Laptops are smaller, thinner, and more powerful than ever before. But they all vary in size and shape. Although most laptops these days have a 13.3-inch display size, some are equipped with screens as large as 17 inches and weigh as much as 9 pounds. So, we’ve scoured the internet to find the most powerful and portable laptops money can buy.
Our picks are perfect for students and creative types searching for a laptop with a smaller-sized screen, impressive battery life, a strong build quality, and a fast processor. Here are the best mini laptops on the market for when you need to get work done on the go.
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The latest member of the Microsoft Surface product family is an ultra compact, 10.5-inch tablet that’s a capable Windows 10 PC. A small budget will get you the entry-level Surface Go with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM, but you’ll have to pick up the trackpad and keyboard separately. During our test with the Surface Go, we found that it was powerful enough to handle a steady stream of apps without slowing down. Microsoft claims that the Surface Go is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of video playback between charges.
The Surface Go 2 is a wonderful video chat companion, too. It features dual 5 MP front- and rear-facing cameras that are even clearer than the Dell XPS 13’s webcam I most recently tested. Not only that, this computer has twin microphones that help increase clarity and reduce background noise.
Overall, this PC is a compact and versatile option that’s perfect for work or play. If you’re looking for a practical, affordable, and stylish mini laptop, you won’t be disappointed.
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Mini Laptop
For those in search of a versatile two-in-one that’s more affordable than competitors without sacrificing build quality, the VivoBook Flip 14 is worth your consideration. It provides a sleek design and speedy performance, given its sub. While its 4 GB of RAM usually means it suffers the occasional hiccup when you have lots of tabs open, the VivoBook Flip 14 runs most apps fine, just as long as you’re not doing any serious video editing.
Don’t let its larger 14-inch touchscreen screen deter you. The computer weighs only 3 pounds and is only about a half-inch thick. But it still packs plenty of ports, has 128 GB of storage space (enough for apps, games, and even several videos).
Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Convertible Mini Laptop
The affordably priced Lenovo 2-in-1 Chromebook is a good pick for students on a budget. It has a lightweight body, a comfortable full-sized keyboard, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The notebook’s processor isn’t the fastest around, but it’s more than sufficient for basic tasks, and it’s equipped with all the ports you need. Or as an editor at 9to5Google put it: “The C330 literally gives more expensive models a run for their money.” The 11.6-inch touch display won’t wow you with its HD resolution, either, but its 360-degree hinge allows you to lay it flat on a table to share content with friends or classmates, and stand it up like a tent. The laptop packs a 720p HD webcam for video chats, a microSD card slot to expand its small — up to 64 GB — storage, and an HDMI port for hooking it up to a larger display.
ASUS VivoBook L203MA Mini Laptop
The ASUS VivoBook is an affordable mini laptop that’s great for young students thanks to its affordable price and portable size. It’s equipped with dual USB Type-A ports, a USB-C port, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI out port. Its 11.6-inch display is bright, with a 1080p resolution. Since the screen is on a 180-degree hinge, you can lay it flat on a table to share content with friends, classmates, or colleagues.
Acer Swift 3 Mini Laptop
The Acer Swift 3 is a laptop that manages to find that sweet spot between price and performance. It features a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a massive 512 GB solid-state drive What makes the laptop really shine though is its extensive battery life. You can expect 13 hours of use before needing to recharge. This laptop has received glowing reviews from both Wirecutter and Wired for its convenient fingerprint sensor, impressive performance, and lightweight design.
Its biggest downside is that it lacks a touch screen, but at least you won’t have to worry about fingerprints dirtying up its high-resolution display!