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Review: Best Lightweight Laptops for Business Travellers

An Ultrabook is basically a laptop that is slim, portable and ready to use all day. These portable laptops are distinguished by premium designs that measure under 0.9-inch thick and weigh less than 2.3kg. Screen sizes range from 12 to 14 inches, making them small enough to carry in a backpack or large purse, but not so small as to feel confined during use.

The Ultrabook category is as much about performance as it is portability, combining laptop-grade processors and long-lasting battery life. Ultrabooks may be slim featherweights compared to mainstream laptops, but they do it with similar performance and some of the best battery life of any style laptop, and the prices tend towards the premium.
To explore the best, we have here a list of top Ultrabooks featuring powerful Intel Core processors, fast SSD storage and superb battery life. But more than anything else they represent the bleeding edge of laptops.

Apple MacBook

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Good Points: The 12-inch Apple MacBook is amazingly thin and light, has a premium look and feel, and is available in three colours. The USB-C port allows you to charge from an external backup battery pack.

Bad Points: The keyboard is shallow and takes some time getting used to, and sharing a single port for all accessories as well as the power cord is almost could be frustrating.

Bottom Line: If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.

Dell XPS 13 Touch

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Good Points: Very compact frame; carbon fibre and aluminium construction; QHD+ (3200×1800) display; USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 interface.

Bad Points: Needs adapters for external displays.

Bottom Line: The Dell XPS 13 Touch delivers the ideal combination of power and prestige, with a sturdy build, a gorgeous QHD+ touch screen, a speedy new processor, and USB-C port with Thunderbolt support.

Samsung Ativ Book 9

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Good Points: Beautiful display; thin and light design; solid overall performance.

The Bad: Finicky touchpad; Short battery life.

Bottom Line: The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is a compact laptop with a stunning display good for websurfing and casual use.

Asus ZenBook UX305

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Good Points: Great price; super thin aluminum body; bright matte screen ; quiet, fanless design; extra long battery life .

Bad Points: Quiet speakers; no backlit keyboard; Webcam has poor white balance.

Bottom Line: The ZenBook UX305 is a superb value ultra-portable with a gorgeous all-aluminum body, thin, fanless design, and 9-plus hours of battery life.

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