A 13-inch laptop is meant to be lightweight and portable. Most of them are meant for business travellers. To achieve the portability of the laptops, companies are coming up new ultra-lightweight laptops every now and then.
A 13-inch laptop or more commonly known as an ultrabook comes with internals that is powerful to carry on day to day usage but, they are definitely not recommended for gaming and most of them just come with integrated graphics. That’s the big trade-off for many users out there. Also, since they are small in form factor, some people might not enjoy content on it. But, for these who prefer productivity and portability before anything else, the 13-inch laptops makes sense.
If you’re out looking for a similar 13-inch ultrabook, there are many to choose from. Hence we’ve picked some of the best that the market has to offer. The list has flagship models as well as offerings in the pocket-friendly category, so there are options for everyone.
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Dell's XPS 13 line-up might as well be one of the sleekest, yet powerful Windows ultrabook out there. This year, Dell updated the XPS 13 with some subtle changes, making it better than ever before. With the Dell XPS 13 (2019), you now get a 4K display for a sharper picture across the board.
But even if you can’t afford the more premium, high-end configurations, the beautiful design, lengthy battery life and even the SD card slot are still there – plus you’ve got a quad-core processor no matter what poison you pick.
Better yet, the 13.3-inch display of the XPS 13 has been squeezed into a smaller frame, which explains Dell’s marketing line: ‘the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop.’ The 2019 model finally has the webcam above the display- the former model's most obvious design flaw.
Now stew on that, as you admire the Dell XPS 13’s gorgeous, albeit more expensive, Alpine White finish.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
If you are in the market for a 13-inch laptop that looks great, is powerful and affordable at the same time, you might want to look at the Asus ZenBook 13. With Intel’s latest Core i5 processor and an optional Nvidia GPU, the ZenBook 13 sits pretty near the top of the pile when it comes to the best 13-inch laptops. Heck, it might even be the best, since the hardware is a touch better than even the beloved Dell XPS 13.
Of course, there's bound to be a few catches - the touchpad works almost too well, and you can't lay the screen flat if you want to use a stylus- but it's still a great option, especially considering the price point and the features. Oh, and the display is something special, too.
The HP Spectre 13 certainly won't weigh down your backpack; it won't weigh down your work, either. Packing an Intel Core i7-8550U processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage space, the Spectre 13 is a better-looking, slightly more expensive alternative to the Dell XPS 13.
The display leaves something to be desired, as does the trackpad, but it can handle the average workload (though people with graphics-heavy jobs should look elsewhere) with zero crashes, and the battery life is a pretty solid 6+ hours.
It’s not as powerful as its 15-inch counterpart, but everything else about the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book 2 makes for one of the best 13-inch laptops for anyone looking for a mobile workhorse. No matter if you’re a professional or creative, the Microsoft Surface Book 2, with its more compact form factor, rocks an aesthetic that’s just as gorgeous as its predecessor. What’s more, the dynamic fulcrum hinge is even stronger now, which only complements its robust, quad-core processor.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2
The HP Spectre x360 is the one you introduce to your parents. It’s strikingly well-crafted, boasting a silvery design that makes it every bit as cutting-edge on the outside as it is within. Given the choice between an 8th-generation i5 or i7 Ultrabook-class processor and a 1080p or 4K screen, HP has given plenty of room for customisation.
It’s not under powered, nor does its battery life suffer from overcompensation. In fact, in our own video loop test, the HP Spectre x360 lasted a whole 8 hours and 45 minutes. The 2019 model of the Spectre x360 has an SD card slot (along with a number of other connectivity options), thus fixing a major problem in the previous model. The touchpad could be more responsive, but you can always opt for an external mouse.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 brings a quad HD display onboard for the asking price of around Rs 80,000. You also get a 2GB dedicated NVIDIA MX 250 graphics card. It is powered by the 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB of SSD onboard. The bezels are also very minimal here.
It weighs just 1.3 Kg and has a thickness of just 15.9 mm, making it very portable. You also get an IR camera with HD resolution and face unlock feature. Lenovo claims the battery can last up to 18.5 hours and it also supports quick charge. Ports options include CD drive, 2 x USB-C, USB-A 3.1, and headphone mic combo.
Check out the Lenovo IdeaPad S540 on Amazon.in
The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 has plenty of performance to spare, while keeping the base frequency low until it’s needed. At just 1.1kg, it’s certainly light enough, and the inclusion of a slip case means that you can pop its svelte 13.3-inch form into any bag easily. There is a slight downside in that there aren't too many ports, with only a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C slots present.
From simple file copying, to full software installations, this thing just flies, and it feels silky-smooth in Windows 10. It's super pricey, but the durable build, latest hardware specs and performance make it a good value for (a lot of) money option.
Read our full review here: Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 review
Apple’s refresh of the MacBook Air (2019) is a bit confusing as the new model adds only adds a few new enhancements. While it comes with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
One thing that you can take away from the MacBook Air is the battery life. It offers 10 hours battery on a single charge, easily beats many Windows 10 rivals at this price point. Since there is no improvement in the CPU, you get the same specifications as the 2018 model with 8th gen Core i5 chipset with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. It is suitable enough for day-to-day tasks, and macOS runs nice and smooth.
Read our Apple MacBook Air 2019 review
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One of the few devices in the list to feature the Core i7 CPU, the Asus ZenBook 13 offers a 13.3-inch Full HD display with bezel-less design and just 1.19Kg light form factor. The nano edge display is the USP of the laptop with 95% screen-to-body ratio and 100% sRGB colour gamut.
It is also sturdy with MIL-STD810G military standard rating. You get a full-size keyboard with backlit. There is SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround-sound on board as well. You get 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 OS, and Type-C port. It also packs in an HD IR webcam with face unlock feature. It is priced competitively for what it brings to the table.
Check out the Asus ZenBook 13 on Amazon.in
The Lenovo Yoga 910 is all about second chances. The company reimagined the design with this one, opting in favour of a more pristine outward appearance and a heavy duty Intel Core i7 processor, as well as a 4K display.
Lenovo also managed to squeeze in a larger, nearly 14-inch screen into the 13-inch chassis of the Yoga 900.
Even with the implementation of USB-C ports, the Lenovo Yoga 910 doesn’t completely neglect USB Type-A, dragging the precious connection standard of the past along with it.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910
The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 offers a 13.3-inch Full HD display and a 180-degree hinge. It is powered by Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The base clock speed is set at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz. On a single charge, the laptop can last up to 5 hours.
Ports options on the machine include 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x HDMI Port, 3-in-1 card reader. You also get an HD webcam and backlit keyboard. For audio, stereo speakers tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro. Lastly, it also packs in a fingerprint scanner which is integrated into the power button.
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The MacBook Pro 2018 feels like the final form of Apple’s pro series laptop since its 2016 redesign. It keeps the thin and light design, but brings a wealth of improvements, both to the hardware within and, more importantly, Apple has vastly improved the Butterfly keyboard – making it quieter and more reliable.
So, you no longer have to worry about it breaking cause a piece of dust appeared under the spacebar. So, if you need an ultra-portable workhorse running macOS Mojave and you can justify the cost, the 2018 MacBook Pro won’t let you down. Keep in mind, though, the model without the Touch Bar is still running last year’s hardware.
Read the full review: MacBook Pro (13-inch)