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Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Go at Amazon
"It fits whatever form you need it to at any time."
Runner-up, Best Overall: ASUS Transformer Book at Amazon
"Thankfully, the beefy specs don't weigh down the laptop, since you get everything you need to multitask smoothly."
Best Budget: Dell Inspiron 11 3000 at Amazon
"An 11-inch mini laptop that is incredibly affordable."
Best for Artists: Lenovo Yoga Book C930 at Amazon
"Artists can draw on either screen with up to 4,096 different levels of pressure."
Best for Gaming: GPD Win 2 at Amazon
"Offers a supercharged gaming experience with built-in gamepad controls."
Best Chromebook Laptop: ASUS C302CA Flip at Amazon
"Gives you a powerful Web browser and the ability to run Android apps from your laptop."
Best Ultra Laptop: GPD Pocket 2 at Amazon
"Featuring a Full HD seven-inch screen, this little laptop is smaller than most average tablets."
Miniature laptops don't have a strict definition, but we think they should be easily portable, lightweight, versatile, and have a long battery life. The mini laptop that checks all these boxes in our eyes is the Microsoft Surface Go, which was released in May 2019. This is a tablet PC with a multi-touch screen and detachable keyboard, so it really fits whatever form you need it to at any time. The Go weighs a little over a pound and is the perfect in-between for those who want a superior tablet but the flexibility to also get a great laptop when they need it.
The Go has a 10-inch 1800 x 1200 pixel display powered by an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage that's upgradeable via a microSD slot. You also get Bluetooth 4.1, a five-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video, and an eight megapixel rear-facing camera. The battery life is a solid nine hours, which should last an entire workday without needing a charge. And for connectivity, it comes with a USB-C port, a headphone jack for wired earbuds, and a microSDXC Card Reader (Secure Digital Extended Capacity).
The ASUS Transformer Book is named so because of its ability to go from being a mini 10.1-inch laptop to an ultraportable touchscreen tablet in seconds. It comes in two versions depending on your budget: one comes with 64GB of memory and is 0.35 inches thin, the other has 128GB of memory and weighs only 1.7 pounds with the keyboard attached.
Thankfully, the beefy specs don't weigh down the laptop, since you get everything you need to multitask smoothly. The Transformer Book comes with 12 hours of video playback battery life, an Intel CHERRY Trail Quad-Core x5 processor, 1.9 GHz of speed, and 4GB of RAM. It runs on the latest version of Windows 10, and if you need to plug in a mouse or flash drive, there's USB, micro USB, micro HDMI, micro SD, and headphone ports for everything you own.
On a budget? The 11-inch Dell Inspiron 11 3000 won't set you back too much and comes with an AMD E2 or A6 processor, AMD integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The small display is only 720p but does feature an LED backlight. And while we don't recommend this laptop for anything intense (like countless Excel docs or for gaming), the Inspiron 11 3000 is an excellent laptop for taking notes, answering emails, and watching the occasional YouTube video.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 features a long battery life with most users receiving over 10 hours of usage, more than enough for a standard day or work or multimedia watching. Dell offers a variety of colorful options for the Inspiron 11, including white, gray, and blue.
We can almost guarantee that you've never seen a laptop like the Yoga Book C930, simply because there isn't anything else quite like it. Featuring dual-displays, this mini Windows laptop opens like a book to reveal two screens: a beautiful 10.8-inch QXGA multitouch display and an equally impressive 10-inch E-Ink display. Each one has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, with the electronic ink display quickly transforming into a keyboard.
Thanks to the machine's included Bluetooth pen, artists can draw on either screen with up to 4,096 different levels of pressure. If you've been resisting drawing digitally because of hard LCD screens, you might find it to be a different and welcomed experience.
The C930 is powered by some impressive specs to help run both screens equally well: a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, built-in card reader, 360-degree flip-and-fold design, an eight-hour battery life, and a fingerprint sensor for fast Windows log-ins.
Chinese-based GPD has been offering a plethora of fantastic mini laptops for anyone who doesn't want to carry a computing device much larger than the size of their palms. Among such offerings is the Win 2, a handheld Windows 10 computer that can run full AAA titles, offering a supercharged gaming experience with built-in gamepad controls with a D-pad, analog sticks, and face buttons.
The GPD Win 2 sports a touch-friendly six-inch IPS touchscreen with an Intel Core m3 CPU powering the backend. Users will also find an Intel HD Graphics 615, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storing their content. The processor runs at 2.6 GHz, it's actively cooled by a high-powered turbofan, and the average battery life is around seven hours. To top it all off, the Win 2 weighs under a pound.
While the included specs might seem a bit low for the latest releases, a dedicated GPD gaming community has put together a list of different games and how well they work with the hardware. If you're looking for an ultra mini Windows gaming machine, the GPD Win 2 might be for you.
Chromebooks have become an excellent solution for users who merely want to get online (read: they're not able to handle any rigorous tasks). The software at the heart of Chromebooks is ChromeOS, an environment that gives you a powerful Web browser and the ability to run Android apps from your laptop.
The ASUS Flip C302CA is one mini laptop option that runs Google's ChromeOS and does so at an affordable price. Internally, the Chromebook Flip features an Intel Core M Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of SSD storage that all sits within the unit's 12.5-inch Full HD display.
We enjoy the Chromebook Flip thanks to its backlit keyboard, solid build quality, and touchscreen capability, but really love it because of the 360-degree hinge. Just flip the lid over, and you can enjoy browsing the Web or playing the latest Android games from the Play Store all with your fingers. Weighing 2.65 pounds, the Flip can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
GPD's Pocket 2 is an ultra mini laptop built for the average user who wants to cram as much computing power into as small a package as possible. Featuring a seven-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, this little device is tinier than most average tablets while retaining an above average eight hours of battery life. It's also one of the lightest laptops we've ever seen, weighing less than a pound with its magnesium alloy chassis and Gorilla Glass 4 screen.
Underneath the metal shell, you'll find a 3.4 GHz Intel Core m3 Celeron processor, Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The smaller unit does remove the standard trackpad in favor of an optical finger sensor; however, you can always hook up an external mouse into one of its ports. To top it all off, it's actively cooled by being so thing and operates in a low noise mode. A device of this size isn't for everyone, but if you need the full powers of Windows in your pocket, then the GPD Pocket 2 is an excellent choice.