The best Ultrabooks will not only be able to deliver work, but they are also a status symbol of sorts. Think about it: you are in a coffee shop, where everyone uses a Chromebook or a large and bulky laptop relic. Then you get an Ultrabook – a thinner, lighter, faster and more attractive laptop that shakes the best processors and SSDs on the market.
These thin and light beauties have just as much to do with portability as with pure horsepower. The best Ultrabooks will not freeze when you try to have an important project carried out, or when the battery is low during a short flight. You don't have to worry about that.
That is why we have taken the time to find the best Ultrabooks on the market. From well-known names such as Dell and HP, to brands that you may never have heard of, such as Huawei, these thin and light beauties will take you through your working day in style. Moreover, we have tested and assessed all these Ultrabooks ourselves, so that you can be confident that you will get value for money.
Huawei has been lurking in the shade for a few years, ready to take on the best Ultrabooks, and its time has finally come. Just like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs in a ton of powerful hardware in an attractive scale, while the price is low enough for everyone. In addition, we have to mention those discrete graphics – it can be one of the smallest laptops available to package an MX150 GPU. It is not hard to understand why the Huawei Matebook 13 is now the best Ultrabook.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook 13
The Dell XPS 13 has been the best Ultrabook for years and although it has been watered down by the Huawei MateBook 13, it remains one of the Ultrabooks to be defeated in 2019. This time Dell has moved the webcam from the bottom of the screen to the top, solving one of the biggest problems for the XPS 13 for years. Add the updated internal components and the Dell XPS 13 is still one of the best Ultrabooks out there, even if some of the competition has caught up.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
Sometimes an Ultrabook comes along that completely changes the game. And the 2018 model of the Huawei MateBook X Pro did exactly that. This beautiful Ultrabook brings high-end components in an elegantly designed package that is even ashamed of the MacBook Pro. It really is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. There is a 2019 model, with an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, but the 2018 model is still true.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X Pro
The original Surface Laptop was introduced almost two years ago and although it was a great Ultrabook, it was stopped thanks to the relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. Fortunately, Microsoft launched the Surface Laptop 2 at the end of 2018, giving quad-core processors and full -fat version of Windows 10. With these major improvements, the Surface Laptop 2 can bring the purest Windows 10 experience to a laptop for a price that won't make you sigh.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
Few Ultrabooks are as beautifully designed as the Lenovo Yoga 920, a 2-in-1 laptop that is just as illustrious to look at as to use. Unlike its closest competitors, such as Microsoft Surface Book 2, it is also a much less expensive venture. For the modest price you pay, you get a beautiful, all-metal finish that you can fold inside out for more functionality. It also includes the latest 8-generation Intel processors, in case the speed was a problem.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 920
From the moment your eyes meet the HP Specter 13, you will be impressed by its beauty. HP has taken the already luxurious Specter and made the design up to eleven times with a gold border and packaged it with internal specifications that blow the competition out of the water. As one of the first Ultrabooks to rock an 8-generation Kaby Lake Refresh chip, the 2017 Specter 13 doubles the CPU performance of most of its competitors. This extra performance is at the expense of the battery life, but clocks to just under 6 hours – the battery life is still reasonable.
Read the full review: HP Specter 13
Razer has been known for years as a gaming company, but with the Razer Blade Stealth the manufacturer of the green theme wants to dispel that. If you are not convinced, this Ultrabook can change your mind into a 13.3-inch QHD + beauty. You can no longer upgrade to 4K, but the performance offered by this Ultrabook is more than worth that compromise – especially considering how beautiful the chassis is.
Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth
If you are looking for a powerful and attractive Ultrabook, but also want some 2-in-1 functionality, it's hard to find a better option than the HP Specter x360. This sleek Ultrabook is not only packed with the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and lots of RAM, but it is perhaps the nicest laptop you can buy today. So, if you are looking for a laptop that will not only finish your work, but will also look good, you won't find much better Ultrabooks than the HP Specter x360 2019.
Read the full review: HP Specter x360
Anyone familiar with the thinnest and lightest laptop from Apple is wise to compare the Asus ZenBook 3 with the 12-inch MacBook. The similarities are obvious, but one glance at the specifications and the differences are also striking. The ZenBook 3 is adorned with the choice for a U-series Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and is incredibly powerful because it is less than an inch thick and weighs two kilos. Port selection is scarce, but in the end it is worth the sacrifice.
Read the full review: Asus ZenBook 3
- This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing: Australian readers: view a good alternative in the Huawei MateBook X Pro
It's no secret that Apple neglected the MacBook Air – at least until the MacBook Air 2018 was launched – but in some cases a Windows Ultrabook might be just as good. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310UA, for example. With the still good 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, a 178-degree QHD + display, a USB-C port and an aluminum housing, it is still one of the best Ultrabooks out there, even after all this time .
Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310
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Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey also contributed to this article