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
Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
$1,725 - $3,499
$1,199 - $2,050
$1,754 - $2,050
$1,499 - $1,999
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2015
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
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
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
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
Display
72% Positive
28% Negative
77% Positive
23% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
Keypad
75% Positive
25% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
100% 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
Look and Feel
83% Positive
17% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
100% Positive