Best 12 Inch Laptops: All You Need To Know Before Buy


Seeking a laptop that would suit all your needs and also come within your budget is not an easy task. With progress in technology, we have the option of choosing our desired laptops from a diverse range of products available in the market. Nowadays, compact sized laptops are in high demand. But compact laptops too come in various sizes, thus making people confused as to which size they should opt for. So if you are one of those, who just wants to lose all those extra kilos, but do not want to compromise on performance, then 12-inch laptops should be the ones in your cart.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Price : Around 144,990 INR

This immensely popular hybrid laptop can do wonders for you. It flaunts a fold-out kickstand and a touch screen stylus, making this laptop-cum-tablet a splendid choice compared to others around this budget. You can bid farewell to the traditional way of signing in to the Windows and start your day by just wishing it “hello”.

Designwise, the lap-tab features an out of the box look. With one of the thinnest keyboard and stylish looks, this model is very light in weight. It has four models, all of them flaunting a 12.3-inch FHD display. The top model comes with a sixth generation Intel i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, preloaded Windows 10 Pro OS, a 5MP front camera, and an 8MP auto-focus rear camera. It also features pre installed Microsoft Office apps namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc,. The outstanding battery backup provides upto 9 hours of uninterrupted service.

Dell XPS 12 9250 (Z540022HIN8) Ultrabook (Core M7 6th Gen/8 GB/512 GB SSD/Windows 10)

Price : Around 144,299 INR

The Dell XPS 12 9250 (Z540022HIN8) Ultrabook is a boon for those of you who do not want to compromise on a brilliant display. The 2-in-1 laptop features a phenomenal 4K Ultra HD (3,840 X 2160) touch display which should give you the satisfaction of watching great quality visuals. It also provides a wide viewing angle of up to 170 degree. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass on top, thereby one need not worry while cleaning or wiping the screen.

In terms of performance, there is a 1.2GHz Intel core M7-6Y75 processor along with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and preloaded Windows 10 OS. Acting as a warehouse, is a 512GB SATA HDD which copies files at very fast rate and also provides some storage space. As far as the camera is concerned, the laptop sports an 8MP snapper on its rear and a 5MP shooter in the front. Networking options include Glass precision touchpad with gesture support, full size backlit chiclet keyboard, Active pen, Bluetooth Mouse – WM615 and Dell Adapter etc.

So if you are looking for mind-boggling visuals and a device that can connect up to 12 different devices with the help of an adapter, then it is time to get your hands on this.

Dell XPS 12 (Z560022HIN9) Laptop (Core M7 6th Gen/8 GB/512 GB SSD/Windows 10)

Price : Around 1,43,990.00 INR

The Dell XPS 12 (Z560022HIN9) laptop is driven by a 1.2GHz M7-6Y75 processor with Turbo boost speed of upto 3.1GHz. It is coupled by 8GB of DDR3 RAM and inbuilt Intel HD Graphics 515. Coming to the display, the laptop flaunts a 12.5-inch 4K Ultra HD LED backlit multitouch display (170 degree wide viewing angle) and there is a Corning gorilla glass on top of it. It is very easy to carry around as it weighs only 1.27Kgs. It features preloaded Windows 10 OS (64-bit architecture) and also has a battery backup of upto 5hours.

You can go for this device if you want a razor sharp display and a powerful combination of processor and RAM. Infact the Dell XPS 12 has been awarded the ‘Laptop of the Year’ awards by many external organisations.

Apple MacBook MLHF2HN/A Ultrabook (Core M5 6th Gen/8 GB/512 GB SSD/MAC OS X El Capitan)

Price : Around 129,900 INR

The Apple MacBook MLHF2HN/A Ultrabook is an ideal choice for all and especially Apple lovers. It is thin, light and powerful. The design of Macbook has always been attractive and this one does not even compromise on performance, making it quite flawless. Coming to Apple MacBook MLHF2HN/A Ultrabook, it can run upto 10 hours at a stretch (2 cell li-po battery), thereby one need not worry about regular charging. In order to drive the system, there is a 1.6GHz Intel Core M5-6Y54 assisted by 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The users can expand the RAM capacity up to 16GB, for better multitasking.

The users can get in touch with their closed ones due to the presence of a 480p FaceTime camera above the bezel. The camera captures clear videos and the (inbuilt) dual microphone also does the same in terms of voice. The users can watch Full HD videos and play games in the 12-inch LED-Backlit Retina display with IPS technology. In addition, the Intel HD 515 graphics engine offers advanced performance, especially while playing games and other graphics-intensive tasks.

Then why to choose an Apple laptop over any other hybrid laptop? If you are a religious Apple follower, then this device is certainly for you. Other than that if video editing, video calling, impressive display, good amount of battery backup, great gaming performance and a proper laptop is your demand, then definitely go for this one.

Asus Transformer Book Chi T300

Price :  Around 60,000 INR

The Asus Transformer Book Chi T300 flaunts a pure streamline curved design and features a metallic cover with diamond cut edges. It is ultra thin, having only a waistline of 7.6mm and is also very light in weight at 720grams. The hybrid laptop has a TruVivid WQHD display (IPS technology) and also comes with an active stylus pen which needs to be recharged. Once recharged, you can play around with the pen for about two months.

Acting as the brain of the hybrid, is an Intel-core M processor aided by 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It has a screen size of 30.6 x 17.9 x 1.3cm and weighs just 1.4Kgs. It boots on Windows 10 OS. For internet usage, it packs in the all-new 802.11ac 5G and the company claims that the internet speed is up to three times faster than the previous 802.11n. However, the battery is somewhat disappointing, as it only provides upto 6 hours of usage.

So is the Transformer Book Chi T300 worthy of buying? This indeed is a little tricky one. The device scores out to be a good one with features such as lightweight, good display and fast Wi-Fi connectivity. But on the other hand, the battery backup and RAM seems to be little less. Going by its performance, the processor performs outstandingly. But considering its budget, it is a good option to go for.


All the above mentioned laptops are great in terms of performance. Each of them has their own unique quality which made them stand out from several other laptops in this category. Now that you know which device will suit your lifestyle and which will not, it should be really easy to make your pick.

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