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Notebook

Last Updated: 1/3/2017

A notebook is a portable clamshell device with an attached keyboard. The notebook industry continues to grow with a wide range of options from inexpensive notebooks, mainstream notebooks to gaming notebooks. The advances in technology and manufacturing have brought notebooks closer to desktops. Listed below are a few recommended hardware configurations.

entry notebook

Entry Notebook

mainstream notebook

Mainstream Notebook

premium ultra-slim notebook

Premium Ultra-slim Notebook

workstation notebook

Workstation Notebook

gaming notebook

Gaming Notebook

Key Features

Cortana

Windows Hello

Battery Life 8+ hours

Precision Touchpad

Cortana

Wired and Wireless Docking and Casting (USB-C; Miracast)

Inking/Pen Support

Precision Touchpad

High-DPI (4K)

Cortana

Long battery life (12+ hours)

Wired and Wireless Docking and Casting (USB-C; Miracast)

Windows Hello

Precision Touchpad

Cortana

Wired and Wireless Docking and Casting (USB-C; Miracast)

Inking/Pen Support

Precision Touchpad

Premium Audio/Visual experience (DX12, 4K support (display, chipset), premium speakers, Chipset support PlayReady, H/W DRM, H.265 H/W (decord/encord) )

Cortana

Xbox content/Controller/Xbox Live

Windows Hello

Precision Touchpad

Operating System Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) Windows 10 for desktop editions Windows 10 for desktop editions Windows 10 for desktop editions Windows 10 for desktop editions
Recommended Components CPU Mid-tier x86 Mid-range x86 Premium high-end x86 Premium high-end x86 Premium high-end x86
RAM/Storage 2GB+ / 32GB+ eMMC or SSD + SD Card 4GB+ / 500GB+ HDD 8GB/256GB SSD or 1TB HD w/SSD cache 8+GB / 256GB+ SSD or 750GB – 1TB+ HDD + SSD Cache 8GB+ / 1TB+ HDD + SSD Cache

Display

11.6”+ / HD+ non-touch

14.1” – 15.6” / FHD+ Touch

11.6”-12.5” display w/touch; FHD-WQHD, zero-bezel

14” / FHD+

14”-19” / FHD – 4K

Discrete DX12 GPU with 2GB-4GB

Dimensions <18mm & <1.36kg <19mm & 1.8kg <15mm & <.51kgs <20mm & <1.5kg <20mm & <1.5kg
Battery 8+ hours 6+ hours 12+ hours - -
Connectivity 802.11ac, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, BT LE 802.11ac, USB 3.0, HDMI, BT LE, NFC 802.11ac, 2+ USB 3.x, HDMI, BT LE, LTE 802.11ac, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, BT LE 802.11ac, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, BT LE, LTE
Audio/Video Stereo Speaker, full array mics, HD Webcam Webcam, speakers, headphones Stereo Speaker, full array microphones, HD Webcam Premium sound, HD Webcam, full array microphones Premium sound, HD Webcam, full array microphones
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