10 Best Ultrabooks – 2020

TOP PICK
ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12.5" Laptop Intel Core i7-7500U 16GB RAM 512GB SATA SSD with Fingerprint Sensor, Royal Blue Windows 10 Pro
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop, Intel i7 8th Gen CPU (8550U, QUAD CORE)- 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Dark Ash Silver
Acer Swift 7, 13.3" Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54, 8GB LPDDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, SF713-51-M90J
HP Elitebook X360 1030 G2 13.3" Flip Design Notebook, Windows, Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD , Silver (1BS97UT#ABA)
Razer Blade Stealth 12.5" 4K Touchscreen Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10)
BLW's Score
93
91
90
85
84
MSRP
$1,499.77
$1,499.99
$1,488.88
$649.99
$1,499.77
Processor
Intel i7-7500U 2.7 GHz
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 Ghz
Intel Core i5-7Y54 1.2 GHz
Intel Core i5 7300U 2.6 GHz
Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
8GB DDR3L
8GB DDR3L
16GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
512GB SSD
256GB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
Display
12.5" FHD (1920 x 1080)
15.6" UHD (3840 × 2160)
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
13.3" FHD (1920×1080)
12.5" UHD (3840 x 2160)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 520
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Weight
2 pounds
4.42 pounds
2.48 pounds
2.82 pounds
2.84 pounds
TOP PICK
ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12.5" Laptop Intel Core i7-7500U 16GB RAM 512GB SATA SSD with Fingerprint Sensor, Royal Blue Windows 10 Pro
BLW's Score
93
MSRP
$1,499.77
More Information
Processor
Intel i7-7500U 2.7 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
12.5" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2 pounds
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop, Intel i7 8th Gen CPU (8550U, QUAD CORE)- 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Dark Ash Silver
BLW's Score
91
MSRP
$1,499.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 Ghz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.6" UHD (3840 × 2160)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.42 pounds
Acer Swift 7, 13.3" Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54, 8GB LPDDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, SF713-51-M90J
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$1,488.88
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-7Y54 1.2 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2.48 pounds
HP Elitebook X360 1030 G2 13.3" Flip Design Notebook, Windows, Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD , Silver (1BS97UT#ABA)
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$649.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5 7300U 2.6 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD (1920×1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 520
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2.82 pounds
Razer Blade Stealth 12.5" 4K Touchscreen Ultrabook (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10)
BLW's Score
84
MSRP
$1,499.77
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz
RAM
16GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
12.5" UHD (3840 x 2160)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2.84 pounds

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

For buyers looking for a high-end laptop, many manufacturers are now coming up with innovative, crafted and beautiful solutions. Everything at the upper end of high-performance laptops is not necessarily a gaming laptop anymore.

Your beast doesn’t need to be a bulky, luminous object that draws unwanted attention at your office. It can have style, panache and still pack a punch for all your needs from a laptop. This is what an Ultrabook is all about.

Manufacturers are realizing that products like the MacBook Air have a certain appeal to them because of their reliable performance and a minimalistic but premium design.

These laptops usually come with high-end i7 processors, plenty of RAM and solid-state drives for storage. The USP for most of these laptops is solid, light-weight construction with slimmer panels. You can also find the links for these at the end of the description.

10 Best Ultrabooks – 2018

The laptops mentioned here have been carefully selected to offer you a diversity of choices as a buyer, Most of these laptops have some kind of a special point that sets them apart from the rest of the laptops. It might be an excellent performance, security features, battery life, etc.

As the needs of consumers are not a one size fits all phenomenon, manufacturers have to take care to construct products that need the exact needs of customers. For some, an Ultrabook is about the ultimate performance only.

For other portability with a good display and a slim construction is more important. It is advisable to consider your personal needs and then select a product best aligned to those needs.

The prices of all these products vary a lot as well. Take a look at the prices and decide what best fits your budget.

Our Top Picks for Best Ultrabooks

1. Asus Zenbook 3 12.5-inch

ASUS ZENBOOK 3 Review

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-7500U Processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD

Asus released the ZenBook as a direct competitor to the Apple MacBook Air. The current iteration of the laptop is a nice upgrade to the previous models. A cursory glance at it reveals all the small details that have been taken care of for providing one of the most elegant designs for laptops we have ever seen.

The laptop weighs only 2 lbs. and at 0.46 inches, it is amazingly thin. It is powered by the 7th generation Intel KabyLake i7 processor and features 16GB of RAM.

This is one of the best laptops for people who travel a lot. Not only because of the lightweight construction but because ASUS claims that battery will easily last you 9 hours. 

With 512GB of SSD storage, you get plenty of space with a very high boot speed improving the overall performance of the laptop.

For multimedia users, the laptop also features Harman Kardon speakers working with the ASUS Golden Ear Team to provide excellent sound quality for audiophiles. 

The laptop ships with Windows 10 and features a 1080p display.  You also get the ASUS 1-year accidental damage protection, which covers any of kind basic accidental damage that might happen to your laptop.

For security purposes, it contains a fingerprint sensor as well integrated fully with Windows Hello so that you can sign-in easily without typing in a password.

2. HP Spectre X-360 15 inch

HP Spectre x360

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150

When a company names its flagship product after a James Bond movie, you can be certain that they mean business. The HP Spectre has is a complete head turner.

It has been beautifully crafted with gold sidelines with a matte black finish. The backlit keyboard has been praised heavily for its user-friendliness and ease-of-use. 

One of the unique features of the HP Spectre is the 360° flip and fold design that lets you use the laptop as a tablet as well. This is a great laptop for designers looking to work with a stylus on a laptop for creating stunning digital art.

With a 4K resolution setup, featuring one of the most brilliant displays you’ll have enough space to work with on this machine. With 2GB of dedicated graphics memory powered by a NVIDIA MX150 Graphics Card, all your gaming and digital rendering needs are taken care of. 

The laptop features a 8th generation Intel i7-8550U processor with 16GB of Ram and 512GB of SSD storage space. This means extremely fast performance with battery efficiency. At 4.4 pounds, the laptop is lighter than most laptops giving you a similar spec. 

To show how much this laptop is focused on taking the fight to apple, the laptop has its speakers placed on the sides of the keyboard providing you with excellent sound.

3. Acer Swift 7 13-inch

Acer Swift 7

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7Y54
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM

Acer has been producing some brilliant laptops focussing on efficiency and cost-effectiveness for more than a decade now. The company’s Ultrabook model competing with the rest is this Acer Swift 7.

It has a 13-inch Full HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The IPS display with the Corning Gorilla Glass not only produces some brilliant pictures but also offers ample of protection from any kind of scratches.

It has been ergonomically designed with chamfered edges and rounded corners to make it easy to hold.  

At 0.39 inches, it is one of the thinnest laptops in production that you can buy right now. It also offers immense portability at a weight of 2.5 lbs. This is one of the few laptops featuring USB 3.1 ports with USB Type-C support.

The laptop is utilizing an Intel i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM. Do not think that it is a compromise on performance as Acer has used this configuration to save battery usage and give an output of up to 9 hours.

However, there a few gripes with this laptop. It does not feature a backlit keyboard which is something expected as standard in this price segment.

Second, this is not a laptop for gamers and or digital artists, as it cannot support high-end visual processing. This is a laptop for casual users and office users not involved in tasks, which require high processing power.

4. HP Elitebook X360 13-inch