Fanless laptops, tablets and 2-in-1’s with enough processing power to run as a desktop and with a screen big enough to be productive are an emerging category of PCs. If you want more efficiency, more ruggedness and, most importantly, a silent mobile PC you’ll need to keep an eye on this list of fanless PC taken from our database. These products all have a minimum operating weight of under 1.3 KG (2.8 pounds.)
|PCs from the Database|
|GPD Pocket 2, 515gm|
Launched October 2018, this stylish UMPC comes with a Core m3 CPU.
The latest, lower cost, amber black Pocket 2 (early 2019) comes with a 2-core Celeron CPU without hyperthreading and a fixed, 1.5Ghz clock and is offered as a cheaper option. GPD continues to produce some interesting, modern takes on the UMPC theme. All specifications below. [I'm interested to hear feeedback from owners - Chippy]
|GPD Win 2, 460gm|
There's a new UMPC available in 2019. The GPD Win2 foregoes a number of desirable features (like fanless working, high-res screen for example) to provide a mobile PC gaming experience. The Core M processor offers processing and graphics that extend way above the old 'Atom' CPUs. An easy-access M.2 SSD slot is a great addition. While this might not be a high-end gaming PC, it is a high-end UMPC.
|Samsung Galaxy Book 12, 754gm|
The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is a quality, productive 12-inch Windows tablet option which comes in at about 1.2 KG with the keyboard. We haven't fully tested this but remain in close contact with Notebookcheck for information. Their tests have been very positive.
|Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin, 1300gm|
The Ativ Book 9 Spin is Samsung's first ever convertible notebook with a high resulution anti-glare 3200x1800 display (QHD+) with 360 degree rotation. This will go into competition with similar types of devices from Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Dell and others. So with the 360 degrees it is multi mode and has a slim, aluminium body weighing 1.3kg.
|Dell Latitude 12 E7250, 1500gm|
The Dell Latitude 12 E7250 is a high quality carbon fibre cased 12.5 inch screen laptop primarily aimed at the business sector, solidly built with premium materials. The version specified here is near the top end of customisation for the device with a Core i5 5300U cpu, full HD glossy touch screen with Corning Gorilla glass protection, 256GB storage and subsequent price.
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series, 1660gm|
Dell Inspiron range keeps developing and the rather heavy at 1.66kg for a 13.3 inch laptop which in its basic guise has a 1366x768 screen but a full HD option is available and recommended. It has Intels latest Skylake cpus in various options.
|Lenovo Yoga 900 13ISK, 1270gm|
Lenovo's revitalised lineup includes the Yoga 900 which is a 13.3 inch powerhouse with an i7 6500U processor that turbos to 3.1GHz (TDP 15W high frequency and 7.5W low), 8GB of RAM, high res screen at 3200x1800, marvellous looking 360 degree hinge system and large 256GB SSD for starters - of course it will come with a large price as well (around 1800 euros)! It will have a bit of competition from Dell XPS 13, Toshiba Kirabook and Asus UX305 for instance.
|Apple Macbook Air 13 2015, 1365gm|
The Macbook Air 2015 brings with it Broadwell cpus to replace the Haswells but it has an Intel HD 6000 gpu instead of the 5000 series. It will be competing with the likes of Dells XPS 13 and Toshiba's KIRA 10 series among several others.
|Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch 2015, 1408gm|
The X1 Carbon is an ultraportable device with a base made of magnesium and aluminum. The display (IPS) cover uses carbon-fibre and glass-fibre reinforced plastic, and the hinges are reinforced with carbon fibre. More tough than classy. The keyboard and touchpad have been revised from the previous model. It's reasonably thin and light especially for a 14 inch laptop, a choice from a powerful set of Broadwell ULV cpu's can be chosen, up to 8GB RAM and various serial ATA storage up to 512GB. OneLink dock and Gigabit ethernet ports included.
|Toshiba KIRA-10D, 1100gm|
The new version of the Toshiba KIRA (Kirabook) uses the same quality chassis for the third year running. It has a full HD IPS matte non-touch screen and I notice this specific model is not on Toshiba's European website (there are 3 Kira 10's and it looks like the 10H, the 10J has a touchscreen). As such I suppose its not an ultrabook has very good aesthetics but is expensive. Measuring under 18mm in height and weighing just 1.1kg, the Kira features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB solid state drive and a full HD display so is a powerful laptop in a compact design.
|HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3, 1400gm|
The HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3 is basically a Broadwell update on the previous version. The G3's main feature is its 5 usage modes using its revolving hinge. The device is built with a magnesium chassis and comes with a spill resistant backlit keyboard and the whole is designed to pass MIL-STD 810G tests (US military tests mostly for environmental conditions).
|HP Elitebook 820 G2, 1340gm|
The HP Elitebook 820 G2 is another business oriented laptop that's thin and light and mobile in and out of the office. So for business there's proven enterprise technologies, security (TPM, vPro etc), performance, and management features that will meet its needs. There's various cpu, storage and RAM (up to 16GB) options to configure.
|Fujitsu Lifebook S935, 1370gm|
The Fujitsu S935 is a top quality laptop with a top quality price. The system is powered by a choice of Broadwell core i5/i7 processors. You can add a modular battery, blu-ray or dvd players. Two batteries of 51 Watt-hours + 28 Watt-hours - battery life should be 9 hours on wifi. There are also higher res screen options to 2560x1440.
|Microsoft Surface Book, 725gm|
The Microsoft Surface Book offers a premium 2-in-1 experience all the way up to graphically intensive scenarios. An optional Nvidia discreet GPU pairs with Skylake processors and there's a 16 GB RAM option too. A Surface docking port is provided for the external Surface Dock. Pricing starts at $1499.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 766gm|
The Surface Pro 4 has launched with a bigger screen in the same sizing as the Surface Pro 3. Entry level $899 model will be a Core M based device with Intel HD 515 graphics but a Core i7 version with Intel Iris graphics will be available. A new mechanical Touch-Type keyboard will also work with the Surface Pro 3. Resolution is 2736 x 1824
The Intel NUC5PPYH is their latest entry-level mini PC, codenamed Pinnacle Canyon. The new processors are part of the Braswell line that replaces the Baytrail-M family and include upgraded graphics, improvements in audio processing efficiency and are built on the 14nm process
The Intel NUC5CPYH is their latest entry-level mini PCs, codenamed Pinnacle Canyon. The new processors are part of the Braswell line that replaces the Baytrail-M family and include upgraded graphics, improvements in audio processing efficiency and are built on the 14nm process
|Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), 1500gm|
The new Google Chromebook Pixel 2015 comes in the same size and weight as the older one we know. With now a standard of 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 Broadwell U Processor running at 2.2GHz this machine has some serious power to offer. If this isn't enough for you there is a Core i7 version running at 2.4GHz supported by 16GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage. The regular i5 version comes with 32GB Storage and both versions include 1TB of Google Drive storage free for 3 Years. In terms of ports the Pixel has 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports (these are the reversible ports) which offer HDMI and DisplayPort capabilities via adapters as well as serving as charging ports. Additionally there are 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone/mic combo jack and an SD card reader. The 12.85" IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio has a 2560x1700 pixels resolution.
|Apple MacBook Air 11" 2015, 1080gm|
The Apple MacBook Air 11 (2015) is a Laptop based around Intels Broadwell Platform. It comes with 128 or 256GB of SSD storage as well as 4/8 GB of RAM. In terms of Ports there is: 2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, and a Thunderbolt 2. The built-in 38Wh battery should last for up to 9hrs of web surfing. WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.0 make for some good connectivity. Unfortunately it still has a 1366x768 screen making it a good hot-desk solution but not the most productive screen when standing on its own legs.
|ASUS X200MA, 1300gm|
The ASUS X200MA is a budget touchscreen notebook running on Intels BayTrail-M Celeron N2815 processor. It sports 4GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD Storage. In terms of connectivity you are limited to the WiFi b/g/n and Ethernet port, Bluetooth is not included in this package. Port wise it offers a USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and an SDXC card slot. We miss Bluetooth and would have loved to see WiFi a or ac being included. The touch enabled screen has a resolution of 1366x768.
|ASUS K200MA, 1360gm|
The ASUS K200MA is a budget touchscreen notebook running on Intels BayTrail-M Celeron N2830 processor. It sports 4GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD Storage. In terms of connectivity you are limited to the WiFi b/g/n and Ethernet port, Bluetooth is not included in this package. Port wise it offers a USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and an SDXC card slot. We miss Bluetooth and would have loved to see WiFi a or ac being included. The touch enabled screen has a resolution of 1366x768.
|Intel NUC 5i5, 408gm|
The Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) 5i5RYK is a mini pc with a very small footprint of only 11.5 x 11.1 cm base dimensions. There are multiple versions available with differing heights, depending on the included internal headers available. This model comes with a M.2 SSD slot as the only storage solution so the height is only 3.4 cm. Other models have a 2.5" SATA port for more internal storage. In terms of ports the Intel NUC 5i5 offers 4x USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, headphone jack, mini DisplayPort 1.2 (with eDP support), mini HDMI 1.4a and an infrared receiver.
|Intel NUC DN2820FYKH, 798gm|
A basic but very solid and popular Mini PC / Barebones PC that's often used as a home theatre PC. Sold without OS, memory and storage. This is not a fanless nettop / mini PC
|Acer C740, 1300gm|
The Acer C740 Chromebook is the 2015 version of the C720 with Broadwell-generation CPU. Acer have hardened the casing and hinge to make it more rugged for education markets but it still only weighs 1.3 KG.
|Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 11, 798gm|
|HP Split X2, 1000gm|
The Split is another entrant in the growing Windows 8 Core powered hybrid market and has a number of features similar to the Transformer Book like a keyboard dock with an extra battery and an optional 500GB HDD to complement the 128GB SSD in the tablet. The HP will be powered by a Y-series Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, offer WiDi, and HDMI port, microSD and full SD card slots and 2 USB porst (1x USB2, 1x USB3) on the keyboard dock. WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Beats audio and front and rear are also present.
|Fujitsu Stylistic Q572, 730gm|
The Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 is a Windows 8 Tablet powered by the AMD Z-60 dual core CPU. With 128GB of SSD there is enough storage for most applications. It comes with a stylus for handwriting input. With GPS, Bluetooth 4 and even LTE it should be a good companion for outdoor usage. The claimed 7h of batterylife is a good standard for a tablet.
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