there is no shortage of ultraportable notebooks to choose from these days. There’s bound to be something for everyone. The flip side to all this is that the number of options can be daunting and even complicated for some readers. Well, fret not, because we are here to help.
01LENOVO YOGA SLIM 7 CARBON (FROM $1,699)
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon is one of the most well-rounded ultraportable notebooks to hit the market in the past year. After all, it was the winner of the Best Ultraportable Notebook category in our Tech Awards 2022. That should tell you just how good this notebook is.
Thanks to a magnesium alloy and carbon fibre chassis, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon weighs just a smidge over a kilogram. The display, unlike most other notebooks, uses an OLED panel which delivers brilliant colours and outstanding
02 APPLE MACBOOK AIR 2022 (FROM $1,699)
It has taken a long time but Apple has finally given us a completely redesigned MacBook Air. At a mere 11.3mm thick and 1.24kg heavy, it’s thinner and lighter than ever. And although it might not have an OLED display, its 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display still looks pretty fantastic.
The highlight of the new MacBook Air, however, has to be
its new M2 chip. This is Apple’s second-generation M-series chip and it’s more powerful than ever. In our tests, we found it to be mostly quicker than Intel’s Core i7 Alder Lake chip – the chip that is used in many equivalent Windows ultraportable notebooks. What’s equally impressive is how power efficient it is. In normal use, we found that it can easily last an entire day at work and with juice to spare. The new MacBook Air is unquestionably the best MacBook for most people.
03ASUS ZENBOOK 14 OLED UX3402 (FROM $1,899)
The ZenBook 14 OLED is part of ASUS’ big push toward OLED displays for all its notebook. The 14inch OLED display has a fairly high resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and an above-average refresh rate of 90Hz. Furthermore, it supports 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space, is Pantone-validated, and meets VESA’s DisplayHDR Black 500 requirements. It’s one of the most technically impressive displays you can get on a notebook and it looks gorgeous in real life too. Underneath, it’s powered by Intel’s new Core i7-1260P 12th generation Alder Lake processor, which is paired with 16GB