Top Ultrabooks – Thin and Light Laptops You’ll Love!

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated June 29th, 2023
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We live in a fast-paced, always connected world, so it's no surprise that modern PCs are designed to keep up with this lifestyle. Ultrabooks offer remarkable speed and performance in a sleek and lightweight design, making them ideal for those on the go. In this article, we explore the top thin and light laptops currently available in New Zealand. This selection will feature ultrabook options (under 18mm thin for 14" and 22mm for larger screens) and highly efficient hybrids (normally an extra 3mm) - both packed with smaller, faster components that are made to match the demands of the modern world.

1. ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED

Kicking off the list, is the world's slimmest OLED laptop - the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED. This ultrabook is ultra everything; a mere 1.18cm thin and 1kg light, it's ultra thin, ultra light, and ultra portable. It showcases a brilliant, eye-catching 13.3-inch 2.8k OLED HDR NanoEdge display with vibrant colours and deep blacks. Powered by an efficient 13th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it ensures smooth multitasking and excellent performance. It also boasts a 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, offering speedy load-times and ample storage. Additionally, the laptop offers all-day productivity with a battery life that lasts up to 14 hours. Another bonus is the low-impact on the environment! ASUS is completely committed to purposeful innovation that supports a healthier planet, so they've made the Zenbook S 13 OLED the most eco-friendly Zenbook ever, with 50%+ lower carbon footprint.

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 13.3" Display
  • 11.8mm Thin
  • 1.0kg

2. MSI Prestige 13 Evo

The MSI Prestige 13 Evo boasts powerful specifications within its ultra-light frame, featuring a slim bezeled 13.3" 1920x1200 IPS display, a backlit keyboard, long-battery life, and fast-charging technology. If it isn't clear already, the Prestige series was built with high mobility and productivity in mind, making it perfect for both business and travel situations! It even holds MIL-STD 810G military certification for reliability and durability.

The Prestige 13 Evo is equipped with a 12-core 13th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 Processor, reaching 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency; 16GB of RAM; Intel® Iris® Xe graphics; and 1TB of high-speed NVMe SSD storage, offering outstanding power and performance. Most importantly, this laptop is ultra thin and lightweight! It even has Wi-Fi6E support so you can enjoy faster internet speeds. 

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 14" Display
  • 16.9mm Thin
  • 990g

3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 5 is our next pick for this category! With its lightweight chassis and slim profile, this device offers an exceptional blend of portability and performance, catering to on-the-go professionals and students alike. Its stunning 2560x1504 high-resolution display is visually captivating, delivering vibrant colors and sharp images. Equipped with the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, ample RAM up to 16GB, and up to 512GB of speedy SSD, the Surface Laptop 5 handles multitasking with ease, all while maintaining impressive battery life. The device also boasts a comfortable and responsive keyboard, adding to its appeal as an ideal choice for exceptional productivity without compromising on style and portability.

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 13.5" Display
  • 14.5mm Thin
  • 1.29kg

4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 G10

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 has sleek carbon fiber construction, making it ideal for those who prioritise portability, without sacrificing durability or performance. It features 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors that provides seamless multitasking capabilities for business professionals and power users. This is backed with up to 16GB of RAM and 512Gb of SSD for vast storage and smooth performance across a range of applications. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 also boasts an ergonomic keyboard with excellent tactile feedback, contributing to its reputation as a top choice for those who seek optimal productivity in a stylish, lightweight package. Additionally, its impressive battery life ensures uninterrupted work, even during long hours away from a power source.

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 14" Display
  • 15.4mm Thin
  • 1.2kg

5. ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED

This next one is a portable powerhouse that will equip you with elite performance wherever you go. The Zenbook 14X OLED will give your mobile life rock-solid footing with incredible specifications inside of a compact, slim and lightweight design. It sports a marvellous 14.5" 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge Display, the latest 13th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, and up to 1TB of speedy SSD storage. It'll make light work of any task and tackle multi-tasking and demanding applications with ease! Additionally, the long-lasting battery life ensures this device has the stamina to keep up with you all day. It has a 70 Wh battery that'll last you up to 10 hours. Thanks to fast-charging technology, it'll only take 49 minutes to get you back to 60% from zero! 

The Zenbook 14X OLED also has a Harmon Kardon certified stereo surround sound system, Dolby Atmos support, an AI camera and audio system, and more features to enhance the user experience. It is also packed with all the I/O ports you need for easy connectivity on your various devices and peripherals. These include a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, HDMI 2.1 port, USB-A port, and an audio combo jack.

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 14" Display
  • 16.9mm Thin
  • 1.56kg 

6. MacBook Air With M1 Chip

Last but not least, we have the 13" Apple MacBook Air with M1 Chip. This is Apple's thinnest, lightest notebook, now powered by the revolutionary M1 Chip. This sleek and ultra-portable laptop has taken a giant leap forward, delivering incredible performance while maintaining its slim profile and extended battery life. The Apple MacBook Air includes up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. This, along with the M1 Chip, ensures lightning-fast responsiveness, seamless multitasking, and impressive graphics capabilities. Whether it's for professional work, creative pursuits, or everyday use, this laptop is perfect for all your computing needs. 

Thin & Light Essentials

  • 13" Display
  • 15.9cm Thin
  • 1.17kg 

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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