The lightest laptops in 2024: The world’s featherweight notebook champions

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro on wooden table with screen open and shot from behind
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In an era where mobility and international travel are increasingly important, laptop manufacturers are focusing on meeting the demands of businesses looking to provide their hybrid teams with the best thin and light laptops possible. These devices often top the list of the best business laptops, thanks to their ultra-portability. However, such lightweight designs usually command a premium, making them an option primarily for well-funded organizations.

To address this need, we have curated a list of the lightest laptops currently available for purchase. This exclusive selection features Intel-powered, Windows-based laptops from nine different manufacturers, with a notable absence of one major brand that has yet to produce a notebook under 2.2lbs (we'll talk about that later). 

We aren't considering tablets with attachable keyboards, known as detachables; laptops that lack a touchpad, typically found in models with less than 10-inch displays; laptops running on ARM architecture; and those featuring older technology, like laptops with 10th-generation Intel processors or earlier.

1. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro (0.868Kg)

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

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At 868g, The Galaxy Book Pro from Samsung is the lightest laptop you can buy right but only just, thanks to its magnesium alloy body. When we reviewed it back in August 2021, we found out that it was a “powerful and nicely designed Ultrabook that comes with cutting-edge Intel processors, Wi-Fi 6 and immense battery life. It’s pricey, but you’re getting a fantastic laptop – and it’s a great choice for people with other Samsung devices.” 

While it does come with Windows 10 Home by default, it would make a great business laptop thanks to the presence of Samsung DeX, a hardware TPM chip and a fingerprint reader. You can always upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Check out the review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

2. Dynabook Portégé X30L (0.87Kg) 

Dynabook Portege X30L-J-13R Review Listing

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The Japanese laptop vendor formerly known as Toshiba has produced some stunning thin-and-light laptops even before these became fashionable: the Libretto range and the AC100 were stuff of legend and heralded a golden age for Nippon laptop manufacturers. Unlike the Galaxy Book Pro, the X30L is resolutely targeted at a business audience. 

We reviewed the earlier iteration of the Dynabook Portégé X30L, which is based on a 10th generation Core processor and marginally loses out for the title of lightest laptop on sale. The newer models, powered by 12th generation CPUs are slightly heavier but come with improved technologies like Thunderbolt 4 or Windows 11 Pro. Worth noting that Dynabook is, by far, the best light laptop when it comes to expansion capabilities. It even has a GbE LAN port. 

 3. Asus Expertbook B9 9450 (0.87Kg) 

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The only other non-Japanese brand in the list, the Asus Expertbook, ties at second place. We haven’t reviewed this business laptop yet but it does, on paper, appear to be a formidable contender. It has a 14-inch display (which will appeal to some) and has an extra expansion slot to boost its storage capacity by adding a second SSD. Just bear in mind that, like the Dynabook Portégé above, it hasn’t been updated to Intel’s latest and finest. So you’d still need to live with Thunderbolt 3, PCIe Gen3 and DDR3 memory.  

4.  LaVie Nextreme Carbon XC550-DA (0.883Kg) 

LaVie Z 360

The LaVie Z 360, a precursor of the Carbon XC550-DA (Image credit: Future)

Next at number 4 is a Japanese only brand which sadly isn’t yet available in other countries. NEC was and still is a popular brand in its home country and counts Lenovo as one major investor. The XC550-DA, which we haven’t tested yet, uses carbon fiber for its chassis and adheres to MIL-STD standards like the rest of the field. It is limited to 8GB of RAM (not good enough for some) and a Core i5 processor. LaVie claims that the laptop can last up to 24 hours, a barely believable number especially as we couldn’t find its battery capacity anywhere. The XC550-DA is possibly the weakest candidate of this line-up. 

5. Fujitsu U9311 (0.885Kg)

Fujitsu Lifebook U9311X

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We're keeping the best for last. The U9311 is another laptop from Japan that shines by how light it is. It competes with the Dynabook when it comes to the amount of expansion ports it offers and you can even add 5G connectivity via an integrated modem. ITDMs looking for a bit more oomph will be glad to know that it supports up to 32GB of RAM, more than anyone else on the list.

It is also the only one whose LAN port supports 2.5Gbps speeds, has an infrared camera and comes optionally in red. Its only weak spot is a lower-than-expected 50WHr battery but even this didn't prevent Fujitsu from claiming double-digits battery life; note that there is a variant, called U9311a which is powered by AMD processors, worth considering if you’re after a more powerful model. 

The rest of the entries weigh more than 900g (two pounds) but less than 1Kg. Dell, one of the world's largest laptops and the brand behind the XPS13 laptop is the only one that doesn't have an entry in this category.

  • Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano (907g)
  • Vaio SX12 2022 (948g)
  • Gigabyte U4 (990g)
  • HP Pavilion Aero 13 (960g)
Desire Athow
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