Thin, thin, thin. It’s all manufacturers can talk about these days, with a myriad of Ultrabooks thin enough to slice a cake (seriously), it’s often easy enough to forget about the sister specification, lightness. Ultrabooks by definition are both thin and light, but priorities are a thing of uniqueness and we happen to know there are a fair few of you out there looking for only the lightest Ultrabooks on the market, so read on as we discover them together.
Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 13.3″, 1809g
The beautiful Thinkpad Carbon X1 has won many hearts in the Ultrabook world, for a good few reasons; it’s got a outstanding keyboard, perfect trackpad, excellent performance and build quality to bet the house on (or build the house with, if expensive, thin bricks are your thing). Also of note, and rather expected if you’ve read the title of this post, is it’s lightness. Considering it’s hard construction, its weight of 3.99 pounds if rather impressive, certainly not something to sniff at. Prices start at around £1,800, but for the high end consumer or indeed, the business, the Thinkpad Carbon is a wonderful choice.
Gigabyte X11 11.3″, 975g
Gigabyte might not be the very first name that pops into the mind when one thinks of Ultrabooks, unless, of course, you’re a Gigabyte employee. That’s something the company would like to change, however, and they figure they’ve got just the way to do it – make an extremely light Ultrabook. The X11 weighs a mere 975 grams, which might inspire fears of poor construction, but fear not, weary consumer, as reports have praised its carbon fiber construction, good keyboard and responsive trackpad, shame about the 1366 x 768 screen though. We’ve yet to get any full reviews in on the ‘book, but internally its packing either a Core i5 or i7, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD alongside Intel’s HD4000 graphics. Due to pop up in retailers this month (September) for prices starting at £1000, if lightness and smaller screen sizes are your bag, the X11 might be a little tough to pass up.
NEC LaVie Z 13.3″, 875g
What does the showman do? He saves the best to last, or, in the case of hacks who write about Ultrabooks on the internet, they save the lightest until last. Wave hello to the absurdly titled NEC LaVie Z, the lightest Ultrabook in the world. Weighing an absurdly light 875g, the 13.3″ LaVie Z comes with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7, 128GB SSD, USB 3.0 and 2.0 and HDMI out, all topped off with a 1600 x 900 13.3″ panel. Prices translated from Japanese equate to roughly £1000 for the i5 model and £1250 for the i7, but we’ve yet to get news on a UK release date. Trust us though, we’re working on it.