Usually a stylish and efficient laptop must cost much more. The price additionally jumps if we are dealing with a mobile device with a smaller screen. However, if someone does not require above-average performance from the equipment, will use it on the go to work with little demanding programs, they can find really interesting models.
Office and graphics programs, frequent web browsing and music listening. From time to time, a movie on the network and file sharing on your home network. If this short description fits our requirements and everyday activities, we can take a laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor. It will be a powerful and energy-efficient enough unit that can handle most tasks. The small size of RAM and traditional HDD should not discourage us, as these are components that we can replace in the future with faster, more capacious, etc.
Mobility is also worth paying attention to. If you travel frequently, carrying large equipment is not pleasant. In such situations, a small 14-inch laptop shows its great advantages. At home or in the office you can always connect an external monitor with a large diagonal and enjoy a huge workspace.
Let's start with the first proposal, the Dell Vostro 5459. It's a very good starting point for creating an efficient machine for work and business applications. The heart of the device is a sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor (Skylake) with 6100U and 2.3 GHz core clock. The 4GB of RAM can be expanded to 16GB, which is more than optimal these days. A traditional 500GB hard disk drive has been designed for data and programs, although it is recommended to replace it with an SSD to improve performance.
A traditional HDD can be used as an external storage device to connect to the PC via one of three USB 3.0 ports. The Intel HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics card is ideal for simple tasks, while the NVIDIA GeForce 930M dedicated GPU can handle less demanding games. The image is displayed on a 14.1-inch matte matrix with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It weighs a mere 1.66 kilograms including the battery and looks truly elegant. This is emphasized by the backlit keyboard, which facilitates work after dark. Price of this model in this version is about 2800 PLN.
A very interesting alternative can be Lenovo ThinkPad L460. Although it is not as stylish as its predecessor, but a solid business look will surely find its supporters. The device is equipped with efficient and energy-saving 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor (Skylake) with 6100U and core clock at 2.3 GHz. It is supported by 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, although we can expand it up to 16 GB. The data and programs are allocated to a 500 GB HDD. More demanding users can make a change and choose a more efficient SSD with less or comparable capacity.
The image is displayed on a 14-inch matt LED matrix with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The graphics card is an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 chip - enough for basic tasks and very energy efficient. Unfortunately there is no dedicated graphics card here, so let's forget about more demanding games. Noteworthy is the built-in 3G module, which provides Internet connectivity virtually anywhere, fingerprint reader and TrackPoint. There are also 3 USB 3.0 ports available. The price of this model is about 2500 PLN.