Updated on 2 August 2013 by

The best notebooks for portability are ultraportable laptops that focus on being extremely lightweight and convenient to carry around, without compromising on efficiency.

Today, Ultraportable laptops are available in conveniently large screen sizes like 14 inches, despite being under 4 pounds.

Additionally a decent motherboard with 2GB RAM and a dual core processor are the bare minimum in terms of configuration. The best notebook for portability would be an ultrabook, blending the best portability features with excellent efficiency.


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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
$899 - $2,049
$899 - $1,099
$1,299 - $2,449
$1,499 - $5,000
$897 - $1,299
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Display Size
13.3 in.
11.6 in.
13.3 in.
13.5 in.
12.3 in.
Weight
2.96 lb.
2.38 lb.
3.48 lb.
3.34 lb.
1.73 lb.
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
12.3 inches, Standard, 2736 x 1824
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
128 GB, HDD
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Mac OS X Yosemite
Apple OS X El Capitan
Windows 10
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core m3
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, Flash storage
Ultraportable, HDD
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.5 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.8 stars
Battery
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
Display
22% Positive
78% Negative
28% Positive
72% Negative
84% Positive
16% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Keypad
100% Positive
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
Look and Feel
50% Positive
50% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
62% Positive
38% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
77% Positive
23% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative

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