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Along with some of the notebooks, Macbooks generally have a display of 13.3 inch which are available under mid-range with applicability for personal use, college students and architects. These notebooks are available under the budget price range of $1500 and are some of the best 13 inch laptops in 2016.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7350)
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7350)
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Display Size
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
13.3 inches, IPS LCD, 3840 x 2160
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
128 GB, Flash storage
16GB SSD
256 GB, SSD
256 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Apple OS X El Capitan
Google Chrome
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
1.70 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U
0.8 MHz, Intel Core M 5Y10
1.2 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y71
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, Flash storage
Ultraportable
General Purpose, Ultraportable

  • The latest upgrade of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air brings a more powerful Core i5 processor and an astounding 17.5 hours of battery life. It remains our top choice for ultraportable laptops.


  • While we wish it had a better display, the 2015 MacBook Air is superfast and lasts longer on a charge than any other ultraportable today.


  • After some extensive testing, we found the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) to be little different overall to the 2014 model. The Thunderbolt 2 update will prove useful for connecting to high-resolution UHD displays, and a few percent of added processor power is never unwelcome. But hoped-for improvements in graphics performance and battery longevity did not arise in our testing, in spite of a new Intel processor which was expected to shepherd benefits in both areas.


  • Although the fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Force Touch trackpad are minor updates, this year's 13-inch Retina Apple MacBook Pro is still an easy top pick for high-end ultraportables.


  • Blazing speed, an innovative new touchpad and super-long battery life put the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro in a class of its own.


  • The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard. This time around, though, Apple also traded in its already-best-in-class trackpad for a new, pressure-sensitive one. While it's almost as comfortable to use as its predecessor, we're not convinced these new touchpad tricks were worth making the switch.


  • The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 puts a bright, highly accurate display and stellar battery life in a sharp, silver form that makes it the Chromebook to beat.


  • If you want a Chromebook, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.


  • With its ultraslim profile, the Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 midrange ultraportable certainly redefines the concept of thin. Unfortunately, its performance isn't as impressive.


  • The new ZenBook is a great home for Intel’s new Core M processor, which proved up to basic daily tasks in Windows with no obvious lag in the interface. Good battery life and decent screen quality are further plus points to a well-made case with a familiar design to Apple fans. At a price of £650 this is an attractive package as a carry-anyway Windows laptop.


  • The Asus UX305 is almost perfection in affordable ultra-portable laptops. Its stylish, well built, incredibly light and has a screen, keybaord and battery life to rival the best. All for under £650. A tiny slip-up with the trackpad and a definite compromise on performance mean it doesn’t quite take home maximum points, though.


  • The Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7350) detachable-hybrid tablet is a great middle ground between a slim tablet and a clamshell laptop.


  • The Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series has impressive Core M-powered performance, excellent battery life, a stunning screen and a slick design. It’s expensive and its screen is still bulkier than most tablets, but this is the top high-end hybrid for productivity.


Top 5 13 inch laptop of 2016:

  1. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
  2. Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
  3. Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
  4. Asus ZenBook UX305F
  5. Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7350)