At present the major players in mini laptop market are HP, Acer, ASUS and Micromax. Finding the best mini laptop with good usability is a difficult task. The cheapest of all comes from Micromax brand. But, Micromax is a new player in this segment. They have Laptab and Laptop models which are all comes with the ATOM Z3735F processors and 32GB of Flash drive.
Before recommending the best mini laptop, we removed all the laptops built with Atom Z3735F processor and 32GB of flash drive (Embedded eMMC storage). The reason is, real user complaints we received after few days of usage.
1- The frequent complaints we received were the shortage of storage space. For more storage, you need to buy a separate storage medium and carry that with you all the time.
2- After some usage and some programs installations, the second complaint follows. The automatic OS update issue due to lack of storage space. To avoid it, while buying a 32GB flash drive based mini laptop, buy another 64GB of SD card which will cost you another Rs-1200. For huge files, spend more on external hard disk drive.
3- eMMC is not equal to SATA-SSD. In case of eMMC failure, replacing it is difficult.
4- The issue of Atom processor Z3735F is the limited maximum RAM support. This processor only supports 2GB RAM maximum. Also it has only 6400MB/s of memory access bandwidth which is not at all good for multi task operation.
The advantages of these type of flash storage based mini laptops are the fast booting time, less weight and long battery life.
If you travel a lot and you need a perfect mini laptop with good enough storage and smooth operation, we recommend mini laptops with Celeron or Pentium processor. These processors operates on higher processing clock speed and allows for RAM expansion in future if required.
The Asus X200MA-KX495B is the one we selected as the best mini laptop available in Indian market presently. After careful review of all the available mini laptops, we selected this affordable and features rich mini laptop for basic to intermediate computer usage.
This one comes with the 2.16GHz Pentium Processor (N3540) and Windows 8.1 operating system which could be upgraded to Windows 10. Like all other mini laptops, this one also comes with 2GB of RAM on a sigle memory slot. But, this Pentium processor allows us to upgrade the RAM up to 8GB if required ( Note: You can’t do upgrade of RAM on ATOM Z3735F).
Moreover, Pentium N3540 processor could access the memory at 12800MB/s bandwidth. A higher memory access bandwidth helps to multi task without any lagging.
This Asus X200MA-KX495B also comes with all the necessary communication and connectivity ports. WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 for communication. LAN, USB2.0, USB3.0, HDML, Audio jack, VGA for connectivity. All these together makes this one of the best.
For storage it has 500GB of HDD and the USB3.0 port is there for you to connect external hard disk drives for fast data transfer. The SD/MMC memory card slot could be used for many other purposes.
The screen is LED type and the keyboard is good quality too. The overall build quality is also very promising.
Asus X200MA-KX495B is the best mini laptop now available in the market.
1- The ACER ASPIRE ES1-131-C8RL Mini Laptop which comes with the latest Celeron processor. We got positive feedback on this laptop.
2- For fast booting time and swift application opening time, we recommend the Micromax Canvas L1161, but with less storage(32GB eMMC) and less processor performance.