Best Ultraportable Laptops for 2018


January 7, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Laptops


Apple MacBook (2017)

Less is more with this MacBook

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
With updated components and a couple design tweaks, the 12-inch MacBook is a great choice for an everyday laptop.



HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2017)

Best all-around ultraportable 2-in-1

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Like the 15.6-inch version, except, you know, smaller, the Spectre x360 line continues to impress us with its design and performance.



Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)

Smallest 13.3-inch clamshell

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Updated with the latest eighth-gen Intel processors for better performance and longer battery life.



Apple MacBook (2016)

Less is more with this MacBook

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
With a sizable boost to performance and battery life, Apple’s short-on-ports design is back with updated internals and a rose gold color option.



HP EliteBook Folio G1

A powerful slim laptop

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
The EliteBook Folio G1 has a great design with a 4K touchscreen and Core M processing power.



HP Spectre (2017)

The most stylish ultraportable with power

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
HP’s ultraslim 13-inch laptop is arguably the coolest-looking new laptop of the year.



Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Still a Pro, despite an unadventurous update

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Microsoft’s flagship Surface Pro gets an extremely conservative update, but better battery life keeps it the gold standard of Windows hybrid PCs — for now.



Microsoft Surface 3

Premium design at a budget price

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.



Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Best 2-in-1

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Dell takes one of our favorite ultraportables and turns into a hybrid.



Lenovo Miix 720

More of everything but battery life

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Lenovo’s Miix 720 gets you more for your money compared to the Microsoft’s 2017 Surface Pro, but don’t plan on getting through a workday on its battery alone.



Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft’s latest feels like more laptop, less Surface

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
While it doesn’t necessarily stand out in a crowded field, the Surface Laptop has a great design and is a solid, travel-friendly clamshell PC.



HP Elite x2 (2016)

A slim hybrid with a great keyboard

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
The HP Elite x2 has a tough, portable design that comes in a hybrid form factor with a solid keyboard.



Asus Chromebook Flip

2-in-1 Chromebook with Apple-like design

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
Quality construction, a rich feature set and capable performance make it worth an extra investment over cheaper Chromebooks.



Acer Aspire VX 15

A budget gaming gem

Design : 9Features : 7Performance : 8Battery : 8
With good specs at an even better price, the Acer Aspire VX 15 delivers respectable gaming performance that won’t leave you feeling like you compromised.



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