Best Ultrabooks 2016

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Dell XPS 13

Editor's Choice

The ultimate combination of portability, longevity and usability, Dell's XPS 13 lasts close to 12 hours on a charge, even though it weighs just 2.7 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. Even more impressive, Dell's Ultrabook squeezes a gorgeous 13-inch screen into what's normally an 11-inch lid by nearly eliminating the bezel. The XPS 13 starts at a reasonable $799 with a full-HD screen and an SSD standard, but you can configure it with a sharp, quad-HD display, speedy Core i7 CPU and blazing fast NVME SSD that gets triple the performance of a standard SATA Solid State Drive.

Dell XPS 13 (non-touch) Review / Dell XPS 13 (touch) Review

  • Best Value

    Acer Aspire S 13

    Editor's Choice

    You're not going to find a better Ultrabook bargain for $749. The Acer Aspire S 13 gives you full Core i5 power, a 256GB SSD and more than 9 hours of battery life for a great price. The colorful full HD display, Dolby-powered stereo speakers and slick obsidian black finish seal the deal.

    Acer Aspire S13 Review

  • Best Design

    HP Spectre

    Editor's Choice

    The HP Spectre is the quintessential ultrabook. It's fast, it's light and at just 10.4mm, it's thinner than any other notebook on the market. With its stylish copper and black design, the 13-inch Spectre might also be best looking laptop right now. Starting at a reasonable $1,170 for a full Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, the Spectre has one of the best notebook keyboards to go with its solid performance and light chassis. Only subpar battery life and warm bottom temps keep it from topping our list. 

    HP Spectre Review

  • Most-Portable Ultrabook

    HP EliteBook Folio G1

    Roughly 10 percent thinner than a 12-inch MacBook and almost as light, the HP EliteBook Folio G1 sets a new standard for business laptop portability. Though its battery life is below average, HP's svelte system has a slew of business-friendly features, including a snappy keyboard, facial recognition logins, vPro manageability and the ability to survive 30-inch drops.

    HP EliteBook Folio G1 Review

  • Best 2-in-1 Ultrabook

    Lenovo Yoga 900

    At just 2.8 pounds and 0.59 inches thick, the Yoga 900 is one of the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1s you can buy. A strong, attractive watchband hinge allows the laptop's 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800-pixel display to bend back a full 360 degrees, morphing into tablet, presentation or tent modes. And with nearly 8 hours of battery life, you'll be able to enjoy the Yoga 900 all day, without hunting for an outlet.

    Lenovo Yoga 900 Review

  • Best Business Ultrabook

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    The 2.6-pound ThinkPad X1 Carbon is so light that we couldn't tell when it was in our backpack. However, despite its svelte size, Lenovo's laptop has a 14-inch display that shows over 100 percent of the color gamut, a snappy full-size keyboard and over 9 hours of battery life.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

  • Best Battery Life

    Lenovo ThinkPad X260

    To keep you working all day and then some, the ThinkPad X260 provides a full 17 hours of endurance with its optional extended battery. At 3.2 pounds (3.6 with extended battery), the 12.5-inch X260 is light enough to carry anywhere while its 12 x 8-inch frame fits on even the smallest tables. However, unlike many other Ultrabooks, Lenovo's laptop leaves plenty of room for ports, including an Ethernet connector and SD card reader, and high-capacity batteries. 

    Lenovo ThinkPad X260 Review

  • Best 15-inch Ultrabook

    Dell XPS 15 (999.99)

    While most 15-inch laptops feel bulky, Dell's XPS 15 weighs just 4.4 pounds and measures only 0.66 inches thick, making it even more svelte than the MacBook Pro. This lightweight laptop has a nearly bezel-free Infinity display, similar to its little brother's. But the 15-incher one-ups the XPS 13 by offering an optional 4K resolution panel, which reproduces a stunning 191 percent of the sRGB color gamut.

    Dell XPS 15 Review