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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  • Suggested Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018

    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

  • Suggested Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme

    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.

    • Please consider the XPS 15 (9570) 2018 has ongoing DPC latency issues, I would check that this is not an issue with the latest model

    • If your business involves any substantial typing, Lenovo keyboards are a pleasure to work with and are highly recommended. Lenovo screens have also improved in recent years. I currently use the X1 Carbon, I type all day every day, and will be upgrading in the next few months to either the X1 Extreme Gen 2 or the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2.

  • 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.

  • Suggested Razer Blade Stealth

    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.

  • Hi I would highly suggest Samsung Notebook 9 2019. These things are beast! I have the 2017 model and honestly hasn't skipped a beat! Battery is huge. like I get 6 hours easy streaming youtube and netflix. Almost a year old since i bought it… Its really lightweight too. 1.5kg or something. Dont even notice the weight in my backpack. I have the 15" nvidia graphics model. Really great. I can do ansys and solidworks modelling on it just fine. Pretty fast. Comes with a fast charger and usb type c plug also. Highly Recommend+++ Any questions just ask!

  • Hey, in the 2in1 category what's the thoughts on this list now that the new Lenovo C940 is out? I'm in market for a new machine which I'll be requiring for work, currently tossing up between the XPS 13 2in1 and the C940.

    Pros for 940 I see is as follows vs the xps13 2in1:
    Better Battery
    Pen Included and stored securely (so i wont lose it like I do with surface pens)

    Screen not as bright as the XPS
    16x9 c940 vs 16x10 xps

  • Suggested HP ENVY x360 13"

    HP ENVY x360 13"

    I own one.

    Very compact travel device, you need to learn how to manage the battery which could be better but overall relatively cheap, good performance, good screen, good build quality.