The Best 13-Inch Laptops of 2018: Portable Notebooks for Any Budget

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Update on Dec. 4 at 5:10 pm ET:  Best Buy is selling the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 for $300 off while B&H Photo Video cut the price of the new MacBook Air by $100. 

13-inch laptops have boomed in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. These devices offer the best balance between portability and productivity. Students can effortlessly carry 13-inch laptops around campus, and business professionals can slip these machines into briefcases when traveling. Additionally, these laptops' compact size makes them suitable 2-in-1s for customers who want tablet functionality.


Another benefit of choosing an Ultrabook is that you don't sacrifice performance. While the U-series chips that power these machines aren't quite as fast as H-series CPUs, 13-inch laptops can handle some of the most-demanding tasks, like photo and video editing. And while hard-core gamers may not be satisfied with integrated GPUs, 13-inch devices are fine for casual gaming.

Here are the best 13-inch laptops for every budget.  


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