It would perhaps be best if we prefaced this with a warning not to invest in a 14-inch laptop if you’re solely interested in video games or multimedia applications. By design, 14-inch laptops are designed to have long-lasting batteries, to be accommodating to office applications, and to be lightweight as well as portable. In this respect, you should only invest in such a compact laptop if you are 100% certain that you will use it to its fullest capabilities.
Given the fact that these laptops are usually intended to be used for office applications, you should always look for the ones that are equipped with good operating systems. For instance, some of the best windows 10 laptops out there are 14-inch laptops and understandably so. Needless to say, you want your laptop to also pack the right configuration to handle a modern operating system, which is why you shouldn’t be afraid to spend a couple of bucks more if necessary.
Seeing how Windows 10 is the most adaptable working framework out there, you are advised to look for laptops that can handle all its functions. Alternatively, you could very well opt for a Windows 8.1 laptop seeing how most software applications nowadays are designed to have both Windows 8.1 and 10 compatibility. On a related note, Chromebooks are also among the best rated laptops the market has to offer, even though the Chrome OS might need some getting used to.
As far as specs go, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than a 6th generation i5 processor, with i7 processors being the desired target. Although you might find a fair share of i3-powered laptops on sale, you would do best to avoid them because software requirements are getting greater every month. Furthermore, you aren’t guaranteed to be able to play modern video games or run full HD applications with a standard i3 processor, whereas i5 and i7 processors will do so without too many issues.
Speaking of specs, a good 14-inch laptop should have no less than 4 GB of RAM. If possible, you should get a laptop with a memory greater than 8 GB, because like we said, you want your laptop to be able to handle a lot more than basic work-related software. In this respect, a good 14-inch laptop should also pack a crystal-clear, full-HD display, powered by an equally powerful graphics card. If not, you should at least look for a laptop that has an anti-glare display and an LED-backlit function.
To give you a better idea of what to look for, we put together a list of the ten best 14-inch laptops money can buy.
Top 10 Best 14 Inch Laptops of 2017 Reviews
(Updated January 2017)
10Asus Flagship Premium Ultra Slim Full HD Laptop
Due to its Intel Core i7-5500U processor, this particular laptop will run most software applications out there effortlessly. Given the fact that it also packs a Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card, it will also enable you to play the latest video games, which is great for a laptop this size. Also worth mentioning is that it has a pretty decent ultra slim LED-backlit display with 16:9, anti-glare capabilities. Not only that but it also has 8 GB of RAM, and HDMI support, both Ethernet LAN and WiFi connectivity features, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3-cell li-ion prismatic battery pack that will last you up to 5 hours.
– Very fast
– Decent graphics
– Windows 10 64-bit
– Screen could be better
– Slow boot speed
– Should have an SSD for this price
9HP Pavilion 14-ab167us Laptop
HP’s Pavilion 14-inch Laptop might just be one of the most feature-packed laptops out there, at least in the 14-inch category. We say this because it packs a multitude of useful features, including an HD webcam, wireless LAN / Ethernet LAN connectivity, a Bluetooth function, a Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader feature, HDMI output, and a lot more. It also packs 8 GB of DDR3L SDRAM, a 1 TB 5400RPM hard drive, and a multiformat DVD RW-CD-RW drive for good measure. Add to this the fact that it has a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor and you have yourself a more than capable 14-inch laptop.
– It has a lot of useful features
– Big storage capacity
– Decent memory
– Buggy trackpad
– Heats up occasionally
– Might start to run slow over time
8Acer Swift 3 HD Laptop
Acer’s Swift laptop, like the name suggests, is a surprisingly fast laptop, much faster than you would expect a laptop this size to be. It also packs 8 GB of RAM and a 256 SSD for storage, which needless to say, is quite decent in this day and age. Furthermore, this laptop uses a Widescreen IPS comfyView LED-backlit display and comes with a preinstalled Windows 10 OS, which when combined with the laptop’s 10-hour battery life makes it one of the most reliable out there. On a related note, it should be said that it has DDR4 RAM instead of the standard DDR3, which vastly improves the laptop’s overall speed.
– Quite fast
– Decent memory
– Long battery life
– Limited storage space
– Heats up
7The Razer Blade HD Gaming Laptop
This is without a doubt, one of the best gaming laptops money can buy at this point in time. Razer’s ‘The Razer Blade’ gaming laptop packs a state of the art configuration that involves a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB SSD for good measure. As you would expect, this particular laptop performs according to the highest possible standards, which is reflected by its price tag. Despite its 14-inch size, its display is also quite impressive, benefitting from a quality build that allows you to view its true colors at almost any angle.
– Impressive speed
– Great memory
– Quality construction
– The price
– Heats up
– Noisy fan
6HP 14-an013nr Notebook
If you’re looking for a decent budget laptop that also packs a decent configuration then look no further. This 14-inch laptop from HP will enable you to run most office applications fluently despite having a few shortcomings. Among them, a limited storage space that doesn’t provide a lot of leeway when it comes to installing new programs. Still, it has a decent quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a preinstalled Windows 10 OS to top it off. Add to this the fact that it features a surprisingly good Full HD UWVA Brightview WLED-backlit display and you have yourself a decent little work laptop at almost half the price of most 14-inch laptops out there.
– Good value for the money
– Windows Home 64 OS
– Decent battery life
– Limited graphics quality
– Small storage space
– Slow-ish speed
5Lenovo Flex 3-1580 Convertible Notebook
As we have come to expect from Lenovo Notebooks, this one too has a reliable touchscreen, one that benefits from a 16:9 aspect ratio. In fact, this 14-inch HD touchscreen operates a 1366 x 768 resolution and is powered by an Intel HD Graphics 520, a combination that is guaranteed to meet everyone’s standards when it comes to responsiveness and durability. It also comes a 4 in 1 media card reader and a one-piece multi-touch touchpad along with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 SSD. The only real downside is that it doesn’t pack an optical drive, but then again, not many people use optic drives nowadays.
– Sleek design
– Decent touchscreen
– Reliable connectivity
– No optical drive
– Limited storage space
– Pretty average graphics
4MSI VR Ready GS43VR Phantom Pro-006 Ultra Portable Laptop
We should point out right from the start that this is one of the best high-performance laptops out there. Slightly more expensive than most, this high-end laptop from MSI is guaranteed to run virtually any modern video game in high definition. It does so thanks to a GTX 1060 graphics card, an i7 6700HQ processor, and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. Seeing how it also packs a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD, we can very well consider it one of the most modern laptops money can buy right now. As for its special features, let us point out that it is VR ready and that it has a SteelSeries Backlit 83 Keys keyboard and a Killer Gaming Network E2400 feature to facilitate online gaming.
– Very fast
– Great graphics card
– Strong metal build
– The price
– Limited support
– Possible issues with the WiFi
3Lenovo ThinkPad T450 LED Business Ultrabook
Lenovo’s T450 ThinkPad might just be one of the most reliable notebooks out there both in terms of battery life and overall compatibility. The reason we say this is because it comes with a preinstalled Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition that you can access through the laptop’s Windows 10 Pro Downgrade Rights. This enables you to access and use older software applications and to configure older systems that haven’t yet been upgraded to Windows 10. At the same time, the laptop itself packs a decent configuration with an Intel Core i5-5300U processor and 9 GB of RAM.
– Packs a lot of useful features
– Decent configuration
– FingerPrint Reader
– No backlit keyboard
– Limited warranty
– Will slow down over time
2Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5FM
This might just be the best Chromebook out there, at least in the 14-inch range. We say this because it packs a few pretty decent features considering the fact that it’s a Chromebook, including a Full HD IPS Display 1920 x 1080, 4 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, and a durable yet lightweight Aluminum chassis. Perhaps its most impressive feature, however, is its 12-hour battery life. Needless to say, you don’t usually expect laptops to last you for more than 6-7 hours at most, an expectation that is challenged by this particular Chromebook’s long battery life. To add to this, let us point out that it costs almost half what a standard 14-inch laptop costs, which in itself is quite impressive nowadays.
– Slim and lightweight
– Sturdy construction
– Long battery life
– Limited storage capacity
– Some compatibility issues with older WinOS software
– No upgrade options other than a microSD card for added storage
1HP EliteBook 8460p LED Notebook
Powered by an Intel i5-2520 M processor running a 2.5 GHz frequency, this affordable laptop from HP should be considered the best budget laptop out there. Given its affordability, you shouldn’t expect it to run the latest video games, even though it is more than able to run most software applications anyone who isn’t a graphics designer would usually use. It also comes with a reasonably large HDD, a decent 4 GB memory, and a 14-inch LED-backlit HD anti-glare screen powered by an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card. On top of all this, it packs a decent 6-cell lithium ion battery that will last you at least 4 hours.
– Good display
– Decent connectivity
– Quite slow when running modern applications
– Unreliable trackpad
– No backlit keyboard
You do not buy a 14-inch laptop with the expectation that it will run most modern video games, nor do you get one to help you with graphic rendering procedures. Still, if you’re looking for a reliable laptop to help you at school or at work, then you really shouldn’t be spending your money on any laptop larger than this.
Still, as we found out, some of these 14-inch laptops are more than capable to meet modern operational standards, just as long as you have a good idea of what you’re looking for in terms of hardware specs and software compatibility.