Top 10 Best Lightweight Laptop September 2018

Since they first came into the market, laptops have been the lightweight counterpart to desktops. Manufactures market it as the biggest selling point and adding that part as the reason for people to get it. And they continue getting lighter and lighter every year due of demand from the users. These days, most laptops marketed as “featherweight laptops” come in at barely 4 lbs or less. The lightest laptops can even be under 3 lbs, making them as real ultraportable machines. They are slim and sleek, making them a favorite gadget for on the move. Keep reading to see the important things to consider when looking for a lightweight laptop.

Variety of Models to Choose From

Be that as it may, if the weight is the most important thing to you, there are plenty of thin and light laptops available. The best lightweight laptops, such as ultrabooks, can be weight less than 2 lbs. You can find ultrabooks running low end processors that you can afford on a budget, or ultrabooks that offer real power with their Intel core processor.

You can find some of the best mini laptops and 2-in-1 convertibles reviewed previously on our site. As for Mac users, the MacBook Air provides lightweight, if budget is not an issue. Finally, Chromebooks are also an available option. Then again, only the ones from our best laptops 2018 list or any released in the most recent 12 months or made it to this list.

Keyboard Size

Generally, lightweight means small size. This means it’s easy to carry around and can fit in your small bag. But it also means it might not have a full size keyboard. This isn’t a problem for most people. Most are able to adjust to the different sized keyboard in a short while. However, it could present a problem if you write a great deal or simply have large hands.

How Will You Use Your Laptop?

If you plan to travel a lot with your laptop, you may want to avoid one of the more expensive options. Regular travel means regular movement of the laptop. Each movement carries a risk of dropping it, losing it, or otherwise having some sort of trouble. Avoid future irritation by selecting a affordable laptops.

Operating Systems

It’s important to look at the operating system requirements for any applications you want to use before choosing a laptop. If there are some major applications, like Adobe Photoshop , you need to get an operating system like Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Otherwise, Android, or Chrome might be a great choice. Mac machines are never cheap, but they have a pleasant in users experience and offer great editing tools.

Lightweight Equals Portability

The advantage of laptops is obviously that you can move freely with them. But if you move far away from a power outlet, you’re going to need good battery life. The battery life can vary hugely from different brands and across different platforms. If you intend to be away from power outlets, you’d also better intend on buying a laptop with quality battery life.

Alternatively, there are also some lightweight laptops which can charge via USB. This is handy because you can simply carry an extra USB battery pack and use your laptop all day if you’d like. There are two or three different laptops that use USB charging, like HP’s Chromebook 11 or Dell XPS 13.


Finally, be sure to check the amount of storage available on your laptop’s hard drive. If you intend to work mostly with text documents, you can forego a large storage and use your budget on other aspects of the laptop. However, if you intend to work with lots of media, like music and videos, you need to find a lightweight laptop which also has a decent amount of storage. Aim at least for 128 GB of storage as an absolute minimum if you’re going to be working with media.

Without further ado, here is our list of Top 10 Lightest Laptops for 2018.

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 is probably one of the lightest and smallest laptop that available in the market. The company really works hard to make it better and able to compete with Macbook Pro and Surface Pro. The product packs of 13 inch display, but what we are seeing here is like an 11 inch one because it’s compact and ultra-portable design. The entire body is designed from aluminum CNC and that is the main reason why it’s appeared to be so light. The surface then finished with gold or silver touch depending on what kind of model that you take. The dimension of the body itself is measured at 7.9 x 12 0.6 inches with total weight that only for 2.7 pounds. You are going to receive a very slim machine, but packing a lot of power on the inside. It has enough power to run any applications or even games.

Moving to the inside, you soon find the combination between Intel I5 8250U and 8GB RAM that surely are beast. I tried to open more than 25 tabs on Chrome and I did not find any lag or stuttering although I streamed 1080p videos at one of the tabs. The opening and closing apps almost done instantly thanks to the SSD support, the 512GB SSD is big enough for storing dozen of data and important stuff and I think we are not going to run any storage for even in the heaviest usage. As for the battery life, it lasts for around 13 hours and 30 minutes and easily beats others competitors in term of battery life. Believe me that device can run even in a day with single charge. This is probably one of the best things we are able to find here. A good machine is basically useless if the battery is worst and Dell really knows about this case.

Dell XPS 13 9370 13 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3 Inch IPS FHD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 8GB DDR3 Memory
Storage128GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-03 06:37:04
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Apple Macbook Pro 13”

Macbook Pro 3
Apple is getting a rough day last year where there are so many people complaining about the performance that not improved at all in Macbook Pro. Now, the refreshed version in the 2018 has released and it looks like they are back again to surprise use with it. Now the look is appeared to be slimmer and lighter than ever. The thickness itself is only at 0.6 inches and only slightly behind from HP Spectre X360. They really cut the package into halve in return of standard USB lost. Yeah, there is no standard USB to find and only leave a single Thunderbolt 3. It means we have to buy separated adapter in order to plug our device. I still have no complaint here since the design is already slim and making it easier to carry around. The portability is everything for now.

When you open the lid, the typical and familiar keyboard will welcome you to use it. The keyboard is pretty familiar and I have no problem on using it. The keys are nice and offering decent travel key. It forces to use of 74 grams of power and really balance its performance. It supports of backlit and means typing on the darker environment is completely usable. The experience on using it is considered as great especially when considering of the screen quality. The images are sharp and clean on 2560 x 1600 resolution. The screen size is only 13 inch and making the details and colors surrounding us. It produces of 123 percent of SRGB color and probably becoming one of the best on this price range. It’s perfect for multimedia purposes or for working. I guess this is the right time for you to check it. If you keep yourself on buying previous Macbook, then you should probably need to take look into this one.

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

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:15:13
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Microsoft Surface Pro FJX-00001

Surface Pro
Surface Pro is always considered as light machine for many years even when it’s first introduced back in few years ago. Microsoft really changes our way on using of laptop by providing this product. It brings professional use into a small package that could be transformed into multiple modes. The hybrid design lets us to transform it into different modes including of tablet, tent, and traditional mode. Each mode brings its own usage like tablet mode where it’s usable for drawing and browsing through the internet or the tent mode where I love it much for watching and streaming my movies. All of those nice things are available in single place with only single price. Talking about the portability, the total weight is only around 1.7 pounds and I think people will love it.

Despite of its screen size that only 12.3 inches, I found out the keyboard performance is really nice. The keyboard is small because it has to fit with the size, but the keys are comfortable to reach and taps. All of keys are appeared to be normal and I love the layout they bring to us here. It allows you to do fast typing where I was able to type for more than 89 words per minute with very minimal error rate. Microsoft doing similar thing like Apple in providing the connectivity. Here, there is only single USB 3.0 and quite hard when I want to connect my multiple devices at the same time. Beside than this case, I have no other complain to say about from the display and performance. The display is vivid and clear and produces huge amount of details. Streaming Netflix series are enjoyable in my break time. The same thing goes to the performance where you completely enjoy the productivity without afraid of lag or stuttering during the process. I guess this is the time for swapping the old notebook with this one.

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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LG Gram 13Z980 13.3”

Gram 13Z970
If you think that Surface Pro is really too expensive and want to find another alternative it, then you probably need to make your eyes into here. LG is not the big company in notebook market, but it does not mean that they do not have a good product. One of the great examples here is the LG Gram 13Z980. With the price for under 1000 dollars, we get a pretty decent machine for doing anything we want starting from business, school, or even multimedia usage. The package is slim and thin thanks to the magnesium alloy material. I am easily able to lift the display with my single hand because of the weight. The look is less-premium, but I love the durability and ruggedness that it brings to the consumer. The device that is not easily broken is our dream and we are getting that dream in this ultraportable notebook.

For supporting our productivity, the system is supported by Intel I5 8250U and 8GB RAM. The performance is not a big issue here and really dependable on doing anything from the simple task like editing documents to the heaviest task like video rendering and doing Photoshop. The connectivity is well complete here. There is USB-C that usable for charging and transferring data and another single USB 3.0 port. Then, the ports left here are HDMI, audio jack, and micro SD slot. One last thing worth to mention here is the battery life. The battery goes down from 100 to 0 really slow. It takes me 12 hours to fully drain out the juice on my test. I tested it by browsing while connected to the WIFI. Bringing the charger around is not necessary anymore on this case. I leave the link below for you to check it later.

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
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ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH55

Zenbook UX330UA 2
ASUS Zenbook UX330UA is another affordable option for under 1000 dollars. With the dimension at 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches and weight for 2.68 pounds making it categorized as the most portable device in the market right now. The portability is only slightly behind from Dell XPS 13. For satisfying the consumer, ASUS offers a plain, but yet attractive look to the consumers. The aluminum lid is covering with matte gray finishing and making it premium for the price. I really do not have any problem in term of design here. The speakers on the base are firing decent and loud sounds. The sounds are powerful and easily fill any small room. The vocal clarity is clear and you can expect a great thing from it. I recommend of using the equalizer for getting the maximum result in different genre music.

Moving to the above keyboard little bit, the 1080p display is featured on the 13 inch. It produces of 108 percent of SRGB color and giving pretty sharp and vibrant images. The brightness is not great, but using it in outdoor is nice as I do not want to push the brightness into the maximum. Sadly, the panel is not touchscreen and I miss navigating the system with my finger. The price is already that cheap and they have put so many things here. The Intel I7 and 8GB RAM produced 7000 score on the Geekbench on multiple tests. The heat is very acceptable and watching Youtube for 20 minutes making the temperature goes to the 75 degrees and stuck at that point for 3 hours. I need to say that the heat is not an issue like we similarly find on many other products. I recommend you to see it closely and see how it performs in your needs.

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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Microsoft Surface Book 2 HMW-00001

Surface Book 2
The powerful options in the market are varied, but not all of them are coming with the portability on the inside. Microsoft Surface Book is the answer from Microsoft to the consumers that afraid to take of hybrid machine because of the build quality. They build the product with the magnesium material that looks nice and durable. The Surface Book is not just a simple tablet than you think. The keyboard dock itself is used to store the GPU that usable for doing extra hard work like Photoshop and video rendering. Detach it from keyboard will not lose your data because everything is stored on the tablet. Keep in mind that tablet mode is only great for browsing or light usage, so I recommend putting it on the keyboard for the demanding usage.

All of our productivity are done in tablet and I guess the company has to provide a good display in order to satisfy the consumers. Thankfully, we really get what we hope here. The 13 inch screen is small, but the thing is not happened to the resolution. The resolution is boosted to the 3000 x 2000 and produces 99 percent of colors. It looks bright and giving wide viewing angles. I also did notice the screen ratio is unique and using it in both of vertical and horizontal position is similar. The keyboard is once again typical like Surface series. It has 1.5 mm key travels with nice and clicky keys. The keys are not stiff and typing on it in many hours is great. In the other side, the touchpad is likely too small and blocking all of the text in the document is harder to do. Hopefully, I could do it with the touchscreen panel and could be the alternative for this case.

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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Acer Swift 7 SF713-51-M51W

Acer Swift 7
The 12 inch Macbook is so popular back in the old days and we are seeing there are so many companies trying to provide the same thing with better price and more appeal look the consumers. Acer is also trying the same thing in own way with Acer Swift 7. The Swift 7 is a sleek and thin machine that combined greatly of aesthetic design and durability. The 1.2 KG weight is really light and i was to throw it easily into my backpack. Holding it with single hand feels nice and the body is not slippery at all. I love the color scheme where they do not target the specific consumers and making it appealing to everyone. Opening the lid, I found an aluminum keyboard deck. The keyboard is nice, squishy and provided nice feedback on the typing. Sadly, the backlit support is missing and makes it completely useless on the darker environment.

Here, Acer really does the different thing like many companies do. You will find that the device has double type-C connector on both sides and appeared to be the biggest selling point here. The design is already slim, but yet we are offered extra USB slot. I never bring my adapter anymore if was in travel with Swift 7. I always have problem with Macbook as sometimes I have to plug my USB at the same time. The thing is done easier here for that reason. On the top of the display, there is 720p webcam with mediocore quality. Never use it for selfie because the images are not great, but should be enough for doing Skype and chat with our friends. With this price range, I think it’s hard for people to miss the Acer Swift 7.

Acer Swift 7 SF713-51-M51WMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7Y75 1.3 GHZ
GraphicsIntel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR3 Memory
Storage512GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 06:45:47
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HP Spectre X360 16G512G

Spectre X360 2
HP Spectre X360 is a basically one the lightest the 15.6 inch laptop available for now. The total weight is around 4.4 pounds with dimension 14 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches. They name it as the X360 because it features 360 degree hinge system that transforms it into tablet and tent mode instantly when you flip it over. For satisfying the consumers, the screen resolution is boosted to the 4K alongside the IPS panel. What I like from IPS is the viewing angles that wide no matter where you look at it. The images are crisp and details and streaming 4K videos on Youtube amazed me. The result is even better when combined with the Bang and Olufsen speakers. The speakers are powerful and produce delightful sounds. The vocal is not distorted when I put the volume into the maximum. I just thought bass is quite low, but I manage to fix it through the equalizer.

The thing packages on the inside are sure beast. Intel I7 8550U is the newest and fastest processor from Intel. It follows up the Kaby Lake less energy consumption, but with more power. The numbers of cores are increased to the 4 and we would get 70 percent more power as return. The Intel HD graphic card is lucky gone now and then replace with NVIDIA 150MX. 150MX is basically the mobile version of GTX 1050 that suitable for this kind of notebook. It’s capable of running Rise of the Tomb Raider and Rocket League in great FPS. It easily reaches 60 FPS on the maximum setting for the Rocket League and the same thing goes similarly to the Overwatch. I tried to play few matches and the framerate was always stable at 50-60 on the battle. This will be the right notebook for handling your heavy usage.

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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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 14”

Thinkpad X1
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 is now sleeker and thinner in the 2017. It features a bright display, long last battery life, and powerful performance. For the design, the black surface feels premium especially when we hold it in our hands. The rubbery texture makes grip and comfy. The build quality is top notch where the thing has received few drops, bumps, and temperature tests before it’s sent to the consumers. They really make sure the product is in fully great condition and I think this is what many companies have to do right now. Another good thing to find besides than its design is the keyboard. The typical Thinkpad keyboard is back and much and much better than Macbook Pro. The keys are soft and offering enough feedback to make us stay with it for many hours. There is a trackpoint located on the center that used for mouse or navigation through the system.

The performance is quite improved little bit here. The I7 8650U is very decent, and runs faster in comparable with Kaby Lake line up. The only difference is only located on the power consumption that now better. To make it sure, I did few tests on the two different chipsets and got the similar result. The time in opening the apps, the loading, and the total performance is not really different at all. It’s fully save to use it in the 2017 or even 2018. Lenovo once again is fully successful on creating of fantastic product in great price. When you have more to spend, then just take this one back home and use it for the daily usage.

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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Google PixelBook GA00122

Pixel Book
It’s hard to recommend of Chromebook as for daily usage for some reasons. First, it might because most of products available right now are far in comparable with Windows in term of performance and design. Second, the application supports right now are still limited and really reminding of Mac OS back in the old days. Those two things are big problems for many people, but the thing is already much better now. Google is even now introducing their laptop called as the Pixel Book. Pixel Book is the result of their work in many years. The design is minimalistic, but yet charming. The silver finishing looks premium and can be compared with Surface or Macbook. The premium frame is durable and feels nice when I touch it. What surprise me here is the glass trackpad that giving fast and responsive movement.

Google always provides the best hardware for their products. The thing is also included here. The display itself is able to produce 400 nits brightness and probably the brightest one among of all. I tried to reduce the brightness into the minimum, but it’s still usable even directly under the sun. They include the stylus on the package that comes with few important features for taking note and use of Google Assistant. The battery life last for 8 hours on streaming 1080p videos without any break and could last a day with light usage. For application supports, Google features Android apps supports where you can just install the Microsoft Office mobile if people cannot live with it. The application support is no longer problem here, so means people have no longer reason for not to look into it. Chromebook might not suitable for your needs, so make sure to fit your mind on buying it.

Google PixelBookMain Specs
CPUIntel Core I5 processor 7th Gen 1.2 GHZ Up To 3.3 GHZ
GraphicsIntel HD Integrated Card
Display Size12.3-inch
OSChrome OS + Android App Support
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD

Final Thought

Those are my recommendation for the list. Varied choices are giving people more option to suit for their needs. Put our priority on the top is the first thing we need to do, then we can decide which one is more suitable and not to support our work. The list above containing everything you need, so be sure to check it when you have time. I place the guides below, if you have no further information for this case. Now it’s the right time for you on picking the right one. The choice is always yours, so feel free to make any decision. I just hope the information provided is good enough for you. At last, thank you for reading the article and see you again next time.

  • 1 Comment
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      ann January 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Dell XPS13-9343 is my dream! I want to buy it! It has a great Li-ion battery, 13.3-inch WLED-backlit display and design. It good for playing games

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