It's hard to imagine a world without the best laptops – almost everyone needs one nowadays. For the best 13-inch laptops, however, there is one important reason for choosing them over others: they are the perfect size. 15-inch laptops are just too big, and if you get a little less than 12-inch, you keep staring. The best 13-inch laptops will hit the right place. They are perfect for watching online video ' s and can even handle some work.
We still love the Dell XPS 13, but it's not the only choice there is. We would fully understand if you prefer the new MacBook Air, or even the Huawei MateBook 13. Of course, the XPS is nice, but the other options are also more than valid. The best 13-inch laptops all excel in different ways.
Yet the best 13-inch laptop for you ultimately depends on your individual need. Do you just want a normal laptop, without nice bells and whistles? Or do you want a 2-in-1 laptop that can turn into one of the best Windows tablets? Or maybe you want to completely skip Windows 10 and choose one of the best Macs, supported by macOS Mojave. Whatever your needs are, you will find a great laptop here, there are so many choices.
It is not often that we come across a 13-inch laptop that touches all the right subjects, without compromising. And the Huawei MateBook 13 does exactly that. The Huawei MateBook 13 is equipped with the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and Nvidia MX150 graphics in a housing that really must be too small to work with. It is a powerhouse that fits into any travel bag. And it's affordable – what more do you want?
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook 13
The Dell XPS 13, although the changes from last year's model are subtle, is still one of the best 13-inch laptops. On the high side, the 4K display offers a sharper image across the board. But even if you can't afford the top model, the beautiful design, long battery life and SD card slot won't go anywhere – and you also have a quad-core processor, no matter what poison you choose. It will be one of the best 13-inch laptops, regardless of the configuration you choose.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
Among other laptops in this list, namely the Surface Book 2 and Dell XPS 13, a nice laptop might be a bit of a cliché. But look at the HP Specter x360, and you'll see why we can't stop staring at it. This beautiful 13-inch laptop is equipped with the latest Intel hardware, so you know your work is done. And the gem-cut construction means that your work is carried out in style. Moreover, it can switch a tablet mode – it really is one of the best 13-inch laptops out there.
Read the full review: HP Specter x360
It's not as powerful as the 15-inch version, but everything else with the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 is one of the best 13-inch laptops on the market. No matter if you are a professional or a creative, the Surface Book 2 dominates your workloads in style. In addition, the dynamic pivot hinge is even better this time, which only complements the robust quad-core processor. In addition, unlike many other 2-in-1 laptops, the keyboard is removable, making it a much more manageable tablet when needed.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2
You may expect a gaming laptop, especially given Razer's reputation, but the Razer Blade Stealth is one of the best 13-inch laptops that you can buy today. It is thin, light and packed with advanced Ultrabook class hardware – including special MX150 graphics. The Intel Whiskey Lake Processor of the 8th generation makes this laptop a force that must be taken into account. And although it is certainly expensive, the pure style and build quality are worth it.
Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth
If you're looking for a thin, slim and fast 13-inch laptop to carry with you, and you don't mind giving up some premium features, you'll fall in love with the Asus ZenBook 13. Coming in only half a centimeter thick and weighing only 2.5 kilos, this is the perfect laptop to carry while traveling. And don't think that you have to give up power with all this portability. The Asus ZenBook 13 offers quad-core Intel processors, 8GB RAM and a fast SSD. The only thing you miss here is USB-C, and while it's a nice feature to have, it's easy to look stylish on a laptop.
Read the full review: Asus Zenbook 13
Nobody likes change, we get it. Yet the 15.6-inch frame of the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin that we once knew will be erased forever from our memories, but the new 13.3-inch model does not seem like a terrible upgrade. It has pushed two generations into the future in terms of processing power, and although there are no separate graphics, we are happy to see a keyboard that can compete with some of the heavy hitters. It won't surprise you, but as far as hybrid notebooks go, it's not too shabby (plus it's cheaper than a weaker MacBook Pro).
Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
- This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: view a good alternative in the HP Specter x360
The original Surface Laptop was already one of the best 13-inch laptops – it had a beautiful screen, skilled internals and fantastic build quality. It should therefore not be surprising that the sequel, the Surface Laptop 2, does everything better. You will not find radical changes, but the fast 8th generation CPU & 8s, 8 GB RAM and, more importantly, the removal of Windows 10 S, all make the Surface Laptop 2 one of the best 13-inch laptops is there.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
As time goes on, 2-in-1 laptops are becoming increasingly popular and their manufacturers are rapidly improving them. This is especially true for Lenovo – it has been making beautiful, drop-dead cabriolets for years, just like the Lenovo Yoga 920. This 13-inch laptop brings Thunderbolt 3 to the table, an improved webcam – and most importantly – an 8th generation Intel Kaby Lake Renew the processor with every configuration. The fans are getting loud, but the Lenovo Yoga 920 is certainly one of the best 13-inch laptops on the market.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 920
The MacBook Pro 2018 feels like the last form of the pro-series laptop from Apple since its redesign in 2016. It retains the thin and light design, but brings a wealth of improvements, both for the hardware inside and, more importantly, Apple has vastly improved the Butterfly keyboard – making it quieter and more reliable. So you don't have to worry about it anymore because a piece of dust has appeared under the space bar. So if you need an ultra-portable workhorse with macOS Mojave and you can justify the costs, the 2018 MacBook Pro won't disappoint you. Keep in mind, however, that without the Touch Bar, the model still uses last year's hardware.
Read the full review: MacBook Pro (13-inch mid-2018)
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Bill Thomas, Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey also contributed to this article