Ultrabook reviews 2014, scoops and comparisons

The complete list of Haswell ultrabooks available in 2014

By Andrei Girbea - @andreigirbea , updated on October 17, 2014

Hey everyone, this is just a quick update to my extended list of ultrabooks worth buying and I’ve put it together as many of you were asking for a curated list of all the Haswell ultrabooks available right now or soon to be launched.

Before we proceed, there are a few things you should know about Haswell ultrabooks.

The new platform does not offer huge performances gain over the older Ivy Bridge line. In terms of CPU, you get 5-10% better scores in various benchmarks, and you’ll hardly feel that in everyday use. Of course, we are talking about the Intel ULV series here, although Intel do plan on diversifying their range of low-voltage processors in the near future, but we’ll talk more about that in another post.

Oh, and if you want to know for sure if a laptop has a Haswell processor, look for the CPU’s code. Haswell lines look like this: Core ix-4xxxU, Core ix-4xxxY or Core ix-4xxxM (ex: Core i5-4200U, Core i7-4500U, Core i5-4200U – ultra low-voltage processors) , while older Ivy Bridge lines had a Core iX-3xxxU indicator and the previous Sandy Bridge processors looked like this: Core iX-2xxx.

In terms of graphics, things are a bit different. Haswell chips are either paired with Intel 4400 HD graphics chips, or the newer Intel HD 5000/5100 series, also called Iris graphics. The later does offer a nice boost, visible in games or other graphic intense applications (video editors, 3D renders, etc). The 4400 HD is somewhat faster than the older Intel HD 4000 in actual games, as you can see in these two videos (games on Intel HD 4000 and games on Intel HD 4400), but the differences are not to die for.

Haswell however really ups the game when it comes to everyday-use efficiency. Under heavy load, Haswell and Ivy Bridge hardware require more or less the same amount of energy. With light or daily use though, Haswell is even two times more efficient, and that translates in longer battery life, as you’ll find from this post.

Haswell ultrabooks impress with their energy efficiency

Haswell ultrabooks impress with their energy efficiency

So if you do care about battery life, Haswell is clearly the way to go. If you want to run some games on your ultrabook, Haswell with Iris graphics is for you as well, but don’t expect too much, regular ultrabooks are not exactly made for such tasks, you’d better see this post about gaming ultrabooks if you want a sleek gaming machine. Also, if you want the latest features, you’ll mostly get them with the latest entries that bundle Haswell hardware. Otherwise, Ivy Bridge machines are still great options, especially if you’re looking to save some money, as these will be greatly discounted in the next couple of months.

Anyway with those on the table, here are the main Haswell ultrabooks you can find right now in stores or you will find in the near future. I’m constantly updating this list, but if you spotted anything that’s missing, feel free to drop me a comment at the end of the post, any help is greatly appreciated.

11-13 inch Haswell ultrabooks

Model Screen Processor Graphics Weight Price(*)
Acer Aspire S3-392 2014 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 735M 2.63 lbs/1.63 kg $999
Apple Macbook Air 11 11.6″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 5000 2.38 lbs / 1.08 kg $899
Apple Macbook Air 13 13.3″ TN 1440 x 900 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 5000 2.96 lbs / 1.35 kg $999
Asus Vivobook X200LA 11.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3 U Intel 4400 3.0 lbs / 1.36 kg $469
Asus Vivobook S301/ Q301 13.3″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 or AMD Radeon 3.8 lbs / 1.72 kg $599
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300 13.4″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 820M 3.8 lbs / 1.72 kilos $499
Asus Zenbook UX301 Infinity 13.3″ IPS touch 2560 x 1440 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 / 5100 3.1 lbs / 1.43 kg $1399
Asus Zenbook UX302LA 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $999
Asus Zenbook UX302LG 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg $1199
Asus Zenbook UX32LA 13.3″ TN non-glare 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $799
Asus Zenbook UX32LN 13.3″ TN non-glare 1366 x 768 px or IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia 840 GT 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $999
Asus Zenbook UX303LA 13.3″ IPS non-glare 1366 x 768 px or touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $749
Asus Zenbook UX303LN 13.3″ IPS non-glare 1920 x 1080 ps or touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia 840 GT 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $899
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5 U Intel HD 4400 / 5000 3.7 lbs / 1.66 kg $599
Dell XPS 11 11.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5 Y Intel HD 4200 2.5 lbs / 1.13 kg $699
Dell XPS 12 12.5″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 / 5000 3.4 lbs / 1.54 kg $1099
Dell XPS 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 / 5000 3 lbs / 1.36 kg $999
Dell Latitude 12 E7240 12.5″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i3 U Intel HD 4400 2.99 lbs / 1.35 kg $1169
Fujitsu Lifebook U554 13.3″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5 U Intel 4400 HD 3.5 lbs / 1.58 kg $999
Gigabyte Aorus X3 13.3″ IGZO IPS 2560 x 1440 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 870M 3.96 lbs / 1.8 kg tba
Gigabyte Aorus X3 Plus 13.9″ IGZO IPS 2560 x 1440 or 3200 x 1800 px Core i7-4710HQ / 4860HQ Nvidia GTX 870M 3.96 lbs / 1.8 kg $2099
HP Spectre 13T-3000 13.3″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 HD 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $999
HP Split 13 X2 13.3″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i7 Y Intel 4200 HD slate only: 2.36 lbs
slate+dock: 4.9 lbs
$749
Lenovo ThinkPad X240 12.5″ IPS 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 starting at 2.84 lbs / 1.28 kg $999
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12.5″ IPS touch 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.5 lbs / 1.58 kg $1299
Lenovo IdeaPad U330 13.3″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.74 lbs / 1.7 kg $699
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.1 lbs / 1.39 kg $1049
Lenovo Yoga 2 11 11.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Pentium Intel HD graphics 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg $499
Lenovo Yoga 2 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.45 lbs / 1.55 kg $899
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus 13.3″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.06 lbs / 1.38 kg $1399
Samsung ATIV Q 13.3″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5/i7 U - - -
Sony Vaio Pro 11 11.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 1.92 lbs / 0.87 kg $1149
Sony Vaio Pro 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 2.34 lbs / 1.06 kg $1249
Sony VAIO Duo 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 / 5000 2.93 lbs / 1.32 kg $1399
Sony Vaio Tap 11 11.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 Y Intel HD 4200 slate only: 1.7 lbs
with keyboard: 2.2 lbs
$1149
Sony Vaio Flip 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 2.89 lbs / 1.31 kg $1099
Toshiba Kirabook 13.3 13.3″ IPS touch 2560 x 1440 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 2.97 lbs / 1.34 kg $1499
Toshiba Z30 13.3″ TN non-glare 1366 x 768 px or IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 2.6 lbs / 1.17 kg $899

If you want something with a larger screen and better specs, have a look at the units below.

14+ inch Haswell ultrabooks and ultraportables

Model Screen Processor Graphics Weight Price(*)
Acer Aspire R7-572 15.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 5.3 lbs / 2.40 kg $899
Acer Aspire V7 482PG 14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 750M 4.41 lbs / 2.00 kg $899
Acer Aspire V7 582PG 15.6″ IPS touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 720M, 750M or 850M 4.85 lbs / 2.19 kg $849
Acer Aspire V5 573G 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5 U Nvidia GT 720M or 750M 4.41 lbs / 2.00 kg $849
Acer TravelMate P645 14″ IPS non-glare 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U AMD Radeon HD 8750M 3.46 lbs / 1.57 kg -
Asus E451LD 14″ TN anti-glare 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 and Nvidia GT 820M 4.0 lbs / 1.81 kg $849
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP400 14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 820M - -
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 820M 5.7 lbs / 2.6 kilos $599
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550 15.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 840M 5.0 lbs / 2.26 kilos $649
Asus Vivobook S451 / V451 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 740M 4.85 lbs / 2.20 kg $799
Asus Vivobook S551 / V551 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 740M 5.3 lbs / 2.40 kg $799
Asus Zenbook NX500 15.6″ IPS touch 3840 x 2160 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GT 850M 4.85 lbs / 2.20 kg tba
Asus Zenbook GX500 15.6″ IPS touch 3840 x 2160 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GT 860M 4.85 lbs / 2.20 kg tba
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 15.6″ touch TN 1366 x 768 px or IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 ULV Intel HD 4400 5.7 lbs / 2.54 kg $649
Dell Inspiron 7000 series 15.6″ touch TN 1366 x 768 px or IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 ULV Intel HD 4400 or Nvidia GT 750M 5.7 lbs / 2.54 kg $699
Dell Latitude 14 E7440 14″ TN 1366 x 768 px / IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 starts at 3.6 lbs / 1.63 kg $1049
Dell XPS 15 15.6″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GT 750M 4.44 lbs / 2.01 kg $1549
Fujitsu Lifebook U904 14″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5 U Intel 4400 HD 3.06 lbs / 1.38 kg -
Gigabyte U24F 14″ TN matte 1600 x 900 px Core i7-4500U Nvidia GT 750M 3.5 lbs / 1.58 kg $1499
Gigabyte U24T 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i7-4500U Nvidia GT 750M 3.9 lbs / 1.76 kg $1399
Gigabyte P34G 14″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4700HQ Nvidia GTX 760M 3.7 lbs / 1.67 kg $1399
Gigabyte P34G v2 14″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 860M 3.8 lbs / 1.72 kg $1599
Gigabyte U35F 15.6″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 750M 5.07 lbs / 2.29 kg -
Gigabyte P35K 15.6″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4700HQ Nvidia GTX 765M 5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg $1399
Gigabyte P35G v2 15.6″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 860M 5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg $1599
Gigabyte P35W v2 15.6″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 870M 5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg $1799
HP EliteBook 1040 G1 14″ TN 1600 x 900 ps / IPS 1920 x 1080 px non-glare Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 3.3 lbs / 1.49 kg $1299
HP Envy TouchSmart 14 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M 4.44 lbs / 2.01 kg $749
HP Envy TouchSmart 15 15.6″ TN 1366 x 768 px or IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 M Intel HD or Nvidia GT 740M/750M 5.6 lbs / 2.54 kg $849
HP ZBook 14 14″ LED non-glare, optional touch, 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U AMD FirePro M4100 starts at 3.57 lbs / 1.61 kg $1399
HP ZBook 15 15.6″ LED non-glare 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 MQ NVIDIA Quadro K610M / K1100M / K2100M starts at 6.2 lbs / 2.81 kg $1699
HP ZBook 17 17.3″ LED non-glare 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 MQ NVIDIA Quadro K610M / K3100M starts at 7.67 lbs / 3.48 kg $1849
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014 14″ 1600 x 900 px TN or 2560 x 1440 px IPS touch Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 HD 2.99 lbs / 1.36 kg $1299
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 HD 3.5 lbs / 1.58 kg $949
Lenovo Flex 14 14 TN touch 1366 x 768 px up to Core i7 Intel HD 4400 4.4 lbs / 1.99 kg $549
Lenovo Flex 2 14 14 TN touch 1366 x 768 px up to Core i7 / AMD APUs Intel HD 4400 4.2 lbs / 1.90 kg $699
Lenovo Flex 15 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px up to Core i7 Intel HD 4400 5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg $449
Lenovo Flex 2 15 14 TN touch 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px up to Core i7 / AMD APUs Intel HD 4400 5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg $499
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M 4.17 lbs / 1.84 kg $699
Lenovo IdeaPad S510p 15.6″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 720M 5.73 lbs / 2.59 kg $749
Lenovo Y40 14″ TN non-glare 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U AMD R9-M275 4.9 lbs / 2.22 kg $849
Lenovo Y50 15.6″ TN non-glare 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 860M 5.3 lbs / 2.40 kg $1049
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 2PC 15.6″ IGZO IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 860M 4.4 lbs / 1.99 kg $1799
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K 2PE 15.6″ IGZO IPS 2880 x 1620 px Core i7-4710HQ Nvidia GTX 870M / 970M 4.4 lbs / 1.99 kg $1999
Razer Blade 14 2014 14″ IGZO IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GTX 870M 4.5 lbs / 2.06 kg $1999
Razer Blade Pro 2014
17.3″ TN matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GTX 860M 6.54 lbs / 2.93 kg $2499
Samsung ATIV Book 2 2013 NP270E 15.6″ TN non-glare 1366 x 768 px Core i5 U Intel HD 4400 4.85 lbs / 2.19 kg -
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 NP940X5G 15.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 4.4 lbs / 1.99 kg $1499
Sony Vaio Fit 14A / Flip PC
14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 and 2880 x 1620 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 4.32 lbs / 1.95 kg $849
Sony Vaio Fit 15A / Flip PC
15.5″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 and 2880 x 1620 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 or Nvidia GT 735M 5.05 lbs / 2.29 kg $1049

* Clicking each price will show you where you can find discounts for these products.

Alright, that’s about it for now, these are the most known Haswell ultrabooks and ultraportables that you can find now in stores or will be available soon.

If you’re interested in more details about these and some other good ultrabooks worth buying, this post is a good place to start. If you’re on a budget, you might want to see this list of good ultrabooks that sell for under $800 . Or if you want something very powerful, these gaming ultrabooks might be what you need. Last but not least, more and more convertible ultrabooks have been released lately, so you might want to check them out as well.

Either way, you’ll find plenty of things about ultrabooks on this website, including the latest news, detailed reviews and comparisons.

And if you have any questions or need any help, feel free to drop me a line in the comments below, or in any other article, I’ll be around to reply.

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Andrei Girbea, aka Mike, Editor-in-Chief and a huge fan of mobile computers. Since 2007, I've only owned smaller than 12.5" laptops and I've been testing tens, if not hundreds of mini laptops. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

85 Comments

  1. Lucian

    November 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Any thoughts on the Asus G551JM vs the Lenovo Y50-70? Both are very close in specs and price. Would appreciate your opinion:)

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      I haven’t reviewed the Y50, so can’t get in depth. I’ve seen people complaining about he TN FHD panel on it though, among other things

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