The best Ultrabooks in 2018: the best lightweight laptops
Ultrabooks, especially if you are in college or spend a lot of time in a cafeteria, are the last status symbol. While the others have large and bulky laptops, you will get a much thinner, lighter and more powerful machine, with the best SSD drives and powerful processors.
These modern thin and light machines have as much to do with portability as with power. You don’t need to worry because your Ultrabook gets caught in the middle of an important project, or because it runs out of battery while you’re traveling.
Therefore, we thought it would be useful to we gather together the best Ultrabooks available now in the market. From brands like Dell and HP, to those that you may not be familiar with, such as Huawei, we review all these lightweight devices for their designs, performance and battery life.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the price of the best Ultrabooks. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and you can find some tempting offers from brands such as Dell and Apple. And, as always, stay tuned to our blog for the latest Christmas shopping tips.
- Huawei MateBook X Pro
The new ‘best Ultrabook’ of 2018.
CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2GB), Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 13.3 inches 3K (3,000 x 2,000; touch) | Storage: 256 GB – 512 GB SSD
Sometimes, we find an Ultrabook that completely replaces everything that came before. The Huawei Matebook X Pro is one of these Ultrabooks. This magnificent notebook provides high-end components with an elegant design that challenges even MacBook Pro. With its 3K touch screen, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a screen that is as nice to see as the chassis. It is really the best Ultrabook you can buy today.
- Dell XPS 13
CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – QHD + (3,200 x 1,800; touch screen) | Storage: 128 GB – 1 TB SSD
Webcam with infrared
Weighing only 2.67 pounds (1.21kg) and measuring just 0.3 inches at its narrowest point, the Dell XPS 13 is the essence of the best Ultrabooks. The Dell XPS 13 is a perfect example of what the best Ultrabooks can do. It has eighth generation Kaby Lake Refresh processors and also has three USB Type-C ports with the option of a magnificent Alpine white finish.
- Surface Laptop 2
Microsoft Ultrabook Premium
CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Display: 13.5 inches 2,256 x 1,504 PixelSense screen | Storage: 128 GB – 1 TB SSD
Quad core processor
Various color options
No Thunderbolt 3
The original Surface Laptop was one of the best Ultrabooks at the time, although it stayed away from true greatness due to its relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. However, in 2018, the Surface Laptop 2 returned, bringing stronger quad-core processors and the full version of Windows 10. Thanks to these major improvements, the Surface Laptop 2 can provide the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop.
- Lenovo Yoga 920
Perfecting hybrid laptops.
CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Display: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD
Few Ultrabooks are as brilliantly designed as the Lenovo Yoga 920, an excellent 2-in-1 notebook. In contrast to its closest competitors, such as Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, it is less expensive. For its modest price, you will get a magnificent metal finish that can be turned for greater functionality. It also houses the latest eighth generation Intel processors, just in case speed was a concern.
- HP Specter 13
Wearing Quad-core with style.
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
From the moment your eyes meet the HP Specter 13, you will be impressed by its pure beauty. HP has taken the already luxurious Specter and has raised the design level to eleven with golden details and internal specifications that challenge the competition. One of the first Ultrabooks with an eighth-generation Kaby Lake Refresh chip, the Specter 13 2017 more than doubles the CPU performance of most of its competitors. This additional performance means less battery life, only 6 hours, even so, battery life is acceptable.
- Razer Blade Stealth
Do not be fooled: this is more than a laptop for gamers.
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Display: 12.5 inches UHD (3,840 x 2,160) – 13.3 inches QHD + (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
Bigger and brighter screen
More subtle aesthetics in gunmetal version.
Shorter battery life.
No 4K screen option in sight
For years, Razer has had to deal with the misconception that it is just a computer to play videogames, but those days have passed now that Razer Blade Stealth is here. And, if you’re not convinced, the latest version of the Razer Blade Stealth can make you change your mind by becoming a 13.3-inch beauty, QHD +. Despite the option for 4K no longer existing, the performance of this Ultrabook makes up for it.
- HP Specter x360
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 13.3 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touch panel | Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD
Awkward keyboard layout
Rarely does a company think of everything when designing a laptop, but HP Specter x360 is surprisingly close. It is a 2-in-1 convertible notebook. It comes with a pen compatible with Windows Ink, unlike the vast majority of hybrids. In addition, the HP Specter x360 has great sound and visual effects.
- Asus ZenBook 3
The most powerful.
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Display: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512 GB SSD
Single USB-C port
Anyone familiar with Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop could compare the Asus ZenBook 3 with the 12-inch MacBook . Equipped with an Intel Core i5 or i7 U-series processor, ZenBook 3 is tremendously powerful, considering it is less than half an inch thick and weighs less than 1kg. The only negative point is the shortage of ports, but it is worth the sacrifice.
- Asus ZenBook UX310
An excellent Ultrabook at a very affordable price.
CPU: Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Display: 13.3 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD + (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 500 GB – 1 TB HDD; 500 GB – 1 TB SSD
€ 602.08 + € 23.66 shipping
Incredibly thin and light
Vibrant screen, no glare
It’s no secret that Apple has neglected the MacBook Air a bit. In some cases, a Windows Ultrabook can be even better. The Asus ZenBook UX310 is the model that follows the award-winning ZenBook UX305. With a seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 178-degree rotating QHD + screen, a USB-C port and a completely aluminum housing, it is an excellent competitor to the MacBook Air.
- Lenovo Yoga 730
Slim and affordable.
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Display: 13.3-inch (1,920 x 1,080) FHD IPS (multi-touch, anti-glare) | Storage: 256 GB – 512 GB PCIe SSD
Short battery life
If you are looking for an Ultrabook to get started, without spending too much, the Lenovo Yoga 730 should be at the top of your list. Its battery does not have a very long lifespan, but this is compensated considering its fast SSD, its quad-core processor and its 8GB of RAM. For anyone with a low budget, the Lenovo Yoga 730 is undoubtedly one of the best Ultrabooks that exist at the moment.