TechRadar's top-ranking Ultrabook reviews

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We have quite a selection of the best ultrabooks for you to dig into. (Image credit: Future)

As a status symbol of sorts, the best Ultrabooks are the cream of the notebook crop, which unfortunately also makes them among the priciest options out there. But, these devices are more than just to show-off that you own a spiffy laptop. They’re not just stylish and made of premium materials; they also give you your money’s worth, thanks to their top-notch performance, long battery life, and thin and lightweight design.

The best ultrabooks, therefore, are among the best laptops being made right now, marrying high-end design with stellar internals such as dedicated graphics, a sophisticated and extremely portable design, and a battery life that will last an entire workday (and might even outlast yours.)

So, whether you’re looking for a business workstation, a laptop for college, or a portable for photography and video editing, these should be at the top of your list of options. Lucky for you, we know which are the best Ultrabooks 2022 has on offer. Here are our top picks, alongside our included price comparison tool for the best deals.

    Best Ultrabook 2022

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    The Dell XPS 15 might tempt any Mac fan out there to make the switch. (Image credit: Dell)

    1. Dell XPS 15 (2021)

    Dell delivers the ultimate Ultrabook

    Specifications

    CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i9-11900H

    Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6

    RAM: Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz

    Screen: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit

    Storage: Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

    Reasons to buy

    +Speedy performance+Gorgeous display

    Reasons to avoid

    -Could have better discrete graphics

    The Dell XPS 15 (2021) is the kind of Ultrabook that might tempt any Mac fan out there to make the switch. With up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, it can handle all of your creative and productivity work with ease, though it can be a little underpowered for heavy gaming. It’s also a stunner of a machine, setting the standard of what a well-designed Windows laptop can look like. Pair that with a gorgeous display, great battery life, and a price that sits solidly in the mid-range and you have an almost perfect portable.

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    The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 is as close to being the perfect business laptop as any manufacturer can get. (Image credit: HP)

    2. HP Elite Dragonfly G2

    Can HP make lightning strike twice?

    Specifications

    CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

    RAM: 8GB – 32GB

    Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED FHD, 400 nits – 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED 4K UHD HDR-400 550 nits

    Storage: up to 2TB SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Great design+Comfortable keyboard+Excellent screen

    Reasons to avoid

    -Expensive-USB-C ports on only one side

    The second-generation HP Elite Dragonfly has kept its status as one of the best Ultrabooks. HP’s impressive business laptop is back with its smart design, great battery life, and 2-in-1 prowess. Of course, it’s more powerful now than it’s ever been, touting 11th-gen Intel Core chips, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and now a 4K display, upgrading from its previous Full HD models. There’s a lot to love here, and it might just be as close to being the perfect business laptop as any manufacturer can get. If you can afford it. However, as it is meant for professionals, it’s definitely worth the investment. 

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    The HP Spectre x360 (2021) features the impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis (Image credit: HP)

    3. HP Spectre x360 (2021)

    This year’s model is a brilliant 13-inch laptop

    Specifications

    CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

    RAM: 8GB – 16GB

    Screen: 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3″ diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch

    Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Gorgeous design+Excellent battery life

    Reasons to avoid

    -Fans can get noisy-Pricey

    The HP Spectre x360 has been one of the best laptops for years now, and the 2021 model is no different. Now coming with 11th-generation Intel Core processors, which offer a decent performance boost, and feature better integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, the HP Spectre x360 (2021) is better than ever. It still features the impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis that these laptops are known for, meaning that the HP Spectre x360 (2021) is one of the best looking Ultrabooks ever made, and when it comes to build quality. While it’s certainly pricey, you’re getting some excellent extras, such as formidable security features and Bang & Olufsen speakers. If you care about aesthetics as much as you do performance and overall quality, this is the best Ultrabook for you.

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    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 packs a lot of power in its stylish package. (Image credit: Lenovo)

    4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

    Lenovo improves upon a classic

    Specifications

    CPU : 11th gen Intel Core i5 – i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe

    RAM: 8GB – 32GB

    Screen: 14-inch, 16:10 (1920 x 1200p) – (3840 x 2400), touchscreen

    Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Incredible performance+Fantastic battery life

    Reasons to avoid

    -Integrated graphics struggle with creative workloads

    Not only is the Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9 among the best Lenovo laptops but it’s one of the best ultrabooks out there as well. Keeping with what made its predecessors so good, the X1 Carbon packs in a lot of power and features in a thin, light, and stylish package. Its battery life can’t be beat so professionals needing a portable to take on the road will appreciate all that extra juice. And, while it isn’t ideal for creative projects, it handles productivity tasks like a pro, thanks to that 11th gen Intel Core CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, not to mention at least 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). On top of that, it’s Evo-certified so you know it’s a quality machine, not to mention brimming with security features.

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    With the Dell XPS 17 (2021), you can dabble in 4K video editing, especially if you splurge for that gorgeous UHD display. (Image credit: Dell)

    5. Dell XPS 17 (2021)

    A larger than life Ultrabook

    Specifications

    CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i9-11980HK

    Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6

    RAM: Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz

    Screen: 17.0″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 17.0″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit

    Storage: Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

    Reasons to buy

    +Great performance+Gorgeous design

    Reasons to avoid

    -Lack of ports

    The Dell XPS 17 (2021) may be pricey but it has the kind of power that smaller Ultrabooks just can’t deliver. With specs of up to an Intel Core i9 CPU, 64GB of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX GeForce 3060, you can even dabble in 4K video editing , especially if you splurge for that gorgeous UHD display. On top of that, all this performance fits in a 0.77 inch thick machine making this 17 inch laptop surprisingly portable. While the XPS 17 does come at a premium and could come with a few more ports, it is a great machine for a creative professional.

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    The Asus ZenBook 13 is a multi-tasking champ. (Image credit: Asus)

    6. Asus ZenBook 13

    A gorgeous AMD-powered ultraportable

    Specifications

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U

    Graphics: AMD Radeon

    RAM: 16GB

    Screen: 13.3-inch OLED FHD (1080p), 400 nits

    Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Gorgeous OLED display+Decent CPU performance

    Reasons to avoid

    -Radeon graphics underwhelming

    Asus takes the Ultrabook concept to the next level with the Asus ZenBook 13. If the gorgeous OLED display doesn’t win you over with its bright and vibrant colors, then maybe the battery life will, which runs circles around most of the competition. And, it has enough power to tackle most of your computing needs, though its graphics performance leaves something to be desired, especially compared to Intel’s Iris Xe. It also, unfortunately, is missing a headphone jack or Thunderbolt 4 support.  However, if those aren’t dealbreakers, this device is a multi-tasking champ that will last through hours and hours of use.

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    The LG Gram 16 (2021) is amazingly thin and light. (Image credit: LG)

    7. LG Gram 17 (2021)

    A productivity powerhouse

    Specifications

    CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

    RAM: 16GB LPDDR4X

    Screen: 17-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD

    Storage: up to 2TB NVMe SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Excellent battery life+Large, high-quality display+Very light

    Reasons to avoid

    -Expensive-Subject to screen glare

    Laptops for work are rejoining the 17-inch fray and leading them is the much-lauded LG Gram 17, whose amazingly thin and light form factor has won awards and makes it among the best Ultrabooks on the market. It’s back and better than ever, with more powerful internals like the 11th-generation Intel chips and the Iris Xe graphics as well as two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. The long battery life and stunner of a screen are back, though as is its steep price tag. It’s worth it though if you want the power and portability of Ultrabooks yet also need a bigger screen.

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    The Surface Laptop 4 looks great and is a pleasure to use. (Image credit: Microsoft)

    8. Surface Laptop 4

    The best Surface Laptop

    Specifications

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4680U – 11th Gen Intel Core i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics

    RAM: 8GB – 32GB

    Screen: 13.5” 2256 x 1504 PixelSense Touch Display

    Storage: 256GB – 1TB

    Reasons to buy

    +Comfortable keyboard+Beautiful screen

    Reasons to avoid

    -Microfiber material can attract dirt

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the pinnacle of everything Microsoft is trying to do. This beautiful machine looks great and is a pleasure to use, from its incredibly comfortable keyboard to its bright, beautiful PixelSense Display. Like many of the best Ultrabooks, it comes up a bit short in the port department. And, the inclusion of the microfiber material known as Alcantara may add a bit of comfort and style to the proceedings, but it also attracts dirt and debris. However, it is an incredible machine to use for remote work, especially with its solid battery life (which is a bit less than advertised but still a robust 13 hours on a full charge). 

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    The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro has an amazing battery life. (Image credit: Samsung)

    9. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

    Samsung makes a MacBook rival

    Specifications

    CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

    RAM: 8GB – 16GB

    Screen: 13.3” FHD Touch Display

    Storage: 256GB – 512GB

    Reasons to buy

    +Amazing battery life+Great performance

    Reasons to avoid

    -Design is a bit boring

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro may not be pushing the design envelope but it offers a lot to be considered as a MacBook alternative. One of its most outstanding aspects is an amazing battery life that few other Ultrabooks can come close to meeting. Couple that with great everyday performance and light design, and you have a fully-featured Ultrabook that’s made for the road. And, Samsung fans will be excited to know that the Galaxy Book Pro integrates very well with Samsung smartphones.

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    The Lenovo ThinkBook 14S Yoga comes with some great features. (Image credit: Lenovo)

    10. Lenovo ThinkBook 14S Yoga

    An excellent 2-in-1

    Specifications

    CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7

    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

    RAM: up to 24 GB DDR4 3200MHz

    Screen: 14.0” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 300 nits

    Storage: up to 1TB PCIe SSD

    Reasons to buy

    +Great performance+Garaged stylus 

    Reasons to avoid

    -Battery life is just OK

    Lenovo’s latest release, the ThinkBook 14S Yoga, is a solid and affordable convertible that comes with some great features and a terrific performance – not to mention that coveted 2-in-1 design and a garaged pen, which doesn’t come standard on every hybrid. There’s a lot to love here, starting with its great price-to-performance ratio, even though admittedly, it isn’t perfect. That battery life, for example, is no match to the competition. Still, this is among the best hybrid laptops out there.

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