Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Available in both 13-inch and 15-inch configurations, the Surface Book 2 (starting at about $1,500) is our pick for top Ultrabook thanks to a beautiful design, stunning display, and ridiculous performance. Inside, get up to an eighth-generation Core i7 processor (CPU), 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). As for graphics, both sizes have dedicated graphics available, in the form of an NVIDIA GTX 1050 (13-inch) or a GTX 1060 (15-inch). The touch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and can be completely removed from the keyboard for a tablet experience. Compatible with the Surface Pen and Surface Dial, these devices are truly desktop replacement that can handle pretty much anything you throw at them.

Bottom line: For the best Ultrabook out there, you have to go with the Microsoft Surface Book 2.

One more thing: We've reviewed both the 13-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 2. Check out both for more information.

Why the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the best Ultrabook

Is this the best laptop ever made?

Microsoft, while designing the Surface Book 2, had in mind a laptop that could do it all. Whether you're looking at the 13.5-inch or 15-inch model, you'll find it hard to be disappointed. The 13.5-inch model has a touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution, while the 15-inch model has the same aspect ratio, albeit with a 3,240 x 2,160 resolution. The display can be completely removed from the keyboard and touchpad for a tablet experience, plus it can be replaced backwards to sit flat as a complete package, screen facing out.

The 15-inch model definitely delivers more performance, offering up to an eighth-generation quad-core Core i7 CPU with a 4.20GHz max clock speed, 16GB of DDR3-1866MHz RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. You're also looking at an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM if you're interested in gaming or other intensive tasks, like multimedia editing.

An IR camera seated above the display is compatible with Windows Hello for fast sign ins, and the battery will easily get you through a workday. You're looking at about 10 hours from the 15-inch and about 11 hours from the 13-inch with regular usage.

All in all, the Surface Book 2 is an incredible PC that hits the mark when it comes to being a desktop replacement. As long as you have the dough, you really won't need any other laptop.

Runner-up

HP Spectre x360

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The HP Spectre x360 (starting at about $950) has fantastic build quality and a chassis that is only 0.54 inches (1.37 cm) thick. The 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K touch display works well while in tablet, stand, or tent modes, and the keyboard and touchpad are a joy to use while in notebook mode. Inside you get an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with a clock speed up to 4.0GHz, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB SSD.

Bottom line: For an undeniably great Ultrabook, go with the HP Spectre x360.

One more thing: Our full review of the HP Spectre x360 has more details to help you decide if it's the laptop for you.

Best student

Microsoft Surface Laptop

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The Surface Laptop (about $1,000) is arguably Microsoft's best Surface ever. Its keyboard is coated in Alcantara fabric for a smooth finish, the body is slim, and it has powerful hardware inside. Get up to an Intel Core i7-7660U CPU, a 1TB SSD, and 16GB of DDR3 RAM. The 13.5-inch touch display has beautiful color and contrast, and inking with the Surface Pen is a dream come true. A streamlined Windows 10 S is perfect for students headed back to school.

Bottom line: The Surface Laptop is the best choice for students (and also a great option for everyone else).

One more thing: Our review of the Surface Laptop has plenty more information about this device.

Best notebook

Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS 13's (about $800) near-complete lack of bezel really highlights the 13.3-inch touch display, especially if you opt for the beautiful 1800p option. The eighth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU delivers increased performance and great battery life, and 16GB of DDR3 RAM ensures you can power through anything that comes your way.

Bottom line: The Dell XPS 13 is the best non-convertible Ultrabook you can buy right now.

One more thing: The SSD in the XPS 13 can be upgraded at a later time if you want to cut down on cost.

Best for mobility

Samsung Notebook 9

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The Samsung Notebook 9 (starting at about $1,120) is the best Ultrabook that no one talks about. Its 15-inch display, while only 1080p, is an absolute pleasure to look at — Samsung really knows what it's doing when it comes to displays. It has a battery that lasts upwards of 10 hours, which is not bad considering the hardware inside — you're getting up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The Notebook 9 also sports USB-C Thunderbolt 3, and is compatible with e-GPU systems like the Razer Core, making it more versatile than some of the other laptops on this list. Internally, there's an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The all-metal design is incredibly durable, and also incredibly light: the whole package weighs only 2.7 pounds (1,22 kg) and is only 0.6 inches (1.6 cm) thick.

Bottom line: For the most mobile Ultrabook on the market, don't look any further than the Samsung Notebook 9.

One more thing: Check out our review of the Notebook 9 for way more information.

Best MacBook Twin

Huawei MateBook X

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The Huawei MateBook X (about $975) isn't the most powerful device out there, but it is one of the thinnest and lightest Windows laptops yet at 0.49 inches (12.5mm) thick and weighing 2.31 pounds (1.05kg). Get up to an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, a 512GB SSD, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM, as well as a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. The 13-inch IPS display has a gorgeous 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, and the lack of bezel really sets it off.

Bottom line: For a laptop that's a mix between a MacBook and a Spectre x360, check out the Huawei MateBook X.

One more thing: Our review has way more information about what makes the MateBook X so great.

Best gaming

Razer Blade 14

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When it comes to gaming laptops, you want to make sure you're getting a powerful GPU. Inside the Razer Blade 14 (about $2,100) is an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM with enough power to handle most current games and even VR.

Alongside the GPU is a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU with a clock speed of up to 3.6GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 1TB NVMe SSD. The 14-inch, 1080p display is the perfect resolution for gaming, and a Razer Chroma keyboard is an extra gamers will appreciate.

Bottom line: For the best gaming Ultrabook, grab the slim and powerful Razer Blade 14.

One more thing: A 4K display option is also available if you're looking for something with a ridiculous display.

Best Budget

CHUWI 14 LapBook

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With a seventh-generation Intel Celeron N3450 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 14.1-inch, 1080p matte display with an IPS panel, the CHUWI LapBook is a formidable device at just $270. The body is light and slim, it has USB-A 3.0 and USB-A 2.0 ports, and the storage can be upgraded with a micro TF card.

Bottom line: For one of the best Ultrabooks under $300, check out the CHUWI 14 LapBook.

One more thing: If you're interested in the CHUWI 14 LapBook, be sure to have a look at our full review.

Best Business

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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The fifth generation of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best one yet, thanks to a slimmer bezel around the 14-inch, 1440p display, a Precision touchpad, a new, lighter chassis, and more ports. Get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7600U CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe-NVMe SSD inside for excellent performance. Thanks to the convertible design, you can use this laptop in a number of ways, including as a tablet. Pick up a base model for about $1,070.

Bottom line: The best business Ultrabook available now is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

One more thing: Check out our full review for way more information about why the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is so great.

Best convertible

Lenovo Yoga 920

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When it comes to convertible laptops, you generally get a PC that covers mid-range computing and not much else. The Yoga 920 (about $1,200), however, has inside an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with four cores, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. Even with a gorgeous 14-inch 4K display, the battery lasts up to 10 hours and can be charged in about 90 minutes. The unique watchband hinge provides sturdy conversion into tablet, tent, and stand modes, and a fingerprint reader lets you sign in quickly with Windows Hello

Bottom line: For a convertible that can do it all, check out the Lenovo Yoga 920.

One more thing: If you're intrigued about the Yoga 920's many uses, be sure to read our review for more information.

Conclusion

If you need a light, high-quality Ultrabook, check out the Samsung Notebook 9. Don't care about convertibles and just want the best classic laptop there is? Can't go wrong with Dell's XPS 13. For the best business Ultrabook, look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and for a budget option, you need to check out the CHUWI 14 LapBook. Gamers out there should look at the Razer Blade 14, and if you'd like a convertible, have a look at the Yoga 920. Anyone making a switch from a MacBook should consider the MateBook X, and students will want the Surface Laptop, but for the best overall Ultrabook available right now, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 should be your first choice, while the HP Spectre x360, previously our top choice, is still a close second.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Available in both 13-inch and 15-inch configurations, the Surface Book 2 (starting at about $1,500) is our pick for top Ultrabook thanks to a beautiful design, stunning display, and ridiculous performance. Inside, get up to an eighth-generation Core i7 processor (CPU), 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). As for graphics, both sizes have dedicated graphics available, in the form of an NVIDIA GTX 1050 (13-inch) or a GTX 1060 (15-inch). The touch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and can be completely removed from the keyboard for a tablet experience. Compatible with the Surface Pen and Surface Dial, these devices are truly desktop replacement that can handle pretty much anything you throw at them.

Bottom line: For the best Ultrabook out there, you have to go with the Microsoft Surface Book 2.

One more thing: We've reviewed both the 13-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 2. Check out both for more information.

Updated November 22, 2017: This list has been refreshed with a new top choice, the Microsoft Surface Book 2, to ensure you're still getting the best Ultrabook.