Why you should consider a 14-inch laptop
Need a midsize laptop? Here's why you should consider a 14-inch model instead of a 15-inch one, plus some of our recent favorites.
Despite all the (virtual) ink we spend on hip 11- and laptops sold are still in the midsize category. For most consumers, that means a 15.6-inch display, but we consider any laptop with a 14-, 15-, or 16-inch screen to be part of that midsize category. These are the laptops you're most likely going to find sitting on an office desk, in a den, or in a dorm room. We've even seen our fair share of them wedged into airplane seats and in coffee shops, as awkward as that always looks., the bulk of
If you're set on a midsize laptop, one piece of advice we've offered for the past couple of years is to consider a 14-inch system rather than a more common 15-inch one. While you're trading away a little bit of screen size (but not any screen resolution), we've consistently found that 14-inch midsize laptops offer better overall industrial design, specifically because the standard laptop keyboard fits much better in a 14-inch chassis than a 15-inch one, leaving much less dead space on either side. And, by shaving off a little size and weight, these 14-inch models are easier to carry around--which is important, as we've seen many commuters struggling under the weight of oversize laptops.
Though they make up only a small percentage of the laptops we review, we've put together afrom the past several months. Note that the latest versions of these (or similar) systems are still a ways out, especially as this week's widely reported are likely to delay second-gen Core i-series laptops even further. But for general interest computing, these current models will be more than fine, and you shouldn't worry about waiting if you have an immediate need for a new laptop.