Ultrabook reviews 2014, scoops and comparisons

The complete list of Haswell ultrabooks available in 2014

Last updated: April 14, 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 Resolution Processor
Graphics
Start Price *
Acer Aspire S7-392 13.3″ IPS 2560 x 1440 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1399
Acer Aspire S3 2013 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 735M -
Apple Macbook Air 11 11.6″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 5000 $999
Apple Macbook Air 13 13.3″ TN 1440 x 900 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 5000 $1099
Asus Vivobook S301 13.3″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 or AMD Radeon $799
Asus Zenbook UX301 Infinity 13.3″ IPS touch 2560 x 1440 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400/5100 $1399
Asus Zenbook UX302LA 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $999
Asus Zenbook UX302LG 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M $1199
Asus Zenbook UX32LA / UX32LN 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 / Nvidia 840 GT -
Dell XPS 11 11.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U - -
Dell XPS 12 12.5″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1099
Dell XPS 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $999
Dell Latitude 12 E7240 12.5″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i3 U Intel HD 4400 $1169
Fujitsu Lifebook U554 13.3″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5 U Intel 4400 HD -
HP Spectre 13T-3000 13.3″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 HD $999
HP Split 13 X2 13.3″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i7 Y Intel 4200 HD $749
Lenovo ThinkPad X240 12.5″ IPS 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $999
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12.5″ IPS touch 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1299
Lenovo IdeaPad U330 13.3″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $699
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1049
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus 13.3″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $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 $1149
Sony Vaio Pro 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1249
Sony VAIO Duo 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400/5000 $1399
Sony Vaio Tap 11 11.6″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 Y Intel HD 4200 $1149
Sony Vaio Flip 13 13.3″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1099
Toshiba Kirabook 13.3 13.3″ IPS touch 2560 x 1440 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1499
Toshiba Z30 13.3″ TN matte or IPStouch 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $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 Resolution Processor
Graphics
Start Price *
Acer Aspire V7 482PG 14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 750M $899
Acer Aspire V7 582PG 15.6″ IPS touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 720M $849
Acer Aspire V5 573G 15.6″ IPS touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5 U Nvidia GT 720M $849
Asus Vivobook S551 / V551 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 740M $799
Dell Latitude 14 E7440 14″ TN / IPS 1366 x 768 px / 1920 x 1080 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 $1049
Dell XPS 15 15.6″ TN 1920 x 1080 px or 3200 x 1800 px touch Core i5 H/ i7 HQ Nvidia GT 750M $1549
Fujitsu Lifebook UH90 14″ IPS touch 3200 x 1800 px Core i5 U Intel 4400 HD -
Gigabyte U24F 14″ TN matte 1600 x 900 px Core i7-4500U Nvidia GT 750M $1499
Gigabyte U24T 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i7-4500U Nvidia GT 750M $1399
Gigabyte P34G 14″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4700HQ Nvidia GTX 760M $1399
Gigabyte U35F 15.6″ IPS 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 750M -
Gigabyte P35K 15.6″ IPS matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7-4700HQ Nvidia GTX 765M $1399
HP Envy TouchSmart 14 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M $749
HP Envy TouchSmart 15 15.6″ TN or IPS touch 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 M Intel HD or Nvidia GT 740M/750M $999
HP Envy TouchSmart 17 17.3″ LED touch 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 MQ Nvidia GT 740M $1099
HP ZBook 14 14″ LED non-glare, optional touch 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U AMD FirePro M4100 $1399
HP ZBook 15 15.6″ LED non-glare 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 MQ NVIDIA Quadro K610M / K1100M / K2100M $1699
HP ZBook 17 17.3″ LED non-glare 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 MQ NVIDIA Quadro K610M / K3100M $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 $1299
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 14″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 px Core i5/i7 U Intel 4400 HD $949
Lenovo Flex 14 and 15
14 and 15.6″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px up to Core i7 Intel HD 4400 $499
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 14″ TN touch 1366 x 768 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 730M $699
Lenovo IdeaPad S510p 15.6″ TN 1366 x 768 px Core i5/i7 U Nvidia GT 720M $749
Razer Blade 14 2013 14″ TN matte 1600 x 900 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GTX 765M $1999
Razer Blade Pro 17.3″ TN matte 1920 x 1080 px Core i7 HQ Nvidia GTX 765M $2499
Sony Vaio Flip 14 and 15
14″ and 15″ IPS touch 1920 x 1080 and 2880 x 1620 px Core i3/i5/i7 U Intel HD 4400 or Nvidia GT 735M $749

* Clicking each price takes you to a page that lists all the online shops that offer 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.

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.

45 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    February 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Lenovo X1 Carbon is missing from the list, the current version on the site appears to have the Haswell:shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/

    Also, how long until someone releases a meme graphic of “u can haz Haswell”? ;-)

  2. Pete

    March 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The Dell XPS 15 uses an IPS for 1080p and IGZO for 1800p.

  3. David

    March 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Somebody already mentioned the HP ZBook 14, but you didn’t comment or include it–any reason it shouldn’t be on this list?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

      I’m looking into the Zbook line right now, will get more details about it on the site in a few days. And I’ve added it to the list as well. Thanks for the heads-up

  4. Alexander

    April 6, 2014 at 5:17 am

    There is also the Zenbook UX32LN and the UX32LA
    U32LN=
    http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/UX32LN/

  5. Andrew

    April 11, 2014 at 3:57 am

    not listed:
    Toshiba Portege Z30 toshiba.com/us/computers/laptops/portege/Z30/Z30-ABT1300

    I am on the hunt for a sub 3-lb Ultrabook with Haswell, 16GB RAM, onsite (NOT mail-in) warranty, SSD, 1920 x 1080 (or more), backlit keyboard. And even internal 3G/4G. Such a thing likely doesn’t exist now but Sony did make the VPCZ2390X which met all of those requirements. Sadly, no longer available and nothing out there that I’m aware of meets these specs. Closest thing is the customizable Portege Z30. Vaio Pro 13 is tempting but warranty support is terrible – we have been through it twice. Email with any questions, I have been doing a ton of research.

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      The X1 Carbon 2014 is close, but only supports 8 GB of RAM. I took a look at the Z30 recently, I’m definitely not impressed with how it feels. They also claim very long battery life, but they do that by aggressively capping the CPU’s frequency in Power Saver (at 500 MHz for the Core i5-4200U). Wasn’t impressed with the keyboard and trackpad either. However, I couldn’t get it for a detailed review

  6. Anamika Pandey

    April 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Looking for a 15 inch haswell ultrabook . Something with a 5+ hour battery backup and good audio output.
    Haven’t found anything after days of search except the macbook pro. Need help plz !!!!

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