If you’re a businessman, a student or anyone that needs a laptop for work, then an ultrabook will be your new best friend. We researched over 30 different ultrabooks and came up with this best ultrabooks list to help you guys choose the best one for your needs. We listed them based on their price, quality, durability and more. Let’s start.
Which Is The Best Ultrabook?
8. Huawei Matebook 13
Starting our best ultrabooks list, we have the Matebook 13. The Huawei MateBook 13 is a work of art, dominating in every category for its size and solidifies its spot as one of the best ultrabooks in the market. While following the footsteps of its predecessor it did not disappoint and it further gives Huawei an edge over the competition.
MateBook 13 follows suit with the competition design-wise with a full metal body that is available in both dark grey and silver colors. It comes at 2.87 pounds weight and 0.59 inches thickness. It is a narrower laptop than the competition eliminating the side bezels and removing the speakers from on top. The speakers are placed on the underside of the ultraportable which results in a decrease in audio output quality, nonetheless audio quality is still decent.
The shape and design make the laptop feel like you are carrying a tablet in your bag.
The 13-inch screen features 2K resolution and provides good color accuracy and sharpness with the 3:2 aspect ratio. It also has pretty good viewing angles, which should get you through in most of the scenarios. The keyboard is extremely comfortable, with an amazing key feel and spring, also with good backlighting. The power button functions also as a fingerprint scanner. The trackpad is the best, very large, precise and very responsive for both single finger and multi-finger gestures.
Performance is where the MateBook really excels, it comes packed with a quad-core Intel Core i5 with 256GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM storage and integrated graphics. Packed with that high-packed package, there will be no signs of slowing down form the laptop even while streaming 4K videos and surfing simultaneously in a dozen of tabs, no stuttering with this one. In benchmark tests, it is a light year ahead of its competition scoring 17136 in the Geekbench 4 general performance test.
The laptop has a fan but you would not feel its existence, you will only hear it in extreme circumstances in really low audible levels.
Battery life is pretty decent clocking 8 hours in 1080p video playback test. MateBook 13 offers the best overall laptop experience with the best performance on the market, it is versatile and more eye-catching than its competition, making it a great choice for students.
7. Acer Swift 7
The race for thinner and lighter devices gets more competitive by every model produced. The ultra-portable laptops have all been really thin and light, while many manufacturers have tried to create lighter models, Acer sits on the throne with the thinnest of them all, the Swift 7. With a package of high performance, exceptional battery life it is an option worth considering.
Acer has currently produced the thinnest laptop in the market. It is maybe not a very big difference from its competition but every millimeter counts in this race. It is just 8.9mm thick and 2.6 pounds heavy. Built with black CNC aluminum it is a work of art and very substantial. You will take your time just admiring its beauty. With its fanless design, this ultraportable looks like a metal tablet. Its hinges allow the display to lie flat at a 180-degree angle. The interior is a work of art too, with the black aluminum touch.
The display is a 14-inch IPS panel topped with a Corning Gorilla Glass. With its very trim bezels the screen looks awesome. Swift 7 has a resolution of 1920×1080. It is fairly bright with popping colors, the image was pretty sharp allowing you to see even the smallest details. It can produce more colors than its competition, also more than the average premium-laptop. The display is also touch screen, and it is fairly responsive and quick.
While taking into consideration that the ultra-portable is very thing, one would not expect a good and comfortable typing experience. But quite on the contrary, the keyboard is very bouncy and pleasant. However, it is not the best typing experience, but it has exceeded the expectations.
Swift 7 uses a 7th Generation 1.3-GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 for processing power. While pretty good for everyday use, it is a little out of date processor. In the benchmark tests it is below the premium laptop average. Because of its dimensions one would expect low battery life, but Acer Swift 7 has lasted a whopping 9 hours in various battery tests. Acer offers you the thinnest laptop, with good battery life and a wonderful touch-screen display with its beautiful design.
6. Dell XPS 13 9370
For many years Dell XPS 13 9370 has been considered one of the best ultra-portables in the market. The loyal fan base is growing every day. With the new update to the model in 2018 drops another fan favorite. Making the device smaller and lighter, with a better display and adding a few additional features and some minor tweaks to the performance, it seems to be going in the right way.
With its new build which is lighter and slimmer, and white and gold color schemes, it updated the design of the predecessors which has remained unchanged for many years. It is recommended to get the white color model, which is gorgeous. The lid and bottom of the ultraportable are made from aluminum with gold color. The deck and the sides are styled with woven crystal silica fiber.
The deck has a nice texture to it adding some fresh air to it while also feeling comfortable. It weighs only 2.65 pounds and it is 0.46 inches thick.
Dell XPS 13 9370 has a 13.3-inch InfityEdge display, that has virtually non-existent bezels, it adds to the whole experience. It comes with 3840×2160 4K Ultra HD resolution touch-screen display, offering an incredible color experience which is very vibrant, the sharpness and the amount of details was extraordinary, overall the image was extremely sharp. The screen provides very astounding brightness levels with 415 nits. The screen reproduces full 130 percent of the sRGB color gamut.
Performance wise the Dell XPS 13 9370 comes with an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD. The laptop can handle pretty much anything from light gaming to web surfing to productivity, without breaking a sweat. The new thermal setup with dual fans, dual heat pipes and special thermal insulation, it prevents the slowing down of the CPU when performing long and demanding tasks that overheat the CPU.
It excelled in every synthetic benchmark test, showing the overall solidity of this device. The integrated GPU is also good enough for most tasks. The device has overall pretty good battery life, lasting a pretty good 8 hours and 53 minutes with continuous web surfing. Providing the best package of high-performance, portability and beautiful design the Dell XPS 13 9370 pretty much sells itself
5. HP Spectre x360
HP’s Spectre throughout the years has provided the best-looking ultraportables, with high-specs and long battery life. And with its premium price point it certainly appeals not to the average consumer. The new and improved HP Spectre x360, with its new design and minor performance improvements, it looks to take the ultra-portable market by the storm.
HP has given the ‘gem-cut’ nickname to the Spectre x360. And they are absolutely right. Everything on this laptop is shaped to reflect light from every possible angle. Everything has an angular pattern making the device look more like a gem than an electronics. This is an exotic design which adds to its premium claim, its competition in the ultra-portable market all look kinda the same simple and minimalistic. It has a thickness of 0.57-inches and a weight of 2.92 pounds.
HP has used the same Intel Low-power 1-watt Full HD display used in the HP Spectre Folio. Which is an amazing display, but at the same time providing improved battery life. The display provides an excellent 1040:1 contrast, a decent brightness of 333 nits and has a 73 percent color gamut of the AdobeRGB gamut. All this means that this display is pretty good for leisure and productivity, providing a sharp picture and good colors, however, it is not enough for designers and other professionals that need better colors.
The Spectre x360 comes packed with the latest with Intel’s Whiskey Lake 8th generation Core i7-8565U processor. Which is pretty good for most productivity tasks while also not being a power drainer. The ultraportable also has exceptional thermal management, which HP has struggled to control in the past. In the synthetic benchmark tests it has achieved pretty good results close to its competitors.
Battery life has been reported to be 22.5-hours by HP, while that can be true with continuous video streaming, in actual use it can average also a pretty impressive 12 hours between charges. HP has also included a pen in the package, which can be used for drawing on the screen. Performing very well in all categories it is a very solid ultra-portable with very beautiful lines. A near perfect ultraportable.
4. Huawei MateBook X Pro
Next up, we have the MateBook X Pro by Huawei. Huawei as a company has always put out pretty high-performing machines with affordable prices. While putting all the high-end specs that other manufacturers are offering, with a smooth design, Nvidia graphics and a 3:2 touchscreen, the Huawei MateBook X Pro does it with a lower price tag. The MateBook X Pro is a direct competitor to the premium ultraportables.
The whole case has a high quality feel all around. The top has a smooth matte aluminum with chrome-cut edges and an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent. The whole body feels solid and rigid. Flexing is minimal overall, making the device more durable. The MateBook X Pro is also is thicker and heavier, albeit by a margin than its predecessor. It has a thickness of 0.575-inches and a weight of 2.93 pounds, making it certainly not the smallest around, but it is still portable enough.
With a productive minded 13.9-inches and an aspect ratio of 3:2, the screen is near-perfect. It has a brightness of 450 nits and a contrast ratio of 1500:1, making it a pretty good outdoor device. The image is pretty sharp and the colors pop, giving you great viewing experience. The keyboard is fantastic, with snappy and responsive keys and a nicely spaced layout it provides a pretty decent typing experience.
The touch screen also provides a good experience and is responsive to the commands, and the screen ratio of 3:2 provides more space to scroll.
The Intel Core i5-8250U processor with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB of SSD, makes this a good productivity device. Overheating issues are also solved in the series, the devices suffered from excessive throttling. The benchmark test also reveals that the MateBook X Pro is significantly faster and better performing than the original MateBook X.
It has also improved on the battery life, it has been tested to provide 10 hours of browsing the web, it also repeated that time in everyday use. There are strong advocates all-over the internet that no one can compete with the value that this device offers, and while comparing the prices/performances of its competitors it easy to see so.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
More and more people today require very versatile laptops that can deliver tons of functionality, on top of that since all our devices have become thinner and smaller, laptops have started to become super thin and light as well, and for that reason ultrabooks have been super popular in the recent times. If you want to get the most value for your hard-earned dollar in the ultrabook market than you have to opt for a laptop like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, which is brand new and was released a few months ago now. This device is a flagship device with a great processor, amazing battery life, and perfect design, without further ado, let’s take a closer look.
Let’s start with the design of this amazing device, and it comes with similar aesthetics to its predecessor complete with the Alcantara fabric on the deck that makes this device feel truly premium. On top of that, it comes with various finishes now including Matte Black, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, and Sandstone. All of them have an aluminum finish that makes this device super slim and lightweight. It is worth mentioning that the device measures just 0.57-inches at its thickest point despite being a 15-inch laptop, and it also weighs just 3.4-pounds in total. In terms of connectivity, it doesn’t have plenty to offer because it has just a USB 3.0, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm audio port.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 comes with a 15-inch touchscreen display with the trademark 3:2 aspect ratio with a whopping resolution of 2496x1664p delivering plenty of sharpness and detail retention. This makes it perfect for both reading and watching media as well as creative work. In terms of color reproduction, it managed to reproduce 100 percent of the sRGB color space and with plenty of accuracy at that. The keyboard of the device is pretty good indeed delivering good travel and quiet operation, and the trackpad was super responsive overall.
In terms of performance and hardware, this laptop delivers plenty of features including a brand new flagship AMD Ryzen 5 CPU that delivered a superb experience overall, including basic graphics performance. On top of that, it has 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for storage. With its great battery life that will survive about 10 hours without any problem, this device is the most you can get for the money.
2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Coming up next we have one of the best laptops in the market, coming in with plenty of might, durability and long battery life to make it a productivity powerhouse, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This device comes with a great design that is super attractive, an amazing keyboard that I am extremely impressed with, superb display with amazing brightness and colors, and great value for its asking price, let’s take a closer look.
This is Lenovo’s 7th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and it is the longest-running series in the company and since its introduction, there weren’t a lot of changes, and this one has some minor tweaks here and there, but overall it is pretty close to its origin. Coming in with an amazingly strong and durable black chassis, that looks perfect in every way and super streamlined. On top of that, it also has the TrackPoint which is a trademark of the series, moving on this laptop is super thin and lightweight, measuring just 0.59 at its thickest point and weighs about 2.4 pounds in total. This means that you can carry it all day long on your backpack without a problem.
The unit that I am reviewing today comes with a 14-inch LED-backlit in-plane switching panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080p. It managed to capture every detail and it looked just amazing overall on top of that I found out that it managed to reproduce about 109 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and it delivered a good brightness of about 350 nits at maximum. The blacks were superb overall and I was impressed with the overall viewing experience, top-class job from Lenovo.
To deliver its productivity prowess this beast is packed with high-quality performance components, such as the Intel Core i7-8565U CPU with a boost clock speed of 4.6GHz. Moving on it also has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD, and in the graphics department, it has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 unit that delivers some good performance for productivity tasks.
The battery life of this beast is just excellent as it can go more than 10 hours before shutting down, and on top of that, it also recharges pretty quickly. Overall this is one of the best productivity tools in the market without a doubt.
1. Razer Blade Stealth 13
To finish up our best ultrabooks list, we have a gaming laptop and it is surprising for most to see ultrabooks on this category, but here we go with the super slim and portable Razer Blade Stealth 13. This device comes with amazing design and looks, superb build quality, amazing performance, and a beautiful screen. While it is not a full-blown gaming laptop it will deliver some great gaming experience for its price and much more.
This laptop has a truly premium design, and it is one of my favorites in the market by a wide margin here, with a great all matte black body that looks ready for action. It has a CNC-machined aluminum unibody construction that is pretty similar to a MacBook, and in terms of size, it is pretty much the same as a 13-inch MacBook Pro, while packing amazing gaming-grade performance. This device measures just 0.58-inches at its thickest point and weighs just 2.89 pounds in total which is marvelous for a gaming laptop.
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is packed with a nice 13-inch in-plane switching panel with a native refresh rate of 60Hz and a good Full HD resolution of 1920x1080p. It delivers some great detail reproduction and sharpness, and it delivers some amazing colors and according to my colorimeter it managed to reproduce 100 percent of the sRGB color space, and for gaming, it is one of the best displays in the market, thanks to its matte finish on top.
In terms of performance, this machine is packed with a nice 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U CPU that for a laptop of this size is a beast. Moving on it has 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for storage which is great for productivity prowess. In the graphics department, it is packed with a nice and decent Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU that packs some 284 CUDA cores for great graphical performance. Overall the gaming performance was good for low demanding games, however, don’t expect to game on the highest settings.
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