The Best Ultrabooks of 2018

By Reviewed Staff

A few years ago, even the best laptops were guaranteed to be big, chunky devices. But times have changed: These days, it's easy to find a laptop that offers great performance in a sleek, lightweight package.

Intel was the driving force behind the Ultrabook phenomenon, and it really took off with consumers who just wanted a top-shelf laptop that wouldn't break their back. Now the concept of an "Ultrabook" extends to any laptop that offers a full Windows or OS X experience while still keeping a thin and lightweight profile.

Ideal for travel, school, business, or just getting work done on the move, these are the best lightweight laptops we've tested to date.

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Updated November 15, 2018

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Expert Score
9.2

HP Spectre x360 Convertible (15-inch, 2017)

The HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, late 2017) can really walk the walk. With its 8th Gen Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM, this 2-in-1 packs some serious power. While we love the connectivity options, 4K display, and long battery life, the starting price is steep and it's bulky in tablet mode. Drawbacks aside, if you're a photo editor with a flexible budget, this convertible laptop is designed just for you.

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Lenovo Yoga 920

From the inside out, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a work of art. Between the superb battery life and signature wristband hinge, not only does it look great, it performs well too. While there's a lot we love, like the included stylus and bronze color scheme, the pen holder blocks the only 3.0 port and the starting price can be high. Drawbacks aside, if you're willing to spend extra, it's absolutely worth the price.

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Dell Inspiron 13 7373 (Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM)

From strong performance to an optional 2-in-1 hinge, the New Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series has something for everyone. The convertible model we tested not only has great speakers, it's affordable too. However, battery life is lacking, so you'll need to keep the charger handy. Colors also don't pop like they do on other displays. If you're looking for a laptop that won't break the bank, then this is the right choice.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen (2018) has a lot going for it. Not only does it deliver speedy performance, it also comes with a stylus and is remarkably lightweight. While this 2-in-1 does a lot of things right, it's not without its flaws. Battery life is short and the glossy display is plagued with glare. The design is a little boring, too. Unless you dig the minimalist aesthetic, there are better options out there.

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Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P946

The Acer Switch 3, with its robust build and beautiful display, is one appealing detachable. The keyboard cover and stylus are included as well, which is great because these items are expensive as standalone accessories. Though the Switch has a lot going for it, performance is sluggish and the kickstand is annoying to use. However, if you're on a tight budget, it's a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro.

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Where To Buy

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