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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 Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
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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 is still an excellent laptop with a high-resolution screen and enough power for content-creation tasks.

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's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version.