The 3 Best Mini Desktop Pcs 2021
The price you’ll pay for a laptop this size depends largely on the specifications and the brand. The MacBook Pro 16-inch will cost you upwards of two grand, while you can buy the Acer Aspire 5 for under $500. Jeremy Laukkonenalso penned a pair of reviews for the machines in our roundup. His obsession with technology tempted him away from the automotive industry to become a full-time ghostwriter for several major tech trade publications and a product tester for Lifewire.
The Acer Swift 7 is about certainly light weighing in at 2.6 pounds — not having a fan certainly helps keep the weight down and the noise to a minimum. The processing is comprised of an 8th Gen i7 processor and 8GB of RAM — plenty for daily work and school tasks. And if privacy is a concern, a cool design feature conceals the webcam in the body of a laptop when it’s not in use, so hackers don’t get a single peep. This is an excellent choice for anyone who prefers a PC to Mac, and is looking for a portable mini laptop.
This is still the case with Tiger Lake, though the “U” suffix is not present in the names of these chips to denote it. The new 2021 VAIO Z is one of the rare ultraportables with an H-series power CPU. As faster base parts become less expensive and more common, cheaper systems with decent build quality have become more capable.
It won’t be crowding anyone’s bags, either, because it’s incredibly thin at only 0.72 inches thick. A robust battery keeps you connected through long commutes, in environments lacking accessible power outlets, and while traveling. Battery life is a great feature for mobility, but it applies elsewhere, too, like when you’re working at home and experience unexpected power outages. A good battery means you’re less likely to lose that project you’ve been working on all evening. In-home warranty is available only on select customizable HP desktop PCs. Need for in-home service is determined by HP support representative.
These budget processors are inexpensive and energy-efficient, but they’re often paired with lesser RAM allotments and power users may find themselves frustrated by slow performance. You can probably make do if you’re a casual user and not multitasking much. The processors in ultraportables will usually be classified as U-series CPUs, which are designed for lean laptop builds.
If you want a bit more room for your work or entertainment, the Yoga 9i is a great choice. It’s available in 14- and 15.6-inch sizes with a variety of configuration options and everything about them is fast. Plus, they come with pens that charge and are stored in the body. In addition to this Acer Swift, we’re also fans of the Acer Aspire 5, which has a larger 15.6-inch display.
Our reviewer found the keyboard flexed quite a bit, which gives it a cheaper feeling than the build suggests, but the trackpad is large and responsive according to our reviewer Matt. One area where we were disappointed was the lack of evolution between the last generation and this generation of laptops. You get the same lack of ports, comically bad webcam, and same overall design as the previous generation.
It’s not a huge leap, but this Dell XPS is still the best in the category. And for those who want the latest and greatest Intel processors, the Dell XPS 13, as well as the company’s XPS 13 2-in-1, are available with the chip-maker’s 11th-gen Core processors, with Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 options. This Dell also offers a selection of solid-state storage and memory options, starting with a 256GB SSD hard drive and 8GB of memory. Schools have adopted many of the HP Chromebook 11 models as part of their official educational tools programs.