Best Thin & Light Laptop 2018

The development of design, hardware, and component of laptop is considered as really fast compared to more traditional old big PC nowadays as we see so many new products and new features every year. Each manufacture always tries to offer the best option as fast as they can do in order to satisfy the needs from their consumers. On this case, these machines mostly are going to have some differences and variations in term of design and will come with slimmer and lighter package. Yeah, having a slimmer and lighter chassis is always mandatory for them as the consumers would choose the machine that they think is lighter as mobility and portability is important matter to consider. The design always becomes their main selling point on the top of everything because look is something important as it provides the first impression to the user itself and people around us.

The evolution of laptop is always directed to one definite and possible direction: to make it slimmer and lighter than before. It is obvious that most customers demand to buy the tiniest devices that are available at the market; however, one should make sure that despite the aesthetical appearance of their laptop is important, it must remain reliable and powerful enough to do most of your works. The best thin & light laptop for them must maintain a perfect balance between slim design, power and long lasting battery life. At this moment, the lightweight and slim laptop market is dominated mostly by Apple MacBook Pro models, Chromebooks and ultrabooks, which are featured by their fanless design, fast and reliable SSD, and powerful performance. If you are shopping for the best thin & light laptop, those ultra slim and portable laptops are mostly your most consideration options.

HP Spectre X360 16G512G

Spectre X360 2
HP Spectre X360 is probably one of the best devices to see in this year. The machine is not only sporting the new gen processor from Intel, but also comes with slim and light design that easily blow our mind. The weight and thickness are cut off almost into half and making it considered as the slimmest machine right now. The dimension for the body itself is measured at 14 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches and should be really easy to fit into any small bag without any issue. Moreover, the convertible design allows you to transform it into multiple modes included the tablet mode for browsing through the internet or editing the photo with stylus pen, the tent mode that usable for streaming movies and having a presentation and the traditional mode itself is useful for working or finishing your project.

Beside than its amazing packaging, another worth thing to mention is located on the display. The 15 inch screen features of 4K resolution that really produces huge amount of details and color production. The images are details and the color is not washed at all. This thing is even better with high resolution that makes the images vivid and sharp no matter content you see here. The brightness is totally bright and completely usable for outdoor usage without needed to push the brightness setting into the maximum. The stylus pen is included on the package and pretty much usable for taking note and navigates through the system. The display support more than 4000 thousands pressure level and feels responsive when I am taking note on it. There is no lag or delay during my test and so impressive for the price. Many companies force us to buy the pen separated and it costs around 60 dollars, but here we got it totally free without any extra charge.

HP Spectre X360Main Specs
CPUIntel I7-8550U 8th Gen 1.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce MX150
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10
Memory16GB SD Memory
Storage512GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:42:14
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Dell XPS 13 9370

Dell XPS 13 9360
The XPS 13 is probably my favorite device that was released this year. The design is not having much difference at all, but there are still few things that worth to notice about it. In term of weight and thickness, it’s having great differences where the packaging is completely redesigned in order to fit everything in smallest package. Last year, many people made the complaint of the webcam placement that feels really weird. Now, they fix the problem and offering better placement for it. The build quality is also improved here especially on the hinge system that now feels sturdier and tighter than before. Now, most of users will feel better on transforming it into different modes. It looks like the company is listening of our critics and really making it better.

For supporting our productivity, they sport of Intel Core I7 8550U which is coming from the latest gen of Intel processor. The new processor is almost twice as powerful as the older gen, but still coming with less power consumption. I am so impressed because the apps run better now and the battery seems to be better than ever. Moreover, the RAM is already 16GB and allowing you to run as much as applications at the same time without any issue. No need to upgrade it later as this amount of memory is more than enough for more than 3 years of usage. The battery life itself should give you up to 11 hours of normal usage and should last for a day straight with light usage. There is type-C port that not only usable for transferring the data, but also great for charging the device through the battery pack or power bank. Here, just plug the device into the battery pack and we can charge it anywhere and anytime you want.

Dell XPS 13 9370 2018Main Specs
CPU Intel ULV Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 512 PCIe SSD

Last price update: 2018-07-10 06:51:11
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Razer Blade Stealth QHD 13.3”

Razer Blade Stealth RZ09 R3U1 13.3”
Razer has been famous with their gaming machine for many years and every year there is always an interesting product to see from it. For now, you have to take look into Razer Blade Stealth that try to bring full experience on gaming, but in small packaging. This 13 inch product is actually pretty impressive in term of design. The entire of body is created from CNC aluminum material that not only light, but also durable. The chassis has only 0.52 thickness and total weight for only 2.93 pounds. Imagine that we could bring a gaming machine anywhere and anytime without have to get bothered with the weight. When you open the lid, you soon notice a full size keyboard that sit nicely on the inside. The keyboard is typical of Razer and offering a familiar layout and amazing backlit support that could be customized to our needs. There is an application that usable for creating the macro and tuning the LED into your needs.

On the top of keyboard, there is 13.3 inch screen that considered as one of the best for now. It uses of IPS panel that offering wide viewing angle no matter you see it from any direction. The color or images are not reduced at all when you see it from left or right directions. On my test with Colorimeter, the display produces around 100 percent of SRGB color and looks great for the price. As for the performance, I think Intel I7 8550U is proved to be capable of running any AAA games right now, but sadly the GPU here is weak as it uses only Intel HD integrated card. I was able to play any indie games like Hollow Knight and even Human Fall Flat in stable performance, but it never goes smoothly with high quality graphic games like Assassin Creed Origin and Mass Effect Andromeda. The only solution here is by using of external GPU and it pays you more. The product is still worth to take look especially considering the price is not that expensive in comparable with Razer others products.

Razer Blade Stealth 13Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHZ
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 512GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 14:32:23
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Microsoft Surface Pro FJX-00001

Surface Pro
The newest edition of Surface Pro comes with similar price like Macbook Pro, but gives you faster performance and brighter 12.3 inch display. Here, if you are familiar with this product and you will see many differences here. For example, the kickstand now gives you better viewing selections that it’s capable to push into 165 degree. They really improve everything to the maximum, but sadly the port selection is not improved at all. The chassis was only able to fit single USB 3.0 port and without any type-C connector. I just hope they can add more storage as we need to use of extra adapter in order to move the data into two different devices. This is the price that users have pay for its thin and light design. I do not have any bad thing say from its design beside than that case.

Move to the inside, you are going to find the small keyboard that wait for you to test it. Although the keyboard has 1.3 mm key travel, I do not have any bad experience on typing like I got on many similar devices. The keys distant are not too far or too close and really offering nice experience on finishing our work. I was able to type for more than 89 words with error rate around 1 percent. The result is impressive and I guess great enough for supporting your everyday activities. The 12.3 inch display is giving the similar impression here. The screen is bright and impressive on the 2736 x 1824 resolution. Just remember to reduce the brightness little bit for saving the battery life as the brightness is really bright and even the minimum setting is enough for outdoor activities. With the price that cheaper than its competitor, I think the Surface Pro should is the right choice for anyone who is looking a decent notebook.

Microsoft Surface ProMain Specs
CPUIntel Core I5 3.5 GHz
GraphicsIntel HD Integrated Card
Display Size12.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory8GB DDR Memory
Storage256GB Flash Memory

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:42:09
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ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH55

Zenbook UX330UA 2
The Zenbook UX330UA is basically one of most recommended option to afford for under 1000 dollars price. ASUS is always so dependable for looking high quality machine, but with decent price. Many of cheap products usually come with bad design, but the thing is not happened here. The silver aluminum lid looks great and carrying it over or showing it to your friend will never make you shame at all. The chassis is created mostly from plastic and not all of aluminum, but it still looks impressive both in term of look and build quality. The product is cheap, but everything on the inside is worth than the price. I really never see another company beside than ASUS that able to do this case.

The design is great, but what about the hardware? Well, you should not be worry here because the hardware mostly used here are the newest one. The Intel Core I5 7th gen is the enhance version over the last gen that offering better improvement in term of power and battery consumption. The power itself is even better when combining with 8GB RAM. Opening more than 15 tabs on Chrome is not making any stuttering or slowing down at all although I streamed 1080p video at one of the tabs. It could handle any task starting from the lightest one like browsing and editing document to the most demanding one like video rendering and editing photo on Photoshop. The battery life is quite bit improved here thanks to the new processor. I got slightly 30 percent more battery and now reaches 11 or 12 hours usage in single charge. It should last a day with light usage and great for business users and students that really need their laptop all the day. I think this is the right time for swapping your old machine with this product.

Zenbook UX330UA-AH55Main Specs
CPU Intel I5-8250U 1.6 GHz 8TH Gen
GraphicsIntel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR3 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:14:26
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2018

Lenovo Thinkpad X1
The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the premium product from Lenovo that mainly target of business users as the main consumers. The hardware and design itself are specifically designed to satisfy that kind of consumers. In term of design, the device is offering of premium black finishing that cover the entire of chassis. It looks so classy and also feels durable at the same time. The product has received some build quality test in order to make sure the consumers will not receive any defect product. The tests included of the drop, bump, and the extreme low and high temperature test. The build quality is the biggest selling point here and I think that is what every consumers searching for right now. I really hope the other companies can do the similar thing for keeping the quality of their products.

The security is now becoming the matte right now as we heard so many reports about it all over the place. Lenovo really knows about this case and providing the great solution for it. They put of fingerprint reader near the touchpad that allowing the users to login into the system without any password anymore. This feature is safer and fully supported by Windows Halo. Many people might able to guess your password as sometimes we use the same password over and over. But here, the thing is impossible to do with fingerprint and your data is completely safe as long as you are not giving any access into the system. The quality is not just stopped there, here you really have to take look into its keyboard. The keyboard is responsive and offering nice experience on typing. The layout is very familiar and not requiring for people to get used with it. The keys are soft and do not require much power to press it. The keyboard is designed for business and we probably are able to expect many things from it.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8650U 1.9 GHZ
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage1TB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-20 14:25:48
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HP Spectre 13 2LU84UA

Spectre 13 2
The Spectre series is gaining big popularity around the world mainly because of its specs and premium design. HP has just refreshed it’s with new ceramic white design that looks fancy and classy. There is no any detail to find on the lid beside then the company logo that placed at the center of lid. One thing that surprise mere here is the port connectivity. Although the chassis is really that thin, for some reasons they manage to put of three USB ports on the inside. There is a single USB type-C for charging the device and double Thunderbolt 3 ports. We still need to use the adapter as the missing of standard port, but at least HP is giving better port than what Apple did with New Macbook Pro that only has single Thunderbolt 3 port.

Opening the lid, the users will be welcomed by 13.3 inch display with 1080p resolution. I did further test to see its quality. Here, on my test it produces 110 percent of SRGB color and offering high details of images. The screen looks natural although the brightness is quite dim. The display for some reasons only produces 285 nits of brightness and really far behind with Google pixelbook that could produce 400 nits of brightness. I think they do it intentionally for saving the battery life and the result is shown here. Browsing through the internet while connecting to the WIFI always give me 12 to 13 hours battery life on testing it for two weeks straight. The battery is not an issue here even during your travel. Remember there is type-C port for charging it through the power bank or battery pack. It works when we cannot find any near place to charge it over through the traditional method. Make your work easier by getting of this device right now.

HP Spectre 13 2LU84UAMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-21 17:18:40
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Apple Macbook Pro 13” MR9Q2LL/A

Macbook Pro 3
Lately Apple seems getting many critics from its users because they really not offering any big difference on Macbook Pro. The company does not even add new processor and it makes people so angry and stopping themselves on making upgrade. Now, they seem to learn from their mistake and now offering much better thing as return. Apple has just refreshed it with new hardware and slightly new design. The main design is actually not having any difference at all, but the weight and thickness are cut off. The chassis now only weight for around 3 pounds with thickness that only at 0.6 inches. The port connectivity is not a problem here, but keeps in mind all of ports are Thunderbolt 3 and means buying separated adapter is needed for plugging your device as they are not including it on the package.

For once again, the keyboard is being the biggest selling point here. As for its small chassis, few changes are made to make them to fit the keyboard. For this case, the key distant between keys are slightly reduced and only at 0.7 mm. At first, I think the keys are too close for each other, but luckily never give any problem on typing. I am able to type for 70 to 75 words per minute with very minimal error rate. Now we are having a portable device to carry around, but still giving us a decent way to type. One last thing to talk about here is the audio quality. Like typical of Macbook, the audio quality is always far than its competitors. Here, the speakers produce high quality sounds with minimal sounds distorting. The bass power is not that loud, but still dependable to fill any small room and doing small party. I recommend you to play little with the equalizer on maximizing the sounds with multiple genres.

Macbook Pro 13 MR9Q2LL/AMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I5-8259U 2.3 GHz
Graphics Intel Iris Plus 655
Display Size13.4 Inch True Tone
OSMac OS
Memory 8GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-07-23 06:36:44
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 HMW-00001

Surface Book 2
The Surface Book 2 is a truly desktop replacement thanks to the high powerful hardware on the inside. Moreover, the screen is detachable and means we can just leave the keyboard dock behind and use it only on the tablet mode. The users are given freedom to use it on any case they want without anything to limit them. Many users are afraid to get detachable machine as they hear many of bad things in build quality. Yeah, the thing is true, but the thing is not happened here. The entire chassis is created from CNC material that is well known for is sturdiness. Both of keyboard dock and screen is top notch and I am so impressed with the build quality.

In term of performance, I think I really have no bad thing to say from it. The Intel new gen processor is proved to be powerful and capable of handling multiple tasks at the same time. The Intel HD GPU is integrated alongside the processor. When you need for more power, then just plugging the screen into the dock as it does not only fit of keyboard, but also a discrete graphic card on the inside. There is NVIDIA GTX 1050 that should handle more graphic demanding apps like Photoshop and Corel Draw better. This GPU is so powerful and even let me play of E-Sport games like Overwatch and Rocket League in stable framerate. Both of games are fully playable as the framerate goes to the up to 60 FPS all the time during the multiplayer. There are few drops on the performance, but not giving any impact to the gameplay. Playing games on break time are so enjoyable for killing time and that is what I always do right now.

Microsoft Surface Book 2Main Specs
CPUIntel Core I5 3.5 GHZ
GraphicsIntel HD 620
Display Size13.5-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory8GB DDR3 Memory
Storage256GB Flash Memory

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:41:22
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LG Gram 13 13Z980 13.3”

Gram 13Z970
LG might not have too many products on laptop market, but they actually have some devices that are very promising in term of price and specs. The good example here is the LG Gram 13.3 inch that promising the similar hardware like Surface Pro and Macbook Pro, but with much cheaper price. The design is truly beauty with silver finishing all over the place. The body measurement and the weight are comparable with the Razer Blade Stealth and not really difference. The only difference is the price where the Razer blade is far more expensive than this one. One thing that I love here is the port connectivity. LG is successfully on combining of standard and newer port together. There are double USB 3.0 ports and single USB type-C. No need for extra adapter for just connecting our smartphone.

The Windows 10 is pre-installed as the main operating system and powered by Intel I5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. The operating system is almost free from any bloatware and only fit of some mandatory applications from LG. I found most of apps are useful, but users can just delete it from the control panel when they find it as not useful. The booting time for the system is really fast thanks to the SSD storage support. It takes only few seconds until the lockscreen is popup. I rather to turn it off for saving the battery rather than put it on the sleep mode. LG has done such a wonderful job on making it appealing rather than just targeting any specific consumer. With the powerful hardware and price tag that cheaper than its competitors, I think it’s hard not to get tempted by this amazing device. I recommend you to check it further and see how it works on you.

LG Gram 13Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHZ
Graphics Intel Integrated Graphic Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-20 14:25:55

Final Thought

The goal of this improvement in this kind piece of technology is very clear: the lighter and the thinner a laptop is, the more people wanted to take it. Laptops may become increasingly thinner and more lightweight in the future, but at the present, MacBook Pro, Chromebooks and ultrabooks are the slimmest laptop options available right now. People who are searching for an ultraportable PC will be forced to buy one of those models.

Not all of those thin and lightweight laptops are created with similarity inside and outside. Some of them offer unique features and specifications that make them better than their competitors. Among these features are convertibility, high-quality panel with touch screen support, and outstanding audio quality. If you are demanding for the best among the thinnest, you certainly have to pay attention to those extra features.




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