill. I think I already replied to one of your previous comments about the R3, didn’t i?

  11. Kay

    August 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Love your reviews…wish you would review the lenovo miix 2 11.6″ with i-5 4202Y and 8gb and 256 ssd. Keyboard–small with magnetic connection, not folio. Cost currently $800 – 900 US.

  12. Abhilash Chandran

    January 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Dear Andrei,

    I am looking to buy an ultra book for my wife. She will use it to surf the internet, watch movies, listen to some music and use MS Office. I am confused between

    Lenova IDEAPAD FLEX 10 (CQC – N2807, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 10.1″ display)

    and

    New Inspiron 11 3137 (Intel® Celeron® processor 2955U, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 11.6″ display)

    What would you recommend? Both are available in the respective online stores for India.

    Regards

    Abhilash

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I haven’t tested the Flex 10 so can’t comment on it. For daily use, I feel that an 11 incher is a better pick over a 10 incher, which might feel too slow.

      you should also check out the Asus EEEBook X205TA and the HP Stream 11, if they are available in your country. They are very inexpensive and quite good for the money.

      • Abhilash Chandran

        January 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

        Dear Andrei,

        Thanks for the information.

        Regards

        Abhilash

  13. Cliford chiyengerere

    June 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I need a small light slim powerful second hand machine preferably core i3 and above ram 4gig plus memory 500gig plus etc

  14. stella

    June 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

    pls I want a cheap laptop for about $110, it should have 4GB ram, ssd, i7 chip, Bluetooth, webcam and also fast…also slim and about 13 inch…tell me the one I should go for.

    • Kyran

      December 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      You arent gonna find anything with those specs anywhere. thats more the $600 price point

  15. Susan

    August 25, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Hi, daughter’s college requires i5, 8GB. She will be getting all textbooks put on it. She’s special needs and can’t carry much weight so we’re looking for lightest weight possible (under 2.5lbs). A touch screen would be really helpful for her.
    Only one I can find is the surface pro 3, the price tag hurts. Do you know of any other that would work? Thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Susan. It would help if you’d tell me your max budget and a screen-size you have in mind. Would something with a 10-11 inch display work, or does it have to be bigger?

  16. odizzido

    September 14, 2015 at 8:59 am

    It’s such a shame that there are no proper 10 inch laptops. I don’t want a top heavy artificially heavy transformer. If they made a regular laptop with the same internals they could get down to like 650 grams. Instead we have a top heavy, >1kg tease and I am still sitting on my old acer netbook with a C50, a dying fan, and a screen with connection issues because in like five years nobody has made any progress despite huge advances in mobile CPUs.

    I swear I am going to have to learn how to smith so I can make my own laptop.

  17. Melanie

    November 14, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Hi,

    What do you think about Magiz Zlate 11? It was magnetic detachable keyboard.

    Is there any other computer can detach the keyboard and as a tablet mobility?

    Thanks

  18. Rez1

    January 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Hello Andrei, I want to buy a budget range laptop (notebook), within $500. I prefer 11.6-12.5 inch display, sufficiently powered processor i.e. core 2 duo, i3, Touch and Hinge is not mandatory.
    Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is my choice but touch and hinge added extra cost.Would you mind to suggest alternatives??
    I don’t use for gaming, I just need for my regular heavy use and multitasking. Thanks in advance! :)

  19. Reza

    March 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Dear Cate
    Many thanks for the useful information about the mini laptops but I am a bit confused. I am going to buy a mini lap top (11 inches or smaller) and my budget is about 650$. It will be sued for only browsing the net, office affairs (working with the Office software and Power point presentations – need appropriate port for this) and read the Ebooks and also watching the movies.
    Which model you recommend me.
    Thank you very much.
    Regards,
    Reza.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      You’ll find many good units within your budget, I’d look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 11 and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000.

  20. Narender Singh

    April 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hello Sir,

    looking for a 11.6 inches sleek laptop in aluminium body within the range of rupees 40000/- to 50000/-. My uses are limited to web, mail, PPT and other office jobs.

    Please advice.

    Tks

  21. wolf

    September 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    can you update the article?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2016 at 7:40 am

      It’s the on the to-do-list. I can’t give an estimate though, should hopefully happen in the next few weeks, but there’s no promise.

  22. Carys

    October 25, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Could you comment on the need for (Intel) hardware security features eg. vPro Technology and Trusted Execution Technology ?
    It is not clear to me if it is worth paying for this if I am running Linux, or I could reframe the question and ask, does a MS Windows OS on hardware with vPro Technology and Trusted Execution Technology offer more security than Linux on some less costly processor?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 25, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I'd say no, for the regular consumer.

      vPro is in few words a technology that allows IT guys to control and update a computer remotely.
      TPM can be useful, there's an article here: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/tpm-chip-faq , but I'm not so sure it's worth paying extra for unless you're in a big company and have someone who can actually manage your software and set up the encription. Also, I don't really know how TPM works on Linux, I don't have any experience with this.

      Just my 2 cents though, others might feel differently.

      • Carys

        October 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        Thanks for the reply and the link. Surprisingly, some chromebooks come with TPM, who would have guessed. Btw, I appreciate the ultrabookreview 'relational database' approach.

  23. William Hudson

    December 3, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Love the review, one thing though, HP Pavillion X360s are strange, One I just bought was the 11.6 inch Purple model HP Pavilion 11-K137CL, it comes with 4gb thats sodered on the board (2 2gb DDR3) and a 500gb WD. I upgraded the HD to SSD and breaking in the battery on win 10 1607, battery life is about 4.5 hours currently surfing and posting on forums, but it still in break in mode. This model also a Core M3 processor.
    I have no idea why the battery life is not better like 6 hours.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 4, 2016 at 7:45 am

      The battery is still small on this thing, especially for a Core M3 that needs more energy than a Pentium or Celeron. around 5 hours of daily use life sounds about right to me. COuld try playing with the screen's brightness and Power Modes in Windows, maybe you can squeeze a little more.

      • William Hudson

        December 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

        Yes, I'm trying a screen brightness of 43% and lowering the max processor to 90% on battery, it still has turbo bursts above 1300 during battery and performance for surfing and msword is fine. I usually have no less than 5 chrome browser tabs open at a time while on Word. I bought this for work so I could leave my 13 inch at home, pleased pretty much.

  24. Janya

    December 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    hello!
    thank you for this article and for other great reviews as well!
    i was a silent reader until but i have until the end of the calendar year to make a purchase of a 11,6 inch laptop (i am open for suggestions but it has to be smaller and light)
    could you please tell me if i could run CS3 Adobe Photoshop on any of the 11,6 inch laptops under 400 euros? i am currently using very old Dell (13inch) with Pentium Dual core 2ghz and 4 RAM and CS3 works decent (for what i use it).
    important – i will be buying a main working machine in 2017. for now i just need something small and light for travel,surfing, watching films, no games just MAYBE some very light photoshop editing on the go, if needed.
    so i need a good/decent screen and light weight laptop that can run CS3
    would new Dell 11 3000 be an option? they are selling it here in Germany for about 220euros.. it looks a bit like a toy O.o
    thank you so much for your time
    and any comment/recommendation is helpful
    all the best
    J

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

      ideally, I'd look at the Dell 11 3000, HP x360 or Lenovo Flex 11 with a Core i3 processor (not necessarily latest generation) and at least 4 GB of RAM for your needs. I think you should find some within your budget.

      What's the CPU in that 220 euro Dell? I'd reckon a Celeron? That's rather slow for Photoshop imo.

      • Janja

        December 29, 2016 at 9:26 am

        Dear Andrei,
        Thank you so much for your answer, I really appreciate it!
        One question – Lenovo flex 11 comes with i3 1,4Ghz. And Pentium has if i remember 2,16Ghz. Aren't more Ghz better? O.o Pardon my ignorance..
        And i gave up on that new Dell… saw some reviews on youtube…

        • Andrei Girbea

          December 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

          A higher frequency helps, but only when comparing similar processors. A Core i3 is a faster option compared to a Pentium, so the GHz difference is not important here.

  25. Carys

    March 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

    There are some bits of information I would like to see made more visible. I care about the build quaility, so I would like to know if it is plastic or otherwise, if there's a fan or not, and if the screen is matte. Usually, it's a long search to dig up this information. In tables, this info could fit in under "type", so it is available at a glance.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Hi, noted. I'll see if I can incorporate these in a future update.

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