Best Ultrabooks

Check out the best ultrabooks, as rated by Digital Trends’ expert reviewers.

Best UltrabooksUltrabooks are the latest trend to sweep across the laptop market. They are even thinner and lighter than ultraportables, and they always use solid-state drives. This category of laptop is usually easy to carry, but battery life is not always the best. The battery is usually integrated into the chassis, as well, which means it’s not easy for the user to replace.

These laptops start at reasonable prices (around $600) but premium versions are sold for well over $1,000 and represent the cutting edge of consumer computing. A consumer with a lot to spend can buy a laptop reinforced by carbon fiber, a laptop with high-quality 1080p displays or a laptop with an absurdly thin frame. Only Apple’s MacBook Air, undeniably the inspiration for the category, offers similar innovation.

Our best ultrabooks laptops list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Dell XPS 13 (2014)

Want a laptop with a great display, long battery life and strong performance? Dell’s revised XPS 13 is the real deal, and it’s even reasonably priced.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, Bluetooth
  • Release date 10/2013
  • Release price $1299.99
  • Type Ultrabook, All-purpose
  • Width 12.4"
  • Pros: Strong, attractive chassis , Thin and light , Great 1080p display with record-setting contrast…
  • Cons: Warm and loud under load , Limited connectivity
Our Score 9
User Score 10

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240

Long battery life, a bright IPS screen, and one of the best typing experiences available make this the best compact business laptop we’ve tested yet.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, Bluetooth
  • Release date 12/2013
  • Release price $1049.00
  • Type Business, Ultrabook
  • Width 12.02"
  • Pros: Sturdy shell , Excellent keyboard , Bright IPS display , Long battery life with extended battery…
  • Cons: Low-res display comes standard , Keys are a bit slippery , Bottom can get hot under heavy use…
Our Score 9
User Score 10

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HP Spectre 13t

An excellent 1080p touchscreen and long battery life help the Spectre 13t secure our recommendation.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 10/16/2013
  • Release Price $999.99
  • Type Media, Ultrabook
  • Width 12.75"
  • Pros: Thin and light , Excellent 1080p display , Loud, enjoyable speakers , Great touchpad , Long battery…
  • Cons: Compute performance is below average , Only two USB ports and no Ethernet ,
Our Score 9
User Score 9

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Though the Yoga 11S suffers from a dim display, it’s otherwise everything a convertible laptop should be: light, portable, and adequately quick – not to mention affordable.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 6/5/2013
  • Release Price $999
  • Type Media, Ultrabook
  • Width 11.73"
  • Pros: Excellent design and quality , Very light and thin , Record-setting results in power draw, idle…
  • Cons: Dim display , Only one USB 3.0 port , Below-average performance ,
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

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Dell XPS 12 (2013)

The XPS 12’s new fourth-gen Core processor gives the boost it needs to shatter battery life records without compromising performance.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release Price $1,199.00
  • Release Date 6/2013
  • Type Ultrabook, All-purpose
  • Width 12.48"
  • Pros: Attractive and well built , Flip hinge is quick and easy to use , Good keyboard , Bright 1080p…
  • Cons: Bulky when used as a tablet , Weak speakers , Pricing could be more competitive ,
Our Score 8
User Score 0

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013)

The 2013 MacBook Air is still a solid laptop, but it's no longer the obvious choice. This entry-level Mac is hard to recommend to anyone except consumers who want OS X but can’t afford a Pro.

  • Features Webcam, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 6/10/2013
  • Release Price $1,099
  • Type All-Purpose, Ultrabook
  • Width 12.8"
  • Pros: Good build quality , Long battery life , Extremely quick solid-state storage
  • Cons: Design is now just average , Limited port selection , Low-resolution display with no option to…
Our Score 8
User Score 6

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Business buyers take note: Lenovo’s Helix is an expertly designed do-it-all device with an excellent keyboard and ample battery life. But we do wish it had Haswell and weighed a bit less.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam
  • Release Date 5/22/2013
  • Release Price $1679
  • Type Ultrabook, Business
  • Width 11.6"
  • Pros: Remarkably versatile design , Great ThinkPad keyboard , Comfortable touchpad , Long battery life…
  • Cons: Heavy , Tablet alone has short battery life , Tablet gets hot under heavy load , Limited port…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

With a stunning Retina-besting display, and a slimmer exterior, Lenovo’s Yoga 2 Pro is better in every way than last year’s model, save for battery life.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 10/2013
  • Release Price $929
  • Type Media, Ultrabook
  • Width 12.99"
  • Pros: Stunning super-high-resolution screen , Thinner and lighter than last year’s model , Excellent…
  • Cons: High pixel count leads to sub-par battery life that’s significantly shorter than last year’s…
Our Score 7
User Score 0

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Samsung ATIV Book 7

Due to its outdated look and feel, and unimpressive performance, the Ativ Book 7 isn’t the best Ultrabook for the average user, but its outstanding battery life and beautiful display will appeal to travelers.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 1/2/2013
  • Release Price $1059.99
  • Type Ultrabook, All-purpose
  • Width 12.76"
  • Pros: Attractive, if somewhat predictable, exterior , Excellent display , Outstanding battery life despite…
  • Cons: Feels cheaper than it is , Lackluster keyboard , Unimpressive performance for the price , Cooling…
Our Score 7
User Score 0

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If you aren’t put off by the changes to the keyboard, the 2014 Carbon is a light, well-built business laptop that also runs quite cool and quiet.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release date Unknown
  • Release price 1299.99
  • Type Business, Ultrabook
  • Width 13.03"
  • Pros: Excellent input devices , High-resolution, matte touchscreen , Much-improved battery life , Runs…
  • Cons: Keyboard changes will irk many touch typists , Screen should be brighter , Sealed battery still…
Our Score 7
User Score 0