Best 14 to 16-inch Laptops

Selection of Thin and Light Laptops for a Variety of Prices and Features

Jun 22 2016 - More and more people are looking for thinner and lighter laptops than ever before. This has caused a shift in the types of systems available in the 14 to 16-inch size range. Many are now focusing on things like gaming, higher resolution displays or being extremely thin and long running like ultrabooks. Here are my selections for the best laptops in the 14 to 16-inch displays based upon my research and experience for a variety of uses and budgets.

Best Overall - Lenovo Y700 15.6-inch

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15-inch Gaming Laptop
IdeaPad Y700 15-inch. &169;Lenovo

If you are looking for a solid all-around laptop that could be used for general computing, multimedia and video work or playing some games, the Lenovo Y700 15-inch model offers lots of performance in a balance package. Now there are UHD and touchscreen versions of this but I think they should be skipped as they add extra cost but little benefit. The laptop features a fast Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad core processors with 8GB or more of memory. It also comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960m for those wanting to play games or other items. It may use a slower 5400rpm drive but features a large 1TB capacity but there is a M.2 SSD slot that allows it to easily be upgraded for some extra fast storage performance. Size is reasonable at just over an inch high and weighing around 5.7 pounds. Buy from Amazon »

Best Value - ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch

ASUS F555LA 15.6-inch Budget Laptop

Many people do not need a super fast laptop computer. Instead they want something to do their basic computing tasks on that is also portable. The ASUS F555LA-AB31 is an amazing value considering the features it comes with. The biggest of these is the 15.6-inch display that features a full 1920x1080 that is rarely seen in a laptop priced this low. Performance is decent thanks to the Core i3-5010U dual core processor but it does only feature 4GB of memory but it can be upgraded. It is larger than many others in order to fit it a DVD burner as well. The major issue with it us running time due to the smaller 37WHr batter pack but still a great overall value for those wanting a laptop in this size range. Buy from Amazon »

Best Gaming - Gigabyte P35Xv5

Gigabyte P35Xv5 15-inch Gaming Laptop
P35Xv5. ©Gigabyte

Gaming laptops come in a wide range of prices and features but if you are serious about gaming, you want some serious hardware as well. The MSI P35Xv5 offers some of the latest and greatest to provide one of the best gaming experiences to be found in a 15-inch laptop. It may not have a 4K display panel, but even its NVIDIA GTX 980M is still best suited to the panel's 1920x1080 display resolution. This is backed up by a fast Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad core processor and 16GB of DDR4 memory. Finally, it mixes a decently sized 256GB M.2 solid state drive with a large 1TB hard drive for performance and capacity. It is relatively thin at just over three quarters of an inch thick and weighs 5.3 pounds making it a bit more portable than many larger systems with roughly the same base features. Buy from Amazon »

Most Portable - MSI GS40 Phantom

MSI GS40 Phantom 14-inch Gaming Laptop
GS40 Phantom. ©MSI

There are plenty of thinner and lighter laptops in this size range but many of them sacrifice performance and features. The MSI GS40 Phantom offers some amazing performance in a system that is under and inch thick and weighs under four pounds. Much of the size savings comes for the 14-inch display panel but it offers a full 1920x1080 display resolution and when combined with the Core i7-6700HQ quad core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics, it can play games just as well as many of the larger offerings. The system even comes with a combined 128GB solid state drive and a 1TB hard drive for both performance and lots of storage space. Of course, gaming is not going to go very far on the smaller battery so you better be near a power outlet and you will probably want headphones due to limited speaker performance and fan noise. Buy from Amazon »

Longest Battery Life - Apple MacBook Pro 15 With Retina Display

MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display
MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display. ©Apple

Apple's flagship laptop may not be the best value on the market since it has a high price and is running on fairly date hardware, but it still has some advantages over its competitors. Even with the MacBook Pro's thin profile and light weight, Apple manages to pack a lot of battery into the system. So much that even with its high performance components, the system can run for a full eight hours in video playback tests. This is unmatched by pretty much every other 15-inch laptop with comparable features. Heck, it even surpasses many of the ultrabook based laptops in this size range which is even more impressive.

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