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Best 12-inch laptops and 2-in-1s of 2018 – petite and punchy mini notebooks

Best 12-inch laptops and 2-in-1s of 2018 - small and punchy mini notebooks

Thesis days, if you want a good notebook te a klein package, you pretty much have to go for a device with some sort of 12-inch screen.

That’s especially the case if you’re after powerful specs and premium features, cause otherwise, if you’re on a tighter budget, chances are you’ll find something better suited for your needs among 11-inchers, which wij discussed ter depth ter this other article. And that’s because there aren’t many affordable 12-inchers out there anymore, but fairly a few good and inexpensive 11-inchers.

Knowing this, I’ve determined to split the devices wij’re going to voorkant ter this postbode into two different sections, but not based on budget, spil with most of my other lists, but based on screen types and form factors:

Wij’ll talk about the best available options ter each of thesis classes below, te order to help you ter your quest for the volmaakt klein rekentuig. Omzetbelasting, it’s worth adding that I’ve used a 12-inch laptop spil my daily driver for many years. Recently I’ve switched to the Dell XPS 13, which is the most klein 13-incher on the market (could be considered spil a 12-inch sized laptop with a 13-inch screen), but I still consider 12-inchers to provide that sweet balance inbetween size, weight and features.

The convertible 12/12.Five inch mini laptops

Most 12-inch options pack touchscreens thesis days and some sort of a convertible form-factor. That makes them usable spil a notebook for work related activities, with a good keyboard and trackpad at your disposition, but also spil tablets or anything ter inbetween, if the user so desires.

Microsoft Surface Voor Four

The Surface Professional Trio wasgoed one of the most appreciated convertibles of 2014/2015, and the newer Surface Professional Four does everything slightly better.

It maintains the tablet form-factor, but gets a slightly larger 12.3-inch Trio:Two screen, with a higher 2736 x 1824 px resolution and an improved digitizer and schrijfstift. You’ll find a few more details about the schrijfstift from the movie review included below, spil I feel this is one of the main reasons you might want to buy a Surface Voor Four. Magnesium is still used for the outer case, which gives the slate’s a nice and sturdy feel, and the Surface Professional Four is thinner and lighter than the Surface Professional Three, despite the fact that it packs a larger screen.

Hardware wise, the Surface Voor Four is built on either Skylake Y or Skyalke U processors. The former is a fanless podium targeted at casual users, while the latter are the Core i5 and i7 processors found te most of the other modern ultraportables, albeit this time crammed into a lil’ figure. The spectacle of the Surface professional Four is a significant bump overheen the Haswell based SP3, both te everyday use and especially te anything graphics related. The top configuration can also be paired with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.

The Keyboard Folio is another significant improvement overheen its predecessor, spil the keys are taller and stiffer, while the trackpad is larger and more accurate. The fresh Folio works with the old Surface Voor Three spil well, so if you own the older Surface Voor, you could consider just upgrading the Folio, it’s worth it.

Not everything is all bells and whistles with the Surface Professional Four however. For example, Microsoft went for a smaller battery on this fresh iteration, which only translates ter about 5-6 hours of daily use. That’s average by today’s standards, at best. Then there’s the form factor, good if you want to use this spil a tablet or even on a desk, but not that much on a poetslap and other less conventional positions. And last but not least there’s the pricing.

Microsoft are charging premium for the Surface Voor Four, with the Core m3 version kicking off at $899 and the cheapest Core i5 prototype at $999. That’s without the vulpen and the Keyboard Folio, which are going to cost you around $200 toegevoegd.

Is the Surface Professional Four worth that zuigeling of money? Well, that’s up to you to determine. It’s undoubtedly a excellent product, but the high price tag make it rough to recommend for the average user. Go after this listig for more details and potential discounts, and you can also have a look at the Surface Professional Three, which is still a superb hybrid and sells for significantly less. Just make sure you get the redesigned Keyboard Folio if you opt for this one.

The Surface Voor Four is an excellent hybrid with Skylake hardware and a superb screen, but the older Surface Voor Trio is most likely the better option for the average user, spil it is much more affordable.

Lenovo Miix 700

If you’re a fan of the Surface Voor, you vereiste have the Lenovo Miix 700 on your list spil well, because this one is pretty much a much more affordable and not spil powerful copy of Microsoft’s device.

Ter fact, on the outisde it’s a copycat of the Surface Voor Trio, with a similar vormgeving, similar Trio:Two dispaly with Schrijfstift support, similar kick stand on the back and a similarly designed keyboard-folio, with a taller and supposedly a more comfy to use keyboard tho’.

Unlike the Surfaces’ however, the Lenovo Miix 700 is only built on Skylake Core M platforms, so it’s not going to be spil powerful. If you opt for a Core m5 or an m7 processor with 8 GB of RAM tho’, this device should be potent enough for most users and most everyday activities.

The major reason to consider this Lenovo is the aggressive pricing however. The base version is going to embark at $699 for a Core m3 configuration, but it actually includes the Keyboard Folio and the Dock. Ter other words, the Miix 700 is going to be several hundred dollars cheaper than a similarly specked Surface Voor Four.

Asus Transformer Book Chi T300

The Trasnformer Book T300 Chi is a premium detachable with an excellent price. Thesis days it sells for under $550, and for that zuigeling of money you’ll end up with a sleek aluminum 12-inch tablet and a matching keyboard dock.

I’ve reviewed the Transformer Book Chi T300 a while ago and I wasgoed affected by the screen, build-quality, spectacle and the typing practice. However, keep ter mind this is a Core M motorized device, so it is fanless, but at the same time not very prompt. It will do fine for everyday activities like browsing, editing Office documents and watching multimedia content. But don’t expect too much from it.

On the other arm, I wasn’t very blessed with the price at the time of the review, temperatures, Wi-Fi vertoning and especially battery life. The latter are still issues to consider, but the price has gone down ter the meantime, that’s why I think the T300 is thesis days a device to consider. Just make sure you know what you’re getting and what it can and cannot do.

The Asus T300 Chi offers excellent build quality and premium craftsmanship ter an affordable package

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 – the business hybrid

The ThinkPad Yoga 260 is business hybrid.

While still lean (0.7″,) and light (Two.9 lbs), the ThinkPad Yoga 260 checks boxes un-checked by most other 12-inchers. For example, it packs an excellent keyboard and a trackpad with mechanical click buttons, it packs a screen with digitizer and schrijfstift support, gets the latest Skylake processors and Nvidia dedicated graphics, gets a 44 Wh battery and is still strongly built.

On top of all thesis, the Yoga 260 is a hybrid, with a 360-degrees convertible display. The keyboard, trackpad, ports and overall form make it a fine laptop, while the fairly light weight and the screen make it a ge tablet spil well.

All ter all, at least on paper, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 looks like a finish 2-in-1, a device meant for those of us te search of spectacle te a sturdy and light convertible form-factor. It’s not affordable tho’, but that wasgoed expected, given its features. The base version starts at $949 , with a mid-level configuration going for several hundred dollars reserve. It will kasstuk the stores ter November 2015.

Dell XPS 12 9250

On a knuckle look the XPS 12 might look like a very klein 12-inch laptop, with a narrow bezel around the screen, but it’s actually a detachable. You can pull the tablet exclusief from the keyboard dock and use it independently, spil the hardware, battery and screen are all tucked inwards this slate.

However, the XPS 12 9250 is not like all the other detachables. Spil you can see from the article, the “hinge” on the dock is not exactly a hinge, but merely a support for the tablet. So the two parts don’t latch together, they just stay linked with magnets, and there’s no way to adjust the screen’s inclination te any way. This will influence everyday use and can be a major deal-breaker for some.

This aside tho’, the XPS 12 9250 is a fine little fellow. Magnesium is used for the exterior and the slate alone is skinny and light (1.75 lbs). Dell opted for a 12.5-inch IPS 4K display, while the entire thing is motorized by Skylake Core M platforms.

Spil for the dock, Dell is actually going to suggest two version for the XPS 9250. One is slimmer and only includes a full-size chiclet keyboard and a large trackpad, while the other is thicker and stronger, but also adds an toegevoegd battery and several ports. If you opt for the former version, you’ll have to rely exclusively on the two USB TypeC connectors and the SD card slot on the tablet.

The XPS 9250 is scheduled for release ter November 2015 te the US and you will find more details on the available configurations and prices on Dell’s webstek.

HP Spectre X2 12

The HP Spectre X2 12 is another hybrid with a Surface like form-factor. It gets a 12-inch display, Skylake hardware and an stunning aluminum figure. The Keyboard Folio is metallic spil well and sports backlit keys and a large trackpad.

I’ll update this section once the Spectre X2 12 will be available te stores. For now, check out this listig from HP’s webstek for more details.

Toshiba Portege Z20t

The Toshiba Portege Z20t is another 12.5-inch hybrid built on Core M hardware.

The tablet alone houses an IPS FHD touchscreen with a matte ending and an Active Digitizer, the hardware and a 36 Wh battery. The dock adds a good backlit keyboard, a trackpad, reserve ports and another 36 Wh battery. Combined, the two weigh Trio.Three lbs and make up for a solid 12-inch notebook.

Spectacle is still rather limited however, spil this is motorized by a Broadwell Core M toneelpodium, so the Portege Z20t is capable of dealing with everyday tasks, but not with very requiring chores. On the other forearm, it can lightly go for 10-12 hours of real-life use on a charge, thanks to the two batteries.

Spectacle might be a overeenkomst breaker for some of your, but I feel that the major reason why people will usually consider something else is the price, spil a Core M 5Y71 configuration with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD sells for around $1700. That’s pretty much insane for a Core M device, no matter how good it is.

The classics – clamshell 12-inchers

If you’re after a elementary, classic 12-inch notebook, you should know there are still a few of thesis left out there, and wij’ll talk about the best ones te this section.

Apple MacBook

The Apple MacBook is not an ultraportable for everyone, and that’s because it’s an expensive product and it’s only powerful enough to treat everyday tasks, but can’t overeenkomst with requesting chores and serious multitasking. I’ve gathered my ter depth opinions of the MacBook ter this postbode, te case you’re interested.

On the other palm, no one can deny this little fellow is a wonderful chunk of technology. It looks and feels amazing, it’s exceptionally light and skinny, it packs a fine screen and lasts for around 6-7 hours of daily use on a charge. Spil for show, well, it’s up to you to determine if this thing is what you want or not. Used lightly, it’s going to perform well. Shoved, it will gasp.

My main nits with MacBook are the keyboard and the IO however. The keys are decent sized and spaced, but travel very little inwards the framework, which leads to a weird practice. I type for a living and I couldn’t get used to this keyboard after using it for a few days and typing te thousands of words. If you can attempt it out ter an Apple Store, do it, for mij typing on it feels a lotsbestemming like touch-typing on a screen, because of the limited key travel. You might feel otherwise.

Spil for the ports, well, there’s only one, an USB TypeC connector on the left edge, used for charging the device, transferring gegevens, outputting movie and connecting peripherals, with the help of dongles. Dongles that are not included te the pack. Oh, and you can only perform one of thesis at a time, since there’s just that single port.

Thesis two aspects kill the MacBook for mij. And then there’s the price.

The base version of the MacBook Air sells for $1299, but you can actually get it cheaper online. Go after this verbinding for more details and potential discounts.

The base configuration however includes 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, alongside the Core M processor, which brings the MacBook close to similarly specked MacBook Air 11 and 13. So ter other words, you’re getting a better screen and a thinner/lighter package, but you’re sacrificing voorstelling, typing practice and battery life when going for the 12-inch MacBook.

Samsung ATIV Book 9

The ATIVBook 9 is a Windows running alternative for the Apple MacBook, a device built on a similar hardware verhoging, with a similar screen and a similar foot-print.

Aluminum is used for the entire case and the ATIV Book 9 weighs just Two.1 lbs and feels sturdy, well built. For the screen Samsung chose a 12.2-inch IPS panel, a bright, acute and color-accurate one. Spil for the keyboard, well, it travels a bit deeper than the keyboard on the MacBook, but the weird layout with a minuscule Space is annoying, while the lack of illumination is pretty much unacceptable at this level.

Hardware wise, the ATIV Book 9 is motorized by a Core M podium, with only Four GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of storage space. There’s also enough slagroom for a 36 Wh battery inwards, but the ATIV Book is not very efficient and will only last for 4-5 hours on a charge. So that’s another gevelbreedte where the MacBook comes on top.

Ter fact, I feel the MacBook is the better pick overall of thesis two, despite the fact that the ATIV Book 9 has a much more satisfying IO and more affordable prices on its side. You’ll find two USB Three.0 slots on the sides, a micro-HDMI connector and a microSD card-slot, while the prices range inbetween $1099 and $1199, but you can find this one even cheaper online. Still, you’re only going to pay $100 more for the MacBook, but get 8 GB of RAM, a minorly swifter processor, a backlit keyboard and a enhanced battery life, which I feel are worth paying a little reserve for.

Lenovo ThinkPad X250/X260

This is Lenovo’s latest business ultra-portable at the time of this postbode, but it might have bot substituted with the X260 proefje by the time you’re reading this.

The X250 is a business notebook, harsh, ordinary and built to withstand the daily hassle of business environments. It gets a rough framework and case, built from carbon-fiber, magnesium and hard plastic, and it passes various MIL tests, like extreme stimulations, high humidity, dust and others.

The X250 gets Broadwell hardware, while the x260 is motorized by the newer Skylake toneelpodium. They are paired with up to 8 or 16 GB of RAM (for the Skylake prototype) and SSD storage.

Hardware specs aside however, the two are similar ter many ways. They are a bit thicker than other ultraportables, but still fairly light (harshly Three lbs). They accommodate a large selection of full-sized ports and two batteries, one embedded within the case and an outward one, available ter several different capacities. Opting for the largest one gives you a combined capacity of 95 Wh, which means the laptop is going to lightly last for 15-18 hours of daily use on a single charge.

On top of thesis, both pack some excellent backlit keyboards and large trackpads with mechanical click buttons. They are also both regular clamshell notebooks with 12.5-inch IPS displays. You can opt for either a matte non-touch panel or a touchscreen, and it both cases the display can lean back vapid to 180 degrees.

Now, all thesis don’t come cheap. And spil business laptops, thesis ThinkPads are available te a multitude of configurations, with the base version selling for around $800 te the US, and a good Core i5 specimen with 8 GB of RAM and a 46 Wh battery going for around $1000. There are devices on Lenovo’s webstek that let you create your own configurations, and you might even find some predefined ones te other online stores.

One thing to keep ter mind is that thesis ThinkPads seem to be utterly expensive te Europe. A given configuration ter Germany costs almost 50% more than what it costs te the US, so if you’re living ter Europe, chances are thesis machines might not be worth your hard earned Euro.

Dell Latitude E7250 / E7260

Thesis are Dell’s business 12-inchers. Like the Lenovos above, they also pack a 12.5-inch screen te a rugged, strongly tested figure, ready for corporate life.

They are also available ter a multitude of configurations, with different screens, batteries and hardware options. The Latitude E7250 series packs Intel Broadwell hardware with support for 16 GB of RAM, while the Latitude E7260 series gets the updated Skylake processors.

Both series are klein and skinny, tipping the scales at just under Trio pounds. They suggest a utter set of ports, a backlit keyboard, a large trackpad with mechanical click buttons, a fingerprint-reader and an optional 3G/4G modem.

Bottom point, Dell waterput up together fine 12-inch ultrabook with thesis Latitudes, spil you can also see from this in-depth article about the Latitude 12 and 14-inch Series. However, the Latitudes are significantly more expensive than the Thinkpads. The base versions commence at around $1150 for what Lenovo asks less than $900, while a mid-level Core i5 prototype sell for around $1400 (and only around $1000 for a similar Thinkpad).

So spil much spil I’d like thesis Latitudes, I can’t see why a regular user would actually pay that much for them, when the ThinkPad X models are just spil good and much more affordable. Perhaps Dell are focusing more on corporate clients and not that much on end-users, otherwise it’s hard to understand their pricing policies and their high margins.

HP EliteBook 820 and 1020

HP offers two high-end models with 12.5-inch screens, the EliteBook 820, built on Core U hardware, and the EliteBook 1020, built on a Core M toneelpodium.

The latter could be an option if you truly want the entire EliteBook practice ter a fanless machine. That translates ter sturdily build aluminum case, a superb keyboard and a large selection of ports on the sides. But considering how the Folio 1020 actually weighs around Two.8 lbs and only includes Core M hardware and a 36 Wh battery, I don’t think this is actually worth the amount of money HP asks for it.

The Core M 5Y51 specimen with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD sells for $1200 , while the Core M 5Y71 version with 8 GB of RAM and a 180 GB SSD sells for $1500. That kleuter of money can buy you either a much swifter Core i configurations from other manufacturers, or one of the slimmer and much lighter Apple Macbook or Samsung Ativ Book S.

The EliteBook 1020 mixes Core M hardware with the standard characteristics of a premium laptop, but it’s high price tag can be a overeenkomst breaker

The EliteBook 820 on the other forearm is a superb machine. Te fact, it’s an option for those who appreciate the naked-aluminum look ter a business machine, and packs pretty much everything one could want from a klein laptop, including the latest Core U processors, IPS FHD matte or touch screens, an excellent backlit keyboard and trackpad with mechanical buttons or a 46 Wh battery, all tucked inwards a snugger assets that weighs around Trio lbs.

The base configuration sells for just under $1000 and includes a Core i5 processor with Four GB of RAM, HDD storage and a HD TN display. There are a handful of preconfigured models available online, and there’s also the possibility of customizing your own version on HP’s webstek, but ter this case a Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of RAM, a FHD IPS touchscreen and a 500 GB HDD will hop to around $1300, which is rather pricey. Still, the EliteBook 820 sits somewhat inbetween the Thinkpad X and the Dell latitude series, price wise.

The EliteBook 820 can be the ideal 12-incher for those who appreciate the bare-naked aluminum looks te a business ultraportable

Wrap-up

Ok, that’s about it with my list of recommended 12-inch laptops.

Thesis days there aren’t spil many laptops te this class, especially ter the affordable sub-800 dollars price category. Most manufacturers migrated their cheap entries towards the smaller 11.6-inch class, and kept the 12-inchers spil their more premium options, with high-end features and powerful hardware specs, which don’t come cheap.

So if you’re looking for more affordable mini laptops, you should certainly check out at my detailed list of recommended 11.6-inchers. And if you’re just after a klein and portable laptop, you might also want to go through the list of the best ultrabooks you can buy thesis days.

Spil for this postbode, I’m going to be permanently update it each duo of weeks, so be sure to check it out periodically for switches. Also, feel free to postbode your opinions, remarks and questions te the comments section below, I’m around to reply and will help out if I can.

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