Best 11.6 inch laptop in 2019 (with detailed reviews)

TL;DR Here’s a list of the best 11-inch laptops in 2019 that will be further discussed in this review:

Side note
I recommend getting a waterproof laptop backpack if you’re constantly moving around with your laptop.

I remember back when I had my very first notebook! At the start, it was great as I had the portability I always wanted.

However, after a while, I realized it was simply too heavy to carry around — as it was a whopping 7 lbs in weight!  

Now, I use a lightweight laptop that’s perfect for my digital nomad lifestyle, and I must say — compact laptops are awesome!

But you already know that right?

Because if you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for an even more compact 11-inch mini laptop.

Smart choice! As these laptops are feat light and leave with 100% hassle-free without having to carry around that ‘extra baggage.’

In this article, I will cover the best 11-inch laptops you should get in 2019. Furthermore, I’ll review each recommendation in detail and make sure I cover every angle.

Quick Answer: Best 11-inch laptop in 2019

2019 Dell Inspiron 11.6 (best two-in-one laptop)

The latest and great 11-inch laptop from Dell’s infamous Inspiron series. What’s more, this laptop strikes the best balance between performance and user-friendliness making it perfect that need a lightweight but powerful laptop.

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Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible

Acer 11 inch laptop

A two-in-one convertible 11-inch laptop that’s priced reasonable low and sports features, especially in the user-friendly department (think: simple Chrome OS).

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HP X360 ProBook

A budget 11-inch laptop that packs powerful tech hardware while keeping things simple and easy.

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Apple – MacBook Air (Smallest MacBook)

mac 11 inch laptop

This isn’t a 11.6 inch laptop, but it is the smallest Mac (13″) you can get, so I figured I’d mention it for those users that prefer Mac over Windows laptops.

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In this article, I cover the best 11-inch laptops in 2019. These laptops work great for minimalists, commuters, writers and pretty much anyone that wants a small and lightweight laptop.

What’s more, portability is an important feature in a laptop for remote work (especially if your job doesn’t involve intensive tasks) as the last thing you want is to have something lugging around on your back while moving around.

So let’s get started!

Buyers Guide: Factors that make a good 11-inch laptop great

Being a thrifty buyer, I tend to research a lot before comitting. Now, while research is time consuming, it is great to truly understand what factors are common to the best models of a specific product. In this case, I think it’s extremely important to know these factors as a laptop isn’t a purchase that you make over a whim.

With that said, here are a few thing or “winning factors” that make a good 11.6 inch laptop great:

  1. Good tech specifications
  2. SSD Storage
  3. Long-lasting Battery life
  4. Operating System
  5. Crisp screen display
  6. Touchscreen Capability (for user-friendliness)

Processor 11 inch laptops

1. Good Tech specifications

Just because a laptop is small and compact does not mean it should have crappy specifications. It’s 2019 and laptop manufacturers have the know-how to pack even the most powerful specifications in compact 11.6 inch laptops.

Here are the important specifications to look for:

  • CPU: The brain of the computer and plays the most prominent role in determining the performance of the laptop.
AMD and Intel are the leading processor producers in the game right now while Apple produces its own chipsets for their Mac line of laptops.
  • RAM: The second most integral hardware to consider when buying a laptop as it has the most dominant effect on the performance of the laptop. . This piece of hardware complements the CPU to boost the performance.
  • Graphics CardsWell, the graphics card doesn’t really play a very prominent role in choosing an 11-inch laptop. The purpose you would be buying an 11-inch is completely different.

2. SSD Storage

To be brutally honest with you, storage is not one of the main aspects of a laptop.However, storage dictates how much stuff you can store without the aid of external storage devices (these are hella’ bulky).

Yes, you can store much of your files on the cloud (think: Google drive, dropbox, etc.) but it’s better to have a decent storage capacity, especially SSD storage that can boost the performance of your laptop by decreasing boot time, faster processing, etc.

 

Battery life of digital nomad laptops

3. Long-lasting Battery life

A battery is what powers the whole unit. Without a decent battery pack, your device would not be able to perform for sustained periods of time. The battery has to give you decent screentime with continuous usage.

Along with the capacity, you should also keep an eye on charging time to determine how fast it charges. The quality and make of the battery is important as it decides the life of your battery.

Factors that make a good digital nomad laptop

4. Operating System

Now the OS is more of a personal preference but this is an important factor to consider, especially because the operance system dictates the user experience.

Right now, only two operating systems are available to buy; Windows and Mac OS—a classic duopoly. Both the operating systems are good in their own way. However, Mac laptops are restricted to Apple and have very little variety. In fact, the smallest Mac laptop is the 13-inch Mabook Air. On the other hand, there are many 11-inch Windows laptops with a whole variety of specifications.

Specifications of best laptops for digital nomad

5. Crisp screen display 

The screen size plays the biggest role when it comes to the price of your laptop, especially because 11-inch laptops have a smaller screen. Having a bad screen can ruin the user-experience and make things harder to see. So it’s good to invest in a laptop that has a good screen that sports crisp display.

11 inch laptops 2019

6. Touchscreen Capability

Back in the day, touchscreen laptops were a fantasy. But today, touchscreen has turned into a great feature that works towards the user-friendliness of a laptop. This feature is particularly usefuly in 11-inch laptops as they extend their use as handy tablets (only for two-in-on laptops).

The idea of a touchscreen laptop is to replace the traditional mouse and bring it close to the user-friendliness that comes from mobilephones. Now, you do need a mouse for some tasks (think: photoediting, etc.). However, you don’t need it all the time.

Side note
Touch screen is best used in a two-in-on 11-inch laptops as this extends their use as a tablet. Currently, the best option is

Although the world is still utilizing the functionality of a mouse. Hence, manufacturers are widely producing 2 in 1 laptop which aim at giving you the comfort of a mouse and touchscreen.

Best 11-inch laptops in 2019

Best 11-inch laptop in 2019

Now that we have a good understanding on what to look for in an 11.6 inch laptop, let’s apply those features and review the best product in the market.

Remember, there is no particular order when it comes to this list as every laptop is made for different purposes. I recommend first looking at your requirements before committing to a single laptop:

Anyways here’s a list of the recommended laptops:

Apple MacBook Air (smallest Mac)

mac 11 inch laptop

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: .2 GHz Dual-core
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Resolution: Retina display  2304 x 1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch
PROSCONS
  • 13.1 mm thin
  • Best in the class processors
  • A whopping 8 GB RAM
  • Retina Display
  • Great customer support
  • Mac OS
  • Up to 518 GBs of storage
  • Futuristic USB Type – C
  • 4 times the cost of an average 11-inch laptop

Why should you get this?

Reason 1: 100% aluminum weighing 2 pounds

The best quality money can buy. This is the Rolls Royce of laptops. Weighing in at only 2 pounds with aluminum wrapped over it means that your laptop is not only the lightest amongst all, but it is also the strongest.

Force click, and pressure sensing trackpad are an added bonus. This trackpad is bigger than big, and the response is incredible.

Reason 2: Mac OS

Whoever has ever used Mac OS knows what experience it has to offer. The OS   all its competitors in the segment and stays seamless even after years.

Fun fact: Mac OS is the most user-friendly interface that’s known to never lag even after half a decade of use.

Do not forget that you get SIRI, and if you have other Apple products, the connectivity and user experience you get is unbelievable.

Reason 3: A display which merges reality

Retina display with a pixel count of 226 per inch. This display is a flagship offering from Apple, and this display is a beast. You cannot get a better display than this. The sharpness, hue, and contrast are on point.

Apple has got everything right with this screen. The battery life is very decent for the type of screen, and the keyboard also is very durable and easy to type with.

What do the people have to say about this?

If you’re a Mac devotee, the 11-inch MacBook will satisfy you with its blazing performance, improved keyboard and little touches like Hey Siri and the True Tone display.

But if you’re not wedded to macOS, you can get a Windows Ultrabook with a comparable performance for considerably less money. Overall, this MacBook is worth the splurge, but I wish the battery lasted longer on a charge.

On another note
My friend Chris from Aussie on the road wrote an article on essential travel gadgets. Do give it a read to maintain an A-level tech game!

Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz.
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3L Onboard Memory.
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics.
  • Resolution: 11.6 inches HD 1366 x 768 resolution, ED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching). Touchscreen
PROSCONS
  • Latest technology and stylish.
  • Works as a laptop and tablet.
  • Up to 10-hours Battery Life.
  • Chrome OS
  • Free 100 GBs worth google drive space
  • Touchscreen
  • Extremely light weighted
  • Keyboards and trackpad aren’t as responsive
  • Might not be the best OS for corporates
  • Not the best build quality

Why should you get Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible?

Reason 1: Convenience

The number one reason you should get this is because of the convenience it provides. It isn’t the best laptop for coders, but it is a good laptop for people in other fields who want to work.

It is portable and works as surprisingly well as a workstation as well as an entertainment hub.

Reason 2: Battery Life

It provides a very good battery life when compared to the other laptops in this segment. Although the argument here is that the performance it provides is substandard.

But the mistaken fact is that the performance provides is just adequate for fields other than computer science.

Reason 3: Free drive storage

As a freelancer, most of my communication is done through drives. Google drive primarily.  While the world is mingling through the internet from the remotest corners of the world, physical storage pages are slowly becoming redundant.

What do the customers say?

You can use higher storage SD cards!

Acer stated that they have not “Tested” over 64Gb of SD storage, but you will find posts from various owners that they have used up to 128Gb without any problems although SSD storage up to 2 TB works seamlessly with this unit.

Dell Inspiron 3000

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: AMD Dual-Core A9 9420e, 1.8GHz.
  • RAM:  Options starting from 4G up to 8G
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • RESOLUTION: 1366 x 768) LED-Backlit Touch Display
PROSCONS
  • 7th Gen AMD A9 processor
  • Windows 10 OS
  • 802.11bgn wireless compatibility (it’s better than most)
  • Variety of hardware choices
  • 32 Working hour battery ( on paper )
  • Performance and heating issues
  • Not the best screen  you can buy
  • Dual core processor

Why should you get an old school, Dell?

Reason 1: Customer Support

Dell is known for their amazing customer support throughout the world. You could face a problem and get done addressing it in a matter of hours.

Buying this laptop gets you the security of finding parts or service stations at multiple locations through the globe.

Reason 2: Superior build quality

Dell is renowned for making brilliantly-designed laptops, which through rigorous quality control tests to ensure each device can withstand the rigors of everyday life.

Thanks to some clever engineering, just because Dell’s laptops are robust doesn’t mean they’re bulky.

Reason 3: Windows 10 OS

While most of the 2 in 1 laptop in the market come with Chrome OS, this laptop comes with Windows 10. Windows OS lets you edit videos, gives you media playback, hardware options, file management.

Like how all traditional laptops are. While a Chromebook is fast in what it does, it does not do a lot.

What do the customers say?

People like their new dell flagship Inspiron. Primary reasons being that it’s not too small and yet not too big and heavy like any other 2 in 1 laptop.

The build quality is excellent. That is what you can always expect from a DELL and also getting Windows 10 has made life much simpler. There is no review on the battery life as such, but DELL claims 10 Hrs + screen time.

Lenovo Chromebook C330

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: MediaTek MT8173C
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
  • GPU: Imagination PowerVR GX6250
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768, IPS
PROSCONS
  • Excellent IPS display (contrast ~1200:1)
  • Good performance – price balance
  • Excellent build quality, satin finish resists fingerprints
  • Relatively low weight
  • Bad battery life
  • MediaTek chip has mixed performance
  • 1-megapixel webcam sensor

Why is this Lenovo worth buying?

Reason 1: Value for money

Lenovo going up against other competitors out there such as Dell and Acer, the price of this should be plenty enough to draw some folks in.

Especially with the current price on Amazon. It has more than enough performance to keep up with whatever…

Reason 2: IPS Panel

This laptop is incredibly cheap, Most Chromebooks at this price go for TN panels, IPS is a surprise, Not creaky, good fit and finish, Big, pleasant texture, works as well as those in more expensive laptops.

Reason 3: 2-year carry-in warranty

Good chance of getting an offer to extend the warranty to 3 years. Having security cover on your laptop is always a good thing. You never know what component might start malfunctioning from this Chinese manufacturer.

What do the customers have to say?

For the price, the users say it a great Chromebook. It checks a lot of boxes, and the customers have done their fair share of research.

  1. Solid build. Nice sturdy plastic chassis. (Keeps it lightweight)
  2. USB type C port, SD card slot, HDMI, and USB 3.0
  3. Touchscreen with an IPS display
  4. 4 gigs of RAM and 64 GB of storage. (rare at this price point)
  5. ARM processor that is optimized for the Google play store apps and runs much better than the Intel Celeron you see in most low-end Chromebooks.

HP X360 ProBook

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-core 1.10 GHz (2M Cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3L
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 500
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768 11.6″ diagonal HD SVA eDP LED touch screen
PROSCONS
  • Extremely well built
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit
  • 64 GB Hard drive
  • spill-resistant keyboard
  • 720p camera (front-facing); 1080p camera (world-facing)
  • Pricing
  • Complaints regarding trackpad

Why go for the X360 Probook?

Reason 1: Brilliant Battery Life

After YouTubers have put all the 11-inch laptops for testing their battery life, this laptop came at the top with a runtime of 9 hours and 49 mins. This is crazy good battery life.

Reason 2: Performance

HP Probook x360 is suitable for web browsing, but don’t expect it to run demanding programs. The laptop slowed down considerably when testers simultaneously loaded 17 Google Chrome tabs.

Despite such slowdowns, you will have no issues watching HD YouTube videos and Twitch streams once they loaded.

Reason 3: Design and Purpose

You get solid speakers, a decent webcam, and a modern selection of ports. Although there are some shortcomings, like the laptop’s bland design and dim display, the 11.6-inch laptop is a good option for its intended audience.

Parents, teachers, and students who want a touch-screen laptop that can withstand the rigors of their lifestyle.

What do the customers say?

Customers really liked the versatility of this 2 in 1 laptop. There are less expensive 11.6 ” units, but they feel more confident with the HP over some of the other brands. Another selling point is the memory, which is 64 GB instead of 32 GB like most of the alternatives.

Samsung Chromebook 3

Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6in

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron Processor N3060, 1.6 GHz to 2.48 GHz
  • RAM:  4GB DDR3
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Resolution:  1366 x 768 11.6” HD Anti-Reflective Display
PROSCONS
  • Excellent pricing
  • accurate screen
  • Superb battery life
  • Strong performance
  • Fun webcam
  • No touch screen (not surprising for the pricing)
  • Feels almost like a toy

Why should you get a Samsung when there are better laptop brands?

Reason 1: Wonderful Screen

The LED display is brighter than its competitors’, at 259 nits. Its luminosity is greater most of the competitors out there which usually stand at an average of 188 nits. The viewing angles are high, and with the LED screen from Samsung just can’t go wrong.

If you intend to buy a laptop just for entertainment and social media purposes, then at this price and screen resolution, this is one of the best choices for you.

Reason 2: Performance

Opening 10 tabs simultaneously in chrome will not shake this device from performing seamlessly.  The performance that Samsung offers is overwhelming for the price you pay for this laptop.

What do the customers say?

People are saying that anyone who is buying this laptop first should think about what do they want a laptop for and also in this new age of technology, do you want a laptop that is not touchscreen?

Although Google and partners have done great with Samsung Chromebooks and have plenty of features to accommodate. There are multiple physical keyboard shortcuts running along the top of the keyboard to adjust settings quickly. There are also several different hotkey menus which are accessed by keyboard combinations.

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e (3rd Gen)

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor:
 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron
  • RAM:4GB DDR3L
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Resolution: 11.6″ HD (1366 X 768) , LED Backlight) anti-glare IPS
PROSCONS
  • Great specs
  • Sturdy build, highly reliable
  • Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
  • Great for old-timers
  • Old school design
  • Very heavy for its size
  • And ofc, expensive

Why should you consider buying this expensive laptop?

Reason 1: Fantastic convertible design

The sharp edges and overall design look rather sleek when compared to other competitors in this price segment.

The design of the laptop plays a massive role as this laptop was aimed at a younger market segment where the looks of the device matter a lot.

Reason 2: Thumbs up to the quality

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 11e is an 11.6-inch convertible that is primarily designed for schools, which means the construction is correspondingly very sturdy.

This is an interesting alternative to a traditional, bigger screen business notebook. It nails down most of the basics, plus it is in a compact size.

Military-specification testing validates the ruggedness, durability, and quality of this machine. Before it gets to you, the Yoga 11e has to pass the most rigorous tests and procedures, including high pressure, humidity, vibration, temperature shock, fungus, and dust. It’s then ready for everything – from the classroom to the great outdoors.

Reason 3: High-quality (IPS) touch display

Many are surprised by the quality of the screen and responsiveness of the touch. I guess money does buy you a better product after all 😛 Really good viewing angles up to 50 Degrees and also Best-in-class keyboard.

If you are ready to shed an amount this high, you should think about upgrading to bigger screen size. But if you are hellbent on a small screen with good specs and performance, this is the laptop for you. 

What is the feedback on this laptop?

Whether you’re using it as a laptop to take notes or as a tablet to annotate, the Yoga 11e delivers a rich, intuitive experience with its preloaded education software and integrated apps. With up to 12 hours’ battery life, you won’t have to worry about scrambling for a charger in the middle of class.

Dell Inspiron i3162

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3060 up to 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Resolution: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
PROSCONS
  • 2.48 GHz Celeron N3060
  • Windows 10 Operating System
  • ¾-inch thin
  • Stellar WiFi
  • It’s the Gucci of laptops
  • Tight storage capacity
  • Smaller keyboard

Why should you be getting yourself this Dell?

Reason 1: Technology that Keeps up with your speed

Accurate touchpad: With precise pointing and gesture recognition, the touchpad is less error-prone, and your delete button gets a break.

Stellar WiFi: Dells long-range WiFi design gives you fast speeds and steady connections, so you can say good-bye to buffering.

Forget your charger: Great battery life means you don’t have to panic when your charger at home and you’re not.

Reason 2: Worth every penny

Dell Inspiron 11 (3162) is a competent performer with all the basic features and functionality you want in a budget. Ultraportable laptop, plus 64-bit Windows 10, long battery life, and a sturdy build.

Reason 3: Probably the most stylish out there

If you aren’t a big fan of the flamboyant, then this laptop isn’t for you. This laptop is wrapped in very bright colors which definitely want to mix fun and work together.

What do the customers say?

As a budget notebook, it’s got a solid price that might help its popularity, and if you’re just a casual computer user, then this laptop should be enough to keep you satisfied.

However, if you’re a demanding user who spends several hours a day on his laptop doing multiple different tasks, then we most certainly would not recommend it, and we’d encourage you to look at other more suitable models for your need.

Winding up on best 11.6 laptops

One of the primary reasons for getting a portable 11-inch computer is to have a beloved consort, which is reliable, hassle-free, and always available on the go. While staying under budget, finding a laptop of such sort can be quite a struggle in itself.

In the listing mentioned above, we have gathered the best 11-inch laptops which are highly rated models from well-known manufacturers with qualities like fast processing power and compatibility all confined in a single, small frame.

I have tried to be as unbiased in my review as I consciously can and have tried to state the utter truths about each model. All review and specs have been taken from Amazon.com, so there is some equality in the reviews and ratings.

If you still can’t make up your mind, Don’t worry! If you ask yourself the purpose of your laptop and your budget, you will certainly get a much clearer idea of where you should put your money’s worth.

Mark Quadros is a Content Marketer for SaaS and Online-business. He also runs 'The Real Mark', a blog about travel, remote work, and online marketing. Affiliate Disclosure.

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