Best 11.6 inch laptops and ultrabooks – recommended picks right now

Andrei Girbea August 26, 2014 Tops 118 Comments

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

During the last years, I’ve used and tested tens, maybe hundreds of small computers. Right now, my main laptop is a 12.5 incher, but I still own several 11.6 inch machines, which I chose because they packed fast enough hardware for my daily requirements and a decent keyboard/display, while being light enough to get along when traveling and inexpensive enough to not really worry about them breaking when thrown in my backpack.

In the end, I went for the superior size class just because I needed more power for my work (I do a lot of video and photo editing on the go), but most of you won’t probably need that kind of power. That’s why I believe the 11.6 inch notebooks offer the ideal balance between speed, size and price for the average consumer.

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 could be 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 instead. 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 inexpensive computers. They look and perform like a regular mini-laptop, but there’s a catch, as they don’t run Windows, but ChromeOS, which is built around Google’s web-services. That means you’ll be getting apps based on things you’re already using and are familiar with, like Gmail, Youtube, Drive, Maps, Music, Videos and so on, and you can download these apps from a Store, just like you do on an Androdi or iOS device. You can also get third party apps like Evernote or Facebook etc. , plus many games.

Chromebooks are mainly useful when connected to the Internet, as they rely on Cloud services and they only offer limited storage space, again, like a tablet/smartphone. But they can be used offline as well to watch movies, play games, edit documents and so on.

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, and a shortlist of the most interesting Chromebooks available right now, just below.

The latest Chromebooks Price Screen Hardware Weight Battery
Acer Chromebook C720
$199 – check for discounts 11.6″ HD TN matte Intel Haswell Celeron / 2-4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 2.76 lbs up to 8.5 h
Acer Chromebook C720P
$299 – check for discounts 11.6″ HD TN touchscreen Intel Haswell Celeron / 2-4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD 2.98 lbs up to 7.5 h
Asus Chromebook C200 $249 – check for discounts 11.6″ HD TN glossy Intel BayTrail Celeron / 2 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 2.5 lbs up to 10 h
Asus Chromebook C300 $249 – check for discounts 13.3″ HD TN glossy Intel BayTrail Celeron / 2-4 GB RAM / 16-32 GB SSD 3.1 lbs up to 10 h
Dell Chromebook 11 $279 – mostly unavaialble 11.6″ HD TN glossy Intel Haswell Celeron / 2-4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 2.9 lbs up to 9 h
HP Chromebook 14 2014 $299 – check for discounts 14″ HD TN Glossy Intel Haswell Celeron / 2 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 4.19 lbs up to 9.5 h
Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6 $319 – check for discounts 11.6″ HD TN matte Exynos 5420 1.9 GHz / 4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 2.65 lbs up to 8 h
Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 $399 – check for discounts 13.3″ FHD TN matte Exynos 5800 2.0 GHz / 4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD 3.06 lbs up to 8.5 h
Toshiba Chromebook CB35 $279 – check for discounts 13.3″ HD TN glossy Intel Haswell Celeron / 2 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD 3.3 lbs up to 9 h

I personally own an Acer C720, the most affordable in this list, which is really fast for the money and lasts for at least 7 hours on a charge. I’ve also used the Asus C200 for a while, one of the few Chromebooks built on a fanless Intel BayTrail hardware platform. This makes it completely quiet in daily use, something you will appreciate if working long hours into the night, in completely silent rooms. But I stuck with the slightly faster Acer in the end.

I use the Chromebook C720 (left), but I also toyed with the Acer C200 (right)

I use the Chromebook C720 (left), but I also toyed with the Acer C200 (right)

If you do want a larger device, the Acer C300, the HP Chromebook 14 2014 and the Toshiba Chromebook CB35 are the ones to consider, all starting below $300. Samsung’s Chromebook 2 13.3 is another interesting option, the only one in this list with a 1920 x 1080 px IPS panel, but it does sell for $399 and is somewhat underpowered when compared to the Intel based machines.

Manufacturers are launching new Chromebooks as we speak, so the offer for such small and affordable devices is getting more and more diverse, which means there’s a greater chance to find something that you will enjoy among these. Make sure to check out the extended post on Chromebooks for the updated list of the latest entries.

The Acer Aspire E3/V3 families

If you’re after a regular 11.6 inch laptop with Windows and don’t want to spend much on it, the Acer Aspire E3 should be towards the top of your list.

Acer advertises it as a good laptop for study and travel, and it actually is. The 11.6 inch E3 looks and feels fine for a computer in this case, with a silver plastic shell, a full-size keyboard and a decent HD screen. It also packs 3 USB ports around the sides and HDMI, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It’s powered by either a fanless Intel BayTrail-M N2830 processor, or a faster Pentium N3520 CPU, paired with 2 or 4 GB of RAM (but can take up to 8 GB) and either a 320 or a 500 GB HDD, which can be replaced with SSDs if you want these laptop to get faster. Out of the box though, these Acers will handle daily activities fine, just don’t push them or they’ll choke fast.

The battery is rather small and these things will only last for 4, maybe 5 hours on each charge, so if you do need something that will last longer, you’ll have to look at the other devices in this post. Or the Aspire V3s mentioned a bit further down.

Even so, for the money, the Acer Aspire E3 are great 11.6 inch mini-laptops for the go. The N2830 / 2GB RAM / 320 GB HDD version sells for around $250, while the N3520 / 4 GB RAM / 500 GB HDD sells for a little over $300. See this link for more details, latest prices and potential discounts.

Acer also have the Acer Aspire V3-111Ps in stores, very similar to the E3s above, but with a larger battery (will last for around 6 hours on a charge) and a touchscreen. They start at about $330, as you can find-out by following this link.

Acer Aspire E3 - one of the most inexpensive Windows 8 mini-laptops

Acer Aspire E3 – one of the most inexpensive Windows 8 mini-laptops

Asus K200MA

This is Asus’s competitor for the Acer E3 above, another good 11.6 inch mini laptop that sells for under $300.

It is available in a bunch of different colors (black, blue, red and white) and is also made of plastic. The build quality is similar to the one of the Acers above, but aesthetically, I find those more appealing. If you do want a colored laptop though, you’ll end up leaning towards these. The K200MAs also pack full-size keyboard, a large trackpad and the standard ports around the sides (3USBs, HDMI, card-reader).

Unlike the Acers, the Asus K200MA is only available with Intel BayTrail-M processors, either a N2815 or a higher clocked N2830, paired with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard-drive. And also unlike the E3s, these machines come with a touchscreen by default, on TN 1366 x 768 px panels.

Daily use battery life is close to 6 hours, which is somewhat better than the Acers offer.

However, the Asus K200MA starts at around $300 (see this link for more details and discounts), which makes it more expensive than the basic version of the Acer Aspire E3. Given what it offers though, the K200MA is more of a match for the Aspire V3-111P, which is actually more expensive, so if you do need the touchscreen and the extra RAM/Storage space, the Asus K200MA is the best 11.6 inch mini laptop you can get for the money right now.

The Asus K200MA offers a touchscreen, 4 GB of RAM and an Intel BayTrail hardware platform for under $300

The Asus K200MA offers a touchscreen, 4 GB of RAM and an Intel BayTrail hardware platform for under $300

Asus Transformer Book T200/T100 2-in-1 mini laptops

This is a slightly different device than the ones listed above.

In few words, the T200 is a Windows tablet, running on an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T hardware platform, with 2 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of storage. It packs a 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 px touchscreen and a docking station, which includes a keyboard, trackpad, a few ports and room for a HDD. Together, the two act as a mini laptop, albeit a rather heavy one, weighing about 3.6 pounds, which will last for 7-9 hours of everyday use on a charge and even longer when used lightly.

That Atom BayTrail-T 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. See my detailed review of the Asus T200 series for more details.

The Transformer Book T200 starts at under $400 (you might find discounts here) these days and scores good reviews and marks with those who already bought it.

Asus also offers a more compact version of this device, the Transformer Book T100TA (reviewed over here), with pretty much he same features, but a smaller 10.1 inch screen and of course, a more compact and lighter body. Thine one sells for under $400 as well, as you can see via this link

The Acer Transformer Book famility: T200 (left) and T100 (right)

The Asus Transformer Book family: T200 (left) and T100 (right)

Other options

  • Toshiba Satellite NB15T – similar to the ASUS K200MA and the Acer Aspire V3, the Satellite NB15T is another compact machine with a touchscreen and BayTrail-M hardware. However, it does pack a rather small battery (4 hours of daily use), is heavier than its competitors (3.3 lbs) and more expensive as well, as it sells for between $350 and $400. And these are enough reasons to place this one in the “Others” section.

  • HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11 – this is powered by AMD hardware, with a few different options to choose from. Unlike the Intel platforms, these AMD ones are not as efficient, but they do pack more powerful graphics, so if you need something light and cheap for occasional gaming on the go, you could consider them. The cheapest models start at around $360.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S210 – another 11.6 incher with a touchscreen and this time a slightly superior typing experience, but the S210 is built on an Intel Celeron Ivy Bridge processor, which is going to be faster than those BayTrail-M configurations available on most of the devices mentioned above, but not as efficient (so don’t expect more than 3-4 hours of life from this one). On top of these, the IdeaPad S210 is rather expensive, selling for just under $400 these days, but if you can find it cheaper, it would be worth considering.

To wrap this up, you get to choose between fast and long-lasting Chromebooks in this price-range, or basic Windows machines. If you can stretch your budget above $300 and closer to $400, you will get a few decent options to choose from, although Windows 8 on low-power computers like these is only meant for light everyday activities and not more. If you only have $200 to $250 to spend though, go with a Chromebook, you’ll end up happier.

Everyday 11 inch notebooks

If  you need a better looking and faster 11 incher, with more premium features, you should look at the laptops included in this section, with price tags ranging from $400 to $600.

Asus VivoBook X200LA and X202E / S200

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

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

The X202E/S200 models are in fact the same laptop, with a few configuration differences between them, that’s why we’re going to generically refer them all as the Vivobook X202E.  This one is the first ultrabooks in this list, but unlike many of the others we’re going to mention in the next section of this post, it is affordable. My full review for the X202E is available overe here and you should definitely check it out.

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 (all IvyBridge CPUs). 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 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 Asus Vivobook X200LA on the other hand is the updated version of the X202/S200, with Intel Haswell hardware inside. It’s available with a Core i3-4010U processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD, plus a slightly larger battery than before, which combined will allow it to last for about 5 hours on each charge. Still not much, but an improvement over the older models.

The X200LA however was also slightly redesigned. It is made entirely out of plastic and is marginally thicker and heavier (0.1 lbs) than the X202E. In fact, it shares the design with the K200MA mentioned before.

Even so, you should get the new model over its predecessors, as it also sells for under $500 (see this link for more details and potential discounts) and the slight bump in performance and battery life is worth having. But you could also consider some refurbished X202/S200 Core i3 versions which should sell for between $300-$400.

The Asus S200LA is bulkier, heavier and made of plastic, but packs a bigger battery and an updated Intel Core i3 Haswell processor

The Asus S200LA is bulkier, heavier and made of plastic, but packs a bigger battery and an updated Intel Core i3 Haswell processor

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series

The new Inspiron 11 3000 series (2014 edition) is a very appreciated 2-in-1 laptop with a Yoga-like form factor (the screen leans 360 degrees around the hinge). Thus you can use it as a regular mini laptop or as an 11.6 inch tablet. The whole thing is made from plastic, but looks and feels really solid, weighs about 3.1 pounds and is 0.8 inches thick, which is not bad for such a device, especially since it offers all the needed ports around the sides (3USBs, HDMI, card-reader), plus a 43 Wh battery inside.

There is however only an HD touchscreen on this Inspiron, with a rather mediocre TN panel, but that helps keep the price low. That and the hardware, an Intel BayTrail-M N3520 quad-core processor, which paired with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD is going to prove fast enough for daily activities. Of course, the slow 5400 rpm HDD is the bottleneck here and if you’ll replace it with an SSD you will make this machine much snappier.

Long story short, this is a nice 2-in-1 laptop fit for light use. However, with a list price of $499, it is more expensive than the Intel Core i3 powered Asus X200LA. But you can find it discounted online and unless you really need the extra power, I believe this Dell does offer a more complete experience (fanless use, convertible form-factor, longer battery life and better looking case).

There are many reasons why you would like the 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron 11 3000

There are many reasons why you would like the 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Lenovo Yoga 2 11

Last but not least there’s the popular Yoga, the 2nd generation launched in 2014, another 2-in-1 11 incher that you should consider.

It features the same convertible form-factor, a nicely build body made of plastic, with a smooth rubbery finishing, plus a good keyboard and trackpad, all these inside a 0.7 inch 3.2 lbs body (thus thinner, but heavier than the Inspiron 11 3000). It also shares the same Intel BayTrail hardware platform, but is also available in a few more powerful configurations, with Intel Core Y Haswell processors and SSD storage.

However, the Lenovo Yoga 2 trails the Dell when it comes to battery life, mainly because it packs a smaller 34 Wh battery, or connectivity, as it only offers 2 USB slots, a card-reader and a micro-HDMI port.

At the end of the day though, the Lenovo Yoga 2 could be the right 11 incher for you, although choosing between it and the Dell is not an easy task. The Intel N3520 / 4 GB RAM / 500 GB HDD configuration sells for under $500, while the more powerful Intel Core i5-4202Y / 4 GB RAM / 128 GB SSD variant can be found for under $800. But if you do need the power in this form factor, it’s well worth the money. See this link for more configuration options and potential discounts.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is another 2-in-1 11 incher worth considering right now

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is another 2-in-1 11 incher worth considering right now

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 2014 version is fast, solid and lasts longer than ever on a charge, up to 9 hours in real-life use, thanks to the Intel Haswell platform inside. On top of that, it is cheaper than even before, starting at $899. That kind of money will get you the aluminum unibody, the backlit chiclet keyboard, the larger and accurate trackpad and all the other standard features.

However, the 11 inch MBA still does not offer a card-reader and only has enough room around its slime edges for two USBs and a Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it still features an HD screen with a TN panel, which is subpar by today’s standards for a premium ultraportable.

Even so, the Macbook Air remains one of the best in this class. It’s beautiful and solid, it’s light (2.4 lbs) and lasts longer than any rivals on battery. It’s also fast, packing either Intel Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors with Iris HD 5000 graphics, 4-8 GB of RAM and 128 – 512 GB SSD storage. The base configuration starts at $899 as mentioned before and gets you a Core i5 CPU / 4GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD. See Apple’s website for details, but Amazon usually offers solid discounts on Macbooks, so you should definitely check out this link as well.

Bottom point, the 11 inch Macbook Air might lack some of the things offered by premium Windows laptops these days, like a card-reader, a touchscreen or a higher-quality panel. But it ticks all the other boxes and even outmatches all its rivals when it comes to a few important aspects (performance, keyboard/trackpad, battery life), that’s why I consider it probably the best 11 incher you can get for the money these days.

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 and probably the BEST as well

Sony Vaio Pro 11

If you’re after a highly portable 11 incher capable of running Windows, the Sony Vaio Pro, with its 0.6 inch thick and 1.9 pounds heavy body should be at 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 can find the various configurations discounted online.

The Pro 11 is not without flaws though. 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. See the clip below for more details.

Dell XPS 11 – the convertible ultrabook

The XPS 11 is another 2-in-1 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, is similar to the one Lenovo made 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 one thing: the touch-keyboard, with potential poor feedback and little travel. Even so, the XPS 11 remains an interesting machine worthy of your attention and one of the lightest 2-in-1s available today. It starts at $999, but all the available configurations can be found discounted online.

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 older IvyBridge ultrabooks, but still one of the sleekest and most powerful 11.6 inchers you could buy these days. It offers and aggressive look, slender body (weighs 2.4 pounds), a decent keyboard and trackpad. And there’s an IPS Full HD display on this one as well, with a non-glare coating.

Inside, the Zenbook UX21 houses Intel Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, 4-8 GB of RAM and 128-256 GB SSD storage. Packing all these in a thin body has some repercussions though: the battery life expectations aren’t great (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 alright.

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 might be able to find these discounted or even refurbished today.

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 built on Intel IvyBridge hardware, 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, although these days you will probably find it cheaper, if you can still find it at all, of course.

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

Some Windows 8 tablets

Laptops aside, there are also a few 11 inch Windows tablets on the market and most of them are quite good. Note that you won’t find many units sporting Intel Haswell hardware.

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.

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.

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.

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 Pros, but 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 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 as well, well suited for children or as a secondary travel devices.

If you want something more powerful or something fancier, you can choose 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.

Either way, 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 share it to your friends as well, if they need any help deciding what to pick for themselves.

Last but not least, if you have any questions or just something to add to this post, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, I’ll be around to reply and help you out.

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Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", Editor-in-Chief at I absolutely hate carrying around heavy stuff, that's why I'm fond of mini-laptops and portable computers. I'm primarily using such devices and have been testing them for many years now. Get in touch in the comments section below.


  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.


  60. Riley August 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    This is a universal mistake in any form of communication, whether written or spoken:

    “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”

    Regardless of its intent, it is just waiting to be taken as an insult. “You can get by with less, but personally I need more.” It is a complete no-no. At the very least, readers will be inclined to forgo the subject at hand and to divert into the “writer’s higher class” even if just out of curiosity.

    This comment is intended well. It may not matter to you, because you are merely writing a blog. However, to writers like myself, who are engaged in articles of some importance, it is a real mistake.

    Get it? Never do it.

  61. Phil August 21, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Quick question. What is the better deal the dell 11 3000 with a pentium processor for $405 or the dell XPS 11 for $630? Thanks

    • Andrei Girbea August 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Which CPU in the XPS 11? The keyboard on the XPS 11 could be a real problem, are you sure you’re going to be OK with it?

      • phil August 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        It was an i5 y CPU and I choose the inspiron instead. I’m pretty sure the keyboard was going to be too hard to get used to. And writing notes for university would take too long. Thanks for the quick response :)

      • Andrei Girbea August 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

        Yep, the digitizer is a strong selling point for the XPS 11, but I’d say the keyboard is overall a more important factor

  62. ravellar August 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Magic’s Zlate 11 is a good 2 in 1 that has Intel’s latest N3530 – New Pentium , to power it . WiDi is definetely a plus other than the bundle in soft keyboard ! I think it is one of the lightest around for it’s size at 800 gram

  63. Abhishek toofani September 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    i want to buy a laptop for college work…. like programming and photoshop or sometime watching videos…HD videos 720p or 1080p… so which one is good for me…
    Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series
    Lenovo Yoga 2 11…….

    • Andrei Girbea September 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

      I’d get the Dell: more ports, larger battery and cheaper

  64. Sandra October 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I just can’t decide or choose. I am looking for a light 11 incher (working in the train) with which I can use Office (Word, Outlook, Excel), view foto’s and video’s and preferably also photoshop and use Garmin Basecamp. I considered a acer aspire v3-111p-c7m7, but can’t find any revieuws. Can you help me pick a suitable one?

    • Andrei Girbea October 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Look for reviews of the Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 model on, it’s very similar to the one you’re interested in. It’s an alright option from what I can tell, with a few issues. Photoshop on this platform is going to be problematic though. You could also check out some of the Asus ASUS K200MA and the Core i3 versions if you want something a bit more powerful.

  65. dilip October 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hi mike, i am from india and i want to buy a budget range laptop (notebook), within $500. I prefer the 11.6 inch screen or 12 inch, maximum up to 13 inch, i travel a lot so i want to make sure that the notebook is in less weight. I think Intel powered 4gb i3 ram is enough for my use, with 500gb hard disk, with all the ports (HDMI,USB, Bluetooth.etc). With gqood battery backup(6-7 hrs), I don’t use for gaming, I just need for my tegular use and multitasking. I also learnt in your posts that few offer touchscreen and 360 degree adjustment (please mention in this category too). I followed your posts but got confused, Please suggest me good options which are available in the market, which give value to the money spent. Keeping in my mind I can afford for few adjustments but I am lucky if I get a sturdy and better working notebook. Thank you. Please reply me ASAP.

  66. Julianna October 10, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Great Review(s)!! Thanks for being so interested in this. I have not found any other review as comprehensive as yours. The humour you put into the Asus video was just brilliant! That’s what prompted me to write. Very kewl man. :)

    I have 3 Acer C710′s and an Acer V5-E1, plus a Lenovo Z570 and A Sammy R540. Ubuntu is running on most except the Lenovo. The Asus 202 is going to be my next one…running Ubuntu :)

    Thanks again for a terrific, humorous, real, and very well done review.

    JM (mobil-jedi)

  67. Adam November 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Can someone recommend an 11.6 with the following specs:

    Light – under 3lbs
    500GB HDD or repalcable to SSD
    Backlit Keyboard

    Currently have the Asus X205 which is great, just lacking HDD space and backlit keyboard. Do they have a model like this?


    • Andrei Girbea November 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Backlit keyboards are only available on some of the top 11 inchers like the Vaio Pro 11 (no longer built), the Macbook Air 11 and the older Zenbook UX21A from what I know.

  68. Vickie December 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Hey, Mike!
    What’s the fastest laptop for around 300 -400 in the US? It doesn’t have to have a webcam or much memory because I could just add that, but just crazy fast. Please, let me know. Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea December 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Probably one of the Acer or Asus laptops with an Intel Core I3 Haswell processors.

  69. scott December 28, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this. REALLY HELPFUL.

    I’m looking for the following:

    - Very portable. Will carry around with me all day.
    - Long lasting battery. Minimum 6 hours, but would like longer. Can’t waiver on this one.
    - Processing speed. Not really sure about this, but I need the laptop to do the following: send word documents back and forth (use track changes a lot so no chromebook), use excel for standard spreadsheets, do minor work with PDFs and images, have 5-10 tabs open in chrome a lot.
    - Want to stay under $500 and would love closer to $300

    From the post, sounds like I should go for- Asus K200MA, Asus Transformer Book T100 or T200, Acer Aspire V3-111Ps, or the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series.

    Do you agree? Would each of those have enough power for what I need?

    Again, THANK YOU!

    • Andrei Girbea January 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      THose optionbs sound about right. You could also add the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 in there.

  70. Patricia February 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you.

  71. Peter Andre February 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the article. It is excellent.

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