6 Best Ultrabooks for People Who Have to Bring Laptops Everywhere
A few years ago, Moore’s Law was slowly becoming archaic. Formulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder George Moore, then later revised in 1975, the law states that the transistors inside an IC or integrated chip doubled every two years. This continued miniaturization of electronic components led to the surge of smaller and more powerful CPUs year after year until it became harder for chipmakers to sustain the rapid pace. Computer and chip makers had to innovate elsewhere.
Rather than focus on clock speeds, CPUs were now designed to have multiple computing cores. There were also noticeable improvements in other areas such as screen technology, storage capacity, energy efficiency, GPU design, and battery chemistry. On the software front, apps and operating systems continue to be optimized.
While the ultrabooks from a few years back were only ideal for basic tasks, today’s generation of ultrabooks, smaller, more lightweight laptops, now have the power and speed that rivals the fastest laptops. As other form factors such as the two-in-one convertibles continue to gain popularity, ultrabooks are still the go-to form factor for those looking for a nice balance between portability, power, and productivity.
1| Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon
Available only in black, the 7th-generation Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the Darth Vader of laptops. Defined by strong angular lines and a business-only vibe, the X1 Carbon stands out by not trying too hard. From the curved keys on the keyboard to the beveled edges of its chassis, it’s a well-engineered machine. Depending on the model, the X1 can be configured with a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU. Sound pumps out from the Dolby Atmos speakers. Users can opt for a 14-inch full HD or 4K screen with an integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics chip. The X1’s battery life tops out at an amazing 18.3 hours and comes with rapid charging. When closed, the X1 is only 14.95 mm thin and weighs around 1.13kg.
2| Dell XPS 13
SRP: P79,990 (i5)
The Dell XPS 13 ranks high above other 13-inch laptops for good reason. The XPS13 is carved out from a single piece of aluminum with woven glass fiber and carbon fiber for the palm rest. CPU options range from Core i5 all the way to a 10th-gen Core i7 with six cores. The 13.3-inch screen is available with full HD and a 4K touchscreen. The XPS 13’s Infinity Edge screen comes in at 80.7 percent screen-to-body ratio, making the screen almost appear borderless. Boot up is fast and apps run quickly from the 512GB solid state drive (SSD) storage with up to 16GB of RAM.
3| Huawei Matebook 13
SRP: P69,990 (i7)
Although known for its phones, Huawei also designs premium laptops. The Huawei Matebook 13’s feels familiar, especially to those used to laptops from Cupertino. The diamond-cut chassis is entirely made from aluminum alloy and weighs 1.3 kg. The Matebook is available with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM with 256 or 512 SSD storage and a UHD 620 or dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics chip. It is available in space gray and battery life maxes out at around 12 hours with quick charging. For those with Huawei or Honor phones with NFC, users can wirelessly share files with the Matebook via drag and drop.
4| HP Spectre 13
In the PC world, the HP Spectre 13 is a close rival to the Dell XPS 13. What sets it apart is its impossibly thin 10.4 mm chassis when closed. Inside, the Spectre 13 packs a Core i7 CPU, 256GB SSD, and 8GB RAM. It’s also one of the lightest 13-inch ultrabooks at 1.11 kg. The clever hidden hinge mechanism opens to reveal a full keyboard and a full HD 13.3-inch touchscreen, which is nearly borderless and has a layer of durable Gorilla Glass. The lid and keyboard area are scratch-resistant. Audio is pumped through Bang and Olufsen speakers.
5| Asus Zenbook S13
The ZenBook series from Asus is known for its impeccably crafted machines. The ZenBook S13 lives up to the name with an all-aluminum body crafted via a meticulous CNC milling process. The spun-metal finish on the lid makes the ZenBook S13 stand out in a sea of other boring ultrabooks. It has one of the largest displays found in an ultrabook at 13.9-inches yet it’s only 13mm thin and weighs only 1.1 kg. The unique ErgoLift hinge mechanism lifts the entire chassis for added comfort during typing. The full HD panel has one of the highest screen-to-body ratio at 97 percent, giving it an almost borderless display. Unique among ultrabooks, the Zenbook S13 meets the MIL-STD 810G military standard for operating in demanding environments such as high altitude, temperatures, and humidity.
6| Mi Notebook Air 13.3
The Mi Notebook Air is as minimalist as it can get. There’s nothing about the Notebook Air that would make it stand out among other ultrabooks in its class. Simple and elegant, the machine’s professional look has an understated appeal. Inside, it has specs that professionals will appreciate such as a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics chip. When it comes to weight, it’s slightly heavier than other ultrabooks at 1.3 kg.