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These ultra portable laptops give you the ability to work, study, create, and play games from anywhere.  Create, study, work, and play virtually anywhere. Read our reviews, see top picks, and watch video summaries.

Designed for Real World Power

Looking for both a laptop and tablet for your on the go designing work? Then, look no further than the Dell Inspiron 13 5000. It’s not just the 8th Gen i5 processors, the 8GB of DDR4 RAM, on the 256GB SSD drive that make it fabulous. It’s also the 360-degree hinge, long battery life, and large screen resolution that make it awesome.

This review in PC World gives the Inspiron a solid 4 star review for having brisk performance at a reasonable price. Weighing in at about 3.5 pounds, the 13.3-Inch screen feels a bit heavy but it does have a screen that fully swivels into sandwich mode. The 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor is a Quadcore beast that breezes through tasks that dual core systems struggle to finish. Battery life is about 5.5 hours, depending on how hard you push it.

Specs

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to [16GB], (additional memory sold separately)
  • 256 GB (SSD)
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Truelife, LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera
  • Be more productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done

Review Summary

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 has a four star review on Amazon with 20 total customer reviews. Here’s a summary of the most helpful reviews:

  • The build quality is nice. Despite being a plastic shell it feels of good quality to the point of questioning if it is plastic. The finish is nice and doesn’t appear to attract finger prints as much as glossier finishes. Its a good balance of enough weight to not feel cheap but not too much that its “heavy” for its size. The hinge between the base and monitor is sturdy and feels like it should last if treated well. I dont notice any wobbling while typing on a hard flat surface. The keyboard is ok but not great. For the price I was unable to find a laptop with everything I was looking to compete with this. I wanted a 13″ or smaller 1080 touchscreen with an 8th gen CPU, 250GB+ SSD, 8GB+ DDR4 RAM. Battery life appears to land me at about 6+ hours of steady use so I am very happy with it. This was the best deal I could find at the time including that ($709).
  • I’m surprised. I’ll be honest in saying I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to love this laptop as much as I did. After my tablet finally died I wanted something more versatile, and was thinking detachable keyboards would be the way to go. Saw this for the right price and decided to give it a shot. I’ll never buy a 2-in-1 that can’t swivel, ever. Can rotate it to any angle, adapts right away to tablet mode. It’s a solid little powerhouse that can get a bit hot, but that’s expected. Low storage isn’t a huge issue. You can keep most things on another homegroup computer and keep the essentials local. Overall, great laptop for the price.
  • Great Specs & Touch. This is one great laptop. Amazing tech stuff, memory and all. No doubt about it. The touchscreen is pretty good and I can’t see how it could be better. The resolution is perfect (especially for a 13″ screen). I know some will complain about how the screen could fit more the size and stuff like that, but this is a 2in1 laptop. You’re supposed to have somewhere to hold if you’re in tablet mode. Keep that in mind. I think the only thing that could be better is the touchpad. After a few changes in windows options, I managed to find a pretty good balance, but it’s not yet perfect.
  • Very Flexible. I have been using this laptop for the past few weeks and have nothing but great things to say about it! The laptop is very thin and lightweight. Very sleek looking and easy to throw in a carry all bag or computer sleeve and run out the door. The battery life has been good. It has been disconnected for about 4-5 hours, laptop was connected to wireless internet and Microsoft running and still the laptop had battery to give before it was plugged back in. Some of the features that took some time to get a hang of, but I ended up loving, were the touchpad and the touchscreen. The touchpad is very sensitive. While typing if you hover close enough to the touch pad it will move the mouse and change your screen. For having a laptop that is for personal use, mostly email, online, and Microsoft office this laptop is perfect. It is fast, lightweight and easy to use.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 for $649.

The Hour of Power

Digging deeper into the Gaming Laptops world reveals the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 Ultra Portable Gaming Laptop. It’s not just a gaming laptop or ultra portable laptop, it’s both! It comes in both 14.3 Inch and 15.6 sizes and packs a punch with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ (7th gen Intel) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 gaming card. Battery life is about 4 hours when doing intense gaming. It’s got 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.

This review on Notebook check indicates that this second generation GS63VR is much more improved with more power efficient Kaby Lake and Pascal options and is now much more thin. The 4K UHD panel is a mixed bag due in part to its RGBW pixel array. Raw performance from the i7-7700HQ is only marginally better than the previous Skylake i7-6700HQ in multi-threaded workloads. This beast struggles to run most games at the native 4K UHD resolution with many titles averaging below 30 FPS but…if you trun down the settings to the low-medium range shframe rates are between the 30 and 60 FPS range. Most titles will otherwise run at 60 FPS or higher when gaming at 1080p with all settings set to High or Maximum.

Specs

Full details include:

  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core
  • 32GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 eDP IPS Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)

Review Summary

The MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 has 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.

  • The BEST laptop I’ve ever owned: I’ve been in the market for a portable workstation that could also be used for school and for some gaming. It was a race between this laptop, Razer Blade 14’’, Auros X3, GS63VR 7RE,Gigabyte 14’, and Asus GL502. All of them had at LEAST a 6700HQ/7700HQ and GTX 1060. Obviously, this laptop won. The big things that swayed me in this direction were weight (3.75lbs), price ($1500 with the 7th gen i7), Thunderbolt 3.0, and form factor (including cooling and noise level). The GS43VR is slightly larger than the Blade, but is lighter and has better cooling which leads to being quieter. The Auros has about the same specs but costs WAYYY more. The GS63VR 7RE is has the same specs as the GS43 but is larger, weighs more but has better cooling. The Gigabyte was larger, heavier, costs more. The Asus costs the same, has a 120HZ GSync screen, better cooling, BUT NO THUNDERBOLT! This machine has it all, and then some
  • Better than the 4K Version: I have had this laptop for about a week and it has been working really well for me. Originally i spent about $900 on a laptop without a graphics card and it couldn’t play any games whatsoever. Should have expected that. So when looking for a replacement i wanted something slim, plenty of space, a graphics card, and a nice overall design. This has all of that. Originally I looked at the 4k version of this laptop but i decided against it because unfortunately a 1060 laptop GPU will NOT play games at 4k very well. Just not going to happen. So instead I opted for the 1920×1080 screen and a higher SSD+RAM combo. My other reason for not going 4k was that it doesn’t always scale well and especially on smaller screens. while 15 inch laptops aren’t small perhaps, they aren’t 27-inch screens either.
  • Great Laptop: I’ve had the GS43VR for about a month and it’s one of the best gaming laptops I’ve had. It doesn’t have the top of the line gtx 1080 in it but it does kick out some power. This laptop was made for gamers who want portability. The 14 inch screen is the perfect size and the gtx 1060 is more than enough to play new games in medium to high quality. I really like that it has a thunderbolt 3 port too. I have the razer core and it works perfectly with this laptop. Just update your drivers, download razer synapse and you’re good to go. Works with the evga 1080ti! Its exceeded my expectations so far.

 

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Where to Buy

You can buy the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 on Amazon for $1928.99.

 

LG is about to release the world’s thinnest laptop, the new Xnote P210. The 12.5-inch LCD will actually fit inside the footprint of an 11.6-inch LCD–it’s that thin. This machine has a dual-core Core i5-470UM processor inside (capable of running between 1.33GHz and 1.86GHz), 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB HDD. LG calls its display “HD” but we still don’t know the exact details since it comes out next month…in Korea. It will probably come with Windows 7 and 720p HD resolution, with a price tag at around $1,135. Maybe someday something like this will land in the States.

Here’s a promo video for the LG Xnote P210. LG is releasing this dual-core Core i5-470UM system (4GB of RAM, and a 320GB HDD) in Korea in February. Why do the coolest tech always originate from Japan, Korea, or China? Someday, I’d love to see tech like this show up right here in the States, first!

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