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A 12 inch laptop is used as a daily driver by many individuals and feedback from such people prove that the devices in this segment are as powerful and offer an awesome balance between performance and portability.
This is precisely because the devices in this segment are compact and light, they are easy to carry around and with the 12'' form factor they pack up a decent keyboard, ample number of ports and powerful hardware.
You will find these devices categorized into two segments the affordable ones and the ones in the premium segment. You'll find all leading brands having products in this segment.
We bring you the 10 best laptops and netbooks in the segment in the sliders below...
Apple Macbook Air
The Macbook Air features a 11 inch LED backlit display. The glossy display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels resolution for enhanced visuals. The processor on the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and is capable of a TurboBoost of 2.7GHz. It has an Intel HD Graphics 5000 as it's graphics processor. This sleek device has a SSD(Solid State Drive) of 128GB and is integrated with a 720p FaceTime HD web camera. The Macbook Air has 2 USB 3.0 ports and is loaded with the OS X Mavericks, the Macbook Air provides you a great interface
Asus Transformer Series
This sleek and lightweight device is powered by a The 1.33 GHz Intel Quad-Core Atom Bay Trail-T processor capable of 1.86 GHz boost and the 2 GB RAM which is coupled with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7. The beauty of the laptop lies in it's 10.1 inch LED backlit HD diplay which is a multi-touch IPS panel. The laptop is loaded with a 2 cell battery providing a backup of 11 hours and also with a 1.2Mp front camera. Storage capacity of the laptop is 500GB and it runs on Windows 8.1. It has 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
Lenovo Flex 2-14D Notebook
This PC provides you with the liberty of rotating it's 14 inch 1366x768 10 point multi-touch screen in whichever way you want. Powered by an APU Quad Core A6 AMD processor coupled with 4GB of RAM the laptop also offers a storage space of 500GB. The 4 cell battery promises 6hrs of standby in one charge and the laptop also packs a 1MP camera.
Asus EeeBook X205TA
This netbook is cute,portable and definitely very useful and trustworthy at the same time. The device weighs under 1 Kg and is unbelievably light and compact. The screen size of the netbook is 11.6 inches. It has a 2 cell battery that'll give you 12 hours of battery backup. The device runs on Windoes OS 8.1 and is powered by a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor with Intel Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz. The 2GB DDR3 system memory facilitates smoother system performance. The model is a fanless one and has a beautifully placed chicklet keyboard. On board storage is 32GB provided by a eMMC card and is expandable upto 128GB.
HP Stream 11
Developed with a 11.6" High Definition widescreen display, the Stream 11 provides an immersive visual experience with accurate colours and excellent clarity thanks to Intel HD Graphics. The device runs on Windows 8.1 and is powered by a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron processor with a Turbo Boost up to 2.58 GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. The laptop has 32GB of eMMC storage which is expandable upto 128GB. Connectivity options on this device are vast it features a WWAN Sim slot, WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI support.
Lenovo S20-30 Netbook
An embodiment of technological innovation and splendid functionality can be seen on this device. Equipped with a 11.6 inch screen the S20 also packs a 4th generation Intel Celeron Dual Core processor that delivers a clock speed of 2.16 GHz and 2.58 GHz in Turbo Boost mode. The Netbook runs on Windows 8.1 and is powered by 2GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics. Battery back up is upto 3 hours and there are connectivity options such as USB 3.0, Bluetooth v4.0, HDMI support and WiFi.
Asus X200LA-KX034D Netbook
The Asus Netbook features a 11.6 inch HD LED Backlit Glare Slim Display. It also sports a HD webcam and a 3 cell battery. Storage capacity of the device is 500GB and it runs on Windows 8.1. This netbook is powered by an Intel core i3 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 along with a HDMI port.
Lenovo IdeaPad A10 (59-388639) Slatebook
The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 Slatebook is a budget laptop that's ideal for minimum usage. It is powered by an ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. The Slatebook's display can be rotated by 300 degrees for perfect viewing angles. The Lenovo IdeaPad is powered by Google's Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. The Lenovo IdeaPad can be alive for 9 hours on one full charge and can provide 39 hours of music playback with the display shut down. The model offers 16GB of on-board eMMc storage.
Dell Inspiron 3148
This one here is the most powerful of all devices listed above. Powered by a 4th generation Intel core i3 processor coupled with 4GB or RAM and Intel HD Graphics. The laptop boasts of a 11.6 inch HD LED backlit IPS display. Running on the latest Windows 8.1 the device offers you 500GB of internal storage and ample connectivity options.
Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook
Finally we have the one compact size device which is the best example of both performance and portability. The Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook is a brigde in between both the lands. Powered by a 3rd generation Intel core i5 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM the device is an optimum performer when it comes to performance. The device has a mighty 6 cell battery that guarantees backup of upto 6 plus hours. The 12.5 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with True Life is a visual treat to your eyes. The on-board storage on the device is a 128GB SSD. Dell's XPS operates on 64 bit Windows 8 and has an Intel HD Graphics 4000.