Best Ultrabooks

The best Ultrabooks are the ultimate combination of style and substance, which makes them the go-to for many creatives and professionals. They’re lightweight and perfect for on-the-go productivity work while still delivering great performance and battery life. And, all this coming in a package luxurious enough to be considered a status symbol.

Because of their premium components, such as the best processors and SSDs, the best Ultrabooks can handle quite a lot of work. However, they’re also efficient enough to let you often make it through a whole day on just one battery charge. Of course, they also fit all of this in a slender design that’s gorgeous and light.

With all this power, enough for photo editing and light 3D design, combined with the portable and elegant design, the best Ultrabooks are worth serious consideration for your next laptop. Will you pay a little more for one? Probably, but there are plenty of affordable options as well. To help you find the best Ultrabook for you, we’ve gathered our top picks here, all of which have been reviewed by us.

The best Ultrabooks at a glance

1. HP Elite Dragonfly

HP Elite Dragonfly

Specifications

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Screen: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

The Dell XPS 15 might just be incredible enough to tempt hardcore Mac users. It’s easily the best Ultrabook in 2020, and in a lot of ways, the best laptop (period). Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall.

Among those amazing features are a gorgeous bright display with 500 nits of brightness, an extremely comfortable keyboard, impressive speakers, and a terrific trackpad. We’re not saying that this laptop is perfect, but our coveted 5 out of 5 rating should speak for itself.

Pros
  • Amazing speakers
  • Beautiful display
  • Comfy keyboard
Cons
  • GTX 1650 Ti is a little weak

2. Dell XPS 15 (2020)

Dell XPS 15 (2020)

Specifications

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3″ diagonal Full HD touch display – Full HD touch Sure View display
Storage: 256 GB SSD

If you’re a traveling professional, and you’re looking for the best of the best this 2020, then you will be hard-pressed to find anything that will rival the HP Elite Dragonfly. Garnering our coveted five-star rating, this laptop tops many of our lists this year, including the best Ultrabooks list.

It’s no surprise, as it delivers a deadly combination of incredible features like a sublime keyboard and amazing speakers, raw power, portability, a beautiful design and a long battery life. Admittedly, it’s pricier than many of its competition; but if you’ve got the funds, it’s worth every penny.

Pros
  • Impeccable design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Pretty expensive

3. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3″ diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

HP’s beloved and highly praised 2-in-1 is back with a vengeance, this time with more powerful components like the 10th-generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics. Of course, that impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis are back, as are its security features and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

That killer combination makes it, now more than ever, one of the best Ultrabooks out there. Is it a wonder that this is one of our favorite laptops of 2020? If you care about aesthetics as much as you do performance and overall quality, this is the laptop for you.

Pros
  • Stylish and high-quality finish
  • Great all-around performance
  • Built-in security features are useful
Cons
  • Battery life takes a hit
  • Can run hot at times

4. HP Spectre x360 (2020)

4. HP Spectre x360 (2020)

Specifications

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – 4K (3,840 x 2,160; touchscreen)
Storage: 128GB – 2TB SSD

The Dell XPS 13 has been king of the Ultrabooks for years, and while it’s been unseated by the Huawei MateBook 13, it remains one of the Ultrabooks to beat in 2020. This time around, Dell has moved the webcam from the bottom of the display back to the top, fixing one of the biggest flaws that held back the XPS 13 for years. Add the updated internal components to the mix, and the Dell XPS 13 still makes the best Ultrabooks list – even in the face of tough competition.

Pros
  • The webcam is in the right spot
  • Entry level is back
Cons
  • Otherwise small upgrade

5. Surface Laptop 3

Surface Laptop 3

Specifications

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce MX150 (optional)
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch 2K (2,560 x 1,440; touch)
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

For some years now, Huawei has been sitting in the shadows, biding its time to take on the best Ultrabooks. But now, their time in the limelight is here. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs a ton of powerful hardware into a gorgeous shell, all while offering it at a price that’s more than reasonable.

Those discrete graphics are also worth a mention – the Huawei Matebook 13 may be one of the tiniest laptops out there to come with an MX150 GPU. It’s not hard to see why the Huawei Matebook 13 is the best Ultrabook right now.

Pros
  • Excellent value
  • Discrete Nvidia graphics
Cons
  • Limited RAM

6. Huawei Matebook 13

Huawei Matebook 13

Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: 15” 2496 x 1664 PixelSense Touch Display
Storage: 128GB – 1TB

With an impressive, reasonable price tag and some of the best battery life we’ve experienced in a 15-inch laptop, the Surface Laptop 3 certainly has a lot going for it. That also includes the fact that it’s got a great look and feel, as well as a weight that surprisingly light for a product its size. Performance-wise, it certainly knocks it out of the park. While it isn’t the most powerful 15-inch laptop out there, it has Intel’s 10th-generation chips and the Iris Plus graphics. That’s more than enough to make it one of the best Ultrabooks out there for 2020.

Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Exciting AMD flagship debut
Cons
  • Far too few ports
  • Lacking in power

7. Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2019)

Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2019)

Specifications

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: up to 16 GB DDR4
Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Storage: up to 2 TB PCIe SSD

The Lenovo Yoga C930 has quite a few of the makings of the best Ultrabook – from an absurd 14.5 hours of battery life and dual Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports to internal components that will easily handle those daily productivity tasks. That’s without even considering it’s a 2-in-1 that offers form versatility so you can squeeze in some light gaming and movie-watching once you’re done working. It has a few cherries on top as well, specifically the integrated self-charging stylus and the fab speaker system.

Pros
  • Strong build quality
  • Robust feature set
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Weak graphics performance
  • Pricey upgrade options

8. Lenovo Yoga C930

Lenovo Yoga C930

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics – GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 13.3″ FHD Matte w/ 4.9mm slim side bezel – 13.3″ 4K Touch w/ 4.9mm slim side bezel
Storage: 512GB SSD

The “world’s first gaming ultrabook” doesn’t just talk the talk; it also walks the walk as one of the best Ultrabooks 2020 has to offer. Razer has spruced up its Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook with the latest internal components without affecting its super-quiet operation. Packed with a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and better graphic options, 13-inch laptop delivers and much better than its predecessor.

In fact, it might just be the best gaming experience we’ve ever had on integrated graphics with the Iris Plus configuration. Round that out with extremely quiet fans, low thermal power, extended battery life and that delightful Mercury White color, and we are sold.

Pros
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Runs quietly
  • Battery life is solid
Cons
  • Decidedly expensive
  • Limited storage space
  • Lacks a discrete GPU

9. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

Specifications

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 – i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design
RAM: 8GB – 32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x
Screen: 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) – 15-inch 3240 x 2160 (260 PPI) PixelSense Display
Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB PCIe SSD

In many ways, the Surface Book 3 is an example of just how far the best laptops have come in just a few short years. It has an extremely premium piece of kit – with one of the best displays we’ve used in a laptop, a keyboard that will put the MacBook Pro’s new Magic Keyboards to shame, and a hybrid design with a removable screen.

At less than an inch thick, and only 12.3 x 9.14 inches for its 13-inch model and 13.5 x 9.87 inches for its 15-inch version, this is also among the best Ultrabooks 2020 has to offer. Unfortunately, it’s held back by a weaker processor (next to its rivals), lacklust speakers and a high price tag. Still, it’s an excellent portable, if you’ve got the money for it and don’t.

Pros
  • Beautiful design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Gorgeous screen
Cons
  • Weak U-series processor
  • Tiny trackpad
  • Lackluster speakers

10. Microsoft Surface Book 3

Microsoft Surface Book 3

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 – GeForce GTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)
RAM: 8GB – 24GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz panel with G-Sync

These days, the best gaming laptop manufacturers are scrambling to craft the thinnest gaming laptop packing raw power. Right now, the one that might be leading the charge is the Asus ROG Zephyrus S17. At just 0.7 inches thick, this is the best Ultrabook for gaming.

It’s a beast of a laptop, boasting an Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and 16GB of RAM. That means you can play any PC game under the sun on Ultra, and also take it with you wherever you go – ideal for travelers with a penchant for gaming. Plus, it’s packed with RGB lighting that’ll dazzle just about anyone.

Pros
  • Super thin
  • Tons of performance
Cons
  • Very expensive

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