When it comes to technology, I bet your mind doesn’t immediately go to what it looks like. You probably think about its functionality or the brand. However, living a minimalist lifestyle usually means you want it to trickle out into all aspects of your life. That includes technology. Especially since it is such a huge part of most everyone’s lives these days.
Laptops are one of the most common pieces of technology that are in households all over the world. They’re perfect for people on the go.
Now, most laptops are inherently minimalistic in design. They don’t normally have any loud or colorful designs on them and they are getting sleeker and sleeker as design improves. To own a minimalist looking laptop, you should not have to forego functionality. This list will provide you with some options so that you can be productive, get some bang for your buck and still maintain that beautiful minimalist look.
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1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
The first laptop on the list is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. The clean and elegant design of the computer definitely fits the definition of minimalistic. It is super thin and light, weighing only around 3lbs, making it really easy to carry around with you on a day-today basis. It comes in a variety of muted colors as well so you can fit the look to your liking.
It is available in sandstone, matte black, cobalt blue and platinum. Some of the colors tend to show fingerprints a bit more than others, so if that is an issue for you, perhaps choose one of the lighter colors!
This laptop packs a punch with its functionality. It has the latest processors making it fast and reliable, as it comes with a 1.2 GHz Intel Core i5. There will be no shortage of space on this computer as well. The hard drive has up to 256 GB of storage space so you can save all of your important documents and pictures without any issues.
And you can’t forget about the beautiful high-resolution display on the 13.5-inch screen. You won’t want to peel your eyes away and luckily, with the 11.5 hours of battery life per day, you won’t have to!
2. Thinkpad X1 Yoga Gen 4 Laptop (Great for Illustrators and Graphic Designers)
This next laptop is super functional is many different ways and can lend itself useful for various occupations. The design of the computer is simple and has cooler colors, in keeping with the minimalistic appearance.
The laptop itself can be folded in half to close it or rotated around and “closed” with the screen facing out to make it look and work more like a tablet. It comes with a stylus that is interactive with the screen so you can make markups or draw right on your documents. The ability to turn the laptop into a tablet also makes it easy to carry around with you and still use it without the need for a desktop to set it on.
The computer comes equipped with the 4.8 GHz Intel Core i7-8665U with vPro processor and has a hard drive that has 1 TB flash memory. It also has 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM. The screen size is a perfect 14 inches, not too big to be carried around easily but also big enough that you aren’t squinting to see what’s on your screen! And this computer only weighs 3lbs, so toting it around in your backpack or shoulder bag will be easy as well.
3. Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop (Best Gaming Laptop)
Sometimes, laptops are for more than just working remotely or otherwise. Many people use their laptop computers for gaming. This laptop was made for those people!
The Asus Gaming Laptop is sleek and minimalist in looks, yet has so many features that make it the perfect piece of technology for those long video game sessions. The screen size comes in at 17.3 inches, so it is a bit heavier and bulky, but the computer itself is slimmer than most of that same size.
The processor is a 3.9 GHz Intel Core i7 and the RAM is 16 GB DDR4. The hard drive has plenty of space for all of your games with 1 TB Flash Memory. As I said earlier, this laptop is made with gamers in mind.
The Strix Scar II features a smooth 144Hz narrow-bezel display with a 3ms gray-to-gray response time, designed to give you the maximum gaming experience. It also automatically adjusts fan speeds based on the CPU and GPU temperatures and has a convenient function shortcut that allows you to toggle between the three modes with ease. No more overheating during those crucial game moments!
Don’t forget about the keyboard and hookups. This keyboard is laid out for the optimal gaming experience and it has all of the plugins you could need. It comes with USB Type-A, USB Type-C, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 Ethernet, and an SD card reader, so any game you have will be able to be played on this laptop.
Perhaps the best feature on this laptop is the WIFI capabilities. The WIFI card is hooked up to four different antennas and is constantly scanning each one to see which has the best connection at that moment so you’ll never be without a good signal!
4. Macbook Pro (13”)
The Macbook Pro needs no introduction. But, since we’re here. The Macbook Pro is arguably one of the most popular laptops in the world and is a favorite choice for minimalists. The clean lines and simple design of the keyboard, display and colors the computer comes in all fit perfectly into any minimal space. Again, to have a minimalist life does not mean you have to give up convenience or functionality. This computer is impressive in its features.
This one comes with a Quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 Processor and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM. It has a 13 inch screen, weighs only 3 lbs and is super thin for easy toting. It has one of the best screens on the market as well that features a beautiful retina display with true tone technology.
The white light automatically adjusts to the color temperature of the light around you, so it is easy on the eyes figuratively and literally! The new Macbook Pro also features a touch bar where the function keys used to be.
It changes based on what you’re doing at the time to show you different tools that could be useful such as, volume and brightness, interactive ways to browse content and intelligent typing features.
5. Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (Best Value)
The final laptop on my list is definitely not the least in terms of style and functionality. One of the best minimalist laptops out there, the Acer Aspire is perfect for anyone who needs a lot of bang for their buck. It comes equipped with an AMD 3.7 GHz Ryzen 5 3600 processor and 8 GB DDR4 RAM. The hard drive has 256 GB Flash Memory so you will have no shortage of storage space.
The screen display is LED and is 15.6 inches so the picture is super vibrant! Even though the size of the computer is a bit larger than some on this list, it is slim and light-weight, so it is easy to fit inside any bag and won’t weigh you down. The computer has less features than some previous choices on this list as well, but if what you’re looking for is a straight-forward laptop, look no further than this one!
Buyers Guide for Minimalist Laptops
The first thing that many people think about when looking to purchase a new laptop is the cost. Laptop computers are expensive and you need to decide what you’re willing to spend and what you can get for that price. Depending on what you need out of the computer, they can range anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands.
If you will be using the computer for very basic needs day-to-day, then you will probably find a laptop that is lower in price, however, the more functionality you need out of it, the higher the price will go. Think about your budget and set a price you’re willing to go up to before you start looking so you don’t break the bank unnecessarily.
For those of us that use our laptops to work every day or to help us pursue our hobbies, what functionality and features a computer has is super important. Some key things to think about are when searching for a new laptop are usage, storage capacity and plugins. What will you be using the computer for? Work, gaming, or just browsing the internet?
If you’re using it for work, how much storage space will you need and how fast do you need to computer to run? What kinds of plugins will you need (USB port, HDMI, SD cards)? These are all super important things to think about before making any sort of purchase.
Brand is also important when it comes to what you will be using the computer for. Macs are notorious for being great for more artistic, design type work, while Microsoft computers are great for documents and straight-forward office work.
You also want to pick a brand that has great reviews and customer loyalty. Well-known brands are more likely to have great communication with their customers and better warranty and repair programs for when your laptop is on the fritz. Don’t overlook the importance of bran recognition when choosing the right laptop for you!
My Final Thoughts…
As you can see, wanting a minimalist computer absolutely does not mean you have to skimp on features and functionality. There are so many wonderful choices out there and hopefully with this article, you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for you!
Let me know in the comments what you think of this list or if you own one of the laptops and what your experience with it has been!