Notebooks are practical and easy to carry. They are a popular choice for those who need to write a lot due to work but that need to be constantly on the go. As with anything else, sometimes you have to be willing to pay a bit more for the best. A great notebook should reach the highest quality of standards in terms of design, convenience and performance. It should also be capable of meeting users’ individual needs. There are options for every requirements and budgets. From the high performing devices that focus on security and durability but that are also more expensive to those that offer a convenient and affordable option even if they can only be used for basic tasks.
After testing a large variety of devices, we found the best options based on the quality of their performance and their features. We took into consideration the most relevant aspects such as speed, battery life, as well as audio and image quality. These are our list of the best netbooks available in the market right now.
MacBook Pro 13 inch with Retina Display
If you are looking for the best netbook that money can buy, the MacBook Pro is the right choice. Even though the price of quality in this case is quite high (over 1200 USD), you get a top quality product that comes with a state of the art resolution screen, 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and amazing speed supported by its 128 GB drive. Additionally, the MacBook Pro has a beautiful design and provides up to 9.5 hours of battery life. A perfect combination of style and performance, the Mac Pro 13 ticks all the boxes and it’s an investment worth considering.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch
MacBook Air is the perfect device to carry around. It’s light and convenient but it’s a heavy duty device that offers speed and an impressive battery life of over 9 hours. It works with 4th Generation Intel i5 and you can get your hands on one of these for just under $1200.
HP Spectre 13t
For an outstanding speed and performance, you should go for the HP Spectre 13t. One of the reasons to prefer this Ultrabook is the amazing design of its keyboard, that is truly a joy to use. If music is your passion, you would be happy to know that this device comes with high quality speakers. Compatible with Windows 8.1, the HP Spectre 13t offers all the convenience of a 1080p touchscreen and an exclusive Control Zone touchpad, which makes scrolling to switch tasks easy. You can get this great Ultrabook for less than $1000.
Acer Aspire E1-572-687
You do not always have to spend a high amount of money to get a good netbook. For under $500, you can enjoy a top quality device such as the Acer Aspire E1-572-687. It has a light, elegant design and it is powered by a Core i5 processor and it features a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM.
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch
Do you need a device that can meet advanced multimedia requirements? Look no further, the ASUS N550JV is the ultimate tool for you. Everything from its powerful speaker system to its stunning 1080p touchscreen is designed to offer the best technology in sound and image. Not to mention its 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM. Add Intel HD graphics and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for a great visual experience for just over $1000.
Dell XPS 12
This is a truly impressive, innovative machine, that will instantly catch your attention thanks to its exclusive convertible screen that allows you to transform the device from Ultrabook to tablet mode. Design is not the only aspect that makes this device unique. The 1.6 GHz Hasswell Core i5-4200U processor with its 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD ensures a top performance and a high score in our testing. The battery life goes as far as 9 hours and a half, which is also impressive. The Dell XPS 12 is available for about $1200.
Lenovo ThinkPad X240
Lenovo ThinkPad X240 offers battery life beyond your wildest dreams: An outstanding 20 hours and a half. That’s two long haul flights worth of battery! The 6 cell extended battery makes it the best option for those who need a reliable device, ready to be use at any time. Other features that confirm that this is the ideal device for people who are constantly on the go is the spill-resistant keyboard. The price tag is less than $1100.