Updated on 3 December 2015 by

The best ultraportable laptops are engineered to combine light weight with good efficiency. They are a compact substitute for tablet users needing a QWERTY keyboard, though with much smaller typing space and fewer features than normal laptops.

Most Ultraportables are fitted with screen sizes of 11 to 13 inches, and weigh less than 4 lb, and the latest ones even feature 14 inch screens with no impact on the weight.

Ultraportable laptops are available at $1100 and above for basic models and $2000 and higher for the higher end models, and are the best option for business travellers as they offer good security options along with excellent battery power.

Typically these laptops are integrated with good low voltage mobile processors with the best of them running on dual cores accompanied with at least 2 GB RAM and 100 GB HDD capacity. The best ultraportable laptops have an inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and perform efficiently enough to function as your day to day computer.


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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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