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16 best ultraportable laptops of 2016 UK: Best Ultrabooks

The best Ultraportable laptops we can buy. PC Advisor reviews a best unstable laptops we can buy in a UK in 2016. Best Ultrabook reviews. 

As good as being easy to transport, an ultraportable laptop needs to be means to cope with a ever-increasing final of those who are constantly on a move. PC Advisor reveals a UK’s best ultraportable laptops 2016. Here are a reviews of a best ultraportable laptops. See also: best laptops of 2016.

16 best ultraportable laptop reviews

16. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370

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  • Reviewed on: 17 Feb 15
  • RRP: £1000 inc. VAT
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The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a lightweight ultraportable that can modify into a Windows 8 tablet. Don’t be misled by a name – a Yoga 3 Pro is distant from a veteran notebook, foretold by Lenovo’s choice of Windows consumer handling system. Overall battery life is softened than bill laptops nonetheless we had hoped for some-more like 10 hours with a novel low-power processor. Overall complement opening was considerable given a low time frequency, with graphics potentially sufficient to run some Windows games during lowest settings.

Read a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 review.

15. Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series

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  • Reviewed on: 4 Feb 14
  • RRP: £1522 inc VAT
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The stout Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series is generally excellent, with quick components, endless connectivity, a good shade and gentle keyboard, yet it can’t utterly turn a ultimate bureau Ultrabook: a battery life can’t compare a MacBook Air’s longevity, and a £1522 cost creates it pricier too.

Read a Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series review.

14. Dell Precision M3800

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  • Reviewed on: 9 Jun 15
  • RRP: £1978 inc VAT
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The Precision M3800 is Dell’s take on a ‘Ultrabook’ unstable workstation notebook. It’s done from a reduction of materials, and has an small battery in sequence to stay fashionably trim. In a favour, a quad-core processor and midrange pro-certified graphics chipset yield useful performance, and yet too many overacting from a cooling fans. This year’s indication now has a UHD 4K arrangement nonetheless this still serves to elaborate problems in some Windows programs, while a overly contemplative touchscreen trickery formula in a heavier row with poorer observation that drains a battery faster. For veteran users even some-more so than with consumer laptops, we here doubt a genuine value of a touchscreen on a laptop. Ultimately a Dell’s circa-3 hour battery life means a M3800 is severely compromised as a mobile capability tool. If we don’t mind staying tethered to a mains, it is a good garments horse.

Read a Dell Precision M3800 review.

13. MacBook Air (11 inch, early 2015)

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  • Reviewed on: 14 Apr 15
  • RRP: £749 (128GB model), £899 (256GB model). More costly build-to-order options available
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Available during a same cost as final year, a new 11-inch MacBook Air has a same super-fast storage as before, and around 10 percent boost in processor performance. Gaming opening was always borderline, and now we find it no softened and even incompletely slower. But altogether battery runtime increasing by roughly a third in a tests, a unequivocally useful ascent on a already unequivocally decent 10 hour-plus battery life of a prior generation.

Read a MacBook Air (11 inch, early 2015) review.

12. Lenovo ThinkPad X250

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  • Reviewed on: 23 Jul 15
  • RRP: £1200 inc VAT
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Lenovo has successfully shrunk a customary business cover down to what was once famous as a sub-notebook category, and is now a some-more hackneyed distance as laptops advantage from a pull toward miniaturisation. Its Broadwell-generation Core i5 processor maintains opening for bureau duties and helps safety serviceable runtime of roughly 7 hours from a minimal 24Wh battery. Ergonomics are good interjection to a informed dished-key keyboard and an choice for IPS display. It competence tumble brief of competitors like a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina arrangement in terms of shade quality, price, longevity and ideal performance, yet for business users that direct a trackpoint interface, intelligent label container or TPM module, a ThinkPad X250 has all a right business credentials.

Read a Lenovo ThinkPad X250 review.

11. Asus ZenBook Pro UX501

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  • Reviewed on: 22 Feb 16
  • RRP: £1499 inc VAT
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The Asu ZenBook Pro UX501 is a laptop that looks good on paper, if you’re not incited off by a price. It has copiousness of power, high-quality build and an ultra-high fortitude shade matched with a touchscreen. And it can even play games.
It’s all many people wish in a laptop. However, a few small niggles stop it from being a MacBook Pro 15 and Dell XPS 15 torpedo we competence be anticipating for.
First, a screen’s antiquated pattern boundary a impact of a high fortitude in many environments. It’s impossibly contemplative on dual opposite levels. That a CPU fan is a small vitriolic and a touchpad unequivocally shrill are unequivocally teenager points, yet total with a shade emanate make for a laptop not utterly adult there with a unequivocally best. You can means to be picky when we have this many income to spend.

Read a Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 review.

10. Lenovo Yoga 900

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  • Reviewed on: 26 Feb 16
  • RRP: From £1199 inc VAT (model reviewed £1499)
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The Lenovo Yoga 900 is a laptop that unequivocally asks we to trust in a pattern style. After all, it doesn’t come inexpensive and for a cost we can get a laptop with many some-more energy if you’re not out for something immensely portable. That’s where this laptop excels: portability. As good as being slim, light and all-round lovely, a intelligent hinge lets it lay where many other laptops usually can’t. The battery should final by a full day’s work as well.
The trackpad can feel fiddly and a arrangement isn’t perfect, yet if you’re feeling flush this is one of a tip ultraportables around.

Read a Lenovo Yoga 900 review.

9. Asus ZenBook UX303U

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  • Reviewed on: 16 Dec 15
  • RRP: £899.99 inc VAT
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At around £900 a ZenBook UX303U approaches a build refinement yet lacks a dominant battery of a likewise labelled MacBook Air, nonetheless it can explain faster processor opening and a aloft full-HD matt display. This latest ZenBook is a well-balanced, intelligent and absolute Windows notebook.

Read a Asus ZenBook UX303U review.

8. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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  • Reviewed on: 22 Jan 16
  • RRP: From £639 inc VAT
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A unequivocally decent laptop replacement, and an fine tablet, a Surface Pro 3 is certainly impressive. If we need a singular device to do all we can’t cruise of any softened device. And when we cruise a cost of shopping a dissimilar laptop, inscription and desktop PC a Surface Pro 3 is labelled to shift. The doubt stays as to either people wish a singular device rather than mixed gadgets that are softened during their particular tasks. Microsoft’s latest formula advise that Surface Pro 3 is winning hearts and minds. Has it won yours?

Read a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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  • Reviewed on: 14 Dec 15
  • RRP: From £749 inc VAT (model tested £1079)
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There is a good understanding to like and soap-box about a Surface Pro 4. The pattern is thinner and lighter for starters. The shade is awesome, there’s copiousness of energy available, a new Surface Pen is softened and a Type Cover is a immeasurable alleviation on a final one. However, a pattern is inherently ungainly during times, it’s some-more costly that a lot of laptops and a Type Cover, that you’ll flattering many need, isn’t enclosed obscure a value.

Read a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review.

6. Asus Zenbook UX305CA

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  • Reviewed on: 11 Mar 16
  • RRP: £649 inc VAT
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The Asus ZenBook UX305CA is a sensible, maybe predicted ascent to a UX305 we looked during final year. It has newer CPU, and a many higher-resolution screen. However, it stays a severely portable, expensive-feeling laptop that unequivocally isn’t that expensive.
That we can get this category of appurtenance for £600 (at a time of writing) shows that while Apple’s pricing has improved, companies like Asus still have a edge. A big, sharp, glossy edge.
The Core M CPU boundary a throng of people this laptop will fit perfectly. But that it still feels quick for bland tasks and a fact it will final all day with that kind of use creates it ideal for those who find themselves hopping between meetings or cafes as partial of their daily grind.
If you’re looking for something to use mostly during home, we competence wish demeanour for something with a small some-more energy and a shade with somewhat aloft contrast, though.

Read a Asus Zenbook UX305CA review.

5. HP Envy 13

  • Rating:
  • Reviewed on: 25 Feb 16
  • RRP: From £649 inc VAT (model reviewed £799)
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The HP Envy 13 gets a lot of things right. The design, a trackpad, a opening and a shade are all unequivocally good. Using this laptop is a genuine pleasure in many respects, a earthy portability is illusory and it has clearly been designed with a essential bill in mind. It’s a good buy.
There are a few issues, though. Unless use is unequivocally light, battery life is unsatisfactory and a build peculiarity is somewhat reduction considerable than it during initial appears – there’s some flex to a body, creation it a bit reduction lush than we competence design looking during photos.
Given a glorious multiple of features, opening and value though, it’s usually a battery life we need to unequivocally stop and cruise about before buying. The Asus UX305 lasts longer, and while that laptop lacks a backlit keyboard and some of a HP’s tender power, that competence be adequate to clear switching teams.

Read a HP Envy 13 review.

4. Dell XPS 13 9350

  • Rating:
  • Reviewed on: 15 Dec 15
  • RRP: From £849 inc VAT
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The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a resplendent guide of wish in a universe of Windows laptops, a compress laptop that outdoes a apparent foe in some pivotal respects like shade peculiarity and near-borderless display. Here is a 13.3-inch laptop that takes adult small some-more space than an 11.6-inch model. Poor thermal government needs to be improved, while a non-touchscreen chronicle could answer other superb issues.

Read a Dell XPS 13 9350 review.

3. 13-inch MacBook Air (early 2015)

  • Rating:
  • Reviewed on: 22 Apr 15
  • RRP: £849 (with 128GB storage), £999 (with 256GB)
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After some endless testing, we found a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) to be small opposite altogether to a 2014 model. The Thunderbolt 2 refurbish will infer useful for joining to high-resolution UHD displays, and a few percent of combined processor energy is never unwelcome. But hoped-for improvements in graphics opening and battery longevity did not arise in a testing, in annoy of a new Intel processor that was approaching to shepherd advantages in both areas. Launched during a same cost as final year’s indication it still deserves courtesy as one of a excellent ultraportable laptops accessible – doubly so now that a flash-drive speed has shot adult another 100 percent – and it will sojourn a some-more affordable choice in lightweight notebooks when a new MacBook launches this month.

Read a 13-inch MacBook Air (early 2015) review.

2. HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1

  • Rating:
  • Reviewed on: 13 Jan 15
  • RRP: £2116 inc. VAT
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Most ultraportables we exam are dumbed-down MacBook Air clones with inexpensive construction and low-grade components. That’s because it creates a quite lovely change to find a Windows laptop that not usually matches yet surpasses Apple’s renouned ultraportable in a pivotal area like shade quality. The cost is many aloft than even a Retina-display 13-inch MacBook yet if we contingency have a laptop built for Windows that can make a matter in build peculiarity and top-class components, check out EliteBook Folio 1040 G1.

Read a HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 review.

1. 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (early 2015)

  • Rating:
  • Reviewed on: 30 Mar 15
  • RRP: From £999
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While it looks usually like each Retina-screened 13-inch MacBook before it, a Early 2015 rider is streets forward of progressing models. Its storage speed is adult to double a already ground-breaking speed of a 2013 model. The new Force Trackpad brings discernible advantages in hold control, with an intelligent coprocessor that helps appreciate a digital movements. And a Broadwell processor, with other using changes too, has spearheaded usually about a biggest ascent any mobile computing user could ask for, namely insanely prolonged battery life. Improvements in graphics opening were reduction fatiguing in a tests, yet during slightest always certain changes. The world’s excellent 13-inch cover is now unassailable, generally given it’s kept a same sub-£1000 cost indicate as a predecessor.

Read a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (early 2015) review.

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