The best Ultrabooks 2019: top thin and light laptops reviewed

The best Ultrabooks

The best Ultrabooks aren’t just for the sake of productivity; they’re also kind of a status symbol. Think about it: you’re sitting at a coffee shop surrounded by folks stuck with a Chromebook or still using some big and bulky laptop relic. And there you are, whipping out the best Ultrabooks on this list. Its thinner, lighter and more attractive – not to mention, faster and more powerful since its rocking the best processors and SSDs on the market.

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Make no mistake. These svelte stunners are as much about sheer horsepower as they are about portability and appeal. The best Ultrabooks won’t freeze up on you when you’re trying to get an important project done, or run out of battery on a short flight. Even better, you can easily toss it in your backpack and carry it around with you without effort.

We took the time to find and test the best Ultrabooks on the market for you, testing and reviewing each model so you can enjoy the best of both worlds and get your money’s worth. From household names like Dell and HP, to brands you might have only heard of like Huawei, these compact and light laptops will get you through a very productive work day in style. 

Huawei Matebook 13

1. Huawei Matebook 13

The Ultrabook to beat

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

Excellent value
Discrete Nvidia graphics
Limited RAM

For a few years now, Huawei has been hiding in the shadows, getting ready to take on the best Ultrabooks, and its time in the spotlight is finally here. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs in a ton of powerful hardware into an appealing shell, all while keeping the price low enough for anyone to afford. Plus, those discrete graphics are worth mentioning – the Huawei Matebook 13 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

Dell XPS 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 best Ultrabook for years, but while it’s been dethroned by the Huawei MateBook 13, it’s still one of the Ultrabooks to beat in 2019. This time though, Dell has moved the webcam from the bottom of the display to the top, fixing one of the biggest flaws that plagued the XPS 13 for years. Add the updated internals to the mix, and the Dell XPS 13 is still makes the best Ultrabooks list – even in the face of tough competition.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

Huawei MateBook X Pro

3. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018)

Thin, light, powerful

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

Gorgeous design
Fantastic performance
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

HP Spectre x360

4. HP Spectre x360

Thin, light and flexible

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
Powerful components
Expensive

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

Surface Laptop 2

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

Quad-core processing
Beautiful new color option
No Thunderbolt 3

The original Surface Laptop hit the streets nearly two years ago, and while it was a fantastic Ultrabook, it was held back by relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. The good news is that Microsoft rolled out the Surface Laptop 2 in late 2018, bringing quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. Its through these core improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop – not to mention, join the ranks of the best ultrabooks on the market – at a price that won’t make you run in the opposite direction.  

Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2

Lenovo Yoga C930

5. 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 14.5 hours of battery life and dual Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports to internal components that will let you breeze through those daily productivity tasks. That’s without even mentioning a 2-in-1 that offers form versatility so you can squeeze in some light gaming and movie-watching post-productivity. 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

Razer Blade Stealth

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 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 indeed change your mind by turning into a 13.3-inch, QHD+ beauty. You can no longer upgrade to 4K, but the performance this Ultrabook offers is more than worth that compromise – especially given how beautiful the chassis is.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth

Lenovo Yoga 730

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

Sturdy build
Well-done trackpad
Fast charging
Weak speakers
Battery life just OK

Durability meets portability and performance in this svelte laptop with an affordable price tag. The Lenovo Yoga 730 isn’t the close-to-perfect machine many premium buyers might be looking for, with a few unfavorable flaws like heavier weight, average battery life and weak speakers. However, it will take you through your weekly workload without whining. Lenovo rounds out that performance off with a reliable keyboard and trackpad, sturdy hinges to switch between tablet and laptop mode, and a thin-bezeled display.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 730

Asus ZenBook 3

9. Asus ZenBook 3

The mightier MacBook

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD

Crystal clear display
Lightweight and very portable
Weird fingerprint sensor placement
A single USB-C port

Anyone familiar with Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop cannot help but compare the Asus ZenBook 3 to the 12-inch MacBook. The similarities are startling, but one look at the specs and the differences stand out as well. Fitted with the choice of a U-series Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the ZenBook 3 is puts-many-to-shame powerful, and that’s considering that it’s less than half an inch thick and weighs only two pounds. The port selection is sparse, but ultimately it’s well worth the sacrifice, and definitely among the best Asus laptops around.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook 3

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Asus ZenBook UX310

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
Tinny speakers

In many cases a Windows Ultrabook can be just as good as a MacBook Air. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310UA, for instance. With decent 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, a 178-degree viewing-angle QHD+ display, a USB-C port and an aluminum build, it’s still one of the best Ultrabooks out there, even after all this time.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article

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