Best Ultraportable Laptops

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

Small, light and capable of providing hours of time away from a power socket, ultraportables are the ideal computer for anyone on the go. Consumers often enjoy them because they allow freedom of movement and are easy to slip into a small bag or carry on their own. Businesses love them because they allow travelling employees a way to remain in touch and productive from any location.

Intel has recently expanded this category with the Ultrabook, which usually includes a 13-inch or 14-inch display and is .8 inches thick or thinner. Many laptop manufacturers now offer these extremely small PCs – and some offer a number of options. Ultrabooks are often not as quick as ultraportables and pack smaller batteries, but they make up for these shortcomings with sleek design and light weight.

Our best ultraportable 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

Dell XPS 15 Touch

Extremely quick and built with precision, the XPS 15 falls short of greatness because of its display.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • Release date 2014
  • Release price $1599
  • Type All-purpose
  • Width 14.6"
  • Pros: Attractive and well-built , Excellent performance , Good battery life , Four USB ports , Quiet at…
  • Cons: Sub-par display quality , 3200x1800 display saps the GPU’s power in games , Runs hot and loud at…
Our Score 8.5
User Score 6

Dell Precision M3800

The M3800’s balanced performance, reasonable price and 4K panel make it a great workstation or prosumer laptop.

  • Release price $1649
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 14.65 in
  • Depth 10 in
  • Pros: Luxurious feel , Pleasant touchpad , Beautiful 4K display , Strong all-round performance
  • Cons: Design starting to seem dated , Battery drains quickly , Runs hot, loud at times
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our guide to the best laptops across all prices and types.

Asus ZenBook UX305

Asus’ UX305 is the definitive affordable ultrabook.

  • Release date 3/15
  • Release price $700
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 12.75 in
  • Depth 8.9 in
  • Pros: Featherweight and super slim , Outstanding keyboard , High contrast, glare-free 1080p display…
  • Cons: Modest performance , Battery life could be better , Runs hot at load
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Asus Zenbook NX500JK-XH72T

The Zenbook NX500's combination of powerful hardware and a 4K display seems ideal, but numerous small flaws drag it down.

  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 14.9 in
  • Depth 10 in
  • Pros: Attractive design , Beautiful display , Loud and enjoyable speakers , Fast solid state drive ,
  • Cons: Disappointing keyboard , Wide color gamut has its flaws , Very glossy screen , Extremely expensive…
Our Score 7
User Score 0

HP EliteBook 820 G1

The Elitebook 820 suffers from poor display quality and unimpressive battery life.

  • Features Touchscreen, Webcam
  • Release date Unknown
  • Release price $874
  • Type Business
  • Width 12.2"
  • Pros: Durable construction , Well-rounded performance , Excellent software suite , 3-year warranty
  • Cons: Looks low-budget , Poor quality 1366x768 display , Lackluster battery life , Not a good value
Our Score 7
User Score 9

Samsung Chromebook 2

Samsung’s new Chromebook 2 features solid construction, a nice keyboard, and improved battery life. However, we wish it had 4GB of RAM.

  • Release date April 2014
  • Release price $250
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 11.4 in
  • Depth 8.6 in
  • Pros: Solid, attractive design , Comfortable input devices , Loud speakers , Improved battery life
  • Cons: Screen has viewing angle issues , No full-size SD card slot , 2GB of RAM limits multitasking
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook

The Yoga 11e feels like a love letter to touch typists, but it falls too far short in other areas.

  • Release price $455
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 11.8 in
  • Depth 8.5 in
  • Pros: Best-in-class keyboard , Large touch-pad , Quality display with wide viewing angles
  • Cons: Mediocre processor performance , Battery life could be better , Not a good value
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Apple MacBook (2015)

Gawk, but leave your wallet in your pocket: Apple’s new MacBook is an engineering marvel and a terrible value.

  • Release date 04/10/2015
  • Release price $1299
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 11.04 in
  • Depth 7.74 in
  • Pros: Design that borders on art , Thin and feather-weight , Best-in-class touchpad , Excellent display…
  • Cons: Poor processor performance , Can’t handle most games , Keyboard becomes tiresome , Poor value
Our Score 7
User Score 9

HP Slatebook PC

The Slatebook is one of the better budget notebooks around, but Android still isn't a strong replacement for Windows, or even Chrome OS.

  • Release price $429.99
  • Form factor Ultra portable
  • Width 13.5 in
  • Depth 9.45 in
  • Pros: Thin and attractive design , Good keyboard and touchpad , 1080p at a low price , Long battery life…
  • Cons: Mediocre image quality , Android's feature set is limited , Many apps aren't designed for a notebook
Our Score 7
User Score 0