Best Lightweight Laptop / Ultrabook in 2019

Moderators at OzBargain have decided to run yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. The polls will end once the year is over.


What is the best lightweight laptop or Ultrabook in 2019?

Looking for a new laptop that you can take to school, uni or work everyday without weighing you down? Then you're in the right place: here we will focus on discussing and reviewing the more portable, thin and light options available in the market.

We asked a similar question last year and most of you though that the Dell XPS 15 was the best overall choice. We'll take suggestions once more and be sure to vote / comment on what you prefer.

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Poll Options Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:00

  • 18
    Dell XPS 13 (2019)
  • 12
    Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon
  • 11
    Huawei MateBook X Pro
  • 9
    Apple MacBook Air 2018
  • 3
    Microsoft Surface Book 2
  • 2
    Asus ZenBook 14 UX433
  • 2
    Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme
  • 1
    Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
  • 1
    Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
    Suggested by Gunther on 15/03/2019 - 15:06
  • 1
    Razer Blade Stealth
  • 0
    ASUS ZenBook 3
  • 0
    HP Spectre Folio
  • 0
    HP Spectre 13



    Xiaomi Mi Laptop Air 13.3 always hits the performance and value-for-money spot for me.
    Latest version comes with i5-8250U, Geforce MX150, 8GB DDR4 and 256GB SSD and can be sourced for under $1k


    Trying to chose between the X1 extreme and XPS 15. Similar price points and specs at the top end. Any comments? Most interested in usability, reliability, support. Photo/video editing and general business use.

  • +1 vote

    What weight is considered light weight? IMO it should be 1.3kg or less.


    No price constraints?
    Well in that case, most likely the XPS. Doesn't mean it's the best value though (which everyone on Ozbargain is looking for?)

  • +2 votes

    I would only consider a few of these lightweight as my preference is 1.1kg or less

    My vote goes to the LG Gram 14, but there are many others which aren't available in Australia.

    Manufacturers don't seem to think Aussie's want lightweight but high spec laptops

    I've kept a list here
    Not sure if that's the right link for sharing


      Any thoughts on the Xiaomi? Don't know anything about it, but I've come to love this brand for always jackpot on the cost/benefit chart.


        the one in the spreadsheet is 6th gen cpu when the rest were 7th gen, so I would already rule it out due to worse integrated graphics performance

        I haven't caught up on updating with the rest of 2018 ultrabooks so there might be a better revision

        majority of people seem happy with their xiaomi laptops, but my only concern would be the non-existent warranty.


    Ultrabook value is also something to take into account - some can cost well over 2k and some less than 1.5k


    I recon you don't need an i7 cpu for lightweight Laptop


    I'm curious why the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is ranked so low on this list? Is it because of the high price? Every review I've seen for this machine has been excellent. The Dell XPS 13 is around the same price and doesn't have a discrete GPU so it seems strange to me that the Dell XPS 13 is at the top and the X1E is at the bottom. Admittedly, the XPS 13 is a nice looking machine though. Does anyone have thoughts on this?


    Acer Acer Swift 5 15.6" FHD Intel Core i5-8265U Laptop. My vote. Currently $1274.15. 999g 15.6in screen. Full alloy case. Touchscreen. 10hr battery life.

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