10 of the Latest Ultra Portable Laptops Reviewed | December, 2020
Ultra portable laptops offer a wide range of benefits. This year's best ultrabooks do a whole lot more than ever before. These mini-computers pack a powerful punch, offering diverse features and specifications. Ultra portable laptops come in different brands, but one unique factor that makes them special is lightweight mobility at prices that don’t stretch the wallet, affect the connectivity or create issues with interfacing. Check out these amazing ultra portable laptops offering unlimited value at budget prices.
The final laptop in this review is the RCA Viking Pro model with back 2MP webcam and front 2MP webcam with microphone, USB 2.0 port, microUSB 2.0 port, microHDMI port, headphone jack and a 32GB onboard storage memory along with an additional memory via microSD card slot. 6 hours of run time on a full charge, 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB DDR3 of system memory, and a detachable keyboard offers amazing value. The 10.1 inch IPS screen, impressive 1.4GHz quad-core processor and the apps like the ultra useful WPS Office app are other plus points. Popular media formats are supported by this laptop too.
1.4GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB DDR3 of system memory
6 hours runtime only
Weight: 2.8 lbs
The Lenovo 11.6 inch HD LED display is anti-glare, with a resolution of 1366 x 768. There’s Intel HD Graphics Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz (Burst up to 2.16GHz) 2MB Cache, 4GB DDR3, 64GB eMMC solid state drive 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combo Headphone/Mic Jack, and an advanced 180-degree rotating camera. Powerful cutting-edge processor, along with a sleek and slim design makes it perfect for the thinking and discerning user. This laptop comes with a genuine windows 10 pro, and is 0.88 inches thin with weight of around 2.8 lbs.
Advanced 180 degree rotating camera
anti-glare LED display
No optical drive
Weight: 2.8 pounds
“This 14 inch display laptop in a 13 inch frame has a narrow bezel measuring only 5.4 mm every side. The magnesium alloy chassis weighs just 2.3 lbs having a thinness of 0.58 inches. Enterprise durability ensures military standards are met, let alone professional. Charging the battery from 0 to 50 percent in just 30 minutes, this laptop comes with a 10 hours battery life. Get professional-grade performance with 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Processor and Windows 10 Pro featuring Windows Certain and fingerprint security feature
Illuminated spill-resistant backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel distance and contoured keys for easy use. This has high capacity storage and is perfect for the multi-tasking individual. Get the latest connectivity with 2x USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 1) ports. 802.11ac (2×2) WiFi in this ultra-portable laptop comes with ASUS dongle (1 x HDMI, 1 USB-A and 1 USB type C).”
13 inch frame, narrow bezel of 5.4mm
Charges to 50% in just 30 minutes
RAM is integrated, not upgradeable
Weight: 2.3 pounds
This super lightweight laptop weighs just about 2 pounds and has a long lasting, 60Wh battery along with a super slim bezel. The 13 Inch Full HD IPS Touch Screen Display offers multiple Inputs, Including USB Type-C. There’s a backlit keyboard, lightweight engineering and innovation that makes usage effortless. With long lasting battery and a thoughtful design, the LG gram laptop offers over 15 hours of usage. This LG gram model comes with the 7th generation, i5 Intel Core Processor, Windows 10 Home, and 8GB RAM with a 256GB SSD. There’s a fingerprint scanner for fast, secure access and a user-friendly keyboard that glows in the dark. Connect with the USB Type C port for high speed data transfer and video output. Combining nano carbon and magnesium, this lightweight computer offers amazing benefits.
Super slim bezel
15 hours of use
RAM not upgradeable easily
Weight: 2.07 lbs
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga has an Intel i7-6500U (2C, 2.5 / 3.1GHz, 4MB, 1866MHz) processor, an 8GB Memory , 256GB SSD, and 14″ TOUCHSCREEN FHD (1920×1080) IPS Anti-glare with Intel HD Graphics 52 making is perfect for pros and photographers alike. Get a load of the amazing features of Lenovo namely Intel 8260 ac + BT4.1, ThinkPad Pen Pro , Fingerprint Reader and Carbon-Fiber Hybrid 3.00 lb body. With 4 flexible modes namely laptop, tent, stand and tablet, this is a versatile 2-in-1 machine that adapts to business with flexible modes for working, presenting, connecting and creating rich images and content. There is a dockable, rechargeable stylus pen alongside too!
Intel i7-6500U (2C, 2.5 / 3.1GHz, 4MB, 1866MHz) processor
14 inch touchscreen FHD
No SIM card slot for 4G LTE
Model#: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga
Weight: 3 pounds
This ASUS Chromebook comes with a flexible 360 degree hinge and a 12.5 inch full HD touchscreen lets you switch effortlessly between tablet and laptop mode. Lightweight at 2.65 pounds and a protective aluminum metal body offers portability like never before. The Intel Core Processor with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM ensures smooth and seamless performance. Get fast efficiency and easy connectivity through the C302. The Chromebook Flip lasts for 10 hours on a single charge and has a blazing fast boot-up time of 3.5 seconds. With the latest and fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi for speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n, the C302 also features power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 for instant connectivity.
360 degree hinge model
12.5 inch full HD touchscreen
HDMI port not present
Weight: 2.6 pounds
This Windows 10 ultra portable laptop has a 10.8 inch display with a Quad Core Intel Atom Z8700 1.6Ghz (2.4 GHz burst speed) Processor. This portable laptop has 64 GB Flash Storage, 2 GB RAM.Surface 3 has up to 10 hours of battery life for video playback. The Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac comes with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0 technology and more makes this a fast, responsive machine. The Microsoft Surface 3 has a 1920×1280 resolution. Light portability and a thin frame weighing less than 1.5 pounds makes this a perfect machine for your needs. 2GB RAM, 64 GB hard drive, and 1 USB port completes the lineup of this laptop which has battery life of 10 hours.
Quad Core Intel Atom Z8700 1.6Ghz (2.4 GHz burst speed) Processor
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Does not come with a surface pen, which has to be purchased separately
Weight: 1.4 pounds
The HP Elitebook has a 12.5″ (1920×1080) FHD UWVA anti-glare ultra-slim LED-backlit LCD display and comes equipped with HD Graphics 515. Its Intel Core M5-6Y54 processor with dual core 1.1 GHz and 4M cache up to 2.70 GHz powers the machine to perfection. Backlit keyboard, intel wireless AC 8260 dual band and Windows 10 Professional 64 bit make this an awesome deal. It is the unique craftsmanship and exceptional performance that makes this an ultra-portable, Bluetooth enabled laptop a true powerhouse.
LED backlit LCD display
Intel core M5-6Y54 processor with dual core 1.1 GHz ad 4M cache
3.0 to 2.0 USB adapter for a remote mouse or printer
Weight: 2.1 pounds
It’s easy to see why this laptop makes it to the list. The HP Smart Buy 1012 M5-6Y54 12.0 8GB/256 PC Core M5-6Y54, 12.0 WUXGA+ BV UWVA, UMA laptop is equipped with a Webcam, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256GB SSD, BT, FPR, Windows 10 PRO 64. With a one year warranty, design delivers scalability and flexibility along with price and performance. Screen size is 12 inches and screen resolution is 1920×1080p. Memory speed is massive at 1866 MHz and there is a 256 GB SSD along with an Intel HD Graphics 515 coprocessor. Wireless type is 802.11 G/N, and with 4 USB 3.0 ports. Average battery life is 10.25 hours and hard drive rotational speed equals 2000 RPM.
256 GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 515 coprocessor
Processor speed less than other comparable models
Weight: 4.5 pounds
The Apple MacBook Air is an ultra-portable laptop with 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz with 3 MB shared L3 cache. This laptop also has 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDr3 RAM, with 128 GB Pcle-based flash storage. There’s a 13.3 inch diagonal LED backlit Glossy widescreen display and a 1440×900 resolution Intel HD Graphics 6000. The OS this laptop uses is the El Capitan with up to 12 hours of battery life. The only catch? This laptop lacks a retina display screen. Wireless type connectivity ranges across 802.11abg, 802.11 A/C, 802.11 a/b/g/n, and 802.11A.This machine has an Intel Processor CPU and lightening fast processing speeds.
1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 6000
No HDMI port or retina display
Weight: 3 pounds
What Are Ultra Portable Laptops and How Are They Different to Their Peers?
Ultra portable laptops are designed to be lightweight and easy to move around. These ultra portable laptops weigh less than 4 pounds and when closed are around 1.5 inches thin or lesser. The common ultraportable also has wireless networking capabilities, an internal optical drive and the capacity to check the external storage device connectivity. Keyboards are smaller. Batteries are small and lightweight. It has a user friendly design and a short battery life. Some of the top brands are IBM, Sony, LG, ASUS and more. A fresh breed of portable machines, these are sleek and light. Classic laptops cannot keep up. Standard laptops are in a wide range of formats too. Ultrabooks are laptops but it does not work the other way round. Ultra portable laptops offer hi-tech features such as backlit keyboards. Regular laptops strength from tiny units with 7-8 inch display to 20 inch screens. So choose the machine on the basis of your needs and preferences.
The Benefits of Ultra Portable Laptops
Ultra portable laptops have become part of everyday life. These mini laptops/netbooks/mini-notebooks are mini sized for easy use and transport. If you are busy and on the move, ultra portable laptops are the right choice. Carrying a lot of items in one go, the portability you get from these ultrabooks is immeasurable. Small portable laptops can be as thin as paperbacks, but they do not compromise on value in the name of size. The regular speed and processing power of these mini computers may be limited compared to regular laptops, but it nevertheless of value for processing a lot of files in one go. Carry your ultrabook anywhere and do everything from surfing to preparing spreadsheets and word processing. Small portable laptops offer minimal aesthetics and are small and lightweight in size. For the user for whom less is more, this is perfect!
How Better Battery Life Is Affecting Ultra Portable Laptops
Battery Life is an important part of any laptop’s power. Ultra portable laptops come with minimal weight, but maximum benefits when it comes to better battery life. Ultrabooks offer a lot of returns, with some new models averaging 10-12 hours of battery life. The ultrabook is designed for maximum efficiency. The battery offers a critical feature. If you are on the move, the portable laptop with extended battery life makes sense. Whether it is the Samsung Notebook 9which has a battery life of 14 hours, 14 minutes, or the Mac and Chromebooks that offer the best bang for the bucks when it comes to battery life, the ultra portable laptop is here to stay. Better battery life has changed the demand for the ultra portable laptop and ensured buyers get lightweight portable machines that never run out of juice.