Fanless laptops (completely silent) in 2023 – the best options

Fanless laptops (completely silent) in 2023 – the best options
By Andrei Girbea, last updated on February 10, 2023

In this article, we’re discussing fanless laptops and silent Windows ultrabooks and Chromebooks, or in other words, laptops with passive cooling solutions, without a fan that spins and makes noise.

You’ll find quite a few different laptops without a fan available in stores, and we’ll list them all based on screen size, weight, the hardware inside, and their pricing. We’ll also cover what we consider to be the best fanless designs available at the time of this update, and explain why we made those choices based on our reviews and experience.

Now, there’s one obvious reason why you’ll want a fanless laptop: it’s going to be noiseless and completely silent, especially as the passively cooled hardware is also paired with quiet SSD storage in most units. Older fanless machines, especially among the more affordable options, used to come with spinning HDDs, but even those could be upgraded in order to deliver what the fanless consumers desire: a quiet laptop experience, similar to what you’re getting with tablets or phones.

But there are a few other reasons, such as the fact that fanless designs are normally thin and lightweight as well, thus excellent for traveling and lugging around every day to work or school, plus the fact that without any moving parts inside, you won’t have to concern yourselves with vibrations or anything that can negatively impact your daily-use experience with the device.

At the same time, it’s important to understand that the majority of fanless laptops available these days are built on lower-power hardware platforms compared to the actively-cooled designs. So while the modern options can handle everyday tasks just fine, these fanless computers are not meant for serious multitasking or the more demanding chores you might want to perform on a modern laptop (editing videos and photos, gaming, running programming software, etc.). But there are some exceptions to the rule, with the newer hardware platforms, as you’ll see in a bit.

On top of that, you’ll also have to be aware of the two major classes of fanless laptops available in stores: premium designs, such as MacBook Airs or the Surface Pro X or the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, and affordable options available in various sizes, from mini-laptops such as the Asus L210 up to 15 and 17-inch all-around models from Dell or HP. We’ll discuss them all further down.

We’ll also talk a bit more about the fanless hardware platforms available at this very moment, towards the end of the post, so you’ll understand exactly what to expect from each of them. In a few words though, if you’re reading this article in 2023 or later, Intel Celeron/Pentium specs are the ones to get if you’re shopping on a budget, with some premium fanless Intel Core models and especially a handful of newer ARM-based implementations in the higher-tier products, either Chromebooks or fully fledged laptops running macOS or Windows.

No fans and no spinning HDDs equals no noise

Fanless laptop designs: No fans + No spinning HDD = no noise

For now, these are the available fanless laptops and ultra-portables. Click the links on each product’s name for more details and reviews, as well as the links in the Price column for the latest offers and discounts on the ones that you’re interested in.

The Best Premium fanless laptops and Chromebooks

Going with a fanless laptop normally translates into a compromise in performance and/or thermals. These options here are, however, pretty much the best money can get you in a fanless and completely silent product.

They’re very different between the various models, and I’d suggest further research to understand which is the right choice for you. You’ll find a couple of older Core devices running either Windows or ChromeOS, a couple of premium ARM-based devices running the ARM-version of Windows and compatible apps, you’ll find the excellent MacBook Air M1 and M2 running MacOS, as well as a few Windows laptops built on powerful Intel Core U hardware, such as the Huawei Matebook X and the ThinkPad X1 Fold.

If you’re willing to spend around 1000 USD/EUR or your local equivalent on this sort of premium fanless laptop, the excellently balanced and long-lasting Apple MacBook Air M1 built on Apple silicon is the go-to option in this segment, as significantly more affordable than the newer Air M2, and more powerful than the Windows options such as the portable Huawei MateBook X (reviewed here).

Furthermore, the Microsoft Surface Pro X and the ThinkPad X13s are interesting options as well, as ARM-based Windows devices, with the strong points and the quirks associated with this still finicky AMR-Windows duo.

Model Type Screen Hardware Weight Price
Acer Swift 7 Windows, clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 32 Wh .9 kg / 2 lbs $1599
Apple MacBook Air M1 MacOS, clamshell 13.3″ IPS retina glossy Apple M1, 49.9 Wh 1.29 kg / 2.7 lbs $899
Apple MacBook Air M2 MacOS, clamshell 13.6″ IPS retina wide-gamut Apple M2, 52.6 Wh 1.24 kg / 2.7 lbs $1199
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Chromebook, convertible 14″ IPS FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 48 Wh 1.45 kg / 3.2 lbs $479
Asus NovaGo Windows on ARM, clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Qualcomm 845, 52 Wh 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs $999
Dell XPS 13 9315 2-in-1 Windows, tablet + folio 13.3″ IPS FHD/QHD+ touch Alder Lake Core U, 49.5 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs $999
Google Pixelbook Chromebook, convertible 12.3″ IPS 3:2 3K touch Amber Lake Core Y, 48 Wh 1.13 kg / 2.5 lbs $799
Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook, clamshell 13.3″ IPS 16:10 FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 48 Wh 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs $649
HP Spectre Folio Windows, tablet w/ folio 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 55 Wh 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $1199
Huawei MateBook X Windows, clamshell 13″ IPS 3:2 3K touch Comet Lake Core U, 42 Wh 2.2 lbs / 1 kg $999
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Snapdragon Windows on ARM, clamshell 13.3″ 16:10 IPS matte Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, 49 Wh 1.06 kg / 2.35 lbs $1099
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable laptop 16″ OLD 2K+ touch Intel Core U, 48+16 Wh 3.8 lbs / 1.8 kg $2499
Microsoft Surface Pro 5G tablet + folio 13″ IPS 3K touch Qualcomm Snapdragon SQ, 46.5 Wh 0.88 kg / 1.95 lbs
(without keyboard)
Microsoft Surface Pro X Windows on ARM, tablet 13″ IPS 3:2 3K touch Qualcomm Snapdragon SQ, 34 Wh .78 lbs / 1.7 kg $1499
Porsche Design Ultra One Windows, clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 45 Wh 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $1399
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Chromebook, convertible 13.3″ OLED 4K touch Core U, 49 Wh 1 kg / 2.2 lbs $799
Samsung Galaxy Pro S Windows, clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Lakefield Core, 42 Wh .95 lbs / 2.1 kg $999
Samsung Galaxy Pro S ARM Windows on ARM, clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Qualcomm 8cx, 42 Wh .95 lbs / 2.1 kg $999
Venom BlackBook Zero 14 clamshell, clamshell 14″ IPS FHD matte Amber Lake Core Y, 36 Wh 3.3 lbs / 1.45 kg $999

Full-size fanless laptops

This section is reserved for full-size everyday machines with 14+ inch screens. Most of these are Chromebooks, and I’ve only listed the most interesting picks here, as we do cover Chromebooks in general in a separate detailed article.

There aren’t many ful-size fanless Windows laptop options, though, simply because you’d normally expect more competent hardware in a larger laptop, the kind that requires a fan. The ThinkPad X1 Fold stands out as the exception, though, as a fanless multi-purpose computer with a foldable OLED display.

There are however some inexpensive models from Asus, Dell or HP to consider, with screens going from 14 to 17 inches in size. The Asus VivoBook Go Flip (14-inch, convertible) and Vivobook Go L510 (15-inch, clamshell), and the HP Laptop 17 (17-inch, clamshell), are the most interesting Windows options in this niche, just don’t expect much in terms of power from them. On the Chromebook Side, the popular HP ChromeBook 14 in this latest fanless variants is the go-to recommendation in this size class.

Model Type Screen Hardware Weight Price
Acer Chromebook 15 Chromebook, clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD Apollo Lake Celeron/Pentium 3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg $299
Acer Swift 1 Windows, clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD Apollo/Gemini Lake Pentium 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs $349
Asus Chromebook C425 Chromebook, clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD Amber Lake Core Y, 56 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.8 lbs $349
Asus VivoBook Go Flip 14 Windows, convertible 14″ IPS FHD touch Jasper Lake Celeron, 39 Wh 1.45 kg / 3.2 lbs $349
Asus VivoBook Go 14 L410 Windows, clamshell 14″ LED FHD Gemini Lake Celeron, 42 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs $279
Asus VivoBook Go 15 L510 Windows, clamshell 15.6″ LED FHD Gemini Lake Celeron, 42 Wh 1.63 kg / 3.6 lbs $299
Asus VivoBook Flip 14  Windows, convertible 14″ TN HD or IPS FHD touch Apollo Lake Celeron/Pentium 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $399
HP Chromebook 14 Chromebook, clamshell 14″ TN HD or IPS FHD Gemini Lake Pentium, 47 Wh 1.45 kg / 3.4 lbs $399
HP Chromebook 15 Chromebook, clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD Gemini Lake Pentium, 60 Wh 1.85 kg / 4 lbs $499
HP Laptop 14 Windows on ARM, clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD matte Snapdragon 7c or
Intel Jasper Lake, 32 Wh
1.25 kg / 2.8 lbs $249
HP Laptop 17 Windows, clamshell 17.3″ TN HD+ Gemini Lake Pentium, 41 Wh 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs $399
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable laptop 16″ OLD 2K+ touch Intel Core U, 48+16 Wh 3.8 lbs / 1.8 kg $2499
Samsung Chromebook 4+ Chromebook, clamshell 15.6″ TN FHD Gemini Lake Pentium, 39 Wh 1.8 kg / 3.8 lbs $399

I’d also recommend checking out our detailed guide on the best 14 and 15-inch portable laptops you can find right now, as a follow-up in your quest for this sort of full-size multipurpose laptop.

Fanless ultrabooks and ultra-portables

This section is reserved for the portables ultrabooks and thin-and-light laptops with screen sizes between 12 and sub-14-inches.

That includes the popular 12 and 13.3-inch categories, where you’ll mostly find the best-balanced mix of ergonomics and build quality, with a comfortable keyboard, a fair selection of ports, capable hardware and a fair-sized battery.

Here’s where you’ll also find most of the premium fanless offers already mentioned earlier in the article, such as the Apple MacBook Air M1 and M2 or the Huawei MateBook X, or the Microsoft Surface Pro X, but also some excellent mid-sized ChromeBooks, such as the Google Pixelbook Go or the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 13.

Model Type Screen Hardware Weight Start Price
Acer Swift 1 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD Apollo/Gemini Lake Pentium 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs $349
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition detachable 13.5″ IPS touch Kaby Lake-R Core U 1.13 kg / 2.5 lbs $1699
Acer Aspire Switch 12S detachable 12.5″ IPS touch FHD Skylake Core M 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs (w/ dock) $1199
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 detachable 12.5″ IPS touch Skylake Core U 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs (w/ folio) $599
Acer Chromebook R13 Convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD Mediatek 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs $329
Apple MacBook 12 MacOS, clamshell 12.0″ IPS retina Skylake Core M 0.90 kg / 2.0 lbs $1199
Apple MacBook Air MacOS, clamshell 13.3″ IPS retina glossy Apple M1, 49.9 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.8 lbs $899
Asus Chromebook Flip Convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD Kaby Lake Core Y 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs $399
Asus ExpertBook B3
Windows, tablet w/ folio 10.5″ IPS touch Snapdragon 7cx, 38 Wh
Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED
Windows, tablet w/ folio 10.5″ OLED touch Jasper Lake Pentium, 50 Wh 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs (w/ folio) $499
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA convertible 13.3″ IPS touch FHD and QHD+ Skylake Core Y 1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs $699
Dell Latitude 12 7000 Windows, tablet w/ folio 12.5″ IPS touch FHD or UHD Kaby Lake Core Y 1.66 kg / 3.7 lbs (w/ dock) $1199
Dell Latitude 13 7370 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD SkyLake Core Y 1.25 kg / 2.75 lbs (w/ dock)
Dell XPS 12 9250 detachable 12.5″ IPS touch FHD or UHD Skylake Core Y 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs (w/ dock) $999
Dell XPS 13 9365 convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD/QHD+ touch up to Amber Lake Core Y 1.24 kg / 2.7 lbs $999
Dell XPS 13 9315 2-in-1 Windows, tablet + folio 13.3″ IPS FHD/QHD+ touch Alder Lake Core U, 49.5 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs (w/ keyboard) $999
Eve V tablet 12.3″ IPS 2k Kaby Lake Core Y 1.33 kg / 3 lbs (w/ keyboard) $799
Lenovo Chromebook x360 12 Chromebook, convertible 12″ IPS HD+ touch Gemini Lake Celeron, 40 Wh 1.35 kg / 3 lbs $399
HP Elite Folio Windows on Arm, tablet w/ folio 13.5″ IPS FHD touch Snapdragon 8cx, 46 Wh 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $1499
HP Spectre Folio Windows, tablet w/ folio 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 55 Wh 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $1199
Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook, clamshell 13.3″ IPS 16:10 FHD touch Amber Lake Core Y, 48 Wh 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs $649
Huawei MateBook X Windows on ARM, clamshell 13″ IPS 3:2 3K touch Comet Lake Core U, 42 Wh 2.2 lbs / 1 kg $999
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 13 Chromebook, convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Intel Core U, 51 Wh 1.35 kg / 3 lbs $349
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet tablet 12.0″ IPS touch Kaby Lake Core Y 0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs $949
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet 12.5″ OLED 2K touch Snapdragon 8c 1.25 kg / 2.6 lbs $599
Microsoft Surface Pro 5G tablet + folio 13″ IPS 3K touch Qualcomm Snapdragon, 46.5 Wh 0.88 kg / 1.95 lbs
(without keyboard)
Microsoft Surface Pro X tablet + folio 13″ IPS FHD+ touch Qualcomm Snapdragon 0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs
(without keyboard)
Samsung Chromebook 2 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 1.38 kg / 3.06 lbs $399
Samsung Galaxy Go 5G clamshell 14″ LED FHD Qualcomm Snapdragon, 42 Wh 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs $799
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S tablet 12.1″ IPS FHD+ Skylake Core Y 0.69 kg / 1.53 lbs $999
Thomson NEO Z3 Windows on ARM, clamshell 13″ IPS FHD Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs (w/ dock)
Toshiba Chromebook 13 CB35 clamshell 13.3″ TN HD Celeron BayTrail 1.33 kg / 2.95 lbs $249
Toshiba Portégé Z20t convertible 12.5″ IPS touch FHD Broadwell Core M 1.59 kg / 3.5 lbs (w/ dock) $1299
Xiaomi Book S 12.4 tablet 12.4″ IPS touch Snapdragon 8cx, 38 Wh 1.05 kg / 2.3 lbs ~650 EUR
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12 clamshell 12.5″ IPS FHD Skylake Core U 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs $899

Fanless Mini laptops

Finally, we list here the smallest options, usually built on low-power hardware and primarily meant for basic daily tasks. Most of them are designed with either budget or long battery life in mind (and many check both these boxes).

The Microsoft Surface Go (Windows tablet) and the Lenovo Chromebook Duet (ChromeBook) are my primary recommendations in this class. The Duet sells for $300 and less and is excellent for casual use, while the Go is more expensive, but offers the full Windows experience in a tiny package. The Asus Laptop L210 is also an option to consider if you’re after a clamshell laptop format for under $250.

You’ll also find a wider selection of 10 and 11-inch mini-laptops and tablets in this separate dedicated article.

Model Type Screen Hardware Weight Start Price
Acer Aspire R 11 convertible 11.6″ TN touch HD Celeron / Pentium Braswell 1.58 kg / 3.50 lbs $249
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Chromebook, convertible 11.6″ IPS HD Mediatek, 40 Wh 1.50 kg / 3.31 lbs $199
Asus VivoBook Go L210 clamshell 11.6″ TN HD Gemini Lake Celeron, 38 Wh 0.95 kg / 2.10 lbs $209
Asus EeeBook X205 clamshell 11.6″ TN HD Atom BayTrail, 38 Wh 0.95 kg / 2.10 lbs (w/ dock) $199
Asus Transformer Book T102HA detachable 10.1″ IPS HD Atom CherryTrail 0.79 kg / 1.74 lbs (w/ dock) $349
Dell Latitude 3120 Education clamshell 11.6″ TN HD matte Jasper Lake Pentium, 40Wh 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs $299
HP Pavilion x360 11 convertible 11.6″ IPS HD touch Gemini Lake Pentium, 37 Wh 1.38 kg / 3.06 lbs $299
HP Stream 11 Pro clamshell 11.6″ TN HD Gemini Lake Celeron, 38Wh 1.05 kg / 2.3 lbs $249
Lenovo Chromebook Duet Chromebook, tablet 10″ IPS touch 16:10 Mediatek, 27 Wh 0.52 kg / 1.15 lbs (without keyboard) $299
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 Chromebook, tablet 10.9″ IPS touch 16:10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, 29Wh 0.52 kg / 1.15 lbs (without keyboard) $499
Lenovo 10w tablet 10.1″ IPS touch FHD Snapdragon 7c 1.1 kg / 2.4lbs (with keyboard) $399
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 11 Chromebook Chromebook, clamshell 11″ TN HD matte Gemini Lake Celeron, 42 Wh 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs $199
Lenovo Tab P11 tablet 11″ IPS 2K touch Snapdragon 8c 1 kg / 2 lbs (with keyboard) $299
Microsoft Surface Go tablet 10″ IPS touch 3:2 Amber Lake Pentium Gold 0.52 kg / 1.15 lbs (without keyboard) $399
Panasonic Let’s Note RZ4 convertible 10.1″ IPS touch FHD Skylake Core Y 1.83 kg / 4.05 lbs (w/ dock) $1499
Panasonic Let’s Note Z6 clamshell 10.1″ IPS FHD Kaby Lake Core Y 0.72 kg / 1.6 lbs (w/ dock) $1199

There are a couple of other small-factor fanless tablets and mini-laptops out there, but it would be a huge chore to include them all in here. I do talk about them in my list of 10.1 inch hybrids, this selection of 11.6 inch Mini-laptops or ultrabooks, as well as this list of all the best Chromebooks available these days.

As a side note, you should know that the Price column contains the starting MSRPs for each of the products above. That means that the higher configurations are going to be more expensive, but at the same time there’s a very good chance you can find pretty much all these products discounted by the time you’re reading this post. Click on the links on each price for details and up-to-date numbers.

Also, here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:

  • Types:
    • tablet: a standard Windows running slate;
    • clamshell: classic shaped computer whose screen closes on top of the keyboard and does not flip into any sort of tablet mode;
    • convertible: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen rotates and converts to a tablet mode (or similar), but cannot be detached from the base;
    • detachable: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen detaches from the base. These are mostly stand-alone tablets bundled with matching docking stations that most often include docking keyboards, ports, batteries, and other features;
    • slider: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen slides up and down on top of the body and usually reveals a keyboard hidden underneath.
  • Resolutions: HD ( 1366 x 768 px), HD+ ( 1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px), WUXGA (1920 x 1200 px) retina (2304 x 1440 px), QHD (2560 x 1440 px), WQXGA (2560 x 1600 px), QHD+  (3200 x 1800 px), UHD (3840 x 2160 px) – also see this post;
  • Hardware:
    • Intel Atom BayTrail – 22 nm platform (Silvermont) launched in 2013. There are different lines available for tablets (BayTrail-T),  laptops (BayTrail-M) and desktops (BayTrail-D);
    • Intel Atom CherryTrail – 14 nm platform (Airmont) launched in 2015;
    • Intel Atom Apollo/Gemini Lake – 2nd generation 14 nm platform launched in 2017.
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Haswell – 22 nm platform based on Haswell hardware;
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Haswell – 14 nm platform based on Skylake hardware. Both can be found in low-power/affordable laptops;
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Apollo/Gemini Lake – 2nd generation 14 nm platform launched in 2017. Can be found in low-power/affordable laptops and replaces the Haswell/Braswell Pentium/Celeron lines;
    • Broadwell Core M – launched in 2014 as the low-power version in Intel’s Broadwell family. Offers good balance between performance and battery life, part of the more premium fanless notebooks;
    • Skylake Core M – 6th gen update, low power platform launched in 2015;
    • Kaby Lake Core Y – 7th gen update, low-power platform launched in 2017;
    • Amber Lake Core Y – the late-2018 8th gen update of the Core Y platform, motorizes premium devices.

OK. That’s about it for this post. I do hope you find it useful and if you’re looking for an ultrabook or any other ultraportable laptop, you should also check out the other lists on the site and my reviews.

I’m constantly working at keeping these selections and lists up-to-date, but if you spot anything that should be in here and it’s not, please leave a reply and tell me about it. In fact, feel free to get in touch in the comments sections if you have anything to add, anything to ask, or need help to choose your next fanless mini-laptop, I’m around to reply and help.

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  1. Keith White

    September 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Please add the Asus L410 and L510. The L510 has a 16 inch screen and a number pad. Both are unusually good, though middling performance.

  2. cornail

    September 21, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Andrei, thanks for the awesome list.

    Please add the Dell Latitude 7370, clamshell, 13.3″ IPS FHD and QHD+, Skylake Core M, 1.25 kg / 2.75 lbs.


    • Andrei Girbea

      September 21, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      OK, but that's from a couple of years ago and not something most will be able to find in stores anymore

  3. fang

    December 1, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Can you add to the list if the laptop have a backlit keyboard or not? Is great to use a fanless in bed next to a sleeping partner, in the dak, but you should be able to see the keys :D And maybe seperate the lists by operation system?

  4. Adimetrius

    June 29, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    So, why is HP Laptop 17 still on the list? It seems it's not fanless any more. At least that's what HP's support told me about the AMD Ahtlon Gold 3150U configuration. This is the weakest processor it gets, others are stronger and with higher TDP.

  5. Micheal

    July 24, 2022 at 5:26 am

    HP Pavilion 15 is missing from the list. Can you add that as well?

  6. Brolin Empey

    August 12, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Hey Andrei, thank you for your effort.

    I want to replace my old fanful notebook computer that has an LCD with a newer fanless notebook computer that has an OLED display but everything I have found so far that has an OLED display has a fan or some other reason for me to reject it, such as a low-cost Asus VivoBook model that runs from an SSD soldered on the motherboard, specifically eMMC, instead of from a removable and upgradable internal drive. Even the recent fanful notebook computers I found that have an OLED display are missing an integrated analog audio connector. Do you know of a list of fanless notebook computers with OLED displays? I want fanless, not fanful with a fanless profile.

    Also, notebook computers used to be fanless even up to the original Pentium era before they became fanful beginning with the Pentium II era. As specific examples that I still have, the IBM ThinkPad 755CX from 1994 with a Pentium at 75 MHz, 755CD from 1995 with an 80486DX/4 at 100 MHz, and 760C from 1996 with a Pentium at 120 MHz are all fanless and use the same model of CPU as a stationary computer.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 15, 2022 at 9:39 am

      There are no Fanless OLED laptops at this point. The hardware available in most portable computers nowadays requires a fan.

  7. ML

    September 25, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    there is another 15.6" laptop from DELL, called Dell Inspirion 3502 with N5030, also called Inspirion 3510 and in the service manual it states it has a HEAT SINK and NO FAN

  8. Fanless Man

    October 24, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Dell XPS 2-in-1 looks to be fanless, based on the manual.

    This is so far the only Alder Lake powered fanless device I've seen.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 25, 2022 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you, updated!

      The Surface Pro 9 5G is also Alder Lake and fanless

      • Fanless Man

        October 25, 2022 at 10:32 pm

        Pro 9 5g runs on SQ3 (Snadragon 8cx Gen 3). The Alder Lake version I believe has fans.

  9. AlexS

    December 29, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Looking for 17" 16:10 OLED 700 nits or IPS 500 nits full RGB at least. Numpad.

    Guess i'll have to wait.

  10. Fanless Man

    January 11, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Just got the XPS 13 2 in 1. What a beautiful device, and so performant! Genuinely a great laptop. It shows the difference between a Hardware company's attempt at a Surface Pro device and a Software company's.

    The only real disadvantage compared to Microsoft's attempts is the worse pen experience. But in every other way the XPS just runs circles around Surface Pros.

    • robin

      January 12, 2023 at 10:22 am

      But lord,the price is so high.

      • Fanless Man

        January 27, 2023 at 3:26 pm

        It is cheaper than the entire Surface Pro lineup, and better in every way. Now that I've used it a bit, I'd say even the pen experience is better.

    • Greg Hilton

      March 27, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      @fanlessman – what real world battery life are you seeing in the XPS 13 2 in 1 please? I carry around a MBA and an iPad and wondering if one windows device can replace both? but fanless and equivalent battery life to the MBA/iPAd is key!

      • Fanless Man

        March 31, 2023 at 2:05 pm

        Apple battery is peerless. I don't think a anybody is going to match their custom silicon anytime soon.

        With increased battery efficiency setting and battery charge limiter set to 85%, XPS gets around 5-6 hours in mixed use. Has terrible standby time – there's no way it can replace the iPad's notification services. It needs to sleep/hibernate.

        Get this if you want a performant but low-battery Windows laptop with touchscreen. Intel is still a couple of generations behind Apple for silicon.

  11. Jan Čapek

    January 16, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    I end up here looking for modern replacement for my good old Lenovo Yoga 710-11IKB in case it will give up someday. And found that there are too few options that on the "best lists" are even still laptops from the same era (which are not compatible by latest windows anymore)… That is certainly disappointment.

    But that means, that my device should be considered to be added to the list too:
    Lenovo Yoga 710-11IKB with Core i5-7Y54 (Kaby Lake) and 8GB of RAM. I have it already for more than 5 years and love it.

    There are really no newer passively cooled x86 processors than Amber Lake? :-o

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 17, 2023 at 11:22 am

      None that I'm aware of, aside from the ones in the table.

      However, it's worth mentioning that most modern laptops offer some sort of SIlent/Whisper profile which minimize fan noise and tend to keep the fans idle with basic use. You'll still hear them with multitasking, though, and those Silent modes have a noticeable hit on performance over the Standard/Performance profiles, but those are pretty much the current viable options in the WIndows space if you're after modern specs.

      • Jan Čapek

        January 17, 2023 at 12:25 pm

        Yep, but it is so hard to understand behaviour of low noise modes of ventilated laptops before actually using device. :) It makes good pick of new device very challenging.

        It would be great if some systems have ability to limit its TDP or FAN requirement no matter performance demand – when you don't need max power. Also I assume if you limit TDP of U Core CPUs to the same level as Y runs by default, they will not be as good?

        Would be interesting to see how new Core i3-N300 (Alder Lake-N) will perform.

      • Andrei Girbea

        January 17, 2023 at 12:52 pm

        that's what they do, limit TDP and fan speed. But, eventually, the fan will kick on once the system passes a certain temperature limit, and the thinner the laptop, the sooner that happens with multitasking use.

        I found most of these Silent profiles to be good enough, as a noise-sensitive user myself. However, coming from a fanless laptop that's quiet all the time, you will notice even that low fan noise in silent/quiet environments.

        My advice would be to get something like an AMD-based Asus ZenBook or Lenovo IdeaPad/Yoga and give it a try, see how it works for you on those Silent profiles. Or perhaps a 12th-gen Core U laptop from Dell, etc. Judging by your name, I'd reckon you're living in the EU somewhere, so you could easily just return the laptop if not suited for your needs.

  12. Jan Čapek

    January 17, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks your advice!

  13. Jay Cutler

    January 25, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    There's a new wave of CPUs coming through, all those recently presented Intels N100, N200 and N300 (8 cores!), all with very low TDP, something like 6 or 7 W.
    But they are still very new, so…

  14. tanstaafl

    January 26, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5g is a fanless cheap Windows Arm laptop with Snapdragon processor. I have two of them.

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 27, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      added. thanks you!

    • Fanless Man

      January 27, 2023 at 3:34 pm

      I'd say after using the Intel Dell XPS 2-in-1 that the ARM experience is just not acceptable. It ultimately comes down to single core speed. A processor with top-end single core will remain performant for many more years, even if it uses more battery for multicore processing over the years.

      On the other hand, while an ARM device will remain battery efficient for more years, you will relatively quickly (2 years) start to notice it chug for actual use.

      This has been my experience with the HP y-series folio and the Surface Pro X, both purchased when they were released. The y series folio is simply more responsive than the SPX, even though the SPX is far newer.

  15. ramirez

    January 30, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Earlier, someone mentioned the lack of OLED screens. This is unfortunately true. I have a Lenovo Ideapad 3-15 with Pentium N5000 passively cooled, together with SSD completely silent. Normal FHD screen, and I would like an OLED. Can the screens be replaced?

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