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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 is still an excellent laptop with a high-resolution screen and enough power for content-creation tasks.

The Alienware 15 delivers great performance and long battery life, and that's enough for it earn our Editors' Choice nod for entry-level gaming laptops.

With its slim, lightweight chassis, however, the X1 Carbon Touch is a great choice if you travel for work.

Above the screen is a 1MP webcam, and while Asus calls it HD, the photos it took of me were splotchy at best, with little detail and poor color balance.

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Make no mistake; this can at times be a frustrating notebook.