Ultrabooks are the best kind of laptop money can buy. Why? Because they’re slim, light and wake from sleep almost instantly. You should also expect long battery life, which is great for everyone from students to road warriors. An Ultrabook also makes a great gift, especially for those who need lots of endurance and need to travel light.
There’s a lot of models from which to choose at different prices, including hybrids that double as tablets for the ultimate in versatility. You’ll also find new machines with super-sharp quad HD screens. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Ultrabooks based on our extensive reviews.
Dell's XPS 13 combines comfort and style like no other Ultrabook. We love the soft-touch finish on the deck, which not only feels good but makes typing a pleasure. A bright and crisp full HD display and strong Haswell performance also make this a great laptop. Add in 8.5 hours of battery life and you have an ultraportable you'll want to take everywhere.
Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is the most versatile Ultrabook yet -- and also the sleekest. This 2-in-1 hybrid sports an elegant watch band-style hinge that makes it a cinch to change from laptop to tablet mode, or use it in tent mode. Plus, the Harmony software presents appropriate apps as you switch modes. The Yoga 3 Pro weighs just 2.6 pounds but packs a brilliant 3200 x 1800-pixel touch screen and fairly speedy Core M CPU.
One of our favorite Ultrabooks has gone quad HD. The 3-pound Acer Aspire S7 features a powerful fourth-generation Intel Haswell processor, a fast 128GB SSD and a new super-sharp 13-inch screen that packs 2560 x 1440 pixels. The new S7 doesn't last as long on a charge as its predecessor, but it's still one of the most striking systems in its class.
The Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition delivers a big 15-inch screen in a slim and light 4.4-pound package. And what a gorgeous screen it is. We're talking about a bright full HD touch panel that makes navigating Windows 8 a breeze. Other benefits include loud and clear audio and well over 8 hours of battery life.
Lenovo builds on its great hybrid by gracing the Yoga 2 Pro's screen with a very sharp resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. This Ultrabook also gets a faster 4th Generation Haswell processor and backlit keyboard in a thinner and lighter design. Plus, we love the high-quality audio. The only notable drawback is the slightly below average battery life.
A tablet and laptop in one, the HP Spectre 13 X2 impresses with an attractive aluminum slate that detaches from its base. You'll probably use this 13-inch Ultrabook mostly in latptop mode, but it's nice to know that you can use the full HD touchscreen for playing games, surfing the web and more. A Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD combine to offer smooth performance for work and play.
The longest lasting laptop yet, the ThinkPad X240's 6-cell battery provided an astounding 20.5 hours of juice in our tests. The smaller 3-cell battery yields a still impressive 7:40 of runtime. We also love the X240's comfortable keyboard with elongated palm rest, durable design and wide viewing angles from the IPS display.
Lenovo's business-friendly Ultrabook is ready to do your bidding with a flip-around display that hides the keyboard when in tablet mode. You can also use the 360-degree design for giving presentations. Having 8 hours of battery life and a comfy keyboard really sell us on this hybrid.