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The best notebook for personal use is priced reasonably and exhibits convenient features like portability and good configuration, and is also attractive in appearance.

The application requirements of personal laptops differ from person to person since their uses can typically be anything from gaming and multimedia entertainment to web browsing and social networking; consequently, the specs of your laptop largely depend on what you intend to do with it. By and large, a dual core processor with 2 GB RAM and a decent 400 GB hard drive should be appropriate for most needs.

Another key factor to reckon with is the size and weight of your book. Since personal laptops are generally required to follow you around, we would recommend screen sizes between 12 to 16 inches or the ultraportable kind that integrates essential features in a compact and light body.

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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)
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Display Size
15.4 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.5 in.
12.3 in.
Display
15.4 inches, Widescreen, 2880 x 1800
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
12.3 inches, Standard, 2736 x 1824
Hard Drive
256 GB, SSD, Flash storage
128 GB, Flash storage
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
16 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X Yosemite
Apple OS X El Capitan
Apple OS X El Capitan
Windows 10
Processor
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i7-4770HQ
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core m3
Laptop Type
Media, Business, Small Business, Desktop Replacement, SSD, Flash storage
Ultraportable, Flash storage
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet

  • 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 upgrade of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air brings a more powerful Core i5 processor and an astounding 17.5 hours of battery life. It remains our top choice for ultraportable laptops.


  • While we wish it had a better display, the 2015 MacBook Air is superfast and lasts longer on a charge than any other ultraportable today.


  • After some extensive testing, we found the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) to be little different overall to the 2014 model. The Thunderbolt 2 update will prove useful for connecting to high-resolution UHD displays, and a few percent of added processor power is never unwelcome. But hoped-for improvements in graphics performance and battery longevity did not arise in our testing, in spite of a new Intel processor which was expected to shepherd benefits in both areas.


  • Although the fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Force Touch trackpad are minor updates, this year's 13-inch Retina Apple MacBook Pro is still an easy top pick for high-end ultraportables.


  • Blazing speed, an innovative new touchpad and super-long battery life put the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro in a class of its own.


  • The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard. This time around, though, Apple also traded in its already-best-in-class trackpad for a new, pressure-sensitive one. While it's almost as comfortable to use as its predecessor, we're not convinced these new touchpad tricks were worth making the switch.


  • The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics, a big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life, and the power to make short work of everyday and multimedia tasks. It's the first premium detachable-hybrid tablet to earn our Editors' Choice.


  • An impressive display, superb battery life and 2-in-1 versatility make the Surface Book one of the most exciting laptops yet, but its high price narrows the appeal.


  • While it's not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft's Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first.


  • The Surface Pro 4 is the best version of Microsoft's tablet yet, with a stellar display, snappy performance, and more than 10 hours of battery life. With Windows 10, the Surface Pen, and optional Type Cover, it can replace your laptop.


  • While it might not look new on the outside, the Surface Pro 4 features a faster CPU, bright high-res screen and improved Type Cover but with much less battery life.


  • A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.


Top 5 notebook for personal use of 2016:

  1. Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
  2. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
  3. Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
  4. Microsoft Surface Book
  5. Microsoft Surface Pro 4