Top Ultrabooks for 2021 – thin and light laptops you’ll love!

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated May 7th, 2021
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We live in a fast-paced, always connected world, so it's no surprise that modern PCs are being designed to keep up with this lifestyle. Ultrabooks these days fit fantastic speeds and performance into slim and light packages that are perfect for taking on the go! Today we're having a quick look at the very best in thin and light laptops available today, with options from Razer, MSi, Microsoft, Asus, Lenovo and HP to start us off. 

With Ultrabook options (less than 18mm thin for 14", 22mm for larger screen sizes) and extremely powerful hybrids (if you can handle an extra 3mm) they're also capable of doing more thanks to smaller, faster components being packed inside! 

1. Razer Blade Stealth

The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 pushes the envelope with what's possible in a thin and light Ultrabook. Utilizing the 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor at 25W and an all-new GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, you'll rip through games and content creation tasks. Featuring the world's fastest 13.3" 120Hz Full HD display for buttery smooth visuals or a 4K resolution touch display - the Razer Blade Stealth 13 combines portability and style, with performance that's perfect for gaming and productivity.

8 MILLION PIXELS+ - Retina Shattering Clarity
8 MILLION PIXELS+ - Retina Shattering Clarity
The Razer Blade Stealth has lots of use cases.
The Razer Blade Stealth is perfect for work during the day and gaming at night!

With a 4 core / 8 thread 10th Gen Intel i7-1065G7 inside, which has a turbo max freq at 3.90 GHz, 16GB of DDR4, dedicated Nvidia GTX 1650Ti graphics and a large 512GB ultrafast NVMe SSD the performance of this model makes it the perfect Ultrabook for gaming. Combine this with extremely quiet fans, low thermal power and extended battery life, and you won't find much better!

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 13.3" Display
- 15.3mm thin
- 1.41kg

 2. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

The new 2021 Surface Laptop 4 is a pretty impressive upgrade compared to the Surface devices that have come before. With a beautiful balance between the ultra-thin design and a huge increase of speed by up to 70%, this comes with a significant increase to the battery life too! This increase in performance is thanks to the two great processor choices Microsoft have selected, this model features a powerful Quad Core 11th Gen Intel Core™ i7-1185G7 processor, which features 4 courses and 8 threads. So get ready for a laptop with exceptional performance, perfect multitasking at speed across all of your applications. This all comes in the signature 3:2 Surface aspect ratio, allowing you to view everything closer to perfect scaling!

The signature Surface 3:2 screen ratio is made even better by the touch screen.
The signature Surface 3:2 screen ratio is made even better by the touch screen.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is perfect for multitasking thanks to the latest generation of processors inside!
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is perfect for multitasking thanks to the latest generation of processors inside!

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 13.5" Display
- 14.5mm Thin
- 1.29kg

3. Lenovo ThinkPad X390

This one is a pinnacle of performance in a thin design in our list; a portable powerhouse with the great components housed within. The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Ultrabook might be slim, but it has heavyweight performance! The Intel Core  i7-8665U processor provides long battery life and ultra-responsive multi-tasking performance in a sleek package.

Front view of the Lenovo ThinkPad X390
Slim, light and ready for business. This Lenovo X390 is both powerful and portable
The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 has privacy features.
The Lenovo's ThinkPad X390 features their strong focus on privacy, it even feature a manual cover for the webcam

Lenovo didn't compromise useability to achieve the lightweight portability, and the laptop is still equipped with built in speakers, a webcam/microphone array with privacy shutter, a fingerprint reader, and ports including 1x USB-A, 2x USB-C along with powerful dual band WiFi + Bluetooth for easy connectivity. 

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 13.3" Display
- 16.9mm thin
- 1.29kg

4. Asus Zenbook 14 Ultrabook

The Zenbook series is top-rated, and since you're shopping for a slim and lightweight machine with great performance it's likely no surprise to find one on our list. This Asus Zenbook 14 is a top choice for sure too. Eye-catching in pine grey and lilac mist, this ultrabook features a very quick i5-1135G7 4 core / 8 Thread processor, which is very efficient. 

Timeless beauty, effortless portability
Timeless beauty, effortless portability.
Pictures of the ASUS Zenbook 14 in use
The ASUS Zenbook super portable

Much like the prestige above, this ZenBook 14 has been tested and meets the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G military standard for reliability and durability. It has also passed ASUS internal laptop tests that far exceed the standards set by the industry. ASUS has worked with renowned home and automotive audio experts Harman Kardon and these are results you can hear through a tailored mix of superior hardware - including smart amplifier technology that delivers louder sound with no distortion - and cleverly designed software ensure that ZenBook 14 gives you the ultimate audio experience.

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 14" Display
- 15.9mm thin
- 1.17kg 

5. HP Spectre x360 Flip Ultrabook

The HP Spectre x360 Flip Ultrabook is a truly gorgeous ultrabook, and that's without even mentioning the truly astonishing 3000x2000 pixel, OLED display. This display is something you'll want to talk about too, the aspect ratio makes it great for productivity and creativity. 3:2 scales great with almost all applications and any editing you do on photos will make you wonder how you coped before the Spectre came into your life!

The 3000x2000 OLED display is not only stunning, it's also great for creativity.
The 3000x2000 OLED display is not only stunning, it's also great for creativity.
The flip design of this ultrabook makes it perfect for a range of situations.
The flip design of this ultrabook makes it perfect for a range of situations.

This laptop boasts a very impressive 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, along with 16GB of RAM, making it a powerhouse of a machine. This processor has 8 cores and 4 threads and has a max boost clock of 4.70 GHz.

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 13.5" Display
- 169 mm thin
- 1.36kg

These are just a small slice from our massive range of thin and light laptops available now, we hope this article helps you on your quest to find the best one for you. We'll keep on updating with more of the latest as new versions get released!


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