12 best ultraportable laptops of 2015 UK: Best Ultrabooks you can buy – PC Advisor

The best Ultraportable laptops you can buy. PC Advisor reviews the 12 best ultraportable laptops you can buy in the UK in 2015. Best Ultrabook reviews. 

As well as being easy to transport, an ultraportable laptop needs to be able to cope with the ever-increasing demands of those who are constantly on the move. PC Advisor reveals the UK’s best ultraportable laptops 2015. Here are our reviews of the best ultraportable laptops. See also: best laptops of 2015.

12 best ultraportable laptops reviews

12. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370

  • Reviewed on: 17 February 15
  • RRP: £1000 inc. VAT
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The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a lightweight ultraportable that can convert into a Windows 8 tablet. Don’t be misled by the name – the Yoga 3 Pro is far from a professional notebook, foretold by Lenovo’s choice of Windows consumer operating system. Overall battery life is better than budget laptops although we had hoped for more like 10 hours with the novel low-power processor. Overall system performance was impressive given the low clock frequency, with graphics potentially sufficient to run some Windows games at lowest settings.

Read our Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 review.

11. HP EliteBook 840 G1

HP EliteBook 840 G1

  • Reviewed on: 11 December 13
  • RRP: £1344.00
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It’s a shame that the EliteBook doesn’t include a solid-state drive that can really make the most of its powerful processor and GPU, but this is still a well-designed and versatile laptop that will appeal to many business users. The high-quality display is particularly suitable for presentations, while its sturdy design, security features and battery life will appeal to anyone that spends a lot of time out on the road.

Read our HP EliteBook 840 G1 review.

10. Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series

Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series

  • Reviewed on: 4 February 14
  • RRP: £1522 inc VAT
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The sturdy Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series is generally excellent, with rapid components, extensive connectivity, a good screen and comfortable keyboard, but it can’t quite become the ultimate office Ultrabook: the battery life can’t match the MacBook Air’s longevity, and its £1522 price makes it pricier too.

Read our Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series review.

9. Acer Aspire S3-392G

Acer Aspire S3-392G

  • Reviewed on: 24 February 14
  • RRP: £900 inc. VAT
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The Acer Aspire S3 has a lot going for it, including an attractive, slimline design and high-quality IPS display. It also provides good performance for an Ultrabook in this price range, thanks to its hybrid storage drive and nVidia graphics. Battery life was respectable rather than outstanding, and some people might prefer to trade features such as the touch-screen and nVidia GPU for a longer-lasting battery.

Read our Acer Aspire S3-392G review.

8. Dell Precision M3800

Dell Precision M3800

  • Reviewed on: 9 June 15
  • RRP: £1978 inc VAT
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The Precision M3800 is Dell’s take on the ‘Ultrabook’ portable workstation notebook. It’s made from a mixture of materials, and takes a smaller battery than we would like. In its favour, the quad-core processor and midrange pro-certified graphics chipset provide useful performance, and without too much histrionics from the cooling fans. This year’s model now has a UHD 4K display although this still serves to exaggerate problems in some Windows programs, while the overly reflective touchscreen facility results in a heavier panel with poorer viewing that drains the battery faster. For professional users even more so than with consumer laptops, we here question the real worth of a touchscreen on a laptop. Ultimately the Dell’s circa-3 hour battery life means the M3800 is seriously compromised as a mobile productivity tool. But if you work mostly attached to the mains, it is a good workhorse.

Read our Dell Precision M3800 review.

7. MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro

MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro

  • Reviewed on: 8 September 14
  • RRP: £1317 inc. VAT
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The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro has enough power to handle current games, and it’s got the screen quality to match – and all while costing less than the Gigabyte P35W v2, which has a poorer screen but a tad more gaming power. The storage, keyboard and speakers all impress, but this slimline gaming laptop struggles for longevity and has poor thermal performance. It’s thin and impressive, but be aware about the MSI’s limitations before spending any cash.

Read our MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro review.

6. Asus ZenBook UX305F

Asus ZenBook UX305F

  • Reviewed on: 1 April 15
  • RRP: £650 inc. VAT
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The new ZenBook is a great home for Intel’s new Core M processor, which proved up to basic daily tasks in Windows with no obvious lag in the interface. Good battery life and decent screen quality are further plus points to a well-made case with a familiar design to Apple fans. At a price of £650 this is an attractive package as a carry-anyway Windows laptop.

Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review.

5. Toshiba KIRA

Toshiba KIRA

  • Reviewed on: 17 April 14
  • RRP: £1,299 inc VAT
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The Toshiba Kira cannot approach the outstanding battery life of its Apple rivals. It does manages to combine good overall speed and a high-resolution display with a truly ultraportable design. That’s a difficult trick to pull off, and it makes the Kira one of the most attractive Windows Ultrabooks currently available.

Read our Toshiba KIRA review.

4. Dell XPS 13 9343

Dell XPS 13 9343

  • Reviewed on: 30 March 15
  • RRP: £1099 inc. VAT
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The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops, a compact laptop that outdoes the obvious competition in some key respects like screen quality and near-borderless display. Here is a 13.3-inch laptop that takes up little more space than an 11.6-inch model. Poor thermal management needs to be improved, while a non-touchscreen version could answer other outstanding issues.

Read our Dell XPS 13 9343 review.

3. HP Spectre 13-3010ea

HP Spectre 13-3010ea

  • Reviewed on: 18 June 14
  • RRP: £999 inc. VAT
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It won’t break any speed records, but the HP Spectre 13 is a smart, attractive Ultrabook that can give Apple’s MacBook Air a run for its money. The HP’s slimline design, high-quality display and reasonable battery life help ensure that it earns its keep when you’re out and about. And, of course, there’s that over-sized trackpad, which is a small but worthy innovation that makes it just that little bit more comfortable to use than many of its rivals.

Read our HP Spectre 13-3010ea review.

2. Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2012)

Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2012)

  • Reviewed on: 9 October 12
  • RRP: £1249 inc VAT
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This revised 13in MacBook Air is a little bit faster in general speed, a lot faster in graphics speed – if only catching up with 2010’s Air – but with approaching an hour of extra battery life. We also appreciate the even quieter fan. This is the original ultrabook, and with extra details and quality touches it still beats all Ultrabooks we’ve seen so far.

Read our Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2012) review.

1. Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

  • Reviewed on: 7 December 12
  • RRP: £1699 inc VAT
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The essential specifications of the 13in Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display closely follow the groundbreaking original 15in version. Reduced size here necessitates integrated-only graphics, as well as a more efficient dual-core rather than quad-core processor. But this choice of components really delivers, and crucially in a state-of-the-art 13in notebook that takes the second-finest laptop display money can buy – beaten only by the 15in Retina model of the Apple MacBook Pro.

Read our Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display review.


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