Best Ultrabooks of 2018

By 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 January 05, 2018

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Dell XPS 13 9365 (i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

This Dell XPS 13 is more than meets the eye: it's actually a 2-in-1 variant of our favorite PC ultrabook. Sporting a similar, striking design and great build quality, it's about as good as its standard stablemate. That said, a lower-power Intel chip and limited ports are drawbacks that the normal version just don't have.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen)

If you're in the market for a business-class laptop, it's hard to imagine something better than the X1 Carbon. It nailed our performance tests, it has all the features you could want in a business laptop, and it's built to an incredibly high standard. Though the review unit we tested was expensive, it comes in a wide range of well-priced configs, putting top-notch quality within just about anyone's reach.

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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base (96D-00001)

This updated 2-in-1 from Microsoft is a lot like the Surface Book that came before it. If you liked that concept, but longed for better battery life and faster graphics, then look no further. With its new Performance Base, this Surface Book provides more oomph for high-performing tasks and even a little gaming. It's super expensive, and still as quirky as ever, but it's the fastest Surface Book ever built.

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HP Spectre X360 (2017, 15", 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)

This big HP 2-in-1 gives users a big canvas on which to do work and express themselves. The Spectre X360 uses high-quality materials and has an alluring look. The 4K screen, speedy i7, and great keyboard compliment the beautiful metal build. While the trackpad is a little less great than competing laptops, there's no other 15-inch premium laptop that's quite as nice for as little money as the Spectre X360.

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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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$1,149.99 Microsoft Buy