We look at some of the slimmest and most stylish laptops with a display big enough at 13-inch to work productively without stressing your eyesight and yet has enough power and battery to last all day.
Choosing thinner and lighter laptops are no longer at the expense of performance. Some of the best and high performing laptops have super slim chassis and ultra swish design. Not only that, these laptops typically last up between 10 to 12 hours, some even more ensuring that you have a full days use without being tethered to a wall plug.
All ultra thin laptops in our list are super capable machines with high performing processors, plenty of memory and super fast solid state drive storage. You can not really go wrong with any of them. Ultimately, it comes own to design and style preferences, the availability of ports (if you should need them), operating systems (Windows or Mac) and price.
Just to be clear, we are not focusing on convertible 2-in-1 laptops but laptops in general. Only two laptops on our list has a convertible profile, the Lenovo Yoga 900 and HP Spectre x360 13 which goes to show that when it comes to premium ultra portables, conventional laptops still reign and not hybrid machines or tablets with keyboards.
The other thing to note is the height on a couple of these laptops, notably the Apple MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13. These laptops have a tapered design, with a thinner front edge compared to the rear edge where the hinge is. This does give the laptop an eye catching appeal but it is down to personal preference.
The new MacBook Pro 13 is now 17% slimmer than previous generation and therefore deserves a spot on our list. It is in fact thinner than three our laptops on our list, thinner even compared to the MacBook Air 13 if you consider its thickest point.
Top 10 Most Slimmest Ultra Portable Laptops
Here is a quick list of our slimmest line-up starting with the HP Spectre 13, the world’s slimmest laptop and moving on to laptops from Asus, Samsung, Dell , Acer, Lenovo and Apple. You can find the height and weight measurements below to give you an idea of how thin they are compared to each other. We have also included the screen resolution should this be a key factor in deciding which ultra portable laptop to pick from the list.
- HP Spectre 13 or HP Spectre Pro 13 G1 Laptop – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 10.4mm | 1.11kg [SLIMMEST]
- ASUS ZenBook UX305 (UX330) – 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) 12.3mm | 1.2kg
- Samsung Notebook 9 – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 12.9mm | 1.16kg
- Dell Latitude 13 7000 series – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge 14.32mm | 1.12kg
- Acer Aspire S 13 – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 14.58mm | 1.3kg
- Lenovo Yoga 900 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) 14.9mm | 1.3kg – CONVERTIBLE
- Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 – 13.3-inch LED with IPS (2560 x 1600) 14.9mm | 1.37kg
- Dell XPS 13 – 13.3 inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) – 9-15mm | 1.29kg – TAPERED
- HP Spectre x360 13 – 13.3-inch (2560 x 1440) 15.4mm | 1.45kg – CONVERTIBLE
- Apple MacBook Air – 13.3-inch LED (1440 x 900) – 3-17mm | 1.35kg – TAPERED
Let’s take a closer look at each of these laptops and how they compare.
1. HP Spectre 13 or HP Spectre Pro 13 G1 Laptop – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) – SLIMMEST
The world’s slimmest or thinnest laptop is also the best looking with new shades that HP likes to call Dark Ash Silver and Luxe Copper. Underneath the slim interior is a powerful Intel Core i7-6500U Dual Core 6th generation processor clocking at 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost frequency up to 3.1GHz, 8GB of RAM and 512GB or SSD storage. To enable the performance from a powerful processor in a tight space, HP use breakthrough hyperbaric cooling technology from Intel that actively draws cool air in to the laptop rather than just venting heat out. Combined with dynamic power settings, the laptop stays cools even at peak performance. Crafted from premium grade aluminium and high-tech carbon fibre, the Spectre measures only 10.4mm thin and weighs less than a kilogram.
Everything about the Spectre screams quality, the display is covered edge-to-edge with Corning Gorilla Glass for durability and scratch resistance, the keyboard is backlit and the trackpad is made of glass while the hidden hinge folds flush when the laptop shuts to give it a clean, nearly hingeless look. Other features include HP Audio Boost for maximum volume with clarity and dynamic sound, Full HD IPS vibrant display with cripst picture and ultra wide viewing angles, Bang & Olufsen treatment – custom tuning by the specialist to bring sound to life. With all that packed in the slimmest chassis currently in the market, the laptop stilll manages a whole 9 hours of battery life.
Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor Dual-core 2.5 GHz / 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost 4 MB cache | 8GB RAM memory | 512GB PCIe SSD storage | Windows 10 | 3 x USB Type-C port all support charging, high speed data transfer and external display. Two offer Thunderbolt data transfer with speed up to 40gbs | up to 9 hours battery life
- Height: 1.04 cm x Width: 32.5 cm x Depth: 22.94 cm.Weight: from 1.11kg
2. ASUS ZenBook UX305 (and UX330) – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) or QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
Another entry from ASUS, this time with a 13.3-inch display, available in both Full HD or QHD+ with 3200 x 1800 pixels with chassis made from aluminium alloy, the UX305 is an ultra slim 12.3mm thin and lightweight 1.2kg machine. It has the same battery life is the MacBook Air 13 of up to 12 hours on the UX330 and 10 hours on the UX305. Available in three shades the silky smooth Ceramic White, Tactile Aurora Metallic or classic Obsidian Stone with signature spun-metal finish. The new UX330 is available in Rose Gold or Quartz Grey, also finished with ZenBook’s iconic spun-metal, a fine series of concentric circle moving form the center to the edge of the laptop with a tapered wedge at the front. The UX330 is slightly thicker measuring 13.65mm high but has a slightly smaller foot print and still weighs 1.2kg.
Powered by Intel Core M processor up to i7-YY75, the 7th generation is fast enough to crunch through everything yet requires no active cooling, making it fanless and silent laptop. Heat is dissipated through ultra-thin 0.5mm diameter heatpipe made from chromium-copper alloy. There is plenty of connectivity options with three USB 3.0 ports, 1 micro HDMI, 1 SD 2-in-1 card reader, 1 microphone-in jack and 1 headphone out jack. The new UX330 has two USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB-C Gen 1 port, 1 micro HDMI and 1 SD card reader.
Intel Core M Processor (7th Generation) fanless design | 4GB/8GB memory | 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD Storage | 13.3-inch 16:9 QHD+( 3200 x 1800)/Full HD (1920×1080) | Windows 10 Pro | up to 10 hours battery life
- Height: 1.23 cm x Width: 32.4 cm x Depth: 22.6 cm. Weight: 1.2kg
3. Samsung Notebook 9 – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
The Samsung Notebook 9 ultra portable with 13.3-inch is thin and looks smart albeit a little plain. A bigger 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 is also featured in our line up below with equally impressive dimensions and weight. The 13-inch weighs less than the MacBook Air 13 and has a Full HD display. Under the hood it is spots an Intel Core i5 processor (6th generation), 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD storage. It uses a sleek premium forged metal frame with the rest of the body engineered from aluminium and magnesium alloy making it weigh less than 1.2kg or 1.12kg to be precise. The design is a little bland given that all other laptops here comes with cutting edge design complete with all metal unibody contruction.
Intel Core i5 processor (6th generation) 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz | 8GB RAM memory | 256GB SSD storage | Windows 10 Home | 13.3-inch 16:9 Full HD (1920 x 1080) display | 1 mini VGA, 1 Type D Micro HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 Microphone In | 1 Headphone Out | up to 10 hours battery life
- Height: 1.29 cm x Width: 31.37 cm x Depth: 21.8 cm (12.35″ x 8.6″ x 0.53″) Weight: 2.5lbs (1.16kg)
4. Dell Latitude 13 7000 series – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge
Dell claims that the Latitude 13 7000 is the world’s smallest 13-inch business-class laptop with an InfinityEdge display. Featuring an aluminum or optional carbon fiber LCD back for incredible durability, just to confuse the buyers – the InfinityEdge display is also on the Dell XPS 13 (see below). It has ultra narrow bezel top, left and right but a much bigger bezel at the bottom. Still, it is incredibly thin and light so business travelers can thank Dell for sparing their shoulders especially when they have to travel the world with their laptop.
The InfinityEdge experience is like no other, display that goes right up to the edge with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) with anti-glare for business reasons. It measures 13.3-inch but thanks to the InfinityEdge, the device fits into the frame of a 12-inch laptop. That’s not all, the body of the Latitude 13 is crafted with layers of aerospace-grade carbon fiber and features an aluminum or optional carbon fiber LCD. Plus, the commercial keyboards and touchpads are built to ISO standards to ensure maximum longevity and comfortable use.
When it comes to connectivity, it has two Thunderbolt™ 3 multi-use ports allowing you to charge your laptop, connect to multiple devices, a USB 3.0 port with Power Share, a Micro HDMI port, an audio combo jack and one SD card reader. If chosen, it being a business laptops, you can also get the optional smart card slot and micro SIM card slot on top of that. It’s all the connectivity that you will ever need in an ultraportable laptop.
Intel® Core™ m5-6Y57 (Dual Core, 1.10 GHz, 4MB cache) Processor (6th Generation) | 8GB memory | 128GB/256GB SSD Storage | 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Glare | up to 10.5 hours battery life | Windows 10 Pro | 1 USB 3.0, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 micro HDMI, 1 universal jack.
- Height: 1.432 cm (0.56″) x Width: 30.48 cm (12″) x Depth: 21.05 mm (8.3″). Weight: 1.12 kg (2.47 lbs)
5. Acer Aspire S 13 – 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
With the focus on making one of the thinnest 13-inch laptop in the market, the Aspire S 13 measures only 14.58mm thin, making it the fifth thinnest 13-inch laptop in our list. Like the HP, Acer also included a chunky metallic hinge as a design feature, silver on the black and gold on the white. The back of the screen or cover has what Acer calls Nanoimprint, lithography with intricate patterns that makes the laptop stands out.
But the beautiful cover is only skin deep, Acer claims that the laptop can last up to 13 hours per charge enough to keep you going all day and has USB3.1 Type-C port for ultrafast data transfer and USB 3.0 port that supports charging of devices even with the laptop switched off. There is also a full size HDMI port just in case you need to hook it up to a big screen TV.
Intel® Core™ i7-7500U processor 2.70 GHz (Core i3 and i5 also available) 6th Generation Processor | 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS | Intel® Shared Memory | 8GB LPDDR3 | 256GB SSD | 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac wireless | 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port | up to 13 hours battery life | Windows 10 Home
- Height: 1.458 cm (0.57″) x Width: 32.7cm x Depth: 28.8cm. Weight: 1.3kg
6. Lenovo Yoga 900 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
Not your standard 2-in-1 convertible with a 360 degree hinge, but a Yoga 900 and the keyword here is hinge. The Yoga 900 is an ultra-lightweight 13.3-inch device with one of a kind, watchband hinge. To make it stand out even more, the colour options are bolder in bright silver, champagne gold and eye catching orange. Under the hood, you get the fast Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 6th generation CPU and PCIe solid-state storage for faster data access and stability. It also has one of the highest resolution 13.3-inch display packing QHD+ with 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution and IPS technology to make everything look super sharp and colours vivid.
Weighing only a mere 1.29kg and measuring just 14.9mm thin, the ultra portable still manages 9 hours of battery life per charge. The revolutionary watch bracelet inspired hinge is definitely a head turner and does not only look good. The strong hinge lets you use the laptop in four different modes common with convertible laptops with 360 degree hinge. It is made from 813 pieces of metal to make changing modes ultra smooth. The auto lock hinge also makes open and closing easy with one hand. To top if off, Lenovo has also equipped the Yoga 900 with JBL stereo speakers with Dolby DS1.0 Home Theatre certification making it great for both work and entertainment.
Up to Intel Core i7 processor (6th Gen) shown above is the Intel Core i5-6200U Processor( 2.30GHz 1866MHz 3MB) | up to 16GB RAM (model includes 8GB RAM) | 256GB SSD SATA III | up to 9 hours of battery life.
- Height: 1.49 cm x Width: 32.4 cm x Depth: 22.5 cm | 12.75″ x 8.86″ x 0.59″. Weight: Starting at 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)
7. Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 – 13.3-inch LED with IPS (2560 x 1600)
The new MacBook Pro 13 2016 is a whole 17% slimmer than its predecessor making it only 14.9mm thin, the same height as the Lenovo Yoga 900. It does not have a fancy hinge, but it comes with the option of a Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor, a long touch panel display located where the F keys normally are on the keyboard and changes with the app currently in focus to show the relevant controls or tools just when you need it. A cheaper non-Touch Bar version is also available for those looking to save some money and stick with the F keys.
Apart from the Touch Bar and dimensions, the key areas that have received a boost are; the display – now 67% brighter; the graphics – up to 130% faster; the storage – up to 100% faster and faster processor options configurable with Turbo Boost speed up to 3.8GHz. The Retina display is not only 500 nits brighter but 25% more colours than sRGB and 67% higher contrast ratio. Its larger pixel aperture and variable refresh rate also makes it more power efficient and its the first Mac laptop to support wide colour, 25% more for a broader range of greens and reds.
A few more areas that received an upgrade includes the sound system, now 58% more volume, 2.5x louder bass for maximum boom and twice the dynamic range. The MacBook Pro also received the same responsive butterfly mechanism keyboard seen on MacBook 12, this time in its second generation which is dubbed to be 4 times more stable than conventional scissor based keys. Lastly, the trackpad has also been given a boost, now twice as large compared to previous generation MacBook Pro, which is to say humongous offering more rooms for gestures and click.
Intel Core i5 2.0GHz dual-core, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz (no Touch Bar) or Intel Core i5 2.9GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz (with touch). Configurable up to Core i7 3.3GHz dual-core, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz | 13.3-inch LED Backlit display with IPS technology (2560 x 1600) | 8GB RAM memory (configurable to 16GB) | 256GB / 512GB PCIe based onboard SSD. (configurable to 1TB SSD) | Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on no Touch Bar version. Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on Touch Bar version. Use Thunderbolt 3 ports for charing, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt Data transfer (up to 40Gbps or as USB3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) | up to 10 hours battery life
- Height: 1.49 cm (0.59 inches) x Width: 30.41 cm (11.97 inches) x Depth: 21.24 cm (8.36 inches) Weight: 1.37kg (3.02 pounds)
8. Dell XPS 13 – 13.3 inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) – TAPERED
The biggest feature of the XPS 13 is the InfinityEdge display, with near zero bezel around the display making the device the smallest 13.3-inch laptop in the market. For the display two resolutions are available, Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel or UltraSharp QHD+ at 3200 x 1800 resolution, a resolution so high, its only matched by Lenovo Yoga 900 and bettered by Surface Book’s Pixel Sense display.
Even with a 13.3-inch display it weights only 1.22kg and measures 9-15mm high, one of the lightest and thinnest laptops around. The UltraSharp™ QHD+ resolution has ultra wide viewing angle up to 170°, offers 400 nit brightness and achieves a colour gamut of 72% and a contrast of 1000:1. An optional touch screen is also available.
The other feature that makes it stand out is the amazingly long battery life of up to 18 hours 14 minutes (with FHD display). The laptop has Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port for charging or connecting multiple devices including up to two 4K displays and data transfer rate up to 40Gbps. Design wise, the XPS 13’s chasis is cut from a single block of aluminium, uses Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on the QHD+ display and carbon fiber around the palm rest area.
Intel 6th Generation Core i5 or Core i7 procesor. Core i5-6200U 3MB cache, up to 2.8GHz speed | 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz memory | 256GB PCIe SSD Storage |13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display | up to 18 hours (with optional battery pack) | 2 USB 3.0, 1 Thunderbolt 3, 3-in-1 Card Reader, Noble Lock Slot
- Height: 0.9-1.5 cm (0.33 – 0.6″) x Width: 30.4cm (11.98″) x Depth: 20.0cm (7.88″). Weight: 1.2 kg (2.7lbs) non-touch, 1.29kg (2.9lbs) touch
9. HP Spectre x360 13 – 13.3-inch (2560 x 1440)
A 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a 360 degree hinge, the HP Spectre x360 13 may not be as slim as the Spectre 13, the world’s thinnest laptop also from HP, but it is more versatile with its bendable profile. The device targets home users, allowing them to operate the laptop in four different modes as all convertibles do. The laptop has an aluminium cover and is finished in ash silver putting it up there with other premium laptops.
Spectre x360 features a durable 360° hinge that makes it easy to rotate between four different modes. In stand mode, the keyboard is rotated behind the screen, making it perfect for watching movies and making video calls. In tent mode, the touch screen is easily accessible, ideal for bringing your favourite apps and games to your fingertips. Tablet mode is slim and simple, ideal for use on the go, while the classic laptop mode makes it easy to be productive with the keyboard and trackpad. Transitions are smoother than ever thanks to a newly designed hinge that will hold your Spectre x360 in position and blends seamlessly into the spine of the laptop.
Powered by sixth-generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor and 8GB of RAM, the Spectre x360 13 is ready to breeze through your computing needs, with enough power to take on more intensive tasks, such as photo and video editing as well as 3D gaming, and built-in security for absolute peace of mind. It also comes with a fast PCIe based 512GB Solid State Drive storage offering plenty of room for all the documents and media.
The Spectre x360 is brilliantly portable and packs a long battery life to boot. It weighs just 1.4kg and measures 1.6cm in height when closed, making it easy to slip into a bag and take with you. The aluminium unibody has been chiselled by computer numerical control- a process used by the aerospace industry- to ensure a durable, refined design. And it’s ideal for use on long journeys or when you can’t get to a plug socket too, thanks to a battery that will last for up to 12.5 hours.
Intel® Core™ i7-6500U 2.5GHz dual core (6th Gen) Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz | 33.8 cm (13.3″) diagonal Quad-HD (2560 x 1440) touchscreen display | 8GB RAM memory | 512GB PCIe® SSD Storage | Audio by Bang & Olufsen; TrueVision Full-HD Webcam; Cortana optimised Microphone | Windows 10 Home 64 | up to 12.5 hours of battery life
- Height: 1.59 cm x Width: 32.5 cm x Depth: 21.8 cm. Weight: from 1.45kg
10. Apple MacBook Air – 13.3-inch LED (1440 x 900) – TAPERED
At the point of writing, the MacBook Air is the most affordable MacBook one can buy. Apple has quietly retired the MacBook Air 11 leaving only the MacBook Air 13. This is not entirely a bad thing as there must be a decline in demand for the smaller MacBook Air. Being a MacBook Aif fan myself and a proud owner of the MacBook Air 13, I can see how this will be popular for those who do not want to spend big bucks on the new MacBook 12 or new MacBook Pro 2016 only to spend more on adapters given its lack of ports. It is also the longest lasting laptop outlasting the MacBook 12 and MacBook Pro 2016 by 2 hours per charge, 12 hours in total.
So we know we get 2 extra hours and a handful of ports, but what are we missing. What you do not get on the MacBook Air is the retina display and the Force Touch trackpad. Both MacBook 12 and MacBook Pro (13-inch or 15-inch) have Retina displays and Force Touch trackpad. And, the new MacBook Pro does come with faster processors and weighs just slightly more 20 grams more to be exact when comparing the 13-inch devices.
But whatever the task, fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel HD Graphics 6000 are up to it. The lack of a Retina display meant the processor and graphics are not caught up redrawing those mega pixels as it only has to worry about 1440 x 900, the screens native resolution, a saving on processor cycles. From editing photos to browsing the web, everything happens ultra-fast with onboard flash storage and plenty of memory at 8GB upgraded from 4GB. The starting storage does take a hit at 128GB or 256GB and configurable to 512GB while MacBook and MacBook Pro starts from 256GB. Another positive with the MacBook is it still uses the MagSafe 2 Power adapter and power port which is more convenient to attach and safer if someone were to trip on the cable as the port just snaps off the laptop rather than taking everything with it.
1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz with Intel HD Graphics 6000 (configurable to 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (TB up to 3.2GHz) | 8GB memory | 128GB or 256GB PCIe-based flash memory (configurable to 512GB) | Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20GBps) digital video output with Native Mini DisplayPort output, 2 x USB 3.0 and SDXC card reader | Dual mic, Stereo speaker and headphone combo
- Height: 0.3–1.7 cm (0.11–0.68 inches) x Width: 32.5 cm (12.8 inches) x Depth: 22.7 cm (8.94 inches). Weight: 1.35kg (2.96 pounds)
BONUS: HP ENVY 13 – 13.3-inch (3200 x 1800) 13.9mm 1.3kg
The HP Envy 13’’ (33.8 cm) diagonal laptop offers incredible performance with its 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor. The ultra portable road warrior will take you wherever you wish to go with powerful features and stunning design.
The high-performance 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor is both powerful and efficient, managing up to 10 hours of battery life. The ENVY 13 also has lightning-fast PCIe solid state storage and together with 8 GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM memory, access everything super fast. The 33.8 cm (13.3-inch) diagonal QHD+ IPS eDP BrightView WLED-backlit is covered in edge-to-edge glass and has a 4K resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.
With an all new edge-to-edge glass display, thin, all-metal body, and unique lift technology, it perfectly blends desirable features into a beautifully elevated design. The left and right corners are tapered giving it a floating look. The hinge that holds the cover over extends to the back of the base doubling as a stand to lift the keyboard at a comfortable typing angle.
The latest Wi-Fi® technology gives you a fast and reliable connection to the internet and the dual array microphone is optimised to give you the best Cortana experience in Windows 10. This ENVY also features fast charge so you can charge to 90% battery in just 90 minutes.
Intel® Core™ i7-7500U processor 2.7GHz Turbo Boost up to 3.5Ghz | 33.8 cm (13.3″) diagonal Quad-HD (3200 x 1800) edge-to-edge glass display | 8GB RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD storage | Audio by Bang & Olufsen |1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge), 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1, 1 micro SD card reader | Windows 10 Home 64
- Height: 1.39 cm Width: 32.6 cm x Depth: 22.6 cm, Weight: 1.3kg