The Best Ultraportable Laptops of 2018

The evolution of laptops has always been driven by the push for thinner, lighter, and more power-efficient designs, but in recent years these demands have coalesced into what may be the perfect expression of laptop design: the ultraportable. What exactly defines this category? In general, ultraportables weigh 3 pounds or less, have screens 14 inches or smaller, use processors more powerful than the Intel Atom, and offer enough battery life to survive most of a workday off-plug. These systems are now faster than ever, are well-suited to travel, and come with a variety of features and display resolutions wide enough to fit anyone’s needs. You may have seen laptops of this breed referred to as Ultrabooks or Streambooks, but those are primarily attempts to attach some branding to the same basic template of ultraportables. The design always comes back to the same foundational elements: thin, light, and long lasting.

Although all ultraportable laptops may look sleek, there are a few key differentiators between models. The first to consider is price. There’s a huge difference between a system that costs $300 and one that costs $1,300, even if they boast the same brand name, and similar looks and features.

At the low end are entry-level systems, which generally run $500 or less (sometimes less than $200). For many casual users, this is the only price range worth looking at, but there are some caveats to keep in mind. The processing power, display resolution, and storage capacities are usually lower on inexpensive ultraportables, as they’re built for basic web browsing, word processing, and media viewing purposes, and construction materials can be on the flimsy side. Entry-level ultraportables make solid systems for younger family members to use for homework or watching movies around the house, since they are both highly portable and relatively inexpensive. Value is a big factor in this category, as plenty of budget ultraportables can entice you with a low price. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself let down by a system that’s only a bargain because its manufacturer cut too many corners. That said, the spec floor has risen in this category. As faster base parts become less expensive and more common, cheaper systems with decent build quality are more capable of completing day-to-day tasks. They’ve become fairly competent if you’re looking to perform simple tasks like web browsing and word processing on the go.

Midrange systems are better, but also cost more, ranging from about $500 to $1,250. Materials and specs that were once exclusive to high-end ultraportables are now the norm in midrange systems, including features such as full HD (1,920-by-1,080) or even QHD (2,560-by-1,440) resolutions, touch displays, metal chassis, and more. Battery life and storage have improved as well, making it easier to get better bang for your buck in this price range. You’ll still have to compromise in one or two areas such as storage capacity, port options, and resolution compared with the high-end systems, but for most shoppers, this price range represents the best mix of price and performance.

At the top of the price ladder are premium systems, which we categorize as anything costing $1,250 or more. With these high-end systems come choice materials, cutting-edge components and features, and top performance that will speed up photo editing and other productivity tasks. Here, you’ll also see 3K- or 4K-resolution displays, quality sound hardware (often from familiar brands like Bang & Olufsen), spacious and speedy storage, and other exciting features, all while the system’s form factor remains slim and compact. This pricing tier yields the best overall user experience, the most features and port options, and the fastest internal hardware, but not every premium system is created equal, and when you’re spending this much money, do you really want second best? If you have the budget, and will be spending a lot of time on your laptop, it may very well pay to invest in quality.

At the top of the price ladder are premium systems, which we categorize as anything costing $1,250 or more. With these high-end systems come choice materials, cutting-edge components and features, and top performance that will speed up photo editing and other productivity tasks. Here, you’ll also see 3K- or 4K-resolution displays, quality sound hardware (often from familiar brands like Bang & Olufsen), spacious and speedy storage, and other exciting features, all while the system’s form factor remains slim and compact. This pricing tier yields the best overall user experience, the most features and port options, and the fastest internal hardware, but not every premium system is created equal, and when you’re spending this much money, do you really want second best? If you have the budget, and will be spending a lot of time on your laptop, it may very well pay to invest in quality.

For smooth performance and a good user experience, you’ll want to be choosy about your processor. Even in a less-expensive system, the average processor is more capable than ever of handling routine tasks, but if you need speed, select carefully. At the top of the heap are Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which can be found in midrange and premium models. Most ultraportables out right now still utilize the latest Intel 14nm chips, the 7th Generation Core CPUs code-named Kaby Lake , but this is beginning to change. A refreshed version, Kaby Lake R, is popping up in newer laptops, offering even better speed than before. Either line will typically be paired with 8GB of memory, though some premium systems boast up to 16GB of RAM.

For smooth performance and a good user experience, you’ll want to be choosy about your processor. Even in a less-expensive system, the average processor is more capable than ever of handling routine tasks, but if you need speed, select carefully. At the top of the heap are Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which can be found in midrange and premium models. Most ultraportables out right now still utilize the latest Intel 14nm chips, the 7th Generation Core CPUs code-named

, but this is beginning to change. A refreshed version, Kaby Lake R, is popping up in newer laptops, offering even better speed than before. Either line will typically be paired with 8GB of memory, though some premium systems boast up to 16GB of RAM.

A few middle-of-the-pack models will opt for processors in Intel’s Core M line. These m3, m5, and m7 CPUs are capable but low-powered, intended to bridge the gap between more expensive Core i5 and i7 chips and the Intel Atom processors you find in inexpensive Windows tablets . The design of a Core M CPU allows for processing power that approaches that of Core i5 chips, but with lower power consumption and no need for cooling fans. This results in slimmer laptop designs, quieter operation (no fans mean no fan noise), and longer battery life, often extending past 8 hours. Core M-equipped systems are a good choice if you want the most portable ultraportable. They aren’t usually less expensive, though, and you may find yourself paying more than you would for something that’s more powerful, but also slightly thicker and heavier. You’ll have to find the right balance of physical design and performance to fit your needs.

A few middle-of-the-pack models will opt for processors in Intel’s Core M line. These m3, m5, and m7 CPUs are capable but low-powered, intended to bridge the gap between more expensive Core i5 and i7 chips and the Intel Atom processors you find in inexpensive

. The design of a Core M CPU allows for processing power that approaches that of Core i5 chips, but with lower power consumption and no need for cooling fans. This results in slimmer laptop designs, quieter operation (no fans mean no fan noise), and longer battery life, often extending past 8 hours. Core M-equipped systems are a good choice if you want the most portable ultraportable. They aren’t usually less expensive, though, and you may find yourself paying more than you would for something that’s more powerful, but also slightly thicker and heavier. You’ll have to find the right balance of physical design and performance to fit your needs.

Aside from Intel’s near-ubiquitous CPUs, you will see a few less-expensive systems featuring processors from other manufacturers, primarily AMD. While AMD chips support the same range of uses as Intel chips, from web browsing to video editing and gaming, they aren’t as common in ultraportables. If you aren’t sure about the model used in the system you’re considering, take a look at our reviews (particularly the results of our benchmark tests) to see how it will fare in real-world conditions.

Finally, at the low end are Intel’s Atom and Celeron processors. These budget processors are both inexpensive and energy-efficient, but power users may find themselves frustrated by slow performance, limited RAM allotments (1GB to 2GB), and 32-bit software support instead of 64-bit. You will definitely feel a difference in performance speed, but you can probably make do if you’re a casual user.

Also important is the graphics processor. Ultraportable systems almost exclusively rely on integrated graphics, such as Intel’s HD Graphics 620. This level of horsepower is usually enough for streaming media and maybe editing the odd photo, but not for substantial gaming. If you want to do more with media and perhaps some gaming, you’ll need a discrete graphics card, like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. These cards require more power and cooling, and as such are generally only seen in bulkier gaming laptops or desktop-replacement notebooks. There are an increasing number of exceptions that are both portable and gaming ready, however, like the Razer Blade , but by and large the most travel-friendly systems are not suited to gaming. Don’t expect the integrated graphics to suffice for playing much more than a few less-demanding games on lower detail settings.

Also important is the graphics processor. Ultraportable systems almost exclusively rely on integrated graphics, such as Intel’s HD Graphics 620. This level of horsepower is usually enough for streaming media and maybe editing the odd photo, but not for substantial gaming. If you want to do more with media and perhaps some gaming, you’ll need a discrete graphics card, like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. These cards require more power and cooling, and as such are generally only seen in bulkier

or desktop-replacement notebooks. There are an increasing number of exceptions that are both portable and gaming ready, however, like the

, but by and large the most travel-friendly systems are not suited to gaming. Don’t expect the integrated graphics to suffice for playing much more than a few less-demanding games on lower detail settings.

Speedy hardware is all well and good, but you also need somewhere to keep all your digital stuff. For most ultraportables, this means a solid-state drive (SSD). These compact, flash-based storage devices are lighter and less prone to data loss from damage because they don’t have any moving parts, which is ideal for systems doing a lot of traveling. Some SSDs use a connection standard called M.2, which is smaller than traditional SATA connections–and smaller connectors allow smaller designs–but both are serviceable. Some (but not all) of these M.2-connected drives use a PCI Express (PCIe) connection for faster data transfer (and thus faster overall performance).

256GB of SSD storage is very common on the high-end ultraportables. While it would be nice to have a bit more room than that, SSD capacity is still pretty pricey, so the cost can jump up fast if you opt for a larger 512GB or 1TB option if the manufacturer offers it. 256GB will do the job for many users, though, especially since you won’t likely be storing large game installations or media projects on this type of computer.

While SSDs are the most common for ultraportables, you will see two other storage options used on less-expensive systems. A few use an embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC), a form of solid-state storage that is often identified as an SSD in product specs but is actually a memory card (like an SD card). As such, it’s a little slower and a lot smaller in capacity (32 to 64GB) than a standard SSD. You’ll generally only find this type of storage on the cheapest laptops around.

Finally, some systems still use good-old-fashioned spinning hard drives. These drives are less expensive than SSDs, and they offer substantially more room for your files–you will often see hard drives with capacities of 500GB or more. You won’t get the same speedy performance as you do with an SSD, but there’s something to be said for lots of storage space.

Finally, some systems still use good-old-fashioned spinning hard drives. These drives are less expensive than SSDs, and they offer substantially more room for your files–you will often see

with capacities of 500GB or more. You won’t get the same speedy performance as you do with an SSD, but there’s something to be said for lots of storage space.

As for a more visible portion of the laptop, the screen, ultraportables are available with a wide range of display options. These include an increasingly varied array of resolutions, from standard high definition (1,366 by 768) to full HD (1,920 by 1,080) and even Ultra HD or 4K (3,840 by 2,160). Lower-resolution screens are most frequently found in entry-level systems simply because they’re the least expensive option. They work well enough for reading and typing text, and YouTube usually defaults to something lower than full HD anyway, so less discerning users can get by just fine.

Full HD (often referred to as 1080p) screens are expected on midrange systems, and are still used in a smaller number of premium ultraportables. It’s becoming standard enough that even some cheaper options now offer HD displays, a far cry from where we were when the technology debuted. These displays offer support for 1080p video and are better equipped for multitasking, since you can fit more readable text and two side-by-side windows onto a 13-inch screen. This is a sharp, true HD resolution, generally ideal for most daily uses.

Ultra HD is currently the resolution of choice for the most high-end ultraportables. As 4K screens have four times the resolution of a full HD display, you can fit a lot onto them. The sheer number of pixels requires more power, however, and 4K-equipped systems usually see a significant drop in battery life compared with similar full HD systems. There’s also the question of content. Although 4K TVs and displays are becoming increasingly common, there still aren’t a lot of places to stream 4K video (this is slowly improving on some streaming services), and gaming in 4K is definitely more than most ultraportables can adequately support. At the present, these displays are best suited to uses like photo and video editing, but they do look stunning.

Many premiuim laptops are now using QHD or QHD+ screens, which are resolutions that fall between HD and 4K. They represent a nice middle ground between expensive, power-draining 4K resolutions and sharp, better-than-HD picture quality, so you should be happy to see QHD or QHD+ on a laptop you’re considering buying.

The other feature to watch for is touch. While touch-capable displays were uncommon just a few years ago, they’re now pretty ubiquitous in ultraportable systems, even in the entry-level and business categories. Windows 10 includes some baked-in gesture controls and touch-friendly features, which helps promote its use. Touch technology is also often more useful on a bus or train where you may not have a mouse, making it a good match for ultraportables. Even if you don’t regularly use touch in your day-to-day computing and don’t plan to incorporate it, it may be worth having just so you don’t regret the decision down the road.

The other feature to watch for is touch. While touch-capable displays were uncommon just a few years ago, they’re now pretty ubiquitous in ultraportable systems, even in the entry-level and business categories.

includes some baked-in gesture controls and touch-friendly features, which helps promote its use. Touch technology is also often more useful on a bus or train where you may not have a mouse, making it a good match for ultraportables. Even if you don’t regularly use touch in your day-to-day computing and don’t plan to incorporate it, it may be worth having just so you don’t regret the decision down the road.

More and more ultraportables are being released as what we call convertible hybrids, or 2-in-1s . These “mash-ups” let you enjoy both laptop and tablet functionality, thanks to hinges and swiveling joints that let you bend the display back around to use without a keyboard, though the systems don’t come apart the way detachable-hybrid slates do. More and more manufacturers are adopting this design, including adding convertability to new models of exisiting laptop lines.

. These “mash-ups” let you enjoy both laptop and tablet functionality, thanks to hinges and swiveling joints that let you bend the display back around to use without a keyboard, though the systems don’t come apart the way detachable-hybrid slates do. More and more manufacturers are adopting this design, including adding convertability to new models of exisiting laptop lines.

These convertible devices are laptops first, but they aren’t limited to the traditional clamshell design. Because they feature specialized hinges and touch screens, you can also prop them up like a tent, or turn the keyboard facedown so the screen is better positioned for watching a movie or giving a presentation. The one point of concern is that every extra-flexible hinge or rotating joint also presents a new point of failure for the display, and while they are relatively rare, screen issues occur with convertible designs more than with standalone laptops. While convertibles are a category in their own right, the ability to convert form naturally lends itself to making a good travel laptop, so you’ll see that some our highest-rated ultraportable laptops are convertibles.

Depending on what you do with your computer, you might find a chromebook to be one of the best values in ultraportables. A chromebook is a bare-bones laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS, and thus limits you to using web apps and, as of models released in 2017, Android apps as well.

to be one of the best values in ultraportables. A chromebook is a bare-bones laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS, and thus limits you to using web apps and, as of models released in 2017,

This means that you won’t have access to traditional Windows software, so if that’s central to how you work and play, a chromebook isn’t for you. But if you use a web-based email client like Gmail or Outlook.com for communications, Google Drive for doing your work, and spend most of your time watching videos on YouTube or playing web games, and you don’t expect your needs to change anytime soon, chances are you’ll get along just fine with a chromebook. And considering that computers of this type are extraordinarily affordable right down the line (with most costing $300 or less), you could outfit your family with three or even four for about what you’d pay for a high-end ultraportable.

With thinner, lighter, and more powerful ultraportables available now than ever before, there’s something in the category to suit anyone’s needs. No matter your preferences for brand, display, or feature set, there’s a variety of options to choose from across a range of form factors and prices. Below are 10 of the top ultraportables we’ve tested. We refresh the list often to include the newest products, but because of the large number of laptops we review every year, not every top-rated product makes the cut. Be sure to also check our overall laptop favorites , as well as our top picks for work and play , and if you’re on a budget, the best low-cost laptops .

With thinner, lighter, and more powerful ultraportables available now than ever before, there’s something in the category to suit anyone’s needs. No matter your preferences for brand, display, or feature set, there’s a variety of options to choose from across a range of form factors and prices. Below are 10 of the top ultraportables we’ve tested. We refresh the list often to include the newest products, but because of the large number of laptops we review every year, not every top-rated product makes the cut. Be sure to also check our

Bottom Line: How much laptop can you get for $329? Acer’s Swift 1 is a surprisingly strong answer, a little short on storage but with a slim build and a 1080p IPS display.

How much laptop can you get for $329? Acer’s Swift 1 is a surprisingly strong answer, a little short on storage but with a slim build and a 1080p IPS display.

Bottom Line: The XPS 13, Dell’s venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel’s new quad-core CPU, with electrifying results in both speed and battery life.

The XPS 13, Dell’s venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel’s new quad-core CPU, with electrifying results in both speed and battery life.

Bottom Line: With a top-notch design and build, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is an excellent convertible laptop that delivers long battery life and speedy performance thanks to its 8th-generation Core i7 CPU.

With a top-notch design and build, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is an excellent convertible laptop that delivers long battery life and speedy performance thanks to its 8th-generation Core i7 CPU.

Bottom Line: The refreshed Razer Blade Stealth is mostly the same as the previous model of this ultraportable laptop that we love, but now delivers a fresher, faster processor for $100 more.

The refreshed Razer Blade Stealth is mostly the same as the previous model of this ultraportable laptop that we love, but now delivers a fresher, faster processor for $100 more.

Bottom Line: The base model MacBook Pro gets an updated processor and a price drop, making it the best choice for Mac shoppers who want a blend of power and relative affordability.

The base model MacBook Pro gets an updated processor and a price drop, making it the best choice for Mac shoppers who want a blend of power and relative affordability.

Bottom Line: With a low price and long battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 is a very well-integrated detachable hybrid that serves equally well as a laptop and a tablet.

With a low price and long battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 is a very well-integrated detachable hybrid that serves equally well as a laptop and a tablet.

Bottom Line: The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible that offers keyboard, touch, and stylus input, runs Chrome OS and Android apps, and shrugs off knocks, drops, and water spills. It’s t…

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible that offers keyboard, touch, and stylus input, runs Chrome OS and Android apps, and shrugs off knocks, drops, and water spills. It’s t…

Bottom Line: The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a very thin, light, and powerful laptop that lasts nearly 16 hours on battery power.

The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a very thin, light, and powerful laptop that lasts nearly 16 hours on battery power.

Bottom Line: The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

Bottom Line: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It’s stylish and powerful, but you’ll want to nab the free W…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It’s stylish and powerful, but you’ll want to nab the free W…

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If you haven’t been living in a cave for the past decade, you’d know how the use of personal computers has evolved over the years. With giant PCs (which took up more than half of your desk space) almost turning obsolete, the tech market is flooding with range of powerful and best 11 inch laptops which might be just the kind of machines this generation needs.

Now that I have acknowledged the significance of portable computers, I might just add that the evolution of laptops is continuously pushing towards more sleek, slim and power-efficient designs. At some point you might have felt the need to have a feather light, compact laptop that you could carry around without having to worry about the ‘extra baggage’. The one which doesn’t urge you to stay confined in a single place just because travelling or moving around with a bulky laptop is too much work.

If you are even slightly convinced with the idea that I am trying to put forward, then here is the full fledged laptop buying guide to buy the best 11 inch laptops which will surely help you to buy the best ultraportable laptop for yourself.

If you are even slightly convinced with the idea that I am trying to put forward, then here is the full fledged laptop buying guide to buy the

Before we proceed with the list of best ultraportable 11 inch laptops, here’s an overview of the hardware specifications and performance that you can expect from the ultraportable 11-inch laptops. Please go through it otherwise you might end up buying the wrong laptop for yourself!

The 11 inch laptops are undoubtedly the best ultraportable laptops for web surfing, editing documents, watching movies and for everything in between but they aren’t made for power users. You cannot play games or do photo editing or video editing works on these laptops because most of the 11 inch laptops are powered by Intel celeron or Intel Pentium processors. These are very low powered processors from Intel which are specifically designed for Netbooks and Chromebooks categories of laptops . Hence, the laptops with 11 inch display may not be capable enough to handle the most intense and demanding tasks but they are best in terms of portability and versatility with reliable performance and battery backup.

The 11 inch laptops are undoubtedly the best ultraportable laptops for web surfing, editing documents, watching movies and for everything in between but they aren’t made for power users. You cannot play games or do

works on these laptops because most of the 11 inch laptops are powered by Intel celeron or Intel Pentium processors. These are very

. Hence, the laptops with 11 inch display may not be capable enough to handle the most intense and demanding tasks but they are best in terms of portability and versatility with reliable performance and battery backup.

Apart from low powered CPU, the 11 inch laptops also lacks behind in offering sufficient amount of storage for most of the user’s requirements. Most of the 11 inch display laptops offers 16, 32 or 64GB of eMMC storage which is very low but there’s always an option to store files on cloud or expanding the memory via an SD card slot. Well there are some 11 inch laptop models with 128GB SSD and even 500GB HDD but they are very rare and on the side note, hard drives also tend to make the laptops little heavier .

Apart from low powered CPU, the 11 inch laptops also lacks behind in offering sufficient amount of storage for most of the user’s requirements. Most of the 11 inch display laptops offers 16, 32 or 64GB of eMMC storage which is very low but there’s always an option to store files on cloud or expanding the memory via an SD card slot. Well there are some 11 inch laptop models with 128GB SSD and even 500GB HDD but they are very rare and on the side note,

So, if you’re looking for a ultraportable laptop for normal requirements which is easy to carry around and work on the go then yes, 11 inch laptops are best for you and you can start reading the list of our top recommended best 11 inch laptops below.

Well, if you’re looking for a performance based lightweight computer then I would recommend you to buy a 13 inch laptop for yourself. Have a look at our guides to buy the best laptops powered by Intel i3 processors and also best laptops powered by Intel i5 processors , you’ll find many high performance laptops with 13 inch display over there. By the way, we are soon going to publish dedicated guide to buy 13 inch laptops where we will include all the best high performance compact 13 inch laptops.

Well, if you’re looking for a performance based lightweight computer then I would recommend you to buy a 13 inch laptop for yourself. Have a look at our guides to buy the

, you’ll find many high performance laptops with 13 inch display over there. By the way, we are soon going to publish dedicated guide to buy 13 inch laptops where we will include all the best high performance compact 13 inch laptops.

When it comes to resilient convertibles, DELL is the only empowering name that emerges from the horde of PC manufacturers, mainly due to the ingenuity and efficiency that they are known to bring to the table.

For this particularly affordable model, the pros are definitely the light, classy chassis. To add more points to its overall performance, it is powered with the latest generation Intel Core M3 7Y30 processor that operates at a base speed of 1.60GHz and a maximum turbo boost speed of 2.60GHz. Considering the price, it is not a bad deal to go with as the dual core processor can take up friendly tasks quite efficiently and a little bit of advance processing as well. Moreover, the built-in CPU is robust enough for standard stuff like video streaming, media editing, illustrating, so on and so forth. The 11 inch display is not only impeccable but also allows seamless touch-sensitive navigation between laptop and tablet-mode.

The cons? Non-upgradable RAM. So you’d have to do with a single 4GB module of DDR3 RAM that it comes with, operating at the base 1600MHz.

So asking all the right questions, should you buy this 11 inch laptop? Well, if you are a power user, NO as there are plenty more rational options you can avail in this price range (keep reading to learn more) but if you are a sucker for compatibility and convertibility while staying under budget, this is one of the best 11 inch laptop you can get.

If you are one of those not-so-delicate users and need a robust machine that is capable of taking a few bumps and bruises, suitable for the life on the road or a classroom – Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e is what’s missing from your life. With scratch-resistant glass, reinforced hinges, the rugged chassis of this midrange convertible-hybrid laptop is capable of what we can call ‘shapeshifting’. For easily bored comrades, Lenovo has come up with a design which you can position in four different modes, Display, Laptop, Tablet, and Tent.

Powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 processor and 4GB of memory, this 11 inch ultrabook kind of scores an average rating on operability aspects. On battery run-down tests, the device lasted a middling 7 hours 22 minutes. So not an over the top backup, but not one of the worst either.

So, overall Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e is on the list because of (a) its miniature design and (b) because of its high resilience to withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, vibration, dust and of course a few shunts. Although it won’t deliver grade A performance, especially when compared to its contending laptops, but its well-spaced chiclet-style keys, dragontail glass, rounded corners, and a rubber bumper certainly add points to its durability and long term reliability.

A neat, sleek and elegant design offering a range of unique features, the Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ is one of the most affordable and best 11 inch laptop that won’t make you go bankrupt. It is an updated 2016 edition of the popular CB3-131 series from Acer and while it might not acquire a high-scale rating when it comes to power processing but does offer stable performance and a longer battery life.

Running on an Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz, a 2GB RAM and speedy SSD, you can perform basic operation like streaming and browsing without having to worry about performance issues. It does pose a peril of lagging if you try to run more than a few tabs.

Its miniature figure makes it extremely portable and can slip inside your backpack so slickly you won’t even feel it’s there. The device offers a comfy Chiclet-style keyboard with nice clicky keys and it also has a HD web camera which might not produce the sharpest of images but hey, for a price tag that economical, I’ll say the overall package is worth what you are paying for.

If you are willing to buy a best convertible 11 inch laptop for a simple routine but are a little tight on coins, you should definitely consider this laptop on the list. Priced only around $300, the x360 offers a very generous selection of ports, and has a dual core Intel Pentium N3060 CPU.

From the performance perspective, the x360 may feel sluggish at times, especially when burdened with hardcore operations. Regrettably, despite the low-power CPU, battery life was deemed to be merely average, running for 4 hours 47 minutes in video-playback.

The HP X360 11-AB011DX is a compact 11 inch laptop, built with a long, sturdy hinge and a large touchpad but somewhat lacks in a screen quality. Although in all its aspects, the architecture is perfect for its target audience. HP with their X360 model wants to aim millennials looking for a single device for work and play, and this machine is capable of doing just that by staying under a very reasonable budget.

Of course, there are going to be a few trade-offs while taking design aspects that inducted in $1,000+ laptops and bringing them down below $500. Particularly the screen gives away the cheap pricing factor with poor viewing angles.

If you are a stay at home mom or a parent who wants to use a sleek and hi-tech machine, all the while needing durability and sturdiness which makes it kid-friendly, then Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS0 is your go-to laptop. Its rugged design, bundled with a spill-resistant keyboard makes it the best 11 inch laptop for classroom usage.

Although several reviews have suggested its sluggish performance while running multiple tabs, I think the Acer Chromebook R11 is a much better alternative to this laptop if you’re ready to shed some more dollars. Powered by a 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of built-in RAM, the C202 can’t be titled as a performance powerhouse. Although, it is fine for drafting a few notes and book reports or even spreadsheet manipulation.

Although several reviews have suggested its sluggish performance while running multiple tabs, I think the

is a much better alternative to this laptop if you’re ready to shed some more dollars. Powered by a 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of built-in RAM, the C202 can’t be titled as a performance powerhouse. Although, it is fine for drafting a few notes and book reports or even spreadsheet manipulation.

But considering the fact you have landed on this page because of your tight budget, features like a long battery life, a modular and of course a convertible design with a price tag this cheap sure doesn’t sound like a bad deal.

A new budget-friendly addition to the infamous Asus lineup that just might be the replacement of their E203NA model. Offering a vast battery life, the machine is so slickly small that it can effortlessly slip inside a rucksack or a messenger bag.

With an Intel Celeron N3350 running at 1.10-2.40GHz, supported by 4GB of RAM, this 11 inch portable and ultra-compact laptop is one of the few Windows 10 all-purpose machines which offer a vast battery life and is robust enough to handle daily tasks like browsing, multiple tab operations and documents handling with impeccable processing capabilities, so a perfect workplace contraption. Plus, its shiny, so a WIN WIN.

We are finally able to get our hands on an “affordable” Chromebook with a sylphlike chassis. As for operational capabilities, it is the perfect machine if your usage involves not more than web browsing and indulging in cloud-based content creation. In any other case, you might want to look at other alternatives. The Intel Celeron N3060 processor, might not be the fastest of performers so no sugar coating here. If you are a multi-tasker, you might want to skip this 11 inch laptop.

As for overall aspects, bundled with its appealing looks is an integrated keyboard, along with a solid overall performance and that goes without compromising on battery life. It is not one of the A-grade performers when it comes to processing power or haptic sensitivity but if you are a student who needs to work on research papers and has of course, a limited budget, this is the best 11 inch laptop you can get.

It is not everyday you get to hear about an affordable laptop that offers competent performance. This laptop has enough processing capability to support moderate multi-tasking and has been reviewed to depict minimal or no symptoms of lagging when hampered with a manifold of tabs and processes. Also, if you are a gamer who engages in, for instance casual arcade racing kinda sports, the Dell Inspiron i3162 will be best 11 inch laptop for your use, as long as the game doesn’t require a horsepower of power units.

The battery life however, is rated to be not so satisfactory, and can withstand around 4-5 hours of juice while not plugged in. But for a fair price, an attractive, sleek, 11 inch laptop is not a bad place to invest your money.

This is quite a basic machine, predominantly suitable for students. Why do I say so? Well, there are a couple of reasons, for instance the free Office subscription it comes with along with a ridiculously low price tag, worth only around $200. The SD card slot is the most notable added value as such a reasonable outlay, especially when your usage involves more than a dozen GBs. The performance magnitude is quite good as well, comparatively with other budget laptops in this range, housing a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Celeron N3060 processor.

To top it off, the standby battery time it offers and the audio mechanism it is built with, are certainly worth mentioning. Apart from its overall elegant chassis and a slim design, the laptop can be quite an eye-pleaser with the variety of colors it comes with. The only less-than-flattering design aspects are the large bezels and an old-fashioned gradient touch on its base.

To sum it up, nice speakers, highly portable, and above average performance, seems a quite reasonable array of features of this 11 inch notebook considering the price tag that it comes with.

Love Apple products but your tight budget holds you back from yearnings? This is almost the cheapest, and the smallest product in Apple’s notebook lineup. This ultraportable laptop is largely known due to its tremendous power preservation capabilities, offering a whopping 9+ hours of standup battery time.

Although, the 11-inch MacBook Air packs a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-5250U processor and 4GB of RAM, this upgrade from the 12-inch MacBook is not as impressive as it should be. Mainly because the advancements are quite basic and apart from its exceptional storage and processing capabilities, this machine is a big no no for gaming enthusiasts as the graphics performance is really below the mark and even gaming on Mac doesn’t seems to be a good idea to me.

May be this is the reason the manufacturers decided to discontinue its production, but nonetheless, with this price tag, it’s a much better alternative than other variants in Apple’s ultrabook lineup and if you find this 11 inch laptop worth your money, you can certainly find its refurbished or used models .

May be this is the reason the manufacturers decided to discontinue its production, but nonetheless, with this price tag, it’s a much better alternative than other variants in Apple’s ultrabook lineup and if you find this 11 inch laptop worth your money, you can certainly find its

Getting a portable personal computer is like having a beloved consort, who is reliable, low-maintenance and always available. While staying under budget, finding a laptop of such sort can be quite a struggle in itself. In the listing mentioned above, we have gathered the best 11 inch laptops which are highly rated models from well-known manufacturers with qualities like fast processing power and compatibility all confined in a single, small frame.

I hope that the efforts that we put to create this laptop buying guide help you to buy the best 11 inch laptop for yourself.

Still can’t make up your mind? Don’t worry, if you explore our website a bit more you will certainly get a much clearer idea of where you should put your moneys worth.

The evolution of laptops has always been driven by the push for thinner, lighter, and more power-efficient designs, but in recent years these demands have coalesced into what may be the perfect expression of laptop design: the ultraportable. What exactly defines this category? In general, ultraportables weigh 3 pounds or less, have screens 14 inches or smaller, use processors more powerful than the Intel Atom, and offer enough battery life to survive most of a workday off-plug. These systems are now faster than ever, are well-suited to travel, and come with a variety of features and display resolutions wide enough to fit anyone’s needs. You may have seen laptops of this breed referred to as Ultrabooks or Streambooks, but those are primarily attempts to attach some branding to the same basic template of ultraportables. The design always comes back to the same foundational elements: thin, light, and long lasting.

Although all ultraportable laptops may look sleek, there are a few key differentiators between models. The first to consider is price. There’s a huge difference between a system that costs $300 and one that costs $1,300, even if they boast the same brand name, and similar looks and features.

At the low end are entry-level systems, which generally run $500 or less (sometimes less than $200). For many casual users, this is the only price range worth looking at, but there are some caveats to keep in mind. The processing power, display resolution, and storage capacities are usually lower on inexpensive ultraportables, as they’re built for basic web browsing, word processing, and media viewing purposes, and construction materials can be on the flimsy side. Entry-level ultraportables make solid systems for younger family members to use for homework or watching movies around the house, since they are both highly portable and relatively inexpensive. Value is a big factor in this category, as plenty of budget ultraportables can entice you with a low price. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself let down by a system that’s only a bargain because its manufacturer cut too many corners. That said, the spec floor has risen in this category. As faster base parts become less expensive and more common, cheaper systems with decent build quality are more capable of completing day-to-day tasks. They’ve become fairly competent if you’re looking to perform simple tasks like web browsing and word processing on the go.

Midrange systems are better, but also cost more, ranging from about $500 to $1,250. Materials and specs that were once exclusive to high-end ultraportables are now the norm in midrange systems, including features such as full HD (1,920-by-1,080) or even QHD (2,560-by-1,440) resolutions, touch displays, metal chassis, and more. Battery life and storage have improved as well, making it easier to get better bang for your buck in this price range. You’ll still have to compromise in one or two areas such as storage capacity, port options, and resolution compared with the high-end systems, but for most shoppers, this price range represents the best mix of price and performance.

At the top of the price ladder are premium systems, which we categorize as anything costing $1,250 or more. With these high-end systems come choice materials, cutting-edge components and features, and top performance that will speed up photo editing and other productivity tasks. Here, you’ll also see 3K- or 4K-resolution displays, quality sound hardware (often from familiar brands like Bang & Olufsen), spacious and speedy storage, and other exciting features, all while the system’s form factor remains slim and compact. This pricing tier yields the best overall user experience, the most features and port options, and the fastest internal hardware, but not every premium system is created equal, and when you’re spending this much money, do you really want second best? If you have the budget, and will be spending a lot of time on your laptop, it may very well pay to invest in quality.

At the top of the price ladder are premium systems, which we categorize as anything costing $1,250 or more. With these high-end systems come choice materials, cutting-edge components and features, and top performance that will speed up photo editing and other productivity tasks. Here, you’ll also see 3K- or 4K-resolution displays, quality sound hardware (often from familiar brands like Bang & Olufsen), spacious and speedy storage, and other exciting features, all while the system’s form factor remains slim and compact. This pricing tier yields the best overall user experience, the most features and port options, and the fastest internal hardware, but not every premium system is created equal, and when you’re spending this much money, do you really want second best? If you have the budget, and will be spending a lot of time on your laptop, it may very well pay to invest in quality.

For smooth performance and a good user experience, you’ll want to be choosy about your processor. Even in a less-expensive system, the average processor is more capable than ever of handling routine tasks, but if you need speed, select carefully. At the top of the heap are Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which can be found in midrange and premium models. Most ultraportables out right now still utilize the latest Intel 14nm chips, the 7th Generation Core CPUs code-named Kaby Lake , but this is beginning to change. A refreshed version, Kaby Lake R, is popping up in newer laptops, offering even better speed than before. Either line will typically be paired with 8GB of memory, though some premium systems boast up to 16GB of RAM.

For smooth performance and a good user experience, you’ll want to be choosy about your processor. Even in a less-expensive system, the average processor is more capable than ever of handling routine tasks, but if you need speed, select carefully. At the top of the heap are Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which can be found in midrange and premium models. Most ultraportables out right now still utilize the latest Intel 14nm chips, the 7th Generation Core CPUs code-named

, but this is beginning to change. A refreshed version, Kaby Lake R, is popping up in newer laptops, offering even better speed than before. Either line will typically be paired with 8GB of memory, though some premium systems boast up to 16GB of RAM.

A few middle-of-the-pack models will opt for processors in Intel’s Core M line. These m3, m5, and m7 CPUs are capable but low-powered, intended to bridge the gap between more expensive Core i5 and i7 chips and the Intel Atom processors you find in inexpensive Windows tablets . The design of a Core M CPU allows for processing power that approaches that of Core i5 chips, but with lower power consumption and no need for cooling fans. This results in slimmer laptop designs, quieter operation (no fans mean no fan noise), and longer battery life, often extending past 8 hours. Core M-equipped systems are a good choice if you want the most portable ultraportable. They aren’t usually less expensive, though, and you may find yourself paying more than you would for something that’s more powerful, but also slightly thicker and heavier. You’ll have to find the right balance of physical design and performance to fit your needs.

A few middle-of-the-pack models will opt for processors in Intel’s Core M line. These m3, m5, and m7 CPUs are capable but low-powered, intended to bridge the gap between more expensive Core i5 and i7 chips and the Intel Atom processors you find in inexpensive

. The design of a Core M CPU allows for processing power that approaches that of Core i5 chips, but with lower power consumption and no need for cooling fans. This results in slimmer laptop designs, quieter operation (no fans mean no fan noise), and longer battery life, often extending past 8 hours. Core M-equipped systems are a good choice if you want the most portable ultraportable. They aren’t usually less expensive, though, and you may find yourself paying more than you would for something that’s more powerful, but also slightly thicker and heavier. You’ll have to find the right balance of physical design and performance to fit your needs.

Aside from Intel’s near-ubiquitous CPUs, you will see a few less-expensive systems featuring processors from other manufacturers, primarily AMD. While AMD chips support the same range of uses as Intel chips, from web browsing to video editing and gaming, they aren’t as common in ultraportables. If you aren’t sure about the model used in the system you’re considering, take a look at our reviews (particularly the results of our benchmark tests) to see how it will fare in real-world conditions.

Finally, at the low end are Intel’s Atom and Celeron processors. These budget processors are both inexpensive and energy-efficient, but power users may find themselves frustrated by slow performance, limited RAM allotments (1GB to 2GB), and 32-bit software support instead of 64-bit. You will definitely feel a difference in performance speed, but you can probably make do if you’re a casual user.

Also important is the graphics processor. Ultraportable systems almost exclusively rely on integrated graphics, such as Intel’s HD Graphics 620. This level of horsepower is usually enough for streaming media and maybe editing the odd photo, but not for substantial gaming. If you want to do more with media and perhaps some gaming, you’ll need a discrete graphics card, like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. These cards require more power and cooling, and as such are generally only seen in bulkier gaming laptops or desktop-replacement notebooks. There are an increasing number of exceptions that are both portable and gaming ready, however, like the Razer Blade , but by and large the most travel-friendly systems are not suited to gaming. Don’t expect the integrated graphics to suffice for playing much more than a few less-demanding games on lower detail settings.

Also important is the graphics processor. Ultraportable systems almost exclusively rely on integrated graphics, such as Intel’s HD Graphics 620. This level of horsepower is usually enough for streaming media and maybe editing the odd photo, but not for substantial gaming. If you want to do more with media and perhaps some gaming, you’ll need a discrete graphics card, like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. These cards require more power and cooling, and as such are generally only seen in bulkier

or desktop-replacement notebooks. There are an increasing number of exceptions that are both portable and gaming ready, however, like the

, but by and large the most travel-friendly systems are not suited to gaming. Don’t expect the integrated graphics to suffice for playing much more than a few less-demanding games on lower detail settings.

Speedy hardware is all well and good, but you also need somewhere to keep all your digital stuff. For most ultraportables, this means a solid-state drive (SSD). These compact, flash-based storage devices are lighter and less prone to data loss from damage because they don’t have any moving parts, which is ideal for systems doing a lot of traveling. Some SSDs use a connection standard called M.2, which is smaller than traditional SATA connections–and smaller connectors allow smaller designs–but both are serviceable. Some (but not all) of these M.2-connected drives use a PCI Express (PCIe) connection for faster data transfer (and thus faster overall performance).

256GB of SSD storage is very common on the high-end ultraportables. While it would be nice to have a bit more room than that, SSD capacity is still pretty pricey, so the cost can jump up fast if you opt for a larger 512GB or 1TB option if the manufacturer offers it. 256GB will do the job for many users, though, especially since you won’t likely be storing large game installations or media projects on this type of computer.

While SSDs are the most common for ultraportables, you will see two other storage options used on less-expensive systems. A few use an embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC), a form of solid-state storage that is often identified as an SSD in product specs but is actually a memory card (like an SD card). As such, it’s a little slower and a lot smaller in capacity (32 to 64GB) than a standard SSD. You’ll generally only find this type of storage on the cheapest laptops around.

Finally, some systems still use good-old-fashioned spinning hard drives. These drives are less expensive than SSDs, and they offer substantially more room for your files–you will often see hard drives with capacities of 500GB or more. You won’t get the same speedy performance as you do with an SSD, but there’s something to be said for lots of storage space.

Finally, some systems still use good-old-fashioned spinning hard drives. These drives are less expensive than SSDs, and they offer substantially more room for your files–you will often see

with capacities of 500GB or more. You won’t get the same speedy performance as you do with an SSD, but there’s something to be said for lots of storage space.

As for a more visible portion of the laptop, the screen, ultraportables are available with a wide range of display options. These include an increasingly varied array of resolutions, from standard high definition (1,366 by 768) to full HD (1,920 by 1,080) and even Ultra HD or 4K (3,840 by 2,160). Lower-resolution screens are most frequently found in entry-level systems simply because they’re the least expensive option. They work well enough for reading and typing text, and YouTube usually defaults to something lower than full HD anyway, so less discerning users can get by just fine.

Full HD (often referred to as 1080p) screens are expected on midrange systems, and are still used in a smaller number of premium ultraportables. It’s becoming standard enough that even some cheaper options now offer HD displays, a far cry from where we were when the technology debuted. These displays offer support for 1080p video and are better equipped for multitasking, since you can fit more readable text and two side-by-side windows onto a 13-inch screen. This is a sharp, true HD resolution, generally ideal for most daily uses.

Ultra HD is currently the resolution of choice for the most high-end ultraportables. As 4K screens have four times the resolution of a full HD display, you can fit a lot onto them. The sheer number of pixels requires more power, however, and 4K-equipped systems usually see a significant drop in battery life compared with similar full HD systems. There’s also the question of content. Although 4K TVs and displays are becoming increasingly common, there still aren’t a lot of places to stream 4K video (this is slowly improving on some streaming services), and gaming in 4K is definitely more than most ultraportables can adequately support. At the present, these displays are best suited to uses like photo and video editing, but they do look stunning.

Many premiuim laptops are now using QHD or QHD+ screens, which are resolutions that fall between HD and 4K. They represent a nice middle ground between expensive, power-draining 4K resolutions and sharp, better-than-HD picture quality, so you should be happy to see QHD or QHD+ on a laptop you’re considering buying.

The other feature to watch for is touch. While touch-capable displays were uncommon just a few years ago, they’re now pretty ubiquitous in ultraportable systems, even in the entry-level and business categories. Windows 10 includes some baked-in gesture controls and touch-friendly features, which helps promote its use. Touch technology is also often more useful on a bus or train where you may not have a mouse, making it a good match for ultraportables. Even if you don’t regularly use touch in your day-to-day computing and don’t plan to incorporate it, it may be worth having just so you don’t regret the decision down the road.

The other feature to watch for is touch. While touch-capable displays were uncommon just a few years ago, they’re now pretty ubiquitous in ultraportable systems, even in the entry-level and business categories.

includes some baked-in gesture controls and touch-friendly features, which helps promote its use. Touch technology is also often more useful on a bus or train where you may not have a mouse, making it a good match for ultraportables. Even if you don’t regularly use touch in your day-to-day computing and don’t plan to incorporate it, it may be worth having just so you don’t regret the decision down the road.

More and more ultraportables are being released as what we call convertible hybrids, or 2-in-1s . These “mash-ups” let you enjoy both laptop and tablet functionality, thanks to hinges and swiveling joints that let you bend the display back around to use without a keyboard, though the systems don’t come apart the way detachable-hybrid slates do. More and more manufacturers are adopting this design, including adding convertability to new models of exisiting laptop lines.

. These “mash-ups” let you enjoy both laptop and tablet functionality, thanks to hinges and swiveling joints that let you bend the display back around to use without a keyboard, though the systems don’t come apart the way detachable-hybrid slates do. More and more manufacturers are adopting this design, including adding convertability to new models of exisiting laptop lines.

These convertible devices are laptops first, but they aren’t limited to the traditional clamshell design. Because they feature specialized hinges and touch screens, you can also prop them up like a tent, or turn the keyboard facedown so the screen is better positioned for watching a movie or giving a presentation. The one point of concern is that every extra-flexible hinge or rotating joint also presents a new point of failure for the display, and while they are relatively rare, screen issues occur with convertible designs more than with standalone laptops. While convertibles are a category in their own right, the ability to convert form naturally lends itself to making a good travel laptop, so you’ll see that some our highest-rated ultraportable laptops are convertibles.

Depending on what you do with your computer, you might find a chromebook to be one of the best values in ultraportables. A chromebook is a bare-bones laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS, and thus limits you to using web apps and, as of models released in 2017, Android apps as well.

to be one of the best values in ultraportables. A chromebook is a bare-bones laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS, and thus limits you to using web apps and, as of models released in 2017,

This means that you won’t have access to traditional Windows software, so if that’s central to how you work and play, a chromebook isn’t for you. But if you use a web-based email client like Gmail or Outlook.com for communications, Google Drive for doing your work, and spend most of your time watching videos on YouTube or playing web games, and you don’t expect your needs to change anytime soon, chances are you’ll get along just fine with a chromebook. And considering that computers of this type are extraordinarily affordable right down the line (with most costing $300 or less), you could outfit your family with three or even four for about what you’d pay for a high-end ultraportable.

With thinner, lighter, and more powerful ultraportables available now than ever before, there’s something in the category to suit anyone’s needs. No matter your preferences for brand, display, or feature set, there’s a variety of options to choose from across a range of form factors and prices. Below are 10 of the top ultraportables we’ve tested. We refresh the list often to include the newest products, but because of the large number of laptops we review every year, not every top-rated product makes the cut. Be sure to also check our overall laptop favorites , as well as our top picks for work and play , and if you’re on a budget, the best low-cost laptops .

With thinner, lighter, and more powerful ultraportables available now than ever before, there’s something in the category to suit anyone’s needs. No matter your preferences for brand, display, or feature set, there’s a variety of options to choose from across a range of form factors and prices. Below are 10 of the top ultraportables we’ve tested. We refresh the list often to include the newest products, but because of the large number of laptops we review every year, not every top-rated product makes the cut. Be sure to also check our

Bottom Line: How much laptop can you get for $329? Acer’s Swift 1 is a surprisingly strong answer, a little short on storage but with a slim build and a 1080p IPS display.

How much laptop can you get for $329? Acer’s Swift 1 is a surprisingly strong answer, a little short on storage but with a slim build and a 1080p IPS display.

Bottom Line: The XPS 13, Dell’s venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel’s new quad-core CPU, with electrifying results in both speed and battery life.

The XPS 13, Dell’s venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel’s new quad-core CPU, with electrifying results in both speed and battery life.

Bottom Line: With a top-notch design and build, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is an excellent convertible laptop that delivers long battery life and speedy performance thanks to its 8th-generation Core i7 CPU.

With a top-notch design and build, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is an excellent convertible laptop that delivers long battery life and speedy performance thanks to its 8th-generation Core i7 CPU.

Bottom Line: With a low price and long battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 is a very well-integrated detachable hybrid that serves equally well as a laptop and a tablet.

With a low price and long battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 is a very well-integrated detachable hybrid that serves equally well as a laptop and a tablet.

Bottom Line: The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible that offers keyboard, touch, and stylus input, runs Chrome OS and Android apps, and shrugs off knocks, drops, and water spills. It’s t…

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible that offers keyboard, touch, and stylus input, runs Chrome OS and Android apps, and shrugs off knocks, drops, and water spills. It’s t…

Bottom Line: The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

Bottom Line: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It’s stylish and powerful, but you’ll want to nab the free W…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It’s stylish and powerful, but you’ll want to nab the free W…