This article is a detailed list of all the thin-and-light laptops built on Intel’s Kaby Lake (or Kabylake) hardware platform, starting with fanless Core M (Core Y) ultraportables, continuing with the mid-range Core U options and later updating it with Core HQ models, once those are released.
Kabylake is the 7th generation of Intel Core processors and as a result, Kaby Lake CPUs can be identified by the letter 7 after the dash in their naming.
The Kabylake platform includes several subfamilies, with only a few of them available at the time of this post:
- Kaby Lake Core Y (also known as Core M) – low-power processors with a TDP of around 4.5 W, usually meant for tablets and ultra-thin fanless computers. Includes the Core m3-7Y10, Core i5-5Y54 and the Core i7-7Y75 . The naming is a little confusing, but you can tell this series apart based on the letter Y after the generation series (7).
- Kaby Lake Core U – mid-level processors with a TDP of 15 W, meant for a vast range of portable laptops and also included in mobile full-size notebooks. Includes the Core i3-7100U, Core i5-7200U and Core i7-7500U and CPUs in this series are identified by the letter U at the end of their name.
- Kaby Lake Core H – quad-core processors with TDPs between 18 to 45 W. Scheduled for release in Q1 2017.
You’ll find a few details about these processors in the picture below, but we’re not going to get in depth on the particularities of the Kabylake platform and how it fares against the previous Intel generations in this article, that’s a topic for another post (will be available soon).
Back to our listing then. In order to keep things organized, the article is split in a few sections, based on screen size. We’re specifying the form-factor for each unit, type of screen, CPU and GPU, the battery size, the weight and the starting price. Clicking the links on each unit’s name will take you to our more detailed articles and reviews on that device, while clicking the links on the prices column will offer more details about the available configurations and up-to-date prices at the time you’re reading this post.
This article is a continuous work in progress, as we add to it as more notebooks become available. In case you spot anything that should be in here and it’s not, please let us know in the comments section at the end of the post.
The first section includes the smaller ultraportables, with screen sizes under 13-inches in diagonal.
Sub 13-inch thin-and-light laptops
|Asus Transformer 3 T305CA||tablet + folio||12.6″ IPS touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||39 Wh||0.7 kg / 1.54 lbs||$749|
|Asus Zenbook 3 UX390UA (UAK)||clamshell||12.5″ IPS FHD glossy||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||40 Wh||0.91 kg / 2.0 lbs||$999|
|Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1||convertible||11.6″ TN HD touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||32 Wh||1.39 kg / 3.1 lbs||$449|
|Lenovo Yoga 710 11||convertible||11.6″ TN HD touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||40 Wh||1.03 kg / 2.3 lbs||$599|
|Lenovo Miix 520||tablet + folio||12.3″ IPS WUXGA touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||41 Wh||–||–|
|Lenovo Miix 710||tablet + folio||12.2″ IPS FHD+ touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||40 Wh||0.75 kg / 1.65 lbs||–|
|Lenovo Miix 720||tablet + folio||12.2″ IPS FHD+ touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||–||–||–|
|Panasonic Let’s Note Z6||clamshell||10.1″ IPS WUXGA matte||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||up to 11 h||0.72 kg / 1.6 lbs||$1200|
|Panasonic Let’s Note SZ6||clamshell||12.1″ IPS WUXGA matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||up to 22 h||1.04 kg / 2.3 lbs||$2100|
|Razer Blade Stealth||clamshell||12.5″ IPS QHD or UHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||53.6 Wh||1.29 kg / 2.84 lbs||$999|
Next we have the 13 to 14-inch options, usually the best all-rounder for those looking for performance, looks, build quality and longevity in their computers.
|Acer Swift 7 (Aspire S7-371)||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD glossy||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||45 Wh||1.1 kg / 2.42 lbs||$999|
|Acer Spin 5 (Aspire S13 S5-371T)||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||48 Wh||1.58 kg / 3.5 lbs||$499|
|Asus Zenbook UX306UA (UAK)||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57 Wh||1.19 kg / 2.63 lbs||$799|
|Asus Zenbook UX330CA (CAK)||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ matte||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||54 Wh ?||1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs||$799|
|Asus Zenbook UX330UA (UAK)||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57 Wh||1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs||$899|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA (CAK)||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||54 Wh||1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs||$699|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UA (UAK)||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57 Wh||1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs||$999|
|Asus Zenbook Q324UA||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57 Wh||1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs||$1199|
|Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (5378)||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||42 Wh||1.62 kg / 3.56 lbs||$699|
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7378)||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||42 Wh||1.75 kg / 3.86 lbs||$749|
|Dell XPS 13 (9360)||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD matte or QHD+ touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||60 Wh||1.2 kg / 2.7 lbs||$799|
|HP Envy 13||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD matte or QHD+ touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57.8 Wh||1.42 kg / 3.15 lbs||$849|
|HP Spectre x360 13||convertible||13.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||57.8 Wh||1.29 kg / 2.85 lbs||$1049|
|Lenovo Ideapad 710s||clamshell||13.3″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||46 Wh||1.17 kg / 2.6 lbs||$799|
|Lenovo Yoga 910||convertible||13.9″ IPS FHD or UHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||78 Wh||1.38 kg / 3.04 lbs||$1299|
Next we have the 14 to 14.9-inch units, usually business computers with a few extra features and traits, but also a few ultraportable gaming notebooks.
14 to 14.9-inch business units and gaming portables
|Acer Spin 7||convertible||14.0″ IPS FHD touch||Core Y w/ Intel HD 615||43 Wh||1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs||$1199|
|Acer Swift 5||clamshell||14.0″ HD or IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||48 Wh||1.36 kg / 3.0 lbs||$799|
|Asus K401||clamshell||14.0″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||48 Wh||1.65 kg / 3.65 lbs||–|
|Asus Zenbook UX410UA||clamshell||14.0″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||48 Wh||1.6 kg / 3.52 lbs||–|
|Asus Zenbook UX410UQ||clamshell||14.0″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||48 Wh||1.6 kg / 3.52 lbs||–|
|Lenovo Yoga 710||convertible||14.0″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||53 Wh||1.6 kg / 3.52 lbs||–|
|Panasonic Let’s Note LX6||clamshell||14.0″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||up to 20 h||1.49 kg / 3.3 lbs||$1800|
And then we have the full-size portable laptops with Kabylake hardware, with 15 to 18-inch screens and all sorts of specs and configurations. In order to keep within the topic of this article, we’re only including thin-and-light computers, which means they have to weigh under 6 pounds (for 15-inchers) or 7 pounds (for 17-inchers) and have a total body thickness of under 1.1 inches.
15 to 18-inch full-size notebooks
|Acer Spin 3||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||–||2.13 kg / 4.7 lbs||$499|
|Acer Aspire E15||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD glossy||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||42 Wh||2.4 kg / 5.29 lbs||–|
|Acer Aspire F15||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD glossy||Core U w/ Nvidia 950M||56 Wh||2.4 kg / 5.29 lbs||–|
|Asus Vivobook X556||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||48 Wh||2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs||–|
|Asus Zenbook UX510UX||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD matte||Core U w/ Nvidia 950M||48 Wh||1.86 kg / 4.1 lbs||$849|
|Asus Zenbook UX510UW||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD matte||Core U w/ Nvidia 960M||48 Wh||1.86 kg / 4.1 lbs||$999|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UA (UAK)||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||50 Wh||2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs||–|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UQ||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD ot UHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 40MX||52 Wh||2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs||–|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UX||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 950M||52 Wh||2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs||–|
|Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (5567)||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ AMD R7 M445||42Wh||2.32 kg / 5.12 lbs||$599|
|Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 (5578)||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||42 Wh||2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs||$699|
|Dell Inspiron 17 5000 (5767)||clamshell||17.3″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ AMD R7 M445||42 Wh||2.72 kg / 6.00 lbs||$649|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7579)||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||42 Wh||2.65 kg / 5.84 lbs||$749|
|Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7779)||convertible||17.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||56 Wh||?||$899|
|HP Envy 15||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD touch||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||52Wh||1.95 kg / 4.3 lbs||$899|
|HP Envy 17||clamshell||17.3″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX||41Wh||3.15 kg / 6.9 lbs||$999|
|Lenovo IdeaPad 310||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ Intel HD 620||30 Wh||2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs||–|
|Lenovo IdeaPad 510s||clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD matte||Core U w/ AMD R5 M430||30 Wh||1.70 kg / 3.74 lbs||–|
|Lenovo Yoga 510 (Flex 4 15)||convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Core U w/ AMD R5 M430||35 Wh||1.75 kg / 3.85 lbs||–|
Here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:
- clamshell: traditional computer whose screen closes on top of the keyboard and does not flip into any sort of tablet mode;
- convertible: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen rotates or converts to a tablet mode (or similar), but cannot be detached from the base;
- detachable: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen detaches from a solid base and can be used independently as a tablet;
- tablet + folio: stand-alone tablet paired with matching keyboad-folio;
- slider: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen slides up and down on top of the body and reveals a keyboard hidden underneath.
- Resolutions: HD ( 1366 x 768 px), WXGA+ (1440 x 900 px), HD+ (1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px), WUXGA (1920 x 1200 px) FHD+ (2160 x 1440 px), retina (2304 x 1440 px), QHD (2560 x 1440 px), WQXGA (2560 x 1600 px), QHD+ (3200 x 1800 px), UHD (3840 x 2160 px) – also see this post;
That’s about it for now, but if you’re interested in a larger selection of portable laptops based on other criteria, you should also check out the following articles:
- my recommendations on sub sub 12-inch, 13 inch and 14 to 17-inch ultrabooks;
- my favorite gaming ultraportables of the moment;
- my selection of 2-in-1 hybrid laptops;
- my selection of budget ultrabooks.
Hope you’ll find this article helpful. As mentioned earlier, we are doing our best to keep the lists up-to-date, but it’s a tedious job and sometimes we might not be able to find all the units that should be in here. So if you notice anything that’s missing, please tell us about it in the comments section.