Are you looking for a business traveling laptop? This is a very comprehensive comparison of best ultrabooks in 2018. An ultrabook is a high-end laptop, sleek in design but uncompromising in performance. The term ultrabook™ was coined by Intel, and the market continues to be dominated by devices containing Intel Core processors which give ultrabooks impressive performance power.
In order for a device to be included into this comparison, it had to be 3 pounds or less and it also has to have a real keyboard like an actual fold-out dedicated keyboard without attachment covers or any kind of like gimmicky stuff.
- Here is the list of Top 9 Best Ultrabooks in 2018 Reviews for its thinnest and lightest with a great performance
- 9. Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV 13.3 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Silver) Microsoft Signature Image
- 8. LG gram Thin and Light Laptop – 13.3″ Full HD IPS Display, Intel Core i5 (7th Gen), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2.1lbs, Back-lit Keyboard, White – 13Z970
- 7. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) 20HR000FUS 14″ FHD (1920×1080) Display – Intel i7-7600U Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Pro
- 6. HP Spectre x360 – 13t Stylus(7th Gen. Intel i7-7500U, FHD, Windows 10 Windows Ink) 2-in-1 13.3″ Tablet Convertible Kaby Lake Touchscreen Bang & Olufsen Thunderbolt (8G 256G SSD – Silver)
- 5. Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD+ Touchscreen Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10)
- 4. Samsung Notebook 9 Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3″ Full HD, Intel i7-7500U, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, Fingerprint Sensor, 1.8lbs, Light Titan – NP900X3N-K04US
- 3. ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12.5″ Laptop Intel Core i7-7500U 16GB RAM 512GB SATA SSD with Fingerprint Sensor, Royal Blue Windows 10 Pro
- 2. Apple 12″ MacBook, Retina, 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS, Rose Gold, MNYM2LL/A (Newest Version)
- 1. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7e)
Here is the list of Top 9 Best Ultrabooks in 2018 Reviews for its thinnest and lightest with a great performance
9. Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV 13.3 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Silver) Microsoft Signature Image
we have a Dell XPS 13 93-60. I think this is one of the best-selling ultrabooks on the market right now, which is the second generation of Dell XPS available.
It also ranks for best customer review which stated “I still use this laptop almost every day, though these days I’m running Ubuntu on it full-time (not dual boot). This is, hands down, the best laptop I’ve ever owned and one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.”
8. LG gram Thin and Light Laptop – 13.3″ Full HD IPS Display, Intel Core i5 (7th Gen), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2.1lbs, Back-lit Keyboard, White – 13Z970
We also have the LG Gram. This is one of the lightest 13” ultrabooks available weighted 1.0 Kg with Magnesium Alloy. The whole LG Gram lineup was nicely updated for 2018 with bigger batteries, better components, and just better build quality all-around.
Importantly, it received a great feedback from users such as “have had this machine for a month now and quite impressed. Its main strengths are the light weight and the extremely long lasting battery and the fact (not mentioned anywhere by LG!) that the ram is easily upgradeable.” and “great performance for the size and cost”.
7. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) 20HR000FUS 14″ FHD (1920×1080) Display – Intel i7-7600U Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Pro
We have the Lenovo Carbon X1. This is one of the best-built devices that Lenovo makes with the weight of only 1.13 Kg. X1 Carbon has that classic Lenovo keyboard that everyone loves, and that nipple thing that some people love.
Buyers review X1 Carbon 5th Generation as a near perfect laptop that balances power and portability very well. If you haven’t handled an X1C or similar laptop you may be surprised at how thin it is. It’s thinner than the pics convey. Just a touch thicker than a USB port. It’s very light. When I first picked it up I couldn’t believe they fit a 57W battery and all the internals in so light a laptop. After you use it for a bit, you’ll find it has just enough weight to remind you that’s a high-quality product. The black and rubbery shell delivers an impression of both quality and durability. Highly professional.
6. HP Spectre x360 – 13t Stylus(7th Gen. Intel i7-7500U, FHD, Windows 10 Windows Ink) 2-in-1 13.3″ Tablet Convertible Kaby Lake Touchscreen Bang & Olufsen Thunderbolt (8G 256G SSD – Silver)
we have the HP Spectre X-360. This is the only 2-in-1 device on this list. I think it’s the best 2-in-1 flip device on the market, it’s an amazing laptop. And for people who want to use it as a tablet as well, you can do that.
It is reviewed as an Excellent Laptop-Tablet Combo!! This little unit is powerful and light and is working exactly as expected! I program using Eclipse Neon and Visual Studio 2018 and am able to run both products smoothly.
5. Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD+ Touchscreen Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10)
We also have the Razer Blade Stealth, so this was a device that surprised everyone last year with the individually-lit keys, great performance, external GPU support, and strangely good value. The best part is that The Kaby Lake update just made it even better. This Razer Blade Stealth is called an amazing well-built laptop.
4. Samsung Notebook 9 Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3″ Full HD, Intel i7-7500U, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, Fingerprint Sensor, 1.8lbs, Light Titan – NP900X3N-K04US
We also have a Samsung Notebook9. So this is a device that isn’t super popular in North America, but it’s incredibly lightweight 0.86 Kg, it does this by packing a smaller battery, but the overall hardware is great.
Its nickname is a step in the right direction for laptops. If you want a compact, lightweight laptop with many of the features of a traditional laptop without sacrificing battery life, this is it! I am switching from a MacBook Air 13″ after using it exclusively for the last 5 years.
We shopped this item extensively. It was exactly one dollar more than the best price from a local store. We settled on purchasing through Amazon because the extended warranty was MUCH less expensive than through any local store or even as an add-on from a third-party seller.
3. ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12.5″ Laptop Intel Core i7-7500U 16GB RAM 512GB SATA SSD with Fingerprint Sensor, Royal Blue Windows 10 Pro
The Asus ZenBook 3 is a more premium device, and it is one of the more expensive laptops in this comparison, but it delivers solid performance in an extremely compact package. Asus makes a ton of ultrabooks options, but this one just 3 has great specs, decent battery life, and good price.
2. Apple 12″ MacBook, Retina, 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS, Rose Gold, MNYM2LL/A (Newest Version)
This MacBook 12″ has a good hardware with the weight of only 0.92 Kg, and it’s a good fit for most users.
It gets 4.3 out of 5 stars from 220 customer reviews for its size of a notebook, speedy, well-designed, and appealing to the eye. This Apple MacBook 12 inch is given a name as an outstanding little computer.
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7e)
The Surface Pro 4 offered the latest Intel processors (up to an i7-6650U Skylake), Intel Iris 540 graphics, up to 16GB RAM, and up to a 1TB Solid State Drive Storage. It has a 12.3 screen (slightly larger than the Surface Pro 3), with a high resolution “Retina” display, which they have named the “PixelSense display”. The display has a resolution of 2736 x 1824 or 267 PPI. The wireless is the latest 802.11ac. I had recently purchased a Linksys 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router, so this excited me greatly. The latest Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. 9 Hours of battery life. An updated Surface Pen. And equally important, their new OS Windows 10 with Windows hello, a more traditional start menu, Cortana, and so many other OS-specific features.
Okay, let’s talk about the build. With Ultrabooks, weight can be a very important factor when choosing one. And I think a lot of people just choose these things for portability. But the build quality and device weight tend to be, like, conflicting things. The better you build it, the heavier it often is, and just vice versa. So it’s kinda hard to find the balance between the two, especially when you are trying to find something that’s light as possible.
Amongst these above laptops, I would say that the MacBooks are built the best. I feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but they’re just really well-built.
For the windows laptops, the XPS 13 is probably the best-built. It’s still an ultralight device, but it’s not the lightest of the bunch. The Lenovo X1 Carbon and the Razer Blade Stealth are also really well-built and so is the HP Spectre.
The lightest with really good build quality is the Zenbook 3, it does have a 12.5″ screen, though. But my favorite, in terms of just overall build quality to weight ratio is actually the LG Gram. This thing is super lightweight, but the chassis is surprisingly strong for its size and weight. The screen has some flex, but the keyboard area is super solid.
In terms of displays, a lot of these have really nice screens. The two MacBooks have great screens, but as usual, they’re expensive. In terms of Windows machines, my favorite is the XPS 13, but it’s close. Thus, many of these panels just look awesome. The Stealth has a QHD screen, but honestly, I feel like in this particular category, just display quality. You can’t go wrong with them. Pick any one of these, and you’ll be happy with the screen.
OPTIONS FOR SCREEN UPGRADE
A few of them have the option to upgrade to higher-quality and higher-resolution displays. It’s just a little bit more expensive.
If you’re looking for a good webcam, so if you do like, a lot of Skype calls, or video conferencing, the one on the Razer Blade Stealth is pretty good.
Keyboards and Trackpads are usually a personal preference thing and my personal favorite is the Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th Gen. I think it’s a keyboard that most people will get used to quickly.