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This list of the best thin and light laptops of 2016 have been filtered by those which have the screen sizes lesser than 14.1 inch and weigh less than 4 pound. The features: thin and lightweight, from our list of best notebooks makes them highly portable and convenient to use at any place. Some of the latest convertible notebooks also offer portability as those of tablets through their sleek and lightweight bodies.

Among the current line of products, Macbooks and Ultrabooks offer some of the best performances without missing out the portability. Apart from these two selections, check out for various other laptop models which have been filtered as mentioned above.

MacBook:
Under Apple's Mac line of products, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air offer pretty good performances on 11 inch and 13 inch models running on OS X Mountain Lion. Both of these implement innovative storage technologies for faster file access.

Thin, light and yet powerful MacBook Pro models - have the very high resolution display compared to any other notebook: up to 2560 x 1600 with optional Retina Display. MacBook Pro 13 inch model weigh 3.57 pound.

MacBook Air models are ultra-thin, durable and the 11 inch and 13 inch models weigh 2.38 pound and 2.96 pound respectively.

Retina Display: Retina Display is the Apple's proprietary technology known as the most advanced display screens, which gives you the vibrant, detailed and sharp HD pictures.

Ultrabook:
Following the MacBooks, Ultrabooks have been emerged as powerful and lightweight notebooks with the technologies for low power processors, faster booting, solid state drives and ultra-thin bodies: from Intel. Some of the best Ultrabooks offer touchscreen interface and convertible options (as a tablet which are detachable screens). Furthermore, Ultrabooks, the best thin and light laptops have screen sizes around 13.3 inch with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

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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
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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

If you're not wedded to Apple's operating system, Dell's notebook is the way to go, but Mac fans who value endurance above all else will find the new 13-inch Air the best there is.

The MacBook Air 11-inch is a wonderful commuter laptop, and it should be on your short list if you're constantly on the move.

It might not be of huge interest to you if you're using a 2012 or newer model, but if you're hanging on to that older MacBook Pro with an optical drive, it's a worthy upgrade.

While the Tablet mode is top-notch, you'll likely spend most of the time using the Surface Book as a laptop.

It's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version.