Top 6 most productive, energy efficient and compact laptops

| May 18, 2017

Manufacturers of laptops try to fill up their models to the maximum with modern technologies: these devices now receive touchscreens, can be transformed into tablets and run on battery almost every day. We have collected the best of “what technology has reached” to date, in the world of laptops.

Demand for laptops has been falling steadily for the past four years, while tablets have won the market. But this year, resellers recorded a slight, but nevertheless, increase in sales of laptops. Even large tablets with a keyboard could not compare with laptops in terms of functionality and performance, despite attempts by manufacturers to replace the laptop with a tablet. At the same time, laptops have become more mobile due to the reduction in mass (while maintaining a larger diagonal than the screen) and increasing the duration of autonomous work.

MacBook Pro 15″

The 15-inch MacBook Pro along with its “younger brother” with a 13.3 “screen was shown to the world in October of last year. Now this is the most productive laptop of Apple: inside it is a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with a clock speed of 2.6 or 2.7 GHz and the possibility of acceleration to 3.5 / 3.6 GHz, built-in SSD with a capacity of 512 GB to 2 TB in Depending on the configuration and 16 GB of RAM.

Having lost about 2.5 mm in thickness, the MacBook Pro in the 15.5-millimeter case was also the thinnest among all 15-inch notebooks. It seems that great news, but it was possible to throw off the superfluous device due to loss of almost all interfaces on the case. MacBook Pro is equipped with only four ports Thunderbolt 3. They can transfer data at speeds up to 40 Gbit / s, and this is 4 times higher than the bandwidth of the fastest protocol USB 3.1 Gen 2. But recall that the MacBook Pro sample of 2015, It was equipped with an SD slot, two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 connectors, HDMI and a MagSafe 2 magnetic charging slot. And in the new MacBook, users faced the problem of adapters, although they got a thinner laptop.

But let’s talk about pleasant things about MacBook Pro. Screen Retina resolution of 2880×1800 pixels. 67% brighter and more contrast than the 2015 model year. On the Mac for the first time appeared the scanner Touch ID. When you tap, the fingerprint database search is triggered, and the corresponding user profile opens. The main highlight was the latest development of Apple – touch panel Touch Bar, which appeared instead of the keys F1-F12. The tools that can be used on it vary depending on the type of activity: sound adjustment, smiles, switching between tabs in the browser, predictive text input and so on. The laptop is able to work autonomously for about 10 hours at an average load.

Microsoft Surface Book

The updated laptop from Microsoft, created almost at the peak of the MacBook (in any case, it was with the brainchild of Apple that he was compared at the presentation), knows how to work with iTunes, iCloud and iPhone – to the user that the transition from “apple” products will be for him practically Painless. Unlike the MacBook, the Surface Book has a removable touch screen that allows it to work in tablet, presentation or console mode – it’s convenient for those who need a laptop for work, especially artists and designers. The resolution is 3000×2000 pixels. And the density of 267 PPI pixels make the display even more attractive for work.

The laptop is equipped with the Surface Pen stylus, and the screen also supports control via the Surface Dial controller (the price on the site is $ 100). This manipulator in the form of a puck helps you turn pages in the browser, change the screen brightness, undo the last actions, etc. Login to the system using the technology of Windows Hello, which recognizes the face of the owner.

The top configuration, designed for designers, has onboard the Intel Core i7 processor of the 6th generation, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card with 2 GB of graphics memory, 1 TB of SSD and 16 GB of RAM. This is enough to work with serious graphics and resource-intensive games. In the offline mode, this laptop will last up to 16 hours. There are configurations simpler: with 128/256/512 GB drives and Intel Core i5 processor, and the battery in such models is designed for 12 hours of operation.

All Microsoft laptops are equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, two Surface Connect connectors for connecting additional monitors or projectors, and a Mini Display Port.

Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

Ultrabook-transformer Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 in a monolithic aluminum case received an excellent touch screen with a diagonal of 13.3 “, which can be rotated 360 ° to use the device as a tablet. The resolution of the display in the top configuration is 3200×1800 pixels. (Pixel density is high, 276 PPI), models with a Full-HD screen are also available. The manufacturer is especially proud of the brightness of the display and the juiciness of reproduced shades. Also in the ZenBook Flip screen is a high-precision touch panel: the contact sensors are located every 6 mm, and not every 9 mm, as in most notebooks, so the response to the touch here is clear and instant.

Moreover, the device with a thickness of 13.9 mm has a mass of only 1.3 kg, and it looks very impressive. The case is made of aluminum and is presented in two color solutions – Icicle Gold and Mineral Gray. The market offers several modifications of the ultrabook: based on the Intel Core m3, m5 or m7 6-th generation, with a RAM of 4 to 8 GB, SSD – from 128 to 512 GB, running a professional or home version of Windows 10. For graphics Meets Intel HD Graphics 515. The laptop is absolutely noiseless, the passive cooling system is coping with its task.

Ultrabook will appeal to fans to work without binding to the outlet – after full charging the battery is promised 12 hours of operation. There are enough ports on the case: micro-HDMI, USB Type-C and two USB 3.0 connectors. In this case, two adapters are included in the package, with them, the micro-HDMI will become a full-fledged HDMI, and the USB port – with the RJ-45 interface.

In general, Asus has a really compact and light ultrabook-transformer, which is a full-fledged Windows-notebook for work due to its decent performance.

HP Envy x360

Updated last year, the 15.6-inch transformer from HP is made in an all-metal casing: the device is thinner than its predecessors (the thickness of the case is 18.8 mm), to that it can open 360 ° – thus the manufacturer continues to support fashion on laptops 2 -in-1.

The model received an Intel Core i5 / i7 chipset with an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 540 graphics accelerator, a 2 TB hard drive and up to 16 GB of RAM, which allows you to run non-heavy games, easily mount video and movies. There is also a modification with an eight-core AMD FX 9800P processor and Radeon R7 graphics.

The laptop was equipped with a touch-screen Full-HD screen (there is a version with a display resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.) Covered with tempered glass – in the off state it looks like a solid black mirror, which looks very nice. As for the interfaces, there are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C and an HDMI connector, as well as a combo slot for headphones and a microphone. The battery allows you to work without recharging for almost 10 hours – autonomy at a good level, in addition, fast charging is supported, the device can “dial” 90% for an hour and a half.


Ultrabook from Dell, updated in September last year, entered our rating of notebooks with the best screen-to-case ratio due to its narrow near-screen frames. The DELL XPS 13 onboard Intel latest-generation processors and more long-lasting, in comparison with the previous model, built-in batteries with a capacity of 60 Wh • h. Also there was a new fashionable color of the case – Rose Gold. The thickness of the case varies from 9 to 15 mm, and the maximum weight is only 1.29 kg – the device has turned out to be one of the thinnest and lightest in the market in its category.

In such an elegant body hides a powerful iron. You can choose between the processors i3-7100U, i5-7200U or i7-7500U. For the graphics is responsible for the video card Intel HD Graphics 620. The maximum amount of RAM DDR3 -16 GB, solid-state drive – 1 TB.

The 13.3-inch screen thanks to the minimal frame now fits into the case of the 11-inch model. The junior version comes with an optional touch screen Full HD resolution, the older one – with a touch screen resolution of UltraSharp Quad HD.

Lenovo Yoga 910

Powerful laptop-transformer, the touch screen which easily rotates 360 ° and rigidly fixed at the right angle – as practice shows, the latter is not possible for all hybrid laptops. Last year, his fans were pleased with the new version, and the device was clearly more successful than the Yoga Book presented with him on the IFA-2016 with a touch-sensitive keyboard, which is almost impossible to type blindly or even just type text quickly.

The aluminum case Lenovo Yoga 910 “lost weight”, now its thickness – 14,3 mm (instead of 14,9 mm from the previous model). To enter the system and confirm online payments, a fingerprint scanner is used.

The manufacturer picked up the fashion for “frameless”: the 13.3-inch screen is placed in the same frame that was on the 13.9-inch Yoga 900 screen. The resolution can be chosen to taste: Full-HD or Ultra HD. As for the processor, the Ultrabooks 910 series, depending on the configuration installed Intel Core i5 or i7 Kaby Lake. The drive can be selected up to 1 TB. Time of continuous work of the laptop is 15 hours.

Although in general, the new Lenovo Yoga came to fame, there are not too pleasant updates – the case became more compact due to the fact that it disappeared SD-slot and video input. In order for one of the two USB Type-C ports to turn into HDMI or DisplayPort, you need to buy an adapter (the price on the site is $ 40).


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