After several hours of research, I established my choice of the best 13 & 14-inch laptops, from an initial selection of more than 30 models currently available on the market.
Personally, my preference is for two very different models. The first – and the least expensive – is a Chromebook: the Acer Chromebook 514, which for a small price, offers high-end performance. But if you want to stay on the Windows side, it is the Dell XPS 13, excellent on all fronts, that I recommend the most.
If you want to know more about the essential criteria to consider prior to the purchase of a laptop 13 or 14 inches, I invite you to discover my buying guide at the end of this comparison.
The Best Laptops 13 and 14 Inches Cheap
1. Acer Chromebook 514: The Best Cheap
If we dwell on the design, you will see directly that despite its price more than affordable, it incorporates an aluminum frame, pledge of strength and lightness (I come back later). The whole is rather sober and sophisticated.
This is a 14-inch Full HD screen, which has the distinction of being both tactile and provided with a matte anti-glare, which makes it easy to use even in a sunny room. Its only defect is perhaps a bad balance of colors: they are a little dull, lack of shine.
Its keyboard, on the other hand, is very comfortable: the large keys are well spaced and offer excellent typing quality, not to mention that the area around the touchpad is optimal for resting wrists. It also has the big advantage of being backlit.
Its components, though they may seem weak when one is familiar with the data sheets of Windows PCs, are excellent for a Chromebook of this price: Intel Pentium N4200 processor 4 cores, Intel HD Graphics graphics card, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, expandable via Micro-SD. Exit the problem of memory that often repels the buyers of Chromebooks: you can safely extend it via a Micro-SD card.
Connectivity also has (almost) no flaws: with its 2 USB-C ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, its Micro-SD port to expand the memory and its mini-jack, it is rather complete. No HDMI jack will you ask me? Well no. It’s a shame, but it is easily resolved with the help of a small Hub in my opinion.
Finally, as is generally the case with Chromebooks, it has excellent autonomy: you can count on a dozen hours of use! This, coupled with its small weight of 1.4 kg, makes it one of the most mobile models of my selection.
In the end, I highly recommend this Chromebook to all who needs a powerful office tool, tough and easy to carry.
And if you devote it to intensive professional use, I can only recommend its version “boosted”, the CB514-1HT-P1S7 which, for investment, not enormously more consequent, offers 8 GB of RAM and a better graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 505), as well as a more responsive Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad. What to handle multitasking with confidence!
2. Acer Swift 3 SF314: Low-Cost Windows PC Very Powerful
Among Windows PCs offering excellent value for money, here is the option I recommend. This is a model proposed by Acer, which stands out for the good balance of its performance and material quality despite the reasonable investment it offers.
Despite its low price, it offers an aluminum frame and a rather fine general finish. Everything looks like MacBook Air. Those accustomed to Acer will easily recognize the key. A thinner frame would have been appreciated, but the whole is rather pleasant looking and is quite resistant.
This model presents a 14-inch Full HD screen offering a panel of sufficient brightness and a good overall color rendition.
With its Intel Core i5 8265U (8th generation, which increases the speed by 10% compared to the 7th generation), its UHD Graphics 620 graphics card, its 4 GB of RAM and its 256 GB SSD, it is a computer largely capable to support any task of everyday life. Essentially turned towards office automation, surfing and video playback, he does not have less than enough to perform some graphics editing tasks.
Connector side, it is rather well supplied with its SD drive, 2 USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 port, USB-C port, HDMI port, and headphone jack.
Finally, there is no difference mobility level, since it weighs only 1.5 kg and has a range that can reach 9 to 10 hours (the “U” at the end of its processor number you ‘indicates: it is a model thought to optimize its performances).
In short, this is, in my opinion, an excellent Windows model “low price”, which has the advantage of combining good hardware quality, good performance, and good autonomy. And if your budget is tighter, know that it is possible to find variants to less advanced components, as with this version i3, but then there are often some sacrifices to make, as the lack of the IPS panel Full HD for the benefit of a TN HD panel in this case.
The Best 13 & 14 inch Mid-range Laptops
3. Asus Zenbook 13 UX333F: The Best Midrange 13 Inch Laptop
Here is now a PC that has particularly attracted my attention in that it comes from the factories of Asus, which, I admit, is a brand that I particularly like in terms of laptops.
The design, as always at Asus, is very worked for simple rendering, but very elegant. Its dark brushed aluminum frame is the most beautiful effect.
But it is especially once open that the charm operates: its 13.3-inch Full HD screen has very (very) fine edges, which allows it to really shine by its presence. It is also equipped with a good matte anti-glare which, despite a slight lack of brightness, makes it readable in almost any circumstance. It also offers good contrasts and good colorimetry, even if its colors are a bit too warm (but this is difficult to see with the naked eye).
The keyboard offers a good first level ergonomic level in that the PC chassis is designed so that, when opened, the keyboard is raised slightly at the back, which makes it very comfortable to use. On the other hand, its keys are a little small and, as I find it appreciable that the edges of the screen are reduced, as I think it would have been wise to use a little more edges of the keyboard to enlarge it.
The touchpad, it is convertible into “Numpad” if you press lightly on its upper right corner: it is an excellent alternative for a small PC to the absence of keypad.
At the component level, there is an Intel Core i5 8265U processor, an Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. It will be perfect for your advanced office tasks, surfing, or even a little photo or video editing work. The proposed configuration is not cut for intensive graphics tasks and demanding games, but nothing prevents you from using it occasionally in these perspectives if you accept some graphic concessions.
Connectivity side, all the basics are there, since it has a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.1 port, a USB-C port, an HDMI port, a jack, and a Micro-SD card reader.
Finally, at the mobility level, it ranks well in the category of ultra-portable. Indeed, thanks to its very thin edges, it is one of the smallest PC 13.3 inches of the market and weighs only 1.1 kg. Its autonomy, it allows him to hold about 7 to 8 hours.
In the end, it’s again an excellent laptop that we are dealing with here. What sets it apart from the competition is probably its very successful design with a very present screen and a very appreciable overall compactness.
4. Lenovo Yoga C930: The Perfect Reversible For Chilling on Netflix
The first thing that strikes with this computer is that it is a model with 360 ° hinges, which allows you to use it both in PC mode and tablet mode.
So, it embarks course a touch screen, which is 13.9 inches. This Full HD screen offers both good colorimetry and good tactile feedback. It occupies rather well space, with relatively thin edges.
Everything is sober but elegant, with a finesse of 14.5 mm, which even allows very comfortable use in tablet mode (you really feel like having a tablet in hand, not a whole device with a keyboard).
At the component level, the model I have selected presents an Intel Core i5 8250U 8th generation, an Intel HD Graphics, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. It will be formidable to handle any task so, and powerful enough for a simple photo and video editing. By cons, it is not the most suitable for the game, because of its graphics card, mainly. But nothing prevents you from launching some parts from time to time if you agree to make some concessions on the graphics.
The connection is quite classic for a recent laptop: 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB-C ports, 1 headphone jack … And that’s it! No HDMI, we are in minimalism. But, again, I do not consider this a problem because a small HUB comes easily to our rescue.
A little more is that it is directly provided with its touch pen 4096 points rather effective. The only concern is that it was designed small and thin so you can be stored and reloaded in the notch provided for this purpose at the hinge. So, if it is comfortable relative to its size, it is not suitable for prolonged use either. It is not excluded that you should invest in a more ergonomic pen if you really want to use the touch.
Another surprise slips into this 360 ° hinge: it incorporates a soundbar. This makes the Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the only notebooks of the moment that has speakers worthy of the name. It also includes a pre-installed Dolby Atmos application that lets you quickly configure the sound for your listening types, and you can create up to 3 custom profiles.
Finally, last but not least, it is extremely good mobility, thanks to its compactness due to its good ratio edges/screen, its fineness, its small weight of 1.4 kg, and especially its pleasant autonomy of 12 hours, very surprising for a Windows PC!
In the end, despite its slightly higher price, the Lenovo Yoga C930 proves to be an excellent investment for all who will use the touch and reversion 360 °. I also recommend it especially to those who like to use their PC as a video viewing tool, since it offers an excellent combo between nice screen size, excellent display and, most importantly, quality audio.
The Best 13 or 14 Inch High-End Notebooks
5. Dell XPS 13: The Best High End
Under its sober and elegant design, the Dell XPS 13 hides its game well, since it is powerful enough to suit perfectly a student or a worker who likes to play at his hours on a few gourmet games.
In terms of design, it is, in my opinion, a faultless. Its brushed aluminum frame is excellent, and its black carbon fiber slices give it a look. The edges of the screen are thin, not unnecessarily increasing the size of the PC.
It displays a full HD screen, but you still have the opportunity to turn to the 4K touch version. Its colorimetry is exemplary, as is its brightness and contrasts.
Its carbon fiber keyboard, it is very pleasant to the touch and is designed to minimize typing errors (you have to press well in the center of the key). Of course, it is backlit. There is nothing wrong with the touchpad: it is very responsive.
Its components are very powerful: Intel Core i5-8565U processor (8th generation), Intel UHD graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 1TB memory and 256GB SSD. With this solid base, it is able to support advanced office tasks. , multitasking, photo, and video editing and even some of the latest games.
You will have noticed, it is again a processor “U”, optimized performance side: suddenly, it reaches the very good autonomy of 10 hours. With its 1.2 kg, it is an extremely mobile model.
Connectivity side, you will see that the search for the fineness of the PC has led to some choices: traditional USB and HDMI ports have disappeared, in favor of 3 USB-C ports, accompanied by a micro-SD player and a headphone jack. If this can frustrate some, I find it is easily contourable with a USB-C HUB adapted.
In the end, the 2019 version of the Dell XPS 13 honors the excellent reputation of the range: strength, finesse, speed, endurance, it is good in everything.
6. Microsoft Surface Book 2: Ultra-Portable, High-End 2-in-1 Notebook
A little less recently released on the market, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 continues to be one of the benchmarks for high-end notebook PCs.
More than a reversible computer like the Lenovo Yoga C930, Microsoft offers us a real 2-in-1: you can simply return it in tablet mode, or completely detach from its keyboard with the dedicated button to take only the ‘screen.
Its design is quite standard, for those who know a little range. We find the chassis magnesium and hinge so typical that leaves a slight gap between the screen and the keyboard when closed. We like where we do not like. Personally, I find that it is a waste of space useless as well as a nest of dust. Pity!
The 13.5-inch display offers excellent display quality in terms of color, contrast or brightness.
The keyboard is not left out, and has no ergonomic defect: the keys are sufficiently large and spaced, the sensitivity is optimal to allow a fast race without leaving too much room for typing errors. The touchpad is very responsive.
The model I propose includes a Core i5 6300U processor, an Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Again, this is not a laptop cut for the game, but you can still run some big licenses if you make a lot of concessions on the graphics. It is nevertheless very powerful in office automation, and powerful enough for a photo or video editing. If you want to do this more intensively, I can only recommend that you move to a more advanced configuration – but more expensive.
The connection is rather traditional: 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB-C (this is the first device from Microsoft to have integrated a) 1 SD player, 1 jack. Again, the HDMI port is absent but, I repeat, it is easily contourable.
Portability level, it ranks among the good students: a little heavier than what I have been able to present you so far (1.6 kg), it still reaches 10 to 11 hours of autonomy approximately. A very good performance for Microsoft.
It is a PC (ultra) portable with advanced finishes, the quality of screen and keyboard copy, and very powerful in office tasks. It nonetheless assumes its high-end side and asks you a big investment if you want to turn to the most powerful version.