You should consider one of the available 12-inch laptops out there if you’re looking for a good-quality mini computer these days, and we’ll discuss the available options in this detailed guide.

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That’s especially the case if you’re after fast hardware, premium builds and modern features, as otherwise, if you’re on a tight budget, you’d be better off with one of the well-balanced 11-inchers which we cover in this separate article. That’s because there aren’t many affordable 12-inchers anymore, as most of the options in this class targeting a higher price-tier, with a few exceptions.

With that in mind, we’ve split the devices we’re going to lớn cover into two main sections, based on their type:

It’s also important to địa chỉ cửa hàng that this is not just a superficial article lượt thích the many others you can find online. We’ve been reviewing compact laptops for more than 10 years now, both here on & on, và we have hands-on experience with most of the devices mentioned here. I’ve also used a 12-inch máy tính xách tay as my main driver for many years in the past, và while I have switched lớn the Dell XPS 13 in recent years, which is a compact 13-incher, I still think many 12-inchers provide that sweet balance between size, weight, and features you might look for in an ultraportable.

Convertible 12/12.5 inch mini laptops

Most 12-inch options pack touchscreens these days and are available in some sort of a convertible form-factor. At the same time, you get to lớn choose between two main formats: tablets with detachable keyboard folios, and 2-in-1 convertibles with 360-degree screens. The former are good for desk use và excellent as tablets, but not that practical on the lap, while the latter are great laptops, but not as practical in tablet mode, due khổng lồ their increased thickness & weight.

As you’ll see down below, most options fall into the first category, with only a few 12-inch convertibles still available.

Microsoft Surface Pro – the all-rounder

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is still the go-to in this class, despite the fact that is started to lớn show its age. The later iteration at the time of this update, the Surface Pro 7, is just an incremental improvement of its predecessors with updated hardware, better wireless và finally, a long-awaited USB-C port. Microsoft’s newer Surface Pro X, on the other hand, is much slimmer, smaller và overall a more modern design.

Even so, it’s impossible to fault this in terms of quality. Magnesium is used for the entire construction, & a 12.3-inch 3:2 high-resolution screen occupies the front-face of this tablet, albeit with fairly large bezels by today’s standards. A pen can be bought as extra, for inking and drawing of this screen while for laptop use Microsoft offers a matching keyboard folio available in a few different colors, an excellent typer with illumination và an Alcantara-like finishing.

Hardware-wise, the Surface Pro 7 is built on an hãng intel 10th gene platform with improved performance & graphics power over the previous generations. The base vi xử lý core i3 models are fanless and perfectly quiet, while the higher-tier configurations require a fan hâm mộ to keep cool.

Performance-wise, all these variants will easily handle everyday tasks, with the i5/i7 variants able to tackle more demanding loads as well. Microsoft still offers the base-model with just 4 GB of RAM, though, & I’d recommend staying away from it, that’s hardly enough even for daily use. Instead, go with an 8 GB configuration, or even one of the 16 GB variants if within your budget, as prices ramp up quickly once you spec this tablet up.

In fact, pricing is the major aspect that would keep most of you away from a Surface Pro. The base mã sản phẩm starts at $799, but that’s without the keyboard folio or the pen, which go for an extra $200 combined. You’ll have to lớn pay $999 for the i5/8GB variant with still very little storage, while a top-specced variant quickly goes lớn $2000 & beyond. Microsoft offers bundles và discounts on these MSRP prices, as well as various discounts for students/veterans, etc. , so you’ll want lớn take advantage of them if you’re into the Surface Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 – best for creators

This is a very similar sản phẩm to the Microsoft Surface Pro và primarily an option for graphics artists, creators and those who need good-quality pen-support on their Windows tablet. The Galaxy Book2 gets a Galaxy Pen that doesn’t require a battery & offers improved precision và lower latency than the Surface Pen, bringing the experience closer to lớn the máy tính bảng ipad Pro và its hãng apple pen. It also gets an awesome AMOLED high-resolution display, with excellent contrast and punchy colors.

Hardware-wise, this is available in two options, with either Intel chip core or Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware. The Qualcomm option is especially interesting, although the Book2 is not as capable as a Windows computer in this variant, because it’s based on a Qualcomm processor. That means most apps will work fine, but you’ll run into compatibility issues & poor-performance with some older or specialized software. We’re not going khổng lồ get in-depth here, just google “Windows 10 or Qualcomm problems” for more details.

On the other hand, there are specific benefits lớn having an ARM hardware platform inside: improved efficiency & battery life, always-on connectivity & included LTE, which are all missing from the Surface Pro.

Much like the Surface Pro, the Galaxy Book2 is not an affordable product by any means. It starts at $999 for the Qualcomm variant, with the Pen & keyboard folio included, but that’s still for just a 4 GB RAM /128 GB SSD configuration. The intel variant, on the other hand, is listed at $1299 and up, but you’ll find both significantly discounted online. Follow this links for updated configurations và prices.

12-inch Chromebooks – simpler every day notebooks

Chromebooks are a different breed of computers. They’re based on a simple and secure operating system called ChromeOS, and they’re excellent for browsing, video streaming, text-editing, email and so on. In fact, they’re much snappier & easier lớn use than a Windows notebook with these daily chores, as you’ll find out from this guide that better explains what to expect from a Chromebook.

On the other hand, these are not meant khổng lồ run the specialized software you get for Windows. They can run certain Windows/Linux apps, but with a sacrifice in performance & compatibility issues, so don’t get one of these if you need a computer for specific work/school applications that only work on Windows, or for playing games.

Bottom point, the average user that spends most of its time on the mạng internet will get an excellent value with these. There are many good Chromebooks out there, of various types and sizes, và we’ve gathered and compared them in this detailed article, while down below we’ve only listed those with a 12-inch touchscreen:

Follow the links for more details on each product, user review, updated prices và the option lớn get one for yourselves.

Some of the 12-inch Chromebooks above: asus C302CA, Samsung Pro and Google Pixelbook

The Envy X2 is available in two variants: a Qualcomm based product with long battery, LTE and always-on connectivity, just lượt thích the Samsung Galaxy Book2, as well as an Intel core M powered version. You can find the former for around $500-$600 at this point, with the keyboard being included, which is not a bad giảm giá for such a device, but keep in mind its capabilities are limited when compared lớn an Intel/AMD based Windows computer.

The core M variant is available from $850, without the keyboard, so swims in waters where the Surface Pro is still king.

The Pro X2 is a business alternative of the Envy, available in more configurations and with extra security options. It gets a smaller screen with thicker bezels and a smaller battery, among others.

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The Elite X2 is the newest addition to lớn HP’s offer và the most compact và most powerful of the three. It’s based on higher-performance Intel vi xử lý core U hardware with SSD storage và a 47 Wh battery, gets the same security options of the Pro X1, but it’s also very expensive, starting at around $1500 at the time of this update.

You’ll find more about all these on HP’s trang web or on Amazon.


The HP X2 Windows tablets: Envy, Pro & Elite, from left lớn right

Dell Latitude 5000 and 7000 2-in-1

Dell offers two business tablets very similar khổng lồ HP Elite above: the same 12.3″ 3:2 1920 x 1280 px displays, same business features, & the same hardware specs (Core U processors, up to lớn 16 GB of RAM, SSD storage).

The difference between the two lines is minimal và hides in the details. The Latitude 5290 is available in a darker shade, gets a slightly flatter keyboard dock, a 42 Wh battery và is available with lower-tier specs, while the Latitude 7200 is more configurable & gets a smaller 28 Wh battery. You’ll find more about these two on Dell’s trang web or on Amazon.


Dell’s Latitude 5000 & 7000 2in1s

The classics – clamshell 12-inchers

There are still a few simple, classic 12-inch notebooks left and we’ll talk about the best ones in this section. For what is worth, though, most OEMs go with 13-inch chassis these days for their best devices, & we’ve covered these options in a separate article on . For the most part, I’d recommend going with one of those instead, you’ll get better designs, improved performance and slightly larger screens in similarly sized packages.

Apple MacBook

The táo apple MacBook is perhaps the only significantly different 12-inch notebook without a direct pier within 13-inch models, but it’s also an older product with distinct particularities that won’t cater to everyone.

That’s because this is a fairly expensive sản phẩm primarily designed with portability in mind. It’s compact, thin và lightweight, it packs a nice screen và lasts for around 6-7 hours of daily use on a charge, but it’s only powerful enough for basic everyday tasks. Used lightly, it will vì chưng fine. Pushed, it will choke.

My main nits with apple macbook are the keyboard & the IO, though. The keys are Apple’s Butterfly design, with short travel và known reliability issues. As for the ports, well, there’s only one, a USB TypeC connector on the left edge, used for charging the device, transferring data, outputting đoạn clip and connecting peripherals, with the help of dongles and docks. None are included in the pack.

The base version of the laptop apple macbook 12, which includes a fanless bộ vi xử lý core M processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, sells for under $700 these days, if you can still find in stocks. That’s competitive for what this sản phẩm is, just make sure it’s capable enough for your needs và you can live with its quirky particularities. Follow this liên kết for more details and potential discounts.

12-inch business ultraportables: Lenovo ThinkPad X280, Dell Latitude 12 5000/7000

Both Lenovo & Dell have recently moved towards the 13-inch segment with their prime business ultrabooks, but you can still find the 12-inch models in stores.

These have a few things in common: 12.5″ displays, competitive bộ vi xử lý core U hardware with good amounts of RAM/Storage, business features, proper IO, nice keyboards & fairly compact, sturdy và light shells, at around 2.6 – 2.8 lbs. Keep in mind you’ll actually find both smaller and lighter options with larger screens these days, many under 2.2 lbs / 1 kilo.

It’s also important to lưu ý that unlike the 12-inch hybrids that get 16:10 or 3:2 displays, these laptops only get 16:9 screens with rather mediocre IPS panels. That means midling contrast, brightness và colors, & even poor resolution. Lenovo at least offers an FHD cảm biến panel for the X280, but Dell only offers HD matte IPS screens on the Latitude 5290 and 7290.

On đứng đầu of that, none of these is available with the latest hãng sản xuất intel 10th gen hardware, và won’t get further updated since the move to those 13-inch models aforementioned (Thinkpad X390 & Latitude 7300).

These aspect vị translate in competitive pricing, though. If you can accept the lower resolution screens, the 12-inch Latitudes are excellently built, excellent typers, solid performers and last for a long while on a charge, thanks khổng lồ their big batteries: 68 Wh on the Latitude 5290 and 60 Wh on the Latitude 7290. The ThinkPad X280 doesn’t trail very far behind either with its 48 Wh battery, and gets the more competitive screen option and pricing.

Follow these liên kết for updates on configurations, availability, and prices at the time you’re reading this article: Dell Latitude 12 5000, Dell Latitude 12 7000 and Lenovo ThinkPad X280.

!2 Inch Business Laptops: Dell latitude 5000 & 7000, Lenovo ThinkPad X280


That’s about it with my các mục of recommended 12-inch laptops.

These days there aren’t as many laptops in this class, especially in 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 as their more premium options, with high-end features and powerful hardware specs which don’t come cheap.

Thus, if you’re looking for more affordable mini laptops, you should also kiểm tra out at my detailed danh sách of recommended 11.6-inchers. & if you’re just after a compact and portable laptop and don’t mind something with a 13/14-inch screen, go through this list of the best ultrabooks you can buy these days.

As for this post, I’m going khổng lồ constantly update it each couple of weeks, so be sure to check it out periodically. Also, feel miễn phí to post your opinions, remarks, & questions in the comments section below, I’m around to lớn reply và help out if I can.

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