Updated on 3 December 2015 by

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)
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
$1,725 - $3,499
$1,199 - $2,050
$1,754 - $2,050
$1,499 - $1,999
$910
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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
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.5 stars
Display
72% Positive
28% Negative
77% Positive
23% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Keypad
75% Positive
25% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
Connectivity
37% Positive
63% Negative
100% Positive
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
Performance
85% Positive
15% Negative
55% Positive
45% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Look and Feel
83% Positive
17% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative

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