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The best Mainstream notebooks are those that combine 13 inch to 15 inch screen size with a lightweight body to grant good efficiency along with portability.

The better mainstream notebooks implement good quad core processors like the Intel Core i5, with at least 4 GB Ram for faster performance. Furthermore, they are ideal for people who require excessive laptop usage throughout the day especially while commuting, since they weigh not more than 5 pounds.

The best mainstream notebooks are a great option for work applications requiring good performance and also for home entertainment due to their fairly large display size.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)


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Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
Toshiba Satellite Radius 14
Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
Toshiba Satellite Radius 14
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2015
Aug 2015
Display Size
15.4 in.
15.6 in.
14.0 in.
15.6 in.
14.0 in.
Display
15.4 inches, Widescreen, 2880 x 1800
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
14 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1440
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 3840 x 2160
Hard Drive
256 GB, SSD, Flash storage
1.128 TB, HDD, SSD
256 GB, SSD
512 GB, SSD
500GB , 5,400rpm , Serial ATA
Installed Memory
16 GB
16 GB
8 GB
16 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X Yosemite
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Processor
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i7-4770HQ
2.9 GHz, Intel Core i5-4210H
2.3 GHz, Intel Core i5-5300U
2.6 GHz, Intel Core i7-4720HQ
2.1-GHz Intel Core i3 5015U
Laptop Type
Media, Business, Small Business, Desktop Replacement, SSD, Flash storage
Gaming
Business, Ultrabook
Desktop Replacement

  • The latest Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display gets a Force Touch trackpad and better battery capacity than its predecessor, but it faces stiff competition.


  • Current 15-inch MacBook Pro owners won't feel the need to upgrade, but the handful of tweaks included here keep this expensive system at the top of the list for powerful midsize laptops.


  • - The highlight, of course, is its Retina Display, which is a 15.4in IPS affair with a stunning resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 – that’s 220ppi.
    - Getting to the glass touchpad, meanwhile, it’s still the best we’ve used, rivalled only by the cream of the Windows laptop crop.


  • The latest Alienware 15 is hefty, but it delivers everything you want in a gaming laptop, with excellent performance, long battery life, and all sorts of customizable features.


  • While it's bigger and heavier than gaming notebooks of similar size, the Alienware 15 offers solid graphics performance for less than the competition.


  • If you’re in the market for a premium 15-inch gaming laptop, and you aren’t too concerned about portability, then you’ll be hard pushed to find a better system than the Alienware 15.


  • The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is an incredibly thin and light business ultrabook that features a premium design with a 14-inch touch screen and all-day battery life.


  • The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is an excellent business ultraportable, offering strong performance, long battery life and an improved keyboard, all in a svelte and durable design.


  • The Carbon is a good laptop
    in every department and a big improvement over its


  • The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501J-DS71T is a premium desktop-replacement laptop that not only offers category-leading performance in most tests, but does so for a very affordable price.


  • The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J offers a 4K display, great performance and excellent audio in an attractive package.

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    You want a laptop that looks nice. Asus understands that. That’s why the company has tried so hard to build a better MacBook. The ZenBook line has given birth to many beautiful, powerful, desirable machines that offer PC people a chance to preen—even when they’re surrounded by MacBooks at their local cafe.


  • The Radius 14 is provides fairly strong performance and a rotating touch screen on the cheap, but the design isn't comfortable.


  • For what you pay for it, the Toshiba Radius 14 is hard to beat.