10 Best Travel Laptops – 2020

TOP PICK
Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver (Previous Model)
Dell XPS9360-3591SLV 13.3" Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Silver)
Newest HP Spectre x360-13t Quad Core(8th Gen Intel i7-8550U, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, IPS micro-edge Touchscreen Corning Gorilla, Windows 10 Ink)Bang&Olufsen 13.3" 2-in-1 Convertible - Dark Ash
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 SU3-00001 12.3-Inch Laptop (2.2 GHz Core M Family, 4GB RAM, 128 GB flash_memory_solid_state, Windows 10 Pro), Silver
BLW's Score
91
89
87
86
85
MSRP
$1,252.06
$1,169.99
$1,349.95
$731.24
$474.99
Processor
Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50GHz
Intel Core i7-8550U (up to 4 GHz)
Intel Core i5
Intel Core M3 2.2 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
8GB LPDDR3
16GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
4GB LPDDR3
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
128GB SSD
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2560-by-1600)
13.3" QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
12.3" PixelSense Touchscreen (2736 x 1824)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 655
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 515
Intel HD Graphics 617
Intel HD Graphics 515
OS
OS X
Windows 10
Windows 10 Home
OS X
Windows 10 Pro
Weight
3.02 pounds
2.7 pounds
2.45 pounds
2.75 pounds
1.73 pounds
Battery Life
10 hours
9 hours
6 hours
10 hours
9 hours
TOP PICK
Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver (Previous Model)
BLW's Score
91
MSRP
$1,252.06
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2560-by-1600)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 655
OS
OS X
Weight
3.02 pounds
Battery Life
10 hours
Dell XPS9360-3591SLV 13.3" Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Silver)
BLW's Score
89
MSRP
$1,169.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50GHz
RAM
8GB LPDDR3
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2.7 pounds
Battery Life
9 hours
Newest HP Spectre x360-13t Quad Core(8th Gen Intel i7-8550U, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, IPS micro-edge Touchscreen Corning Gorilla, Windows 10 Ink)Bang&Olufsen 13.3" 2-in-1 Convertible - Dark Ash
BLW's Score
87
MSRP
$1,349.95
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8550U (up to 4 GHz)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 515
OS
Windows 10 Home
Weight
2.45 pounds
Battery Life
6 hours
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
BLW's Score
86
MSRP
$731.24
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 617
OS
OS X
Weight
2.75 pounds
Battery Life
10 hours
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 SU3-00001 12.3-Inch Laptop (2.2 GHz Core M Family, 4GB RAM, 128 GB flash_memory_solid_state, Windows 10 Pro), Silver
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$474.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core M3 2.2 GHz
RAM
4GB LPDDR3
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
12.3" PixelSense Touchscreen (2736 x 1824)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 515
OS
Windows 10 Pro
Weight
1.73 pounds
Battery Life
9 hours

Note: Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations within this article. 

Just a few years ago, it wasn't easy to carry around a PC, and even if you could, its battery life couldn't last for more than 2 hours. 

However, times have changed, and now one can easily carry around their lightweight notebook that comes with a long battery life. Well, if you're looking for a new travel-friendly laptop then you're at the right place.

I know the title seems to be little confusing so let me elaborate a little bit here. What makes a laptop the travel laptop is its lightweight body, ultra-portable design, and super-long battery life. In case you have to move frequently due to your work or leisure, I believe the budget shouldn't be an issue because most of the best travel laptops aren't really budget friendly.

Having a suitable laptop for all your needs while traveling can make your trip a lot more enjoyable and stress-free. Carrying a lightweight machine will not only reduce the weight of your laptop while traveling but also the overall weight you're carrying with yourself.

10 Best Travel Laptops - 2018

Thanks to advanced technology, there are laptops on the market that weigh as less as 1.5 pounds and that too with a super-slim design. Also note, these machines are not only portable and lightweight but also powerful enough to handle just about anything including tasks like writing, gaming, watching movies, photo editing, etc.

What to look for in a Best Travel Laptop?

Weight is a crucial factor, and you should always look for a machine that weighs less than 4 pounds and if you're serious about it then look for something that's less than 3 lbs. Another thing is the battery backup which is critical while traveling because chances of finding a plug while traveling are very less.

Size is yet another important thing to be considered while buying a travel-friendly laptop and we highly recommend a 13-inch laptop or even smaller. These types of mini laptops are easy to carry in any backpack or suitcase that you're taking with yourself.

You should also look for decent performance since you will be wasting a lot of time if it's slow for your needs. You should also decide on OS, as you will see machines here that run on both, Windows as well as Mac OS.

Our Top Picks for Best Travel Laptops

1. Apple MacBook MLHE2LL/A

Apple MacBook Pro 13

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM

If you're looking for a new travel laptop, then you surely need something that is ultra-portable. The new Apple MacBook isn't something that you can compare with any other Apple laptop.

The 13.3-inch device is here to end the confusion of people between MacBook Pro and Air. It's a combination of both, and of course, it comes with a Retina display. It's little over-priced for some, but that's the price you have to pay if you want the latest product from Apple.

Its specifications are Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB Flash storage and an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 GPU. If we talk about its audio quality, is is excellent with stereo speakers on each side of the keyboard. The light weight of 3 pounds makes it one of the best laptops for traveling. Despite its high price, we highly recommend it to bloggers, writers and business users that need a laptop while traveling.

2. Dell XPS 9360-3591SLV

Dell XPS9360 Laptop

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7200u Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM

While most of the best travel laptops cost somewhere around $1000, the Dell XPS 9360 will cost you over $1300. This laptop only 2.7 pounds and it also as thin as the laptop can get, yes 0.6 inch.

Now don't think that this notebook is all about its looks and design, but it also packs some of the most powerful specifications available. Its 13-inch QHD touchscreen display features a resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels which is a lot better than the Retina display.

Its power components include 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM and Intel HD 620 graphics. It's an expensive option for many, but it's a complete package of power, portability, lightweight and an excellent display.

It also includes a backlit keyboard that gives you a luxurious and comfortable typing experience. Other than travelers, we also recommend this PC to writers and businessmen. 

3. HP Spectre 13

HP Spectre 13t

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-8550U processor
  • 512GB SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM

HP Spectre laptops are known for their premium, and top-notch design and the HP Spectre 13 is not an exception. It isn't a budget laptop either in case you're wondering, and it comes with high-end hardware like an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 512 GB NVMe SSD, 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM and Intel UHD 620 graphics.

In most of our reviews, we usually neglect a thing or two, but we couldn't find a single drawback on this model, and that's the reason we highly suggest it to users who have to travel frequently.

Its 13-inch full HD IPS display along with BrightView technology as well as Gorilla Glass is amazing while watching videos and playing games. On top of that, it comes with quad speakers by none other than Bang and Olufsen.

For travelers, that need a full package of latest technology and power, this is exactly what you need. Overall, with its 14 hours of battery backup, it can last all day on low brightness making it one of the best travel laptops. 

4. Apple MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Specs: