The 5 Best Ultraportable Notebooks to Buy Now
Remark: This feature was first published on August 12, 2022 and has now been republished to assist with your purchases on 11/11.
The best ultraportable notebooks to buy right now
The pandemic has forced us to change our lifestyle and work habits. And a central device for all that is the ultraportable notebook. Advances in processor technologies and materials mean ultraportable notebooks have never been more powerful and portable. In addition, technologies such as Thunderbolt 4 allow these notebooks to be docked when users get home, improving performance and functionality. With its combination of portability, performance and versatility, is it any wonder that ultraportable notebooks are now the system of choice for many users?
Fortunately, there is no shortage of ultraportable notebooks to choose from these days. There is sure to be something for everyone. The flip side of all this is that the number of options can be daunting and even complicated for some readers. Well, don’t worry, because we’re here to help.
Here are five of the best ultraportable notebooks you can buy right now.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon is one of the most complete ultraportable notebooks to hit the market in the past year. After all, it was the winner of the Best Ultraportable Notebook category in our Tech Awards 2022. That should tell you how good this notebook is.
Thanks to a magnesium alloy and a carbon fiber chassis, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon weighs just over a pound. The display, unlike most other notebooks, uses an OLED panel that delivers brilliant colors and excellent sharpness. Inside, it’s powered by AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors that provide industry-leading multi-core performance far beyond what Intel’s Core processors are capable of while still maintaining high efficiency. And the icing on the cake is how attractively priced it is. The only shortcoming of this notebook is that none of the three USB-C ports support Thunderbolt.
You can find it in the Lenovo Online Store and the prices start at € 1,699.05.
Read our full review of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon here.
Apple MacBook Air 2022
It took a long time, but Apple has finally given us a completely redesigned MacBook Air. At just 11.3mm thick and 1.24kg in weight, it’s thinner and lighter than ever. And while it may not have an OLED screen, the 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display still looks pretty fantastic.
However, the highlight of the new MacBook Air has to be its new M2 chip. This is Apple’s second-generation M-series chip and it’s more powerful than ever. In our testing, we found that it is usually faster than Intel’s Core i7 Alder Lake chip – the chip used in many equivalent ultraportable Windows notebooks. What is equally impressive is how energy efficient it is. With normal use, we found that it easily lasts an entire day at work and with juice left over. The new MacBook Air is hands down the best MacBook for most people.
You can find the new MacBook Air in the Apple Online Store, the Apple Flagship Store on Lazada, or the Apple Flagship Store on Shopee. Prices start at € 1,699.
Read our full review of the new MacBook Air here.
ASUS ZenBook 14 OLED UX3402
The ZenBook 14 OLED is part of ASUS’ big push toward OLED displays for all of its notebooks. The 14-inch OLED screen has a fairly high resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and an above-average refresh rate of 90 Hz. In addition, it supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, is Pantone validated and meets VESA’s DisplayHDR Black 500 requirements. It’s one of the most technically impressive screens you can get on a notebook and it looks great in real life too.
Below that, it’s powered by Intel’s new Core i7-1260P 12th Gen Alder Lake processor, which is paired with 16GB of memory and a fast 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD. Connectivity is also excellent. In addition to two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, it also has a USB-A port and a full-size HDMI 2.0b port. And if that’s not enough, it’s also incredibly well priced, making it one of the most affordable notebooks you can buy right now.
You can find the ASUS ZenBook 14 OLED in the ASUS Online Store. It is priced at € 1,899.
You can read our full review of the ASUS ZenBook 14 OLED here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Detachable notebooks are designed to provide users who do not want to compromise and want the best tablet and notebook experience. If this sounds like you, there’s no better, high-performance detachable notebook out there than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8.
For starters, the latest Surface Pro has an all-new design with slimmer bezels that give it a more contemporary look. The screen is slightly larger and now has a refresh rate that goes up to 120Hz for smoother images. It also has a 5-megapixel web camera for video calls. Connectivity in this latest version has also been improved with not one but two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
However, there are a few things to watch out for. One possible downer is that it’s powered by Intel’s older 11th-generation Tiger Lake processors. The other is the price. Accessories are sold separately and increase the total cost very quickly. But if you’re not put off by the hefty price tag, the Surface Pro 8 packs in plenty of portability, versatility, decent performance and battery life.
You can find it in the Microsoft Online Store, the Microsoft Flagship Store on Lazada, or the Microsoft Authorized Store on Shopee. Prices start at € 1,649.
Read our full review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 here.
HP Specter x360 14
A convertible notebook is another type of notebook designed to allow users to use their devices like a traditional notebook or a tablet. And some users prefer it to detachable notebooks because their fixed keyboards often provide a better typing experience. If their versatility interests you, one of the best convertible notebooks you can buy is the HP Specter x360 14.
You can’t talk about the Specter x360 14 without mentioning the design. The chiseled chassis combined with the bold black and copper accent make it look classy and maybe even a little flamboyant – unlike any other notebook in its class. The 13.5-inch display is available with an LCD panel or an OLED panel. Likewise, it is available with a Core i5 or Core i7 11th generation Tiger Lake processor. Connectivity is worth mentioning as it is one of the few notebooks that still has a USB-A port. It also has two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
One thing to note about this notebook is that it is quite pricey as it is part of HP’s flagship Specter line.
You can find the HP Specter x360 14 in the HP Online Store, the HP Flagship Store on Lazada, and the HP Official Shop on Shopee. Prices start at € 2299,-.
Read our full review of the HP Specter x360 here.