Best 11.6 inch laptops and ultrabooks – recommended picks right now

Andrei Girbea June 25, 2014 Tops 98 Comments

If you’re in the market for a small and easy to carry around laptop, yet punchy enough to deal with your everyday activities,  you should have a look at the 11.6 inch laptops available in stores these days.

During the last years, I’ve seen tens, maybe hundreds of small computers. Right now, my main laptop is a 12.5 incher, but before that I owned several 11.6 inch machines, like the Acer Aspire 1825PT, which at the time was chosen because it packed fast enough hardware for my daily requirements and a decent keyboard/display, while being compact and light enough to get along when traveling.

In the end, I went for the superior size class just because I needed more power for my work, power 90% of you guys won’t really need (I do a lot of video and photo editing on the go). That’s why, for many of you, the 11.6 inch notebooks offer the perfect balance between speed, size and price.

In the lines below I’m going to tell you a couple of things about the best 11 inch laptops available these days, based on my experience with most of them. Like all similar posts on the site, this is not a top, it’s a list, as all the devices mentioned in here are solid picks for some of you, but they are each meant to satisfy different needs and cope with different budgets. So it’s really up to you to pick the one that suits you best.

Anyway, here’s what you’ll find in this post:

Budget 11.6 inch netbooks

If on a budget and consider a 10 inch computer not good enough for your needs, you could go for a cheap 11.6 inch notebook. You won’t get the looks, power or the build quality of the more expensive options, but hey, for less than $300, you’re certainly getting a lot.

The 11.6 inch Chromebooks

Chromebooks are light, portable and very cheap computers built around Google’s webservices. What’s the catch? Well, most of your content is stored online and most of your programs are web-based, which means that these computers do not run Windows, but Chrome OS and a set of proprietary apps based on things you’re already using and are familiar with, like Gmail, Youtube, Drive, Maps, Music, Videos and so on. You can also get apps like Evernote or Facebook on these, plus many games.

Of course, Chromebooks are mainly useful when connected to the Internet, as most of the content is stored online, but they can be used offline as well.

There are a couple of good 11.6 inch Chromebooks available in stores right now and I’ve compared them all in this detailed post. I also put together a Buying guide that you should read before getting a Chromebook, just to make sure that you’ll understand exactly what such devices can and cannot do.

One sells for $199 and up (but you might find it discounted here) and is built by Acer, the Acer C720 Chromebook. It’s good looking, it weighs about 2.8 pounds, it can go for 5-6 hours on a charge and is powered by an Intel Haswell Celeron processor, with 2 or 4 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD.

The Acer C7 Chromebook is a perfect laptop for kids - compact and very affordable

The Acer C7 Chromebook is a perfect laptop for kids – compact and very affordable

The other is the Samsung Chromebook and this one is slightly more expensive, starting at $249, and again, might be found cheaper online. But it’s actually an entirely different machine.

It’s powered by a Samsung proprietary processor, comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD storage. That allows Samsung to manufacture a far sleeker device, that only weighs 2.4 pounds and is 0.7 inches thick. The Samsung Chromebook is going to be snappy enough in everyday use, as long as you don’t push it too much, but the Haswell processor still has an edge over the one inside this machine when it comes to performances.

The Samsung Chromebook is more expensive, but also sleeker, lighter and better equipped

The Samsung Chromebook is more expensive, but also sleeker, lighter and better equipped

However, the Samsung is also more appealing than the Acer Chromebook, packs a better keyboard and trackpad and lasts a bit longer on each charge (around 7 hours). There’s also a 3G version, if you want to be always connected to the Internet.

Asus Transformer Book T100 2-in-1 mini laptop

While this one is not exactly an 11.6 incher, but a smaller 10 inch device, it’s one of the best 2-in-1s on the market, that’s why I decided to include it in here anyway.

In few words, the T100 is a Windows tablet, running on an Intel Atom Bay Trail hardware platform, with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It packs a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 px touchscreen and a docking station, which includes a keyboard and a few ports. Together, the two act as a compact mini laptop, weighing about 2.4 pounds, which will last for 6-8 hours of everyday use on a charge and even longer when watching movies.

That Atom platform is surely not a beast, but is fairly capable of handling casual everyday activities, like browsing, editing documents, watching videos, listening to music etc. It can also run fine the games and the apps in the Windows store. Of course, this is not something made for heavy multitasking or complex pieces of software, but as long as you’re perfectly aware of what it can and cannot do, you’ll be happy with it.

Especially since the Transformer Book T100 starts at under $400 (you can find some discounts here) these days and scores good reviews and marks with those who already bought it.

Asus Transformer Book T100 - excellent value for the money

Asus Transformer Book T100 – excellent value for the money

The Acer Aspire One family

If you’re after a regular 11.6 inch laptop with Windows and don’t want to spend much on it, the Acer Aspire One 725 (the Windows 8 version of the popular 722) and 756 should be your top priorities right now.

The two are very similar, just built on different hardware platforms. The Intel platform inside the Aspire One 725 is snappier in most tasks, including those graphics related (running FHD videos, playing light games).  The 756 is fairly snappy too and can also take two memory modules and up to 8 GB of RAM, while on the 725 there’s only one module (up to 4 GBs). The 725 however tends to last longer on a charge, around 5 hours of everyday use, with the 756 option is going for only about 4.

Other than that, the two are nearly identical, with only slight differences when it comes to their keyboards, trackpads and port layout. The two glossy 11.6 inch screens are similar as well and the two laptops are both running Windows 8.

Not even the prices can set the two apart. The Acer Aspire One 725 with an AMD C70 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB HDD sells for around $350 these days, with discounts. More details are available via this link.

On the other hand, the Acer Aspire One 756 with an Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 320 GB HDD sells for just under $330 (more details here), but you do get extra RAM with the 725, so price wise, the two are very close.

Two good affordable laptops: the Acer Aspire One 756 (left) and 725 (right)

Two good affordable laptops: the Acer Aspire One 756 (left) and 725 (right)

Everyday 11 inch notebooks

If you’re after an 11 incher that just looks better than the ones above and slightly more powerful, you should look at the laptops we’re going to talk about in this section, with prices ranging from $350 to $600.

Asus VivoBook X202E / X200 /Q200E – mini laptops with a touchscreen

Asus VivoBook X202 - ultrabook with a touchscrene, for less than $500

Asus VivoBook X202 – ultrabook with a touchscrene, for less than $500

All these models are in fact the same laptop, with a few hardware configuration differences between them, that’s why we’re going to generically reffer them all as the Vivobook X202E.  This one is the first ultrabook in this list, but unlike many of the others we’re going to mention in the next section of this post, this one is very affordable. My full review for the X202E is available here, you should definitely have a look.

In fact, you can get a VivoBook X202 (or S200, as it’s called in Europe), for under $500 these days. And that’s only a little bit more expensive than those devices above, but you get a lot more for the money.

The laptop’s body is made from a mix of matte plastic and aluminum, it comes with an 11.6 inch touchscreen and is powered by a few different Intel processors, either Celerons, Pentiums or a Core i3. Even the Core i3 is not going to be very fast, but is perfectly capable of handling everyday tasks and some multimedia content. The Celeron/Pentium CPUs are better suited for light activities: office use, browsing and watching some videos.

Besides these, the X202E also has a decent keyboard and a fairly accurate trackpad, plus can go for about 4-5 hours of average use each charge (The Celeron/Pentium options will actually last a bit longer).

Are those good enough? I’d say yes, especially for less than $500. In fact, the Core i3 version sells these days for about $470, while the others go for under $400. Up-to-date prices and some extra details are available here.

The VivoBook Q200E, which also packs a Core I3 processor, with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD< but is slightly thicker and bulkier than the X202 (by 0.1″ and 0.2 of a pound) sells for as low as $380, with a massive discount.

All in all, these Vivobooks offer great value for the money, and if you’re interested in more details about them, see my Asus X202 Video review embedded below.

Acer Aspire V5 – power for money

If you’re after a powerful, but yet affordable 11.6 inch mini laptop, you should definitely check out the 11.6 inch version of the Acer Aspire V5. Design wise, the V5 isn’t impressive. It’s thicker than that VivoBook above, but is still portable, weighing about 3 pounds. A mix of plastic and aluminum is used for the exterior and the result looks and feels alright, but that’s about it.

However, the hardware your getting for the money you’ll be paying is definitely noteworthy. An Aspire V5 packing an Intel Core i5 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD and running Windows 8 sells for just under 500 bucks, while an Intel Core i3 configuration goes for under $450 and if you something even more affordable, you can go for an Intel Celeron cofiguration for under $350.

Yes, there’s only a regular 11.6 inch display, no touchscreen, but like I said, the V5 is more about delivering excellent features as cheap as possible, while cutting off the fanciness. And it does a great job at that. Thus, there’s no wonder the Acer Aspire V5 is appreciated, as you can see from this link, where you’ll find more details about this unit, pictures, user reviews and up-to-date prices. Go ahead and have a look.

The Acer Aspire V5 is all about delivering top features for a low price point

The Acer Aspire V5 is all about delivering top features for a low price point

Premium 11 inchers – mini laptops, ultrabooks, tablets and more

If money are not a concern, you’ll be interested in the devices in this category. They offer the best in terms of features, hardware, build quality and looks. So have a look at the options below, but also check out my other post about the best 11.6 inch ultrabooks available these days.

11.6 inch Apple MacBook Air

The MBA is one of the sleekest 11.6 inchers out there. The 2013 version is fast, solid and lasts longer than ever on a charge, up to 7 hours in real-life use, thanks to the Intel Haswell platform inside. On top of that, the 2013 version keeps that awesome chiclet keyboard, plus the large and accurate trackpad. Unfortunately, it also keeps the same screen, a decent one, but subpar by today’s standards, with a TN panel and 1366 x 768 px resolution. And that, plus the lack of an SD card-reader, might steer you away from the new 11 inch Macbook Air.

Even so, the MBA remains one of the best in this class. It’s beautiful and solid, it’s great for typing and fairly priced, as it starts at $999 for a Corei5/4GB RAM/128 GB SSD configuration. See Apple’s website for details, but Amazon usually offers solid discounts on Apple laptops, so you should check out this link too if you’re after the MBA.

Bottom point, the 11 inch Macbook Air might lack some of the things offered by Windows laptops these days, like touchscreens or high-density panels. But ticks all the other boxes, has a good price and lasts longer than its rivals on a charge, and that might be just enough for many of you.

Apple Macbook Air - still one of the most popular 11.6 inchers of the moment

Apple Macbook Air – still one of the most popular 11.6 inchers of the moment

Sony Vaio Pro 11

If you’re after a highly portable 11 incher, the Sony Vaio Pro, with its 0.6 inch thick and 1.9 pounds heavy body should be towards the top of your list, as the sleekest laptop in this class.

It’s also one of the best equipped, as it packs a Full HD IPS touchscreen, a nice backlit keyboard, a good selection of ports (2xUSBs and a card-reader, among them) and Haswell hardware. The base version of the Pro 11 comes with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, but you can spec it up to an i7-4500U CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB HDD.

All these don’t come cheap, as the Sony Vaio Pro 11 starts at around $1150 , for the base version, but you might find it discounted online.

Of course, the Pro 11 is not without flaws. The highly flexible carbon-fiber body, the average battery life (around 4-5 hours of daily use), the sharp edges and some potential wireless module issues are among the worst ones. If you can’t live with them, don’t worry, you’ve got other options to choose from. If you can though, the Pro 11 is going to be an awesome travel companion.

Dell XPS 11 – the convertible ultrabook

The XPS 11 is not like all the ultra-portables in this list. It’s a hybrid, which means that it can be used in a few different modes: as a laptop, as a tablet and as something in between. The special hinge, which allows to screen to flip completely on the back, gets the appreciations for all of these modes, but that’s not necessarily a new form factor, as Lenovo made this approach popular with their Yoga series.

Form factor aside, the XPS 11 is a true gem. Dell put a high density QHD 11.6 inch screen on this one, with 2560 x 1440 px resolution and an IPS panel. As a result, everything is going to look incredibly sharp, but you’ll also have to face those pesky Windows 8 scaling issues. The laptop is motorized by an Intel Haswell Core Y hardware platform, which is not as fast as the U series processors, but is still more than capable do deal with casual activities and movies. You can spec the little laptop up to a Core i5 CPU, 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

All these fit inside a 0.6 inch thick body, made from metal and carbon-fiber, which weighs around 2.5 pounds. Or in other words, a highly portable device, with actually enough room on the sides for a decent selection of ports (2USBs and a card-reader are included) and enough room inside for a 40Wh battery.

All in all, there’s little you might not like about the XPS 11. Except for two things: the touch-keyboard, with potential poor feedback and little travel, and the price, as the XPS 11 starts at $999 and can quickly go up. However, considering what you’re actually getting with this device, I find the price fair and I’m looking forward to get my hands it and post a detailed review somewhere in the future.

The Dell XPS 11 - a convertible 11 incher with top features and a fair price

The Dell XPS 11 – a convertible 11 incher with top features and a fair price

Asus Zenbook UX21A – a top 11.6 inch ultrabook

The Asus Zenbook UX21A is one of the sleekest and most powerful 11.6 inchers you can find these days. It offers and aggressive look, slender body (weighs 2.4 pounds), a decent keyboard and an improved trackpad. And there’s an IPS Full HD display on this one as well, with a non-glare coating, so definitely an awesome option in this class.

Inside, the Zenbook UX21 houses Intel Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, 4-8 GB of RAM and 128-256 GB SSD storage, thus in other words: it’s a beast.

Packing all these in a thin body has some repercussions: the battery life expectations aren’t amazing (about 4 hours on average) and the laptop is going to run very hot when really pushed. For standard daily use, it’s going to be fine though.

The Zebook UX21A starts at around $999 in the US, for a Core i5 configuration, with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. More powerful versions with Core i7 processors are a bit more expensive, but you should see this link on Amazon for up to date prices and discounts.

As a side note, there’s no 11 inch Haswell Zenbook available for now, but I’ll update the post if Asus decide to launch one.

Asus UX21A - a top 11.6 inch laptop, with powerful hardware and an awesome display

Asus UX21A – a top 11.6 inch laptop, with powerful hardware and an awesome display

Sony Vaio Duo 11 – the 11.6 inch business ultrabook

The Vaio Duo 11 is a hybrid, a device that can be used as a laptop, or as a tablet. It runs Windows 8, it offers an awesome touchscreen with a Full HD IPS panel and is powerful enough to cope with all of your requirements. On top of that, it comes with an included pen and digitizer, so you can use it to take notes, sketches, drawings and so on.

Those being said, in a few words, there are plenty of things you’ll like on this Sony. But there are at least a couple you won’t. For starters, there’s the rather cramped and uncomfortable keyboard.  Then, there are the issues involved with the entire screen’s sliding mechanism, which feels flimsy and does not allow you to easily adjust the vertical viewing angles. And last but not least, you’re only getting up to 4 hours of battery life with this one.

But if you really want an unique looking hybrid ultrabook (BTW, check out this post if you’re after a hybrid ultrabook with a touchscreen), I guess you could live with those. And perhaps you won’t mind paying $1000 or more for a Vaio Duo 11 either. You should see this website for more details about the prices and the available configurations.

Sony Vaio Duo 11 - an unique looking hybrid, but not without some annoying quirks

Sony Vaio Duo 11 – an unique looking hybrid, but not without some annoying quirks

Lenovo Yoga 11S Convertible mini laptop

Lenovo Yoga 11S convertible laptop

Lenovo Yoga 11S convertible laptop

The 11 inch Lenovo Yoga 11S is a fully convertible Windows 8 laptop, with a touchscreen. The display flips around the hinge, thus you can use this device in several ways: as a tent, as a tablet or as a regular notebook.

The 11S starts at around 750 bucks on Lenovo’s website, but the higher specked configurations can easily get beyond one grand. Hardware aside, all the versions are the same. They are fairly sleek, slim and light, pack an awesome keyboard, a decent keyboard, an 11.6 inch HD screen with 1366 x 768 px resolution and can run for about 5 hours on a charge, which is not impressive, but not that bad either.

Anyway, check out Lenovo’s webpage for more details about the Lenovo Yoga 11S, including prices, pictures and so on. And if you’re after some discounted prices, this website might come in handy.

Some Windows 8 tablets

There are a few other 11 inch Windows tablets on the market, and most of them are quite good.

The Acer Aspire P3 , a Windows 8 Intel powered 11.6 inch tablet, with a solid  and beautiful case and a decent 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 px touchscreen. Can be equiped with either Intel Celeron, Pentium or Core i3/i5 Y Series processors, based on your needs, alongside 2-4 GB of RAM and 60-120 GB SSDs. The entire thing is only 0.4 inches thick, weighs around 1.7 pounds and start at under $400 for the basic configuration, while the more powerful versions go for $700-$800, all of them with some discounts. More details are available via this link.

The Lenovo IdeaPad K3 sells for less than $400, weighs under 1.5 pounds and can deal with all your Windows software just fine. It’s not incredibly powerful, but it’s snappy enough for everyday use. It comes with an IPS screen, so everything is going to look nice on it and 64 GB of storage space for your content. And if you want to, you can also buy a docking station, that will transform this tablet into a laptop, when having these two latched.

Anyway, the tablet alone sells for under 400 bucks, like I mentioned above, and you’ll find more details about it, including some user review, via this link.

The HP Envy X2 is a sleeker and better polished device, although it’s built on a similar platform as the Lenovo above. Still, you get more ports on that docking station, a more comfortable keyboard and a device that feels much better in hand. All these for around $600, including the docking unit, might seem a bit much, but if you’re interested in more details, you will find them over here.

There’s also Acer’s Iconia W700 tablet. It’s more expensive than these other two listed above, mainly because it’s a lot more powerful, as it is motorized by Intel Core i3/i5 processors, and not an Intel Atom Z Chip. That makes the W700 better suited even for heavier activities, including photo or video editing, serious multitasking or even some games.

At the same time, the W700 is just as pricey, if not pricier, than a similar specked regular mini laptop and using an 11.6 inch tablet PC with such kind of hardware might not be very comfortable. Still, if you’re interested in this one, you’ll find more details about it, including pics, pricing details and user reviews, via this link.

Last but not least we have the Dell Venue Pro 11 or the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, but since both feature 10 inch displays, we’ll talk more about them in this other post.

Just some of the 11 inch tablets

Just some of the 11 inch tablets

Wrap up

As you’ve seen in the rows above, there are still a couple of good options for 11.6 inch mini laptops and ultrabooks these days.

Those machines listed in the first sections of this post as mainstream options are probably going to be the best picks for the average user, with good features and excellent value for money. The Chromebooks are great inexpensive machines, well suited for children or as a secondary travel device.

If you want something more powerful or something fancier, you should between the premium 11 inchers mentioned above. You’ll get to pick between ultrabooks, convertible laptops and even tablets with latchable docking stations. There aren’t that many such devices out there these days, but more and more are being released every month, with different features, hardware and form factors so they can satisfy each and everyone of you.

Of course, if you still haven’t find a proper ultra-portable for your needs and budget, you should also check out my lists of 10 inch devices or 12 inch mini laptops. Or have a look at my massive list of recommended ultrabooks.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. This list is being constantly updated, so make sure to come back whenever you might need a new 11 inch laptop. And hopefully you can share it to your friends as well, if they need any help deciding what to pick. And as always, if you have any questions or just something to add to this post, don’t hesitate to leave a comment, I’ll be around to reply and help you out.

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About The Author

Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", is the Owner and Editor in Chief at . He's been dealing with gadgets and writing about them for years and now focuses more on portable computers, like netbooks, mini laptops and touchscreen tablets. You can follow him on Twitter.


  1. Erik September 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for this review and all of your others. I’ve been agonizing over which 11″ to select and have been on hold for months continually waiting for the promise of the newer ones.

    I’m a little surprised at your recommendations, those being 3 of the older ones. Also, it could really be helpful if you’d date your articles.

    • Mike September 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

      Erik, check the post right now. I’ve just finished upgrading it with the latest products only a couple of minutes ago :P

  2. Erik September 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the update. Looks good!

  3. Felipe September 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Mike. Thanks for your reviews. They are really helpful.
    Talking about the Toshiba T215 (with dual-core AMD CPU and hdmi output), as i would like to use the notebook also as video server, do you know if it really handles up to 1080p content?

    • Mike September 10, 2010 at 2:45 am

      Felipe, I haven’t tried it myself. In fact, I haven’t had the chance to test this AMD Nile platform yet. Toshiba claims it will run 1080p and will be able to stream it via HDMI. However, there are some posts and threads in found on various sites claiming content would be choppy and unwatchable . Now, i’m not sure if those guys had the best drivers or the best codecs installed, so I can’t be 100% sure 1080p won’t work until i try it myself. However, that won’t happen to soon, Toshiba does not bring this particular version to my country and I am not sure if they will ever do :(

  4. Felipe September 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Thanks again, Mike. As Toshiba doesn´t give an answer in their site (and their information continues telling about the 1080p), the way is to wait and read about more owner´s tests with it. :)

  5. joeprajae November 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

    superb reviews.
    I’m thinking about the new 11.6 mac air

  6. Linda November 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I am very impressed with your articles and revies; they have been very helpful…thank you!!

  7. mmk December 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    What if you could get an Acer Aspire AS1551 as above but only with 2 MB memory for $390? Would that put it in your mainstream?

    • Mike December 4, 2010 at 3:17 am

      yea, sounds good

  8. DavidB December 27, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Why no mention of HP’s new DM1z series…all 7200rpm drives, AMD Neo CPUs w/ATI HD 4225 graphics…the K125 CPU with 3gb of DDR3 RAM is just $449, w/free shipping!

    • Mike December 28, 2010 at 3:51 am

      DavidB, it will probably get mentioned in a future update, haven’t got the chance to play with it yet…

  9. andrew Hoffman December 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Bought a Gateway VR46 ( Acer) with 64 bit Windows7,4GB RAM,500GB HD and felt carry case.Has bluetooth and WLAN-only lacks 3G which I’ll overcome away from home witha prepaid data stick.Very nicely featured though and compact.Basic model gets Optical Drive which you lose on the Rossi up spec model- weight and thinner proFile.

  10. John Morgan December 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Well informed articles and appear to be updated farily regularly.

    I noted that the Acer 1830T now comes in a core i7 model, pound for pound surely the fastest 11″ ultra portable/netbook, I say this as the price is certainly fairly reasonable. Not available in the UK yet despite being available in US and parts of Europe for some time. I run the predecessor 1810TZ, excellent machine.

  11. Andrew Hoffman January 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Is the Gateway VR46 available in Europe or the US.I’ve been very happy with mine but can’t understand why you don’t see more of them.Also the Asus VR6 Lamborghini which also seems to have a low profile.

  12. Gnowic January 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Hi Mike,

    I am thinking of buying either Lenovo Edge 11 or Asus 1215N for my daughter in college. The former is not yet reviewed by you yet. How is that product compared to Asus 1215N?

    • Mike January 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Gnowic, that Lenovo is not sold in my country so I can’t share any opinion on it :(

  13. Joao January 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Hi, I´ve been looking for a decent 11.6 netbook in europe, it seems impossible to find, i spent some time researching and it seems they re withdrawing, toshiba doesn´t seem to offer them anymore, the same goes for samsung x120 and x125 line. I´m beggining to think they´re afraid of stop selling both 10 inch netbooks, 13,3 laptops, and those expensive ultraportables. Seriously it´s beggining to look a little fishy. I don´t know if they have prohibitions by intel on processor use on small laptops, but it seems something strategic is happening, and it´s hampering our choices, there are so little number of 11.6 models compared to 10 inch netbooks, and they aren´t available. Does anyone know if any models are planned to come out?

    • Mike January 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

      Yes, there are quite a bunch of them incoming. For now with AMD’s new Zacate hardware. And hopefully soon with the new ULV Intel Sandy Bridge. So stay tuned.

  14. mohsen February 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    hi,thanks for your reviews,can u tell me where can i order acer time line 1830t in Austria?(please provide link)

    • Mike February 8, 2011 at 3:15 am

      sry mohsen, not familiar with the .at market :( You could search for it on and maybe they deliver in Austria as well?

  15. Brad February 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I was hoping I’d find your thoughts on the Dell M101z and/or the HP dm1z, 2 very similar machines. I had been searching for a head to head comparison on them

    • Mike February 8, 2011 at 3:17 am

      definitely the HP dm1z deserves a spot here. I’ve written about it in this other post:

      Not sure what to say about that Dell. Still, none of them is available in my country yet so i don’t know where i could get my hands on them :(

  16. Rod February 10, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Bought one of these and I think they are pretty good for the money paid on I also purchased a good soft case with handles at for only $11.95 with free shipping.

    By the same token, if anyone knows of where I can buy a hard case (not soft) that is a good fit for this netbook, please let me know.


    • Mike February 10, 2011 at 2:10 am

      What exactly did you buy Rod?

  17. bayfront benny February 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Anyone know if the Lenovo x120e will be acpi compliant?
    I understand the HP dm1 is not.

  18. steve April 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm


    • Mike May 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Steve, I don’t think you can still find new Windows XP netbooks out there… COuld look for the older popular models, like the Toshiba Nb250 or the Asus 1005HA

    • Dan May 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Time to move away from windows XP. 10 years old, end of life. But if you insist, and know what you’re doing, you might just be able to get an installation of XP onto an older version Atom based netbook. may of the 10.2″ atoms originally came with XP.

    • Dan May 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Time to move away from windows XP. 10 years old, end of life. But if you insist, and know what you’re doing, you might just be able to get an installation of XP onto an older version Atom based netbook. may of the 10.2″ atoms originally came with XP.

  19. Mr. Ice May 4, 2011 at 3:24 am

    What do you think of the HP dm1 Series

    • Mike May 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      working on updating this post. The DM1 is one of the devices that will be added :P So come back in 1-2 days for the new version of the article

  20. Mike May 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Yes yes, like I said, working on this…

  21. Dan May 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for a very interesting post. It seems that the manufacturers are doing a lot of thinking about more powerful netbooks. I wish they were putting more effort into making them thinner, lighter, quieter, and longer lasting instead. But nevertheless, there are some interesting options listed here, and so I very much appreciate the overview. All in all, it doesn’t seem like quite enough improvement to justify upgrading my 10.2″, Atom N280-driven Acer AspireOne quite yet. Hopefully we’ll see some of these processors become lower power over the next 6 months so I can find an 11-incher with 9 or 10 hours of battery life.

    Aren’t there any 11.6″ laptops with Atom processors? Some of the newer lines with CPU-integrated Intel graphics aren’t exactly speedy but they’re super low power. But I only find 10.2″ models. My next netbook needs more pixels!

    I wish there were a few ARM based netbooks too. It seems as though a 1+Ghz ARM might be a very acceptable CPU for an extremely lightweight, low power netbook. Can’t get a tablet. No keyboard just doesn’t work when you type for a living.

    Thanks again!

  22. Bob May 11, 2011 at 4:33 am

    @Mike The new HP 3105m is mighty impressive. Your thoughts & possibly your review !!?

    • Mike May 11, 2011 at 7:51 am

      Like I said, am currently working on updating this post. this might be one of th candidates,. thanks guys for your patience

  23. Danielsrj May 16, 2011 at 2:45 am

     I really appreciate your analyses – I have a Macbookpro – and I notice no one talks about  how hard it is to do word processing on a MAC I am ready to pitch mine out the window – its beautiful the screen is great its wonderful when your online but trying to use MS Office on the machine is painful for so many reasons  if you ned the machine for word processing and presentations it is just an albatross and I give up –  I have been tracking your articles as I am thinking perhaps a mini book is the way to go thanks for your review

  24. Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for the comprehensive breakdown.  One request I have (if you are taking them) is to add an upcoming models section for future models that we may be aware of already but are not yet available.  Just a one line entry for each one listing them as possible contenders to the list would be good and then we could research them ourselves.  I am in the market for an 11 incher, but non of theses are quite “perfect”.  It’s nice to know when that next great thing is just around the corner.  Thanks again.

    • Mike June 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Hey Justin. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll try to add something like this to my tops asap, hopefully by next week.

      • Anonymous June 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Thanks a ton.  I’m thinking about either a ten or eleven incher.  I know there will always be something better around the corner, but I don’t like to buy when that something better is right around the corner.

  25. Keno Frianeza October 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Mike. I just want to ask if the Acer Aspire AS1830-3595 a good buy for an ultraportable laptop. I saw one in Newegg for sale at 380 US Dollars, and it looks great.

    • Mike October 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      It’s an older device but it’s pretty OK, especially for that kind of money. I believe it comes with a previous generation Core I3 processor, right? The ie-330M or something like that? Anyway, offers pretty poor viewing angles and the flat keyboard ain’t that great on that one, I have the exact same one on my Acer 1825PT 11.6 incher.

      • Keno Frianeza October 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

        Thanks Mike. I’m going to try saving up a few bucks to get a sufficient 11.6 incher. :D

  26. Qmetal October 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

    What do you think about Lenovo S205? It looks like a powerful one, equipped with the newest AMD E procie and 4 gigs RAM on a 11.6″ view. And the skin painting motif makes the appearance very cool.

    • Mike October 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      It’s not bad, but i haven’t tried it myself and that’s why it’s not in here. but it should be on par with all the other devices with an AMD e250 or the newwer e450

      • Ken October 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        Dear Mike,

        I just bought the Fujitsu PH521 with AMD APU E-450 here in Taiwan for about USD 549,-.
        You can get the same with E-350 for USD 449,-.
        I think it is a great notebook and competes pretty well with HP DM1, E120 Thinkpad or Asus 1215B.
        Furthermore, Fujitsu laptops are very popular in Taiwan because of their quality.
        Best regards! 

  27. Tammyfung99 April 17, 2012 at 2:56 am

    thnak you for your info.
    I had a lenovo s12 that i love to death, however, recently crashed. I am looking for something very similiar. any recommendation?
    12.1 inches, white, is what i really wanted.

    • Mike April 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

      There aren’t many 12 inchers in stores anymore as they were replaced by 11.6 inch mini laptops. See the ones below. The Lenovo S205 or the new S206 that should get in stores soon should be good picks for you.

  28. Craztcatfish999 May 17, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Hi Mike

    I was keen on purchasing a DM1, S205 or X120e, but I have read on the forums that they all come with very weak if not faulty wi fi . The problems are frequently posted about with some people having to replace the wi fi units. Have you heard about these problems/complaints and do you know if there has been any easy/ effective solutions? I think its serious hardware problems, which makes these models very inneffective netbooks. Considering they cna charge a premium price, its surprising Leonovo and HP didnt sort out the problem. Any suggestions? I will probably purchase Toshiba now, but netbooks in general are becoming difficult to find. Thanks abd great reviews. I found them the most helpful on the bet.

  29. ash May 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    hi mike, please tell me which one is better the hp dm1 series 11.6″ laptop with i3 2367m 1.4ghz,4gb ram,500 gb hd
    samsung np305u series 11.6″ laptop with amd e450,2gb ram ,500gb hd.

    • Mike June 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Hei Ash. It depends on waht you need from that laptop. The Intel Core i3 version will be a bit snappier for daily tasks, multitasking, etc.

      The Samsung with the Amd platform is better in terms of graphics and will allow you to run some games (not the latest titles though). Both will be able to run Full HD video at ease and should offer about the same battery life (with a slight advantage towards the Intel I’d say).

  30. Maxwell June 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Hi mike, what would you say about the asus 1225b built with amd processor considering dat i’m not a gaming person but like its portability. thanks

    • Mike June 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Maxwell, see my review of the 1225B here on the site and the video review. I speak about the games as well :P

  31. Klaus Asbjoern July 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Mike. Is there any specific reason to choose the Lenovo s205 over the acer 722? They seem pretty similar in specs but not so in price, the acer being cheaper.
    Also, the 1225b over the Lenovo s205 with the Asus being the most expensive?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Mike July 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Klaus, first of all let’s make sure we’re comparing exactly the same hardware platforms for all the three. The Acer from waht i know is available with a slower AMD C60 APU, while the other two come with AMD E350 or AMD E450 APUs. The latter platform far outperforms the first.

      With that in mind, the Ao 722 is a glossy device and is the worst built or finished of the two. It’s not bad though, but there’s little attention to details on that model, which is actually alright for that price range.

      Now, what I like on the S205 is the keyboard, which is very good, way better than the one on the Acer and slightly better than the one on the Asus.

      Both the Acer and the Lenovo feature glossy screens, the Asus has a matte one, which will come in handy when taking the laptop outside. Also, the Asus comes with a matte plastic exterior, so is less prone to scratches, smudges, etc

      And then there are some other issues like how easy it is to upgrade memory on these machines (I guess you’ll want 4 GBs of RAM with them), do they have HD webcams or not, do they have USB 3.0 ports or not, do they run loud or do they get hot. For those you should read dedicated reviews and find out more.

      Basically, the Acer is way cheaper than the others because it’s also worst when it comes to details. For its money and if you’re ok with all its issues, it’s a best buy. If you need the keyboard and the slightly better feel, the Lenovo is a good buy. As for the Asus, as long as we’re talking about similar hardware platforms as the ones on the Lenovo, it shouldn’t be more expensive. You get USb 3.0, matte screen and exterior, you’ll decide if those are worth the extra bucks or not

  32. Maxwell July 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hello mike, i wanna know if asus 1225b has got intel specs in the market.

  33. Paul July 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Mike, great website, I was wondering if you will be reviewing the Acer one 725 and the 756. I like the idea of the 756 options of celeron or pentium, I’m in the UK, any idea of release dates in Europe also for these two models.


    • Mike July 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

      hey Paul. I’ll do my best, unfortunately Acer’s are a bit difficult to grab around here lately, they tend to get in stores late and the PR’s don’t have any press samples. But I’ll try

  34. Reonhato August 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I hope you’ll be able to review any laptop with the newer AMD E2-1800 chip like the new HP DM1 and Sony Vaio E 11inch :)

    It will be interesting to compare it to the E-450.

    • Mike August 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Yea, I hope so too… I didn’t get my hands on the new AMD APU till now

  35. Wendell Akita August 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Mike: I just bought an Acer One 756-2420 from Costco. It is an 11.6″, 4GB/%00GB with a 4cel ion battery. I will be using it when we travel to mainly watch dvd and surf the net for sports scores and some email. We travel 3-4 times a year out of the USA. Would this be a good mini and which brand of external drive would you recommend.

  36. Wendell Akita August 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Mike: The Acer has 4GB / 500 GB memory.

  37. Azch August 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Hey mike, nice guide. I am actually thinking of buying an ASUS or ACER, can’t decide what model yet. But I’ll definitely go for an AMD proc, do you have any recommendations? Thanks

    • Mike August 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Well, there’s the Asus 1225B, the Acer AO722 or the newer Acer AO 756

  38. irfan September 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    what do you sugest for my !3 year old daughter she is in 7th grade my budget is around under $300 thanks

  39. Sab September 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Just dropping by to say thankyou for your review on 11.6″ laptops. Ive been looking for informative reviews for a while and never found anything suitable. And now I’ve stumbled across yours and its perfect! Very helpful with enough technical info I can easily understand!

    Thanks again :)

  40. Leo Aiello October 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Hello Mike,

    I would like to get the Asus Zenbook UX21 A. It is the 11.6 inches Zenbook with the 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel processor. I have no idea where to buy it. I have seen the 13.3 inches UX31 A Zenbook available in Amazon but not the 11.6 inches. Do you know anything about the availability of the 11.6 inches UX21 A in US-Canada?

  41. Ky October 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Hey Mike

    Im looking for a basic 11.6″ or 12″, almost exclusively for writing. It just needs to be able to run a screenwriting program smoothly (which ive heard can be a problem for some slower pc’s). Some storage for music etc too.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Ky

    • Mike October 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Most of the ones above will do just fine, look at the Lenovos and the HP’s for the best keyboards. Dell’s are alright too. I’d stay away from Acer and even Asus though.

  42. Ruby October 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I want to buy a notebook but I feel lost, I don’t know what’s better a notebook or a tablet!!??? I am a teacher and I want to connect my device to a projector :( what’s better for me!!! PLEASE HELP ME

    • Mike November 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      well, it depends. a laptop is more versatile, has the ports, the keyboard, etc. The newer tablets will have those as well, in some way, but will be more expensive.

      With the Surface tablet it’s a bit more complicated, as it’s not officially sold in my country :(

  43. Ruby October 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Please we badly need a review on Microsoft’s Windows 8 Surface tablet which also comes with a keyboard :)

  44. Ruby November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much, your website is the best one I ever got accross.

  45. sabrina turner November 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hi, I need to purchase a laptop/netbook? for Christmas for my daughter. She wants a small one preferably 11.6″. It will be used for facebook, internet surfing and online small games. Can you make any suggestion Please; I don’t know anything about computers>.

    • Mike December 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      sabrina, those listed in here will do. I’d probably pick between the Hp dm1 and the Asus 1225b

  46. Douwe Steens December 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Mike, first of all I love your reviews they are very usefull!
    I really want the new Asus vivobook x202e 11.6″ but I really don’t know which I have to buy, because there is one with the Intel i3 and the 100 euro cheaper Intel Celeron. Is the difference between those two so big that, that 100 euro extra is money well spend? It is really just for everyday work :)
    Hopefully you can help me out

  47. Tom March 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Take a look at Clevo 110er; I updated mine with Crucial M4 SSD. I am pretty sure that this is the fastest 11-incher out there (with up to 16GB of RAM); what astonished me was that it has 4 hours or more of battery life also; and it can be found for under $1K

  48. james braselton March 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    hi there i have the 13.3 inch macbook air 256 gb flash all macbook airs have 512 gegabytes flash storage

  49. Tobbe April 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Hmm.. I have an old DM1 2020eo with an AMD Neo x2 1.3Ghz. How does it compare to the newer 4300-series DM1 with the 1xxx cpus?

    • Andrei Girbea April 19, 2013 at 12:06 am

      the new configs are faster and more efficient. The speed difference is pretty big, so if you’re not satisfied with your old dm1 anymore, you could consider an upgrade

      • Tobbe June 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        My DM1 just had a seizure and I get a red screen of death.. probably needs a new mainboard :P

  50. specs May 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

    How would the above mentioned laptops compare to the following two 11.6 inch laptops?

    HP Elitebook 2170p and Clevo W110ER (the Clevo W110ER is a bare-bown that can be customized by many different companies. Malibal and ExoticPC can even install a matte screen onto it with additional fees)

  51. kftgr May 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    For the Zenbook UX21A, which would give better battery life, the i5 or i7 in the currently available configs? This is for Office, java based web apps, web browsing, and powerpoint presentations.

  52. Ethan May 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Hi Mike,

    I’m replacing my old MacBook for a Windows 8 based lappy, but I’m having trouble figuring out what I need.

    Mostly I’m a writer and net surfer, but I need the power to edit movie quality video, basic photoshopping and editing, and record quality audio while on the go. Suggestions based on those requirements?

    Thanks for your time.

    • Andrei Girbea May 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I believe you should go for one of the 13.3 inch ultrabooks, with at least an Intel Core i5 processor.

      If you’re a writer, you’ll ready need a keyboard as good as possible, so I’d look at the Lenovos, Dells and HP offers. Personally, I’m a Lenovo x220 USER AND i’M LOVING IT, but it’s not an ultrabook, it’s a bit larger.

      Anyway, if you can wait a couple of months though, Intel will launch the new Haswell hardware platform very soon and we should see a bunch of new devices by the end of the summer, that should be better than what we have now.

  53. Danielle June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I’m a uni student looking to buy a new ultrabook as mine is quite old, but I want to spend my money on something that is going to last or get me through quite a few years.

    I suppose I just want something that is light, Windows based and good for note taking and Internet. I don’t really know to be honest, just something that is quality! Would you have any recommendations based on my scattered information?

    Thankyou for your help :) x

    p.s. Just out of interest, would you say (personally, of course) that you would be a Windows or and Apple user? I can never judge which system is better!

  54. Shimon September 7, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Hi All,

    I have the Sony VAIO E11 Series and would not recommend it to anyone. Very slow, no power to process any pictures just a total loss of the invested money. Can’t wait to replace it with a faster unit.

  55. Oladele January 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for your reviews. Quite elightening.

    However I still need a few assistance with comparing the memory capacities of SSDs with regular Hard disk (i.e. equivalencies).

    I am looking for an affordable laptop with the following specifications: ultra slim compact 11.6-12.5″ FHD or QHD screen size (no 10.0 minis and nothing bigger than 13″), at least 4GB RAM, 500-750 HDD memory or equivalent (larger the better), 6hr or more battery life (actually need 9hrs). at least 2xUSB port with a webcam and in-built bluetooth. Intel Haswell preferred but AMD is good. I can also take an LED if the RAM and Disc space are good.

    My budget is around $1000 or less. Touch screen, SD card slot, hybrid tablet would be added advantage and can motivate me to pay higher price though not a necessary feature.

  56. simi February 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi mike :)
    i want to buy a mini laptop,, preferably 11.6″ with 2 or 4gb ram, 320gb HD, giving a 5-7 hours backup. I have to use it mainly for programming and watching movies sometimes. Plz suggest. Plus i can’t decide what processor would work for me, AMD dual, Celeron dual or a 3rd gen i3 ?? A friend suggested asus 1015E. Your take?

    • simi February 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      My budget is 330$ of for now :/

  57. JohnP March 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Any thoughts about the newer haswell Celeron 2955U?

    Trying to replace an Asus Eee 1008H.

    I abhor touch screens, but want the 8+ hrs of battery for travel use. Tried a chromebook, but the keyboard is not good for my touch typing. The power button is where the “del” key is on every other keyboard – turned off the chromebook about 15 times yesterday by accident.

    So – any suggestions in the sub-$400 range? This is a travel-only device for me. Tried tablets with keyboards – not quite enough OS for my needs.

    I’m a ruby/perl developer for servers so something that can support 4-8G of RAM and 100+G of storage is needed.

  58. tanzil May 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    hey mike…can you suggest me a good laptop(slim,5 to 6 hours battery life,500 gb harddisk drive,dual core 2.0 or 2.5 ghz,graphics card:-2gb nvdia or raedon…that is within 300 bucks…exact)…plzz i need help!…

  59. Kally July 7, 2014 at 2:14 am

    What is the SMALLEST, best laptop that gives you a DVD drive in addition to memory card slot, USB, etc. I’m looking for something that is very small yet has all the basic features of a larger one. Thank you for your time and effort in responding.


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