Best Ultrabooks of 2020

Welcome to our list of best Ultrabooks of 2020. Whether you’re a student, a professional, or just want to stay connected and productive, a laptop is one of the most important tools in the business. But some are better than others, with big differences in keyboards, battery life, displays, and design. If you’re looking for a powerful laptop that fits easily in your bag and doesn’t break your back, you want an ultrabook.

The “ultrabook” name was originally coined by Intel in 2012 and was used to refer to a set of premium, super-thin laptops that met the pre-defined standards of the chipmaker. However, as many people refer to fabrics as Kleenexes or web search as Googling, the term ultrabook generally refers to a premium ultraportable laptop, whether it carries Intel’s seal of approval or not.

Best Ultrabooks of 2020

We’ve ranked the best ultrabook options to help you find the perfect portable. For our top 10-ranking we’ve refined the criteria to include only laptops with a maximum screen size of 14-inches.

HP Envy 13

Best ultrabook under $1000

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HP has a long tradition of making laptops you can rely on, and the HP Envy 13 is no different – it’s one of the best choices you’re going to find in the best ultrabooks under the $1000 range. We include it here because of its excellent balance between price and performance. This is a laptop that will last you a long time. The 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution display is at the forefront here – bright and sharp and great for streaming video, surfing the web, and working on documents.

While creatives may want a little more in screen real estate, the smaller display size makes this a portable laptop, and thanks to its reliable build quality, it doesn’t feel like you have to be extra careful with it. With a choice of Intel’s Core processors inside and some compelling combinations of RAM and internal storage also available, this is a laptop ready to handle all but the most demanding tasks (don’t try to gamble on it). A special mention for the audio developed in collaboration with Bang and Olufsen, which sounds great.

Dell XPS 13

Best ultrabook in the world

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$1,522.43 $1,649.99

Long regarded as one of the best ultrabooks out there, the Dell XPS 13 is easily recommended, especially if you want something very thin and light. If you want stronger performance, an alternative model with a Comet Lake processor may be for you. However, this design, which we reviewed with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 “Ice Lake” processor, is much more streamlined.

The switch to a 16:10 display gives more vertical space on the screen, which is excellent for productivity. Instead of a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) display on the base panel of the XPS 13, you get 1920 x 1200, which goes up to 3840 x 2400 (instead of 3840 x 2160) on the 4K screen. The XPS 13 also did very well on our battery test, which took over 13 hours on a model with a 1920 x 1200 display. The 4K display lasted a respectable 8 hours and 14 minutes on a charge.

MacBook Air 2020

Best ultraportable MacBook

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It’s incredible what a difference the right keyboard makes. Since 1999 the MacBook Air 2020 has the improved Magic Keyboard, which replaces the butterfly switch with a scissor mechanism that allows you to type much more comfortably. Apple has also upgraded the Air to the 10th generation Intel Core processors (from 8th generation). It’s a Y-Series chip (which is not as powerful as the U-Series CPUs), but it turned out to be enough for everyday use and basic multitasking.

Apple not only lowered the price by $100, but it also doubled the standard MacBook Air storage, from a 128GB SSD to a 256GB drive, which still offers lightning-fast read speeds. The MacBook Air also has great endurance, with a battery that lasts all day. It took 9 hours and 31 minutes (almost 50 minutes longer than the regular system) for our web surfing test to charge the MacBook Air fully. Add to that Apple’s relatively bright and colorful Retina display and surprisingly powerful speakers, and you have the best ultrabook for most Apple fans.

HP Spectre x360

The best 2-in-1 ultrabook

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The Spectre x360 13 is the best 2-in-1 laptop ever. Updated with a 10th generation CPU and a more modern design, the Spectre x360 13 has improved in almost every way over its excellent predecessor. Highlights of this laptop include a beautiful design that flaunts faceted edges and beveled corners. Those precision-cut details make the Spectre look more like a piece of jewelry than a gadget.

Along with that, stunning design is a bright 1080p display, epic 13+ hours of battery life, and fast overall performance. There’s almost nothing the Spectre x360 13 doesn’t do well, although the speakers could use some tuning. We set the Spectre x360 13 up against some of our other favorite 2-in-1 laptops, including the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and Lenovo Yoga C940, but none of these great competitors could dethrone the HP.

Lenovo Yoga C940

Best 14-inch 2-in-1 ultrabook

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$1,396.00

With the Yoga C940, Lenovo took a formula and refined it. Subtle design improvements, long battery life (up to 11:46), and updated 10th generation Intel’s processors make the Lenovo Yoga C940 a worthy successor to last year’s excellent Yoga C930. As you would expect from a Yoga series laptop, the C940 has a premium, ultra-portable chassis and a unique hinge that also serves as a soundbar speaker. As a 2-in-1, that hinge can rotate 360 degrees to turn the Yoga C940 into a real tablet.

When it comes to viewing content, the Yoga C940’s 1080p and 4K displays are clear, rich, and vibrant; beware, the Ultra-HD display takes the battery out of sight. For the basics, my favorite things about the Yoga C940 are the extra features. These include a webcam cover (no more tape needed), a slot for the included stylus, and a fingerprint sensor. Overall, this is one of the best ultrabooks that you can buy right now.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The best gaming ultrabook

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$1,498.97

Asus is stepping up his game when it comes to gaming laptops. Example: the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. Powered by AMD’s powerful Ryzen 9-4900HS processor, the laptop is a powerful multitasker. But when combined with an Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, the laptop is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to gaming. Equipped with a lightning-fast SSD, a bright 14-inch, 120Hz screen, a comfortable keyboard and strong speakers in a beautiful milky white magnesium alloy, and the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a near-perfect gaming laptop.

But where the Zephyrus G14 shines is the battery life. The top laptop lasted 11 hours and 32 minutes on our Laptop Mag Battery Test, making it the longest-lasting gaming laptop ever. It’s nearly three times the average length of a 4:26 gaming laptop. Ultimately, between its murderous AMD performance and epic battery life, the Zephyrus G14 is the gaming laptop to beat. And overall, this is one of the best ultrabooks right now.

Asus ZenBook 14

Powerful specs in a slim chassis

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A simply gorgeous laptop from Asus that we like to have in our best ultrabooks list; if you want the perfect combination of power and style, this might be the case, and as a bonus, you get a trackpad that can also be used as a handy secondary display. If you look at the specs, you’ll see that this is a laptop that more than lends itself to any task you want to perform, even some low-resolution video editing and gaming (note the Nvidia GeForce option).

Despite all this raw power, the price is not too high. And then there’s the design: this is one of the best looking laptops we’ve seen, and even the display hinge is a work of art. It will rotate everything you need with aplomb, and it will look the part as you do it – what more do you need?

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The best detachable 2-in-1 ultrabook

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$1,374.97

Surface Pro 7 makes an excellent laptop in last year’s Surface Pro 6 and gives it a power boost. While the battery life is a hit, the new 10th generation CPU delivers outstanding performance. The design hasn’t changed at all, but the Surface Pro 7 now has a USB-C port for charging and connecting peripherals. Microsoft still sells the comfortable Alcantara Type Cover and super-responsive Surface Pen, making it easy to draw or take notes on the tablet’s vibrant and bright 12.3-inch display. Overall, this is one of the best ultrabooks right now.

Acer Swift 5

The best budget ultra-portable laptop

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$1,169.99

The Acer Swift 5 (2019) is one of the lightest laptops on the market, weighing less than a kilo. It’s also really affordable, sometimes available for around $900. An ultrabook at this price, with Intel’s 10th generation processor, is virtually unheard of, with rivals usually costing over a thousand euros. Despite the low price, it’s hard to see where Acer has cut it. Its graceful size and weight make it incredibly easy to carry.

The Acer Swift 5 has a very respectable battery life of ten hours and features a number of bang-up-to-date features such as Wi-Fi 6 support, Thunderbolt 3, and even the option of a dedicated graphics card. The only downside we can think of is that the keyboard needs stronger taps than usual, and the design isn’t as jaw-dropping as Dell’s XPS 13. Overall, this is one of the best ultrabooks of 2020.

MacBook Pro 13-inch

A compact and powerful MacBook

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$1,799.00 $1,999.00

The MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020 solves the biggest problem with Apple’s other outstanding 13-inch laptop: the keyboard. By dropping the shallow keys of the older Butterfly keyboard in favor of the fabulous Magic Keyboard, the latest MacBook Pro 13-inch provides the comfortable and responsive typing experience we’ve been longing for on Apple’s flagship laptop. However, a great new keyboard isn’t everything the new MacBook 2020 has.

The new 13-inch model gets a nice power boost with a 10th generation Core i7 processor. Combining the available 3733MHz RAM, blazing-fast SSD, and Intel Iris Plus graphics give a reliable performance for multitasking and photo and video editing. The 2560 x 1600 on the MacBook Pro is as beautiful as ever, and the laptop lasts almost 11 hours. Apple has doubled the price for RAM on the entry-level model, and you pay for the 10th generation power, but overall the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro is an excellent laptop.

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