These are the best ultrabooks to look out for buy in 2016, and now they're even better thanks to Windows 10. These super-thin, feather-light ultrabooks are perfect for anyone who doesn't want the heft of a traditional laptop, but can't stand the idea of tapping out emails on a software keyboard. Think this might be your bag? Read on.
- Also check out: the best Windows 10 laptops, 2-in-1s and tablets
1. Lenovo Yoga 900
Despite its new name, the Yoga 900 feels a lot like the Yoga 3 Pro. It's slightly heavier and thicker than its predecessor, which is ok, because it's a much more powerful device. Lenovo switched the Intel Core M processor in the Yoga 3 Pro for Intel's sixth-generation Skylake processor in the Yoga 900, all while keeping its gorgeous QHD+ display. speedy SSD and gorgeous watchband hinge-inspired design. If you loved the Yoga 3 Pro but wished it had a little bit more power, the Yoga 900 is well worth checking out.
£720 | Lenovo.com
2. Lenovo Yoga 900S
Style? The Yoga 900 has it in spades, but you might be tempted to wait for the newer Yoga 900S. Sticking with the Yoga 900's watchband hinge-inspired design, it’s smaller at 12.5 inches and even lighter at just 2.2 pounds (versus the 900’s 2.8). The 900S's QHD display once again rotates all of the way around allowing it to be used like a tablet. Intel’s Core m7 processor provides the horsepower, and combined with a 53 watt-hour battery should allow the Yoga 900S’s battery life to stretch into the double figures. If you like the sound of a more portable Yoga 900, only with slightly less processing power and a reduced screen resolution, the 900S could be what you’ve been waiting for.
Coming soon | Lenovo
3. Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 has been the 13-inch laptop to beat since it launched in early 2015. Only the LG Gram 15, which is yet to come to the UK, comes close to matching its gorgeous, compact design. Dell’s mini, yet mighty machine’s main feature is its virtually bezel-less InfinityEdge display. Measuring just millimetres thick, it almost makes the screen’s contents look like they’re floating in mid-air. Moreover, it lends the laptop similar dimensions to an 11-inch laptop, making it the most bag-friendly 13.3-inch laptop around. Powered by Intel’s latest sixth-generation Skylake processors, the XPS 13 is available with a QHD+ or 1080p display depending on whether you prefer crisper visuals or longer battery life.
From £929 | Dell
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Surface Pro 4 makes a big improvement over the Surface Pro 3, but it does so subtly. By getting rid of the capacitive Windows button, Microsoft was able to shrink the size of the bezel to make its 12.3-inch display larger. It's slightly thinner and lighter too, all while being more powerful thanks to Intel's sixth-generation processor. Even the accessories have got better this time around - from the new keyboard that features more tactile keys to the new Surface Pen which ups the pressure sensitivity compare to the Surface Pro 3's.
£749 | Microsoft.com
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
The similarities between the Miix 700 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets are plain to see, but don’t call Lenovo’s latest 2-in-1 a cheap knock-off. This convertible tablet boasts a sharp Full HD+ display with a pixel-resolution of 2,160 x 1440, weighs 0.6 pounds lighter than the Surface Pro 3 and has an arguably snazzier design that echoes Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro laptop. Unlike the Surface Pro 4, the Miix 700 can be configured with an LTE modem making it possible to access the internet via a mobile network.
From £855 | Lenovo
6. Toshiba Satellite Radius 12
The Radius 12 was the first convertible laptop to feature a 4K display. There’s a few more models on the market, but few have the allure of Toshiba’s 12.5-inch model. Featuring Technicolor certification, the Radius 12’s 3,840 x 2,160 display is simply stunning and really perks up anything from images to Office documents to website text. Its svelte aluminium body is even narrower than the Dell XPS 13, all while squeezing Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake processor inside.
£799 | Amazon
7. Apple 12-inch MacBook
Apple’s most controversial laptop yet is its prettiest by far. Its incredible thinness is achieved by sacrificing all but one of the machine’s ports, leaving it with a sole USB Type-C connection. Without an adapter, you’re forced to use one peripheral at a time — so you can’t use an external monitor while charging your phone, for example. Still, if you can put up with that, the 12-inch MacBook’s gorgeous Retina display, surprisingly punch speakers and roomy Force Touch TrackPad make it one of the best Ultrabooks around.
From £1,049 | Apple
8. Asus UX305
It may not have a razor-thin display bezel like the XPS 13, but that’s no reason to scratch the UX305 from your list. At just 12.3mm thick it’s as skinny as it is lightweight, which is no mean feat for a laptop that weighs just 2.6 pounds. Taking inspiration from the 13-inch MacBook Air, the Intel Core M-powered UX305 is constructed from aluminium and has a keyboard that lets your fingers fly. You might even prefer its matte 1080p display, which is easy to read on, to glossy ones found on more expensive models. That’s right: at just £599 the UX305 undercuts competing laptops and is a no-brainer if you’re on a budget.
£599 | John Lewis
9. Dell XPS 12
Just like the XPS 13, the XPS 12 features Dell's impressive InfinityEdge display. This makes the XPS 12 one of the most compact tablets around, though it certainly isn't the thinnest. The extra chunk is due to the keyboard base, which is by far and away the best on any tablet out there. If you appreciate keys that possess deep travel, you'll love what the XPS 12 has to offer. It's powered by an Intel Core M CPU and comes with a dazzling 4K display that makes fonts, websites and images look extremely sharp. There's also a stylus for drawing on the 12.5-inch tablet's display.