After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best lightweight business laptops for 2019 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop
The 13.3-inch Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN delivers overall excellent performance from its eighth-gen Intel processor and discrete Nvidia graphics chip. Nearly 11 hours of battery life. All in a slim, lightweight and attractive package.
Overall, this is a great little laptop… with no genuine deal-breakers here for me. However, there are a few things that are less than ideal, and I could see the sum total being enough to stop the purchase. Or even just one or two — say for example, the inability to add more system memory. You can open up the laptop to increase storage, but you’re stuck with its 8GB of RAM, giving you no room for improved performance down the road.
The keyboard might also flip your decision. Though it is spacious and has a three-level backlight, the key travel feels short, so if you really hit hard when typing, you might find it uncomfortable. There was also something just slightly off in the placement for me that took some adjustment. Eventually I did adjust, though, and found the experience to be satisfactory
HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax040nr
The inexpensive HP Stream 14 is an attractive, lightweight 14-inch Windows laptop with a long battery life and performance good enough for basic productivity and streaming media. Plenty of expansion ports. Includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 Personal for one year.
The Stream is a nice-looking laptop,… too, assuming you’re cool with the bright blue color. It’s all plastic with ridges on the lid that give it texture and added grip. The blue continues inside except for the bright white keyboard. With its meager 32GB of storage — only about half of which is available to use — it’s nice HP didn’t skimp on expansion options. An SD card fits almost entirely in the slot, too, so you could easily leave a card in there for files and applications.
Other integrated features include a webcam, microSD card reader, and an audio in/out jack. The operating system installed is Chrome OS. Using Linux as a base, Google designed Chrome OS to work exclusively with web applications. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, which greatly resembles the Google Chrome web browser. Chrome OS was built for people who spend a majority, if not all, of their time on the computer connected to the Internet.
Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6″, 4GB RAM
The 11.6″ 16 GB Chromebook 3 from Samsung is a slim and lightweight notebook designed to provide you with a keen balance of capable computing and mobility. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core processor and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the Chromebook 3 can handle multitasking and everyday computing needs such as checking emails, watching videos, and composing papers.
The Chromebook 3 has an 11.6”… (1366 x 768) anti-reflective HD screen driven by integrated Intel HD Graphics with a 180 degree hinge for easy screen sharing. You can even output video using its HDMI port. For storing files and programs, it is equipped with 16GB of eMMC flash storage, a specification commonly seen on many Chromebooks. When space runs low, you can attach additional storage options using its USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, and micro SD card slot.
Connect to the Internet using 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and additional peripherals using Bluetooth wireless technology. It also has a built-in webcam, microphone, speakers for video chat capabilities, along with a single microphone and headphone combo jack. The operating system installed within Chromebooks is Chrome OS.
Acer Chromebook 11, 11.6-inch HD, Intel Celeron N2840
There’s a sort-of pinstripe texture on the lid and a two-tone look to the keyboard surround to stop you falling asleep just by looking at the thing, but it’s practical rather than flashy. This grey-on-white mix isn’t just there for the look, though, as grey parts are rubberised to soak up impact force better than hard plastic.
The Chromebook 11 is less dumpy… -looking than the Chromebook 11 N7 we looked at recently, too. Where the latter laptop has the military-grade ruggedness to endure the careless treatment of a classroom of 30 pre-GCSE kids, the 11 is a bit slimmer, less well-armoured.
That’s not to say it’s poorly-made, though. Anything but: a plastic laptop like this is never going to feel super-expensive, but it is still very sturdy. The keyboard doesn’t flex, the screen half is nice and rigid. You can get it to creak a little if you try, but the Acer Chromebook 11 does not feel cheaply-made. Given it is cheap, that’s a solid achievement.
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5″ i5 256GB Multi-Touch
The Microsoft Surface Book packs high-end components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body. Some components and most of the battery are hidden in the base, so the tablet half is lighter. The high-res screen looks great, and the included stylus pen is excellent.
What good is a touchscreen tablet… and stylus if you can’t really draw? Despite a teenage comic book collection thousands of issues deep (dating roughly 1985-1991), I never had much of a knack as a visual artist, beyond idle doodling. Sure, I’ve got a few standby sketches I can whip up when the need arises, from the googly-eyed generic newspaper strip character to some forced perspective boxes, but does that mean I need a $1,499-and-up laptop-plus-stylus Microsoft Surface Book that practically begs to be used by someone with actual artistic talent?
Microsoft’s other new system, the less expensive Surface Pro 4 , is clearly intended as a full-time tablet that can double as a part-time laptop, thanks to its clever (but sold separately) keyboard cover. And in practice, the Surface Pro is better as a tablet, and certainly great to draw on, but it doesn’t do as much for the rest of us who live in the slightly more buttoned-down world of offices, meetings, word processing and all the things that work best on a traditional laptop.
Huawei MateBook X Signature Edition 13″ Laptop
Luxury doesn’t boast. Luxury just is. The Huawei Matebook X is a perfect example. The laptop’s matte, metallic aluminum construction oozes style, and it feels as premium as it looks. Similar to the Huawei Mate 9 phone, the Matebook X’s elegantly inconspicuous power button doubles as a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader.
Available in gold, grey and pink,… the Matebook X’s dimensions are thinner and it weighs less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Its 12.5 mm thick and weighs 2.31 pounds, while the comparable MacBook Pro is 15 mm thick and weighs about 3.02 pounds. (The 12-inch MacBook, which uses lower-power Intel Core M processors, is 13 mm thick and weighs 2.03 pounds.)
There is a striking resemblance between the two high-end laptops. That’s a big compliment. If the TouchBar-less version of the MacBook Pro is the “Retina MacBook Air” you’ve always wanted, the Matebook X is the Windows 10 version you never knew you needed.
Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro
Expand your capabilities with the 12.3″ 32GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Chromebook Pro from Samsung, which features a built-in stylus that you can use to draw, take notes, and interact with apps and games. When not needed, simply slide it back into its dedicated slot so you won’t lose it. The Chromebook Pro is powered by a 900 MHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 dual-core processor, 4GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and integrated Intel graphics.
This system is equipped with 32GB… of eMMC storage. Should you need more, you can connect external storage solutions using its USB ports as well as its microSD card reader. Its 12.3″ display has a 2400 x 1600 resolution for crisp and clear content reproduction. Furthermore, with multi-touch support, you’ll be able to utilize touch gestures and functions to improve its accessibility and your productivity.
The 2-in-1 design with a 360° hinge provides you with multiple viewing options, allowing you to adjust it to fit your preference or current application. Other integrated features include 80.211ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a webcam, speakers, microphones, and a 3.5mm mic and headphone combo jack. The operating system installed is Chrome OS.
Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS 15.6″ Ultra Thin
The world’s smallest 15-inch laptop packs powerhouse performance and a stunning InfinityEdge display — all in our most powerful XPS laptop. Featuring the latest Intel® processors. The Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS might be pricey, but it does that for value and reason. It is one of the few systems with a premium construction and powerful high-end systems for work and video work, and will allow you play games on the side.
If you’re a media hobbyist or professional,… you should consider this system, seriously. The Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS finally answers a question I get asked quite often: Which is the best laptop for visual artists who are onto photography or video? In fact, it is what we all thought Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Retina with Touchbar) would have been: extremely light, a 4K touch display, 100% Adobe RGB display screen.
A new Kaby lake processor, tons of RAM, a dedicated Pascal-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card and all-day battery life. The MacBook pro skimps on most of these features, safe for a trophy touch bar and sleek design, but the newest XPS 15 shines in both form and function.