The best Ultrabooks are more than just status symbols. These sophisticated and slim laptops are also able to deliver exceptional performance for productivity and to get you through your creative endeavors.
As they’re ever so light and compact, they’re the ideal grab and go machines, which means that you can edit your photos, render your videos and power through your work, no matter if you’re on a train in Europe, at a café, or in between classes.
Even more, they now pack more power than ever before, coming equipped with the best processors and SSDs out there. They truly are powerful little devices that can help you breeze through projects like no one’s business. And, frequently that power is paired with a pretty extraordinary battery life that may last you an entire workday on one full charge.
We’ve put quite a few of the Ultrabooks out there through our tests and picked out the top of the line for our best Ultrabooks list. By the time you get through this list, you’ll have a top contender or two to consider.
Best ultrabooks at a glance:
- Huawei Matebook 13
- Dell XPS 13
- HP Spectre x360
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018)
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 lurking in the shadows, ready to take on the best Ultrabooks, and its time has finally arrived. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs in a ton of powerful hardware into an attractive shell, while keeping the price low enough for anyone to afford. Plus, we have to mention those discrete graphics – it may be one of the smallest 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
Ol’ reliable takes another crank at triumph
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800; touchscreen) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
Centered IR webcam
Gorgeous new design
Steeper starting price
White option is pricier
Weighing only 1.21kg and measuring a mere 0.3 inches thick at its thinnest point, the Dell XPS 13 is an Ultrabook at its most essential. You won’t find that it’s the cheapest option by any means, especially as the more affordable Intel Core i3 configuration no longer exists. However, the Dell XPS 13 is a gorgeous testament to what a thin-and-light notebook can do. It wields the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, of course, but it also packs a trio of USB Type-C ports and the option of an Alpine White finish that we can’t get enough of.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
3. 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 powerful and stunning Ultrabook fitted with 2-in-1 functionality is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to find a better laptop than the HP Spectre x360. This thin and light Ultrabook isn’t just packed with the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and plenty of RAM, but it also may just be the most beautiful laptop you can buy today. The HP Spectre x360 won’t just see you through your workload, but it will also make you look good while doing it – leaving no doubt that it’s one of the best ultrabooks 2019 has to offer.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
4. Microsoft 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 was one of the best Ultrabooks when it first came back, though it was held back from true greatness due to its relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. However, in 2018, the Surface Laptop 2 has come back with a vengeance – bringing stronger quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. It’s through these core improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop, at a price that won’t make you gasp in horror.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
5. 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 comes along that’s a complete game changer. And, the 2018 model of the Huawei MateBook X Pro was exactly that This beautiful Ultrabook brings high-end components into an elegantly designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame. It really is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. Plus, despite the 2019 model touting an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, it was still disappointing, and it’s still the 2018 model that’s captured our computing cores.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X Pro
Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article