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The best midsize laptops are those which have bigger screen size than those of the netbooks, and our list of such laptops is narrowed down to those which have screen sizes between 13 inch and 15 inch. Most midsize laptops arrive with flexible options for choosing configurations, and offer better performance than the netbooks at very affordable range of prices.

The thin, light and ultra portable midsize laptops are smaller than the desktop replacement notebooks and offer some notable features. Most of these laptops run on Intel processors except for the few which implement processors from AMD: with speed up to 3 GHz. Also RAM of over 4GB and internal storage of 500GB on these notebooks, makes them choosing worthwhile.

The best midsize laptops are affordable under $800 price range from the brands like Sony, HP and Dell under respective product lines: Vaio, Pavilion and Inspiron. Check out our list of best midsize laptops top rated by some of the best laptop reviewers around the web.

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch is our recommendation for the best midsize laptop for 2016. It is a highly recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 95% as it not only has excellent reviews but being one of the recent models in the market will come with top end specifications. The Macbook Air has garnered excellent ratings from over 6 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars with the top review sources including LaptopMag.com(4.0 stars), PCMag.com(4.0 stars), CNet.com(4.0 stars) and GoodGearGuide.com.au(4.5 stars).

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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
Display Size
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.5 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
16GB 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
Windows 10
Google Chrome
Microsoft Windows 8
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
1.70 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U
0.8 MHz, Intel Core M 5Y10
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, Flash storage
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet
General Purpose, Ultraportable

If you're not wedded to Apple's operating system, Dell's notebook is the way to go, but Mac fans who value endurance above all else will find the new 13-inch Air the best there is.

It might not be of huge interest to you if you're using a 2012 or newer model, but if you're hanging on to that older MacBook Pro with an optical drive, it's a worthy upgrade.

While the Tablet mode is top-notch, you'll likely spend most of the time using the Surface Book as a laptop.

It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.

The Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 may be extremely thin and feather-light, but an ultraportable laptop can't get by on those aspects alone.