The best Ultrabooks 2019: top thin and light laptops reviewed

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The best Ultrabooks

The best Ultrabooks aren’t just utilitarian productivity tools; they’re also status symbols. Svelte, sleek laptops that showcase their design as much as their status. They’re easy to carry, to grab and go if you will, and while everyone surrounding you in your favorite coffee shop might be hunkering down on some brick of a computer, you’ll be able to whip out a slim, gorgeous device that’s not much heavier than the coffee you’re drinking. They’re also more powerful and faster, thanks to being equipped with the best processors and SSDs available.

These stunning little devices aren’t just about looks or portability. They hide a lot of power in their slim designs. The best ultrabooks are meant to get you through that important project without breaking a sweat. Not only do they offer a good deal of power, they also generally provide great battery life to get you through that short flight or a day of working on one charge. And while they aren’t just about portability, it is a big part of their appeal.

We reviewed and tested a slew of the best Ultrabooks on the market, putting each model through its paces to give you a better idea of what might work best for you. They range from longtime stalwarts like Dell and HP, to newcomers like the Chinese manufacturer Huawei, but they all are light, compact and perfect to do your work 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 sitting in the shadows, biding its time to take on the best Ultrabooks. But now, that time in the spotlight is here. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs in a ton of powerful hardware into an attractive shell, all while keeping the price low enough for anyone to afford. Those discrete graphics are also worth a mention – 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 king of Ultrabooks for years, and while it’s been dethroned by the Huawei MateBook 13, it’s still one of the Ultrabooks to beat in 2019. This time around, 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 completely changes the game. When the 2018 model of the Huawei MateBook X Pro hit the streets, it did exactly that. This beautiful Ultrabook brings high-end components into an elegantly designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame. It truly is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, despite its 2019 successor’s attempts to best it with an Intel Whiskey Lake processor. 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 stunning Ultrabook fitted with 2-in-1 functionality and plenty of power 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 packing the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and plenty of RAM. 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 will also make you smart and stylish while doing so – leaving no doubt that it’s well-deserving of its lofty spot on our best ultrabooks 2019 list.

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. Thankfully, 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 flee 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 a whopping 14.5 hours of battery life and dual Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports to internal components that will 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, this laptop will take you through your weekly workload without whining. Lenovo then rounds out that performance off with a reliable keyboard and trackpad, sturdy hinges to switch between tablet and laptop mode, and a display with thin bezels.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 730

HP Envy x360 13 (2019)

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6. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)

HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 – Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD

Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1
High quality chassis
Improved battery life
CPU performance merely adequate
Graphics performance disappointing

There are so many compelling reasons why the HP Envy x360 (2019) belongs to our best ultrabooks list, and its slim, sleek design is the least of them. This 13-inch 2-in-1 has premium build, boasts 9 hours of video playback and a performance that will get you through most of your schoolwork and project, all without burning a hole in your pocket.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)

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, an awesome 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 that time.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

Michelle Rae Uy, Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article

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