The best Ultrabooks are more than just status symbols. These stylish and svelte laptops are also capable of delivering excellent performance for productivity and to see you through your creative endeavors.
As they’re feathery-light and compact, they’re the ultimate grab and go devices, which means that you can edit your photos, render your videos and catch up on work, whether you’re on a train in Europe, at a cafe at home or in between classes.
What’s more is that they’re now more powerful than ever, coming fitted with the best processors and SSDs out there. They really are powerful little machines that can help you run through projects like no one’s business. And, often that power is coupled with a pretty remarkable battery life that might last you an entire workday in one full charge.
We’ve put quite a few Ultrabooks out there through our tests and picked out the best ones for our best Ultrabooks list, which include stalwarts like Dell and HP as well as newer entries like Razer and Huawei.
Not quite sure which Ultrabook is the right one for you? By the time you go through this list, you’ll have a top contender to consider.
What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
Discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are always excellent times of year to pick up a new Ultrabook. Usually the most common stores will have lots of Ultrabook sales, but they’ll generally be smaller in discounts than, say, mid-range laptops. It’s no less common for the top-end products to receive discounts, just not as large as other product categories. So, there’s no certainty that holding off until Black Friday will get you a better discount than right now (our proprietary price-finding tool digs up all the latest deals). Regardless, check out our Black Friday laptop deals page, where we’ll be covering Ultrabook deals as well from now through November.
1. Huawei Matebook 13
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce MX150 (optional) | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 2K (2,560 x 1,440; touch) | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Discrete Nvidia graphics
For a few years now, Huawei has been waiting in the shadows, biding its time to take on the best Ultrabooks. But now, that time in the limelight is here. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 crams a ton of powerful hardware into a beautiful shell, all while offering it at a price that’s more than reasonable. Those discrete graphics are also worthy of a mention – the Huawei Matebook 13 may be one of the tiniest laptops out there to pack an MX150 GPU. It’s not hard to see why the Huawei Matebook 13 is the best Ultrabook right now.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook 13
2. Dell XPS 13
A small change with a big impact
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – 4K (3,840 x 2,160; touchscreen) | Storage: 128GB – 2TB SSD
The webcam is in the right spot
Entry level is back
Otherwise small upgrade
The Dell XPS 13 has been the top dog of the Ultrabooks for years, and while it’s been dethroned by the Huawei MateBook 13, it’s still one of the Ultrabooks to beat in 2019. This time around, Dell has moved the webcam from the bottom of the display to the top, fixing one of the biggest issues that held back the XPS 13 for years. Add the updated internals to the mix, and the Dell XPS 13 still makes the best Ultrabooks list – even in the face of tough competition.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
3. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018)
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2GB), Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 3K (3,000 x 2,000; touch) | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Weird webcam placement
Sometimes an Ultrabook appears that completely changes everything. When the 2018 model of the Huawei MateBook X Pro came on the scene, it did exactly that. This gorgeous Ultrabook brings high-end components into a stylishly designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame. It truly is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, despite its 2019 successor’s attempts to best it with an Intel Whiskey Lake processor. It’s still the 2018 model that’s captured our computing cores.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X Pro
4. HP Spectre x360
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen | Storage: 256GB – 2TB PCIe SSD
Excellent build quality
If a striking Ultrabook housing 2-in-1 functionality and plenty of power fulfills what you’re looking for, it’s hard to find a better laptop than the HP Spectre x360. This slim and light Ultrabook isn’t just packed with the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and plenty of RAM. It also may just be the most exquisite laptop you can buy today. The HP Spectre x360 won’t just see you through your workload, but will also make you smart and stylish in the process – leaving no doubt that it’s well-deserving of its lofty spot on our best Ultrabooks 2019 list.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
5. Surface Laptop 2
Microsoft’s premium Ultrabook
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Screen: 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 PixelSense Display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
Beautiful new color option
No Thunderbolt 3
The original Surface Laptop hit the market nearly two years ago, and while it was a great Ultrabook, it was held back by relatively weak internals and Windows 10 S. Thankfully, Microsoft rolled out the Surface Laptop 2 in late 2018, providing quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. It’s through these primary improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience to a laptop – not to mention, join the ranks of the best Ultrabooks available right now – at a price that won’t make you run in the opposite direction.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
6. Lenovo Yoga C930
A 2-in-1 laptop experience with little to no compromise
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: up to 16 GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: up to 2 TB PCIe SSD
Strong build quality
Robust feature set
Excellent battery life
Weak graphics performance
Pricey upgrade options
The Lenovo Yoga C930 has many of the makings of the best Ultrabook – from a ridiculous 14.5 hours of battery life and dual Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports to internal components that will easily power through those daily productivity tasks. That’s without even mentioning a 2-in-1 that offers form flexibility so you can squeeze in some light gaming and movie-watching after you’re done working. It has a few cherries on top as well, namely the integrated self-charging stylus and the fab speaker system.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930
7. Razer Blade Stealth
Don’t be fooled: this is more than a gamer’s laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 12.5-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) – 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
Larger, brighter display
Subtler aesthetics on gunmetal version
Shorter and shorter battery life
No 4K display option in sight
Razer has made quite a name for itself in the gaming world. Yet, with the Razer Blade Stealth, the green-themed manufacturer wants people to know that they’re more than just a company “for gamers, by gamers.” This Ultrabook will definitely change your mind with its 13.3-inch, QHD+ beauty. You can no longer opt for a 4K screen, but the performance this Ultrabook offers is more than worth the compromise – especially given how beautiful the chassis is.
Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth
8. Lenovo Yoga 730
Durability meets performance
CPU: up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: up to 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Anti-Glare Multi-touch | Storage: up to 512 GB PCIe SSD
Battery life just OK
Durability meets portability and performance in this slender laptop with an affordable price tag. The Lenovo Yoga 730 isn’t the close-to-perfect machine many premium buyers might be in the market for, with a few less-than-favorable flaws like heavier weight, average battery life and weak speakers. However, this laptop will easily take you through your weekly workload. Lenovo then rounds out that performance with a reliable keyboard and trackpad, sturdy hinges to switch between tablet and laptop mode, and a display with thin bezels.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 730
9. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)
HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 – Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3″ diagonal FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD
Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1
High quality chassis
Improved battery life
CPU performance merely adequate
Graphics performance disappointing
There are so many compelling reasons why the HP Envy x360 (2019) should be on our best Ultrabooks list, and its trim, stylish design is the least of them. This 13-inch 2-in-1 has a premium build quality, boasts 9 hours of video playback and a performance that will power you through most of your schoolwork and projects, all without burning a hole in your pocket.
Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)
10. Asus ZenBook UX310
A truly excellent ultrabook at a very agreeable price point
CPU: Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 500GB – 1TB HDD; 500GB – 1TB SSD
Incredibly thin and light
Vibrant, glare-free screen
Weak sauce graphics
In many cases, a Windows Ultrabook can be just as capable as a MacBook Air. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310UA, for example. With decent 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, a remarkable 178-degree viewing-angle QHD+ display, a USB-C port and an aluminum build, it’s still one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, even after all this time.
Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310
Michelle Rae Uy, Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article
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