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Small laptop reviews

We test 15 highly portable Windows 8 laptops that are ready to move to Windows 10, plus three MacBooks.

Last updated: 12th October 2015

We looked at 15 small laptops across nine brands to see how they compare. All the Windows 8 laptops come with a free Windows 10 upgrade waiting to be activated. We've also included Microsoft's latest 'tablet' – the 10.8-inch Surface 3 – which, with the optional keyboard and stylus pen becomes a laptop substitute.

And if you want an alternative to Windows, there are also three popular Apple models tested for comparison, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 11-inch MacBook Air and the all-new super-slim 12-inch MacBook.

Grab a Windows 8 laptop while you can

Microsoft wants you to move to Windows 10, which is why they've made it a free upgrade for Windows 8 users – but not everybody wants to make the jump. You can still buy laptops with Windows 8 installed, but the number available is shrinking as newer models hit the shelves. So if you want a Windows 8 laptop, they're still available but you'd better be quick.

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