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These 5 featherweight laptops will keep your load light

Who is the lightest of them all? Let’s take a look at the ultrabooks that really push the limit when it comes to shedding the pounds and staying light as can be.

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How light are we talking about here? The category of ultrabooks contains the lightest laptops available, airy little things that you can pop in a briefcase or pack without even knowing they are there (please remember where you put them). So far, the lightest that ultrabooks can get is around 2 pounds. Our top contenders hover both above and below this 2-pound marker.

Lenovo LaVie Z ($1,199+)

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Lenovo spent a lot of time marketing the LaVie Z as the “lightest laptop” in the world, and it wasn’t just hype. The LaVie Z, with a 13.3-inch screen, comes in at 1.72 pounds, making it the lightest ultrabook we could find on the market (other versions of the LaVie Z weigh more, but the HZ550 is the lightest model).

Unfortunately, Lenovo worked so hard to make this laptop light that it didn’t spend much time doing anything else. The LaVie Z HZ550 has some of the worst specs on this list, with an Intel Broadwell Core U, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Ports are standard USB and HDMI with an SD card read to boot, and battery life is around 6 hours. Also, prices are puzzlingly high, starting around $1,200. Look, if you want a super light ultrabook and you think the LaVie Z may be for you, don’t worry about the weight – add a few extra tenths of a pound to get the best LaVie model possible. Read more here.

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Apple MacBook, 2015 ($1,299+)

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The MacBook 12 updates the standard MacBook with a new screen and more storage, but the weight manages to stay extra-low, bringing this MacBook into the lists of the lightest at 2.03 pounds (and before you ask, yes the MacBook Air is actually heavier, names aside).

If you already have a Mac, you know what to expect here. There’s a choice between 1.1GHz and 1.2GHz Intent Core M processors, 8GB of RAM, and storage options ranging from 256GB of onboard flash storage to 512GB. There’s a USB-C port, HDMI video output, and a DisplayPort 1.2. The battery can last for around 9 hours of web-surfing.

Of course, MacBooks aren’t exactly known for being cheap: This is the most expensive computer on our list, with prices starting at $1,300 and rising to $1,600 for the more advanced models. Read our full review here.

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Dell XPS 13 ($840)

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The Dell XPS 13 is billed as the “smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet,” which probably depends on your definition of small, but it’s certainly one of the lightest laptops at only 2.6 pounds. This ultrabook also boasts an Infinity Display, which means that Dell shrunk down the edges of the laptop so it looks like the 13.3-inch screen is taking up more room, something that no doubt helps this laptop achieve such slim, lightweight design.

Inside, the XPS 13 looks more like a traditional laptop than most ultrabooks, so if you need a lot from your portable this is a good option to consider. It comes with a 2.20GHz Intel Core i5 with turbo boost up to 2.7GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 15-hour battery, and a 128GB SSD. Ports include HDMI and USB 3.0. There’s also an option for a touchscreen version if you don’t mind dishing out a lot of extra money. Prices start at $800. Read our full review here.

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Asus ZenBook UX305 ($700)

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Asus loves its tiny lil’ laptops, so it’s no surprise that a ZenBook would make it onto this list. The UX305 is a 13.3-inch ultrabook with a weight that clocks in at 2.6 pounds. When compared to the Dell XPS 13 they are both equal on the scale but different when it comes to hardware. The UX305 has a weaker processor, but significantly more storage at 256GB SSD and the same 8GB of RAM. There’s a micro-HDMI port and 3 USB ports as well. If you want a casual laptop for storing media and entertainment, this would be a good choice. Prices start at low as $700, so this model is an excellent value. Read our full review here.

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LG gram 14Z950

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A recent release, the LG gram 14Z950 is the company’s debut notebook in the North America market. It weighs just 2.16 pounds despite its 14-inch display, which makes it an exceptionally light for its size. While the screen’s 1080p resolution doesn’t match the XPS 13, MacBook and others, it’s still reasonably sharp. Battery life is decent, and the keyboard is quite good. In fact, aside from its weight, the word “adequate” probably best describes this system. It doesn’t excel in any area, but doesn’t stumble much, either. Its starting price of $900 is reasonable, too. Read our full review.

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Special mention

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ($800)

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Yes, yes, the Surface line aren’t exactly laptops – they’re hybrids, which opens a whole new can of worms in this little competition of ours. Hybrid tablets don’t meet all the qualifications of lightest laptops – although machines like the LaVie Z tread the line – and if we were to count them in this list it would be nothing but Surfaces and iPads, because they are absolutely the lightest around.

But hybrids still need to be mentioned: If you are really short on space and need a relatively simple machine that’s effortless to tote around, a hybrid is probably your best bet. They are getting increasingly powerful and it won’t be long before they overtake ultrabooks and threaten them with obscurity.

When it comes to utility, the Microsoft Surface Pro is one of your best bets. It has a 12-inch screen (with rumors of larger screens for the Surface 4), Windows 10, and a choice of processors up to an Intel i7 with 8 GB of RAM. Take a look at the Surface Pro 3 or stand by for the Pro 4 to hit the shelves if you think a hybrid is your spirit animal. Read our full review here.

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