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The best 14 and 15.6-inch portable laptops and ultrabooks of 2017

By Andrei Girbea , updated on October 4, 2017

While there are quite a few excellent compact ultrabooks out there, many of you still prefer full-size laptops with large screens and enough power to smoothly handle your daily demands.

However, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say no to a full-size laptop that’s actually thin and light, as long as it still meets the requirements and falls within the right budget.

And here’s where this post comes into play, as a selection of the best 14 and 15-inch ultra-portable laptops available in stores these days.

Finding the right pick isn’t unfortunately a walk in the park, as the offer is vast and each option has particularities, strong points and quirks, but in order to make your life a little easier I’ve split the available suggestions into a couple of different sections:

You can go through the entire post for the complete picture of what’s available out there, or just read the subsections of interest.

You’ll find a wide selection of units in each of them, enough to accommodate all demands and expectations. You’ll also find links towards our detailed reviews where those are available and links towards user-reviews and the latest discounts on each specific model. Keep in mind there’s a fair chance you will find products that might initially look outside your budget selling for less at the time you’re reading the article, so those links are definitely worth a look.

Thin and light all-round (multimedia) laptops

This section includes the most portable all-round laptops with traditional form-factors, computers that offer solid specs but focus primarily on builds and a tiny form-factor. We’re going to cover high-performance gaming options in a further section, as well as convertibles and budget notebooks.

There are a bunch of 14 and 15-inch laptops with compact shells, tiny screen bezels, IPS panels, modern Core U hardware and just good overall traits that you should consider if you want a solid and portable computer for everyday use and perhaps some casual gaming. We’ve added them below, with just a few important traits and links to our detailed reviews and articles where you can find more about each one.

Among the 14-inch options, these come to mind:

  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-52 – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia MX150 graphics, IPS glossy screen, normal bezels, 48 Wh battery, 1.7 kg / 3.75 lbs;
  • Asus Zenbook UX410 – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, 48 Wh battery, 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs;
  • Asus Pro B9440 – Core U hardware,Intel HD 620 graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, 48 Wh battery, 1.08 kg / 2.4 lbs;
  • Asus Zenbook UX430 –  Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, thinner than the UX410, 50 Wh battery, 1.25 kg / 2.75 lbs;
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 320S – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 920MX graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, 52 Wh battery, 1.55 kg / 3.4 lbs;
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 720s – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, TB3 port, 56 Wh battery, 1.55 kg / 3.4 lbs;
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – Core U hardware, Intel HD 620 graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, 2x TB3 ports, 57 Wh battery, 1.13 kg / 2.5 lbs;
  • LG Gram 14  Core U hardware, Intel HD 620 graphics, IPS matte screen, small bezels, 60 Wh battery, 0.98 kg / 2.15 lbs;

Among the 15-inch options you should consider:

  • Asus Vivobook S510 – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX DDR5 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, plastic main body, 42 Wh battery, 1.62 kg / 3.6 lbs;
  • Asus Zenbook UX530 –  Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX DDR3 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, all metallic build, 50 Wh battery,  1.62 kg / 3.6 lbs;
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7560 series – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX DDR5 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, plastic main body build, 42 Wh battery, 2.0 kg / 4.4 lbs;
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 320s 15-inch – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia 940MX DDR3 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, plastic main body, 52 Wh battery,  1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs;
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P51s – Core U hardware, optional Nvidia Quadro M520, IPS FHD or UHD matte screen or touch option, small bezels, plastic main body, 48 or 72 Wh battery,  starts at 1.95 kg / 4.3 lbs;
  • LG Gram 15 – Core U hardware, Intel HD 620 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, metallic build, 35 Wh battery,  0.98 kg / 2.16 lbs;
  • Samsung Notebook 9 – Core U hardware, Intel HD 620 graphics, IPS FHD matte screen, small bezels, magnesium build, 39 Wh battery,  1.31 kg / 2.9 lbs;

Just some of the highly portable Core U powered 14 and 15-inchers out there

If Core U hardware just doesn’t offer the performance you need, you can look at some of the higher end multimedia ultraportables out there with Intel Core HQ processors, fast storage and high-resolution screens. Among them there are the:

  • Apple Macbook Pro – Core HQ hardware, optional Radeon Pro 555/560 graphics, 15.4″ glossy retina screen, all metal build, 4x TB3 ports, 76 Wh battery, 1.83 kg / 4.05 lbs;
  • Asus Vivobook Pro N580 / M580 – Core HQ hardware, optional Nvidia 1050 graphics, 15.6″ matte or touch FHD/UHD screen, all metal build, 47 Wh battery, starts at 1.99 kg / 4.4 lbs for the non-touch version;
  • Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 – Core HQ hardware, optional Nvidia 1050 / 1050 Ti graphics, 15.6″ matte or touch FHD/UHD screen, all metal build, 2x TB3 ports, 73 Wh battery, starts at 1.8 kg / 3.97 lbs for the non-touch version;
  • Dell XPS 15 series – Core HQ hardware, optional Nvidia 1050 graphics, 15.6″ matte FHD or touch UHD screen, metal and carbon fiber build, 56 or 97 Wh battery,  starts at 1.8 kg / 3.97 lbs for the non-touch version with 56 Wh battery.
And some of the premium Core HQ models

And some of the premium Core HQ models

The best gaming and high-performance laptops

The devices in this section don’t come cheap, but they can handle games. We’re only going to cherry pick the best options in this section, but a more detailed list of gaming ultraportables is available over here, or in these lists of notebooks with Nvidia MX150, GT 1050/1050 Ti, GTX 1060 and GTX 1070/1080 graphics.

Bang for the buck options

In this section we’re not going to care about size and portability, but rather look to get the best value for our money. We’ll split our recommendations based on budget, linking to our reviews where you can find more about each device.

At around $800, your attention should turn towards the Acer Aspire VX15, Acer Nitro 5, Asus Vivobook M580, Dell Inspiron 5577 and Lenovo Legion Y520, which come with Intel Core i7 HQ processors, Nvidia GT 1050 graphics, 8-16 GB of RAM and various amounts of storage, as well as backlit keyboard, decent builds, matte IPS screens (with some exceptions that get TN panels) and average sized batteries. These computers can handle FHD gaming with medium/high settings.

At around $1000 you can either aim for computers with Core i5 HQ processors, Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB graphics and somewhat shabby screens, like the Asus FX502VM and MSI GP62 Leopard Pro, or better yet up your budget to $1050 and get the Acer Predator Helios 300 which comes with an IPS screen, backlit keyboard and capable hardware: Core i7 HQ CPU, Nvidia GTX 1060 6 GB graphics, 16 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

And then, as far as 15-inch laptops with Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics go, your money would be best spent on devices like the Sager NP8157 (Clevo P650HS-G) and Asus ROG GL502VS, with starting prices of around $1700.

Aorus X5, Asus GL502VS and Sager NP8157 - 15-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1070 graphics

Aorus X5, Asus GL502VS and Sager NP8157 – 15-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1070 graphics

Portable 14 and 15-inch gaming notebooks

If size and weight do matter and you’re willing to spend more, there are nicer laptops for you out there.

For instance, you can consider 14-inchers with premium builds and GTX 1060 graphics like the Gigabyte Aero 14 (starts at $1799) and Razer Blade 14 (starts at $1899). Aside from the solid builds and fancy looks they’re also fairly light, include RGB backlit keyboards, larger batteries and options like a Thunderbolt 3 port. You’ll find more about them from this article.

There are also ultraportable laptops with similar specs and even larger screens, like the 15-inch MSI GS63 Stealth Pro and Gigabyte Aero 5, or the 17-inch MSI GS73 Stealth Pro and Asus ROG GL702VM with GTX 1060 graphics, or faster options like the Aorus X5 (15-inch) and Asus ROG GL702VS (17-inch) with GTX 1070 graphics.

Last but definitely not least, if your budget allows you can also aim for some of the newer designs built on Nvidia MaxQ hardware, with thin bodies, quiet fans and efficient performance. You’ll find more about the MaxQ designs and the available MaxQ ultraportables from this post.

All these notebooks and and a few others are covered in this dedicated article.

Some of the new MaXQ designs with Nvidia 1080MQ graphics

Some of the new MaXQ designs with Nvidia 1080MQ graphics

The best 2-in-1 convertibles

This section includes 14 and 15-inch laptops with convertible touchscreens, able to rotate to 360-degrees in some way or another. Check our this article for a more complete list of modern convertibles.

HP Spectre x360 15 and Envy x360 15

The 15-inch Spectre x360 is my favorite convertible with a full-size screen, but it’s also a fairly expensive product that might not fit everyone’s budget (don’t worry, we have more affordable suggestions down below).

The Spectre’s all-metal body is sturdy-built, compact and light for a 15-inch 2-in-1 notebook, weighing about 4.5 lbs. The screen is one of its main selling points as well, with tiny bezels and either a FHD or an UHD IPS panel, but so are the backlit keyboard, the large and precise trackpad, capable front facing speakers and the hardware inside. This laptop is built on Intel Core U platforms with up to 16 GB of RAM, SSD storage and a 79 Wh battery, as well as an option for Nvidia 940MX dedicated graphics with GDDR5 memory, enough for some FHD gaming.

Overall the Spectre x360 15 is a solid all-round computer for daily use and an option for those who don’t mind paying extra for premium looks and build, as HP asks between $1300 and $1800 for it. You’ll probably find it cheaper online though, follow this link for more details and updated configurations and prices.

If you’re looking at a more affordable 15-inch 2-in-1 and don’t care that much about portability, the HP Envy x360 15 is an option to consider. This device gets similar hardware specs to the Spectre above, a FHD IPS screen, a backlit keyboard and a 48 Wh, but also a bulkier and heavier plastic case with some aluminum inserts (5.1 lbs, 0.93″ thick) and a starting price of around $750. Follow this link for more details.

The HP Spectre 15 is a premium 15-inch convertible, but its high price might put it out of reach for many potential buyers

The HP Spectre 15 is a premium 15-inch convertible, but its high price might put it out of reach for many potential buyers

Samsung Notebook Pro 9 15

This is Samsung’s alternative for the HP Spectre x360 15 and is only available in some parts of the world, including the US and a few countries in Asia.

It’s a premium notebook with a compact shell and a 15-inch convertible screen, with a FHD IPS panel and support for a Samsung Active pen, included in the package. It’s built out of a magnesium-alloy and is fairly sturdy and especially thin (.67″) and light (3.8 lbs). Despite that, it packs Core U hardware (without dedicated graphics) and a 54 Wh battery, as well as a backlit keyboard and a decent set of speakers.

Overall the Samsung Notebook Pro 9 doesn’t get the battery life, the build quality or the high-resolution screen of the HP Spectre x360 15, but it’s a more portable alternative. It’s still rather expensive though, starting at around $1300. Follow this link for more details, updated configurations and the latest prices.

Lenovo Yoga 710 and Yoga 720 series

These two represent Lenovo’s line of mid-range 15-inch convertibles, and they’re actually quite different.

The Yoga 710 is a thin and light allrounder (4.2 lbs, .71″ ) with tiny bezels around its IPS FHD/UHD touchscreen, built on Intel Core U hardware with a 53 Wh battery and optional Nvidia 940MX graphics. It’s available in a multitude of configurations, with the base models with a Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD going for around $700. Follow this link for more details and updated configurations and prices.

The Yoga 710 14 and 15 offer solid specs for the money, including dedicated Nvidia graphics, and are lighter than most other laptops in their classes

The Yoga 710 14 and 15 offer solid specs for the money, including dedicated Nvidia graphics, and are lighter than most other laptops in their classes

The Yoga 720 on the other hand is a more powerful multimedia laptop built on Intel Core HQ hardware and Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, as you can read in our review. It’s merely larger and heavier, at 4.4 lbs and .75″ thick, so still a highly portable option, which is well justified by the fact that it gets more powerful hardware and a larger 72 Wh battery. The screen options include either a FHD or UHD panel with small bezels and pen support.

The Yoga 720 is more expensive than the 710, starting at $999 for a configuration without dedicated graphics, while the GTX 1050 models start at $1100. Follow this link for more details.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1

This one is Dell’s alternative for the Yoga 710s above, aiming at the same mid-range buyers that want a good 15-inch convertible for around $800.

On paper, it checks most of the needed boxes, with modern Core U hardware, DDR4 RAM support, SSD storage, a FHD 360-degrees IPS display, a slim metallic body that weighs 4.6 lbs. However, Dell only put a 42 Wh battery inside, which is just too small for a 15-incher, and I’ve seen some complains about the keyboard’s feedback, the dim panel and even the lack of quality control, with some units failing just days after they were bought.

That doesn’t mean this Inspiron 15 7000 can’t be a good pick, but I do advise you to buy from reputable places that allow easy returns, just in case you draw a short stick. Follow this link for more details and updated configurations and prices.

Asus Vivobook Flip and Zenbook Flip series

The Vivobook Flips are Asus’s latest take at mid-range convertibles, with both Flip 14 TP410 (14-inch) and Flip 15 TP510 (15-inch) options available in stores as of the second part of 2017. These are mid-tier devices with nice builds and starting prices of around $800 for the base configurations.

They’re built on the latest Intel Core U hardware with FHD IPS touchscreens, backlit keyboards, rather small 42 Wh batteries and options for dedicated Nvidia graphics.

Asus also offer a higher-tier Zenbook Flip line, with thinner designs, fancier materials and larger batteries, but details are yet scarce on these at the time of this update and we’ll update as soon as we know more.

You’ll also find some of the older Asus convertibles in stores, the Flip lines. They offer aluminum bodies, IPS touchscreens, backlit keyboard and a 48 Wh battery for competitive prices of under $700. Follow this link for more details and potential discounts.

The TP500 is a 2-in-1 convertible 15 incher with an excellent price

The Asus Flip is a 2-in-1 convertible 15 incher with an excellent price

Lenovo Flex series

The Flexes are Lenovo’s take at the affordable 14 and 15-inch convertibles.

These include a 360-degrees flipable touchscreen with FHD IPS panels and small bezels for both the 14-inch and 15-inch versions. In fact, the two share most of their traits, including the backlit keyboards, speakers, 52.5 Wh batteries and the hardware platforms, with the latest Intel Core U processors and optional Nvidia GTX 940MX graphics.

The 14-inch model is lighter, a little thinner (3.8 lbs, .78″) and more affordable, starting at around $600 for a Core i3 configuration, while the 15-inch model weighs 4.4 lbs and starts at $700 for similar specs. Follow this link for more details and potential discounts.

Affordable all-round laptops (under $600)

This section includes the best large-screen all-round laptops you can get for under $600, devices capable of handling everyday tasks and even games, to some extent. Expect to get great specs for the money, but don’t expect premium builds, excellent craftsmanship or fancy features.

Acer Chromebook 14 and 15

If you want a simple, fast and inexpensive computer for daily tasks and especially Internet related activities, you should consider these Chromebooks.

The Acer Chromebook 15 is the most affordable option, starting at around $220. This kind of money will get you a fanless Celeron hardware platform, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a decent 15.6-inch IPS FHD screen and a rather small 32 Wh battery, yet enough to keep this going for around 5-6 hours of use on a charge. All these are tucked inside a rather chunky body that weighs 4.8 lbs, with plenty of ports on the sides and a fairly good non-backlit keyboard.

Overall, the Chromebook 15 is one of the simplest laptops that actually work well, as long as you understand exactly what a Chromebook can and cannot do. You can speck it with more RAM and storage space, and even so it’s only going to cost around $300. Follow this link for more details and the latest pricing updates.

The Acer Chromebook 15 gets a rather bulky and heavy plastic body, but you're not going to find anything else like it for under $250

The Acer Chromebook 15 gets a rather bulky and heavy plastic body, but you’re not going to find a more capable full-size laptop for under $250

The 14-inch Chromebook is a more compact and more premium device. It gets an aluminum chassis and is more portable, weighing 3.4 lbs, but the IO was somewhat sacrificed for the aesthetics and this laptop lacks an SD card-reader. The keyboard is still non-backlit and the screen uses an IPS FHD panel.

The hardware is mostly similar to the one on the 15-inch model, with a minimally faster Celeron processor, but 4 GB of RAM are included on the base model and the battery is larger, 48 Wh, enough for 8-10 hours of use on a charge.

The Acer Chromebook 14 is slightly more expensive than the Chromebook 15, but its $299 starting price is well justified by what it offers, making this an excellent buy for those on a really limited budget. Follow this link for more details, user reviews and the latest prices.

The Acer Chromebook 14 offers fast hardware, an ISP display and an aluminum body, but is heavier and less portable than the other options

The Acer Chromebook 14 offers fast hardware, an ISP display and an aluminum body, but is heavier and less portable than the other options

Acer Aspire E15 series

Acer offers a bunch of competitive 15-inch laptops with affordable prices, and you should have several of their series on your shortlist, like the Aspire E5-573G, E5-574G and E5-575G.

They are all built from hard-plastic, share a similar non-backlit keyboard and either a TN HD or a TN FHD matte non-touch screen. Hardware wise, these are powered by Intel Broadwell, Skylake or Kaby Lake dual-core processors with up to 16 GB of RAM with various types of storage and a 37 or 45 Wh battery; most options also get Nvidia GT 940M or 940MX graphics.

The Aspire E15 E5-575G is the most interesting configuration at the time of this article, selling for under $600 for a Core i5 processor, Nvidia GT 940MX graphics, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, plus the FHD panel. Follow this link for up-to-date info on prices and configurations and check out our review of the E15 E5-573G for a more in depth analysis of this series.

The Acer Aspire E5 offers modern hardware and mid-level Nvidia Graphics in an affordable package

The Acer Aspire E15 offers modern hardware and mid-level Nvidia Graphics in an affordable package

Asus F556/X556 series

This is Asus’s latest line of affordable 15-inch laptops, and the naming is confusing because they are listed as the F556 in the US and the X556 in Europe and other regions.

The F556s/X556s are full-size notebooks with a 15.6-inch screen available with either a TN HD or FHD panel, Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake Core U hardware, up to 12 GB of RAM and 38 Wh batteries, all tucked inside multi-colored plastic cases that weigh around 5.1 lbs. Asus offers versions with Nvidia 920/940 dedicated graphics (F556UJ, F556UB) and models that rely on Intel HD graphics solutions only (F556UA).

The F556s/X556s start below $550 at the time of this post, for a base model with a Core i5 processor, the FHD screen, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD and 1 TB of HDD storage. Lower specked configurations are available for less. Follow this link for more details, user reviews and up-to-date prices and configurations.

The F556s (US) or X556s (Europe) are Asus's offer in the 15-inch affordable laptop segment

The F556s (US) or X556s (Europe) are Asus’s offer in the 15-inch affordable laptop segment

HP Pavilion 15 series

The Pavilions are HPs entry-level laptop lines. The Pavilion 15 is their popular 15-inch model, available in a few different colors and entirely built out of plastic. It weighs 4.8 lbs, bundles an internal optical drive, a 41 Wh battery and backlit keyboard.

Hardware wise, the Pavilion 15 is built on the latest Intel Core U or HQ platforms, with up to 16 GB of RAM and optional Nvidia 950M graphics on the higher end configurations, plus either a HD TN or a FHD IPS screens.

The Pavilions are also competitive in terms of pricing, with base Core i5 models selling for under $500 and more compelling options with Core i7 processors, Nvidia graphics and the IPS screen going for around $600 at the time of this update.

Follow this link for more details and potential discounts.

The Pavilion 15s offers solid specs and are more affordable than the competition

The Pavilion 15s offers solid specs and are more affordable than the competition

Dell Inspiron 3000 and 5000 series

The Dell Inspiron 3000s are some of the better full-size clamshell laptops you can get for a very limited budget. They are durable built, despite having an all plastic case and chassis, they are fairly fast and easy to upgrade, if you decide to get a lower-end model and want to add more RAM or an SSD later.

The 15-inch model bundles an internal optical drive, but it’s rather bulky and heavy, weighing 5.25 pounds, while the 14-inch version is actually much more portable, weighing 3.9 lbs. Both variants settle for 1366 x 768 px TN displays, with options for matte non-touch panels or touchscreens. Both also get a 40Wh battery which is going to offer around 4-5 hours of use on a charge.

We reviewed the base Inspiron 15 3000 model with a Core i3 processor here on the site, in case you want to read more about it, and it turned out to to be a solid choice for the money. That base model sells for under $400, while the Core i5 configurations go for around $500. Follow this link for more details, as well as updated prices and potential discounts. The 14-incher starts at around $250, but Dell only bundles it with low-power Celeron/Pentium processors and limited amounts of eMMC storage.

The basic Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is not a looker, but offers plenty for the money

The basic Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is not a looker, but offers plenty for the money

The Inspiron 5000 series takes a step-up in terms of build quality and design, as these laptops are lighter, slightly more compact and available in a silver color scheme with a brushed-aluminum lid-cover. They also include an optical drive and backlit keyboard, which the 3000 series lacks. Besides these, potential buyers still have to settle for HD TN screens on the lower end versions of these laptops and 40Wh batteries, while higher end models get an IPS FHD display.

The Inspiron 15 5000 starts at around $500 for a Core i3 configuration, while a beefier everyday model with a Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD sells for around $600. Follow this link for more configurations and up-to-date prices at the time you’re reading this post.

Dell also offers an 2-in-1 version of the Inspiron 15 5000, with a slightly slimmer and lighter body, a 360-degrees convertible touchscreen and a 42 Wh battery. These models start at around $600. You’ll find more about the Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 via this link.

The Inspiron 15 5000s are sleeker, better equipped and available in both a clamshell and a convertible form-factor

The Inspiron 15 5000s are sleeker, better equipped and available in both a clamshell and a convertible form factor

The best business notebooks and workstations

When it comes to business notebooks we’re looking at computer with simple/sober aesthetics, very good build quality, excellent keyboards and features like vPro, TPM and fingerprint-readers. These are mostly meant for business environments, but they can do well for individual use as well, if within your budget. There are a few different models to consider here and I’ll tell you a few things about each of them below:

  • Asus Pro B9440 – more details and discounts – thin and light laptop with MIL-graded magnesium build, and excellent keyboard, matte IPS screen, punchy speakers a the performance to handle daily activities. Gets a 48 Wh battery, USB-C only IO and struggles with constant demandigns loads, as you’ll find from the detailed review. It’s more affordable than the competition though.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon more details and discounts – the X1 Carbon has the looks, the build quality, the performance, the keyboard and the screen required from a top-of-the-line ultrabook. The latest generation gets a traditional form-factor with a thin and light 14-inch body, weighing 2.6 lbs. Previous versions were 2-in-1s, but these were more recently with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga line. You’ll have to compromise on battery and IO to some extent when going for one of these, plus the X1 Carbon is expensive, with the base configuration starting at around $1200 and beefier versions getting close to 2G.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T470 – more details and discounts – this is Lenovo’s standard clamshell business notebook and bundles the hardware and the features you’d expect from a work-computer, with a big battery. There are several options available, with the largest having a capacity of 95 Wh, enough for around 15 hours of daily-use. Despite that, the T470 is still compact and fairly light (3.5 lbs), gets an excellent keyboard and solid IO, and starts at around $800.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – more details and discounts – the more portable version of the T470, weighs 2.9 lbs, is thinner and starts at $1000.
  • Dell Latitude 14 7000 – more details and discounts – an alternative for the Lenovo T400 lines, these laptops are available in a few different configurations, and top tier models include matte FHD matte screens, good IO, the latest Intel Core U hardware and a 55Wh battery. The Latitudes are on the pricey side though, with the cheapest Core i3 models starting at around $1100. You should also check out this article for my impressions on the Latitude 12 and 14-inchers.
  • HP EliteBook Folio 1040 series – more details and discounts –  unlike the dark-colored devices above, the EliteBook Folios get a crude aluminum body, so they could appeal for those who want the traits of a business machine in different clothes. These are also available a in a bunch of different configurations and include an excellent keyboard, Core U hardware and a 45.6 Wh battery in 3.15 lbs bodies. The Folios are very expensive though, starting at $1250 for basic configurations, and that could kill them for regular customers.
  • Fujitsu Lifebook U9054– this 14-incher weighs 2.9 lbs and gets a sturdy magnesium chassis and case. It bundles the latest Intel Core U hardware inside, a WQHD+ IGZO touchscreen and a 45 Wh battery. The slightly awkward keyboard and the throttling under load are however tough to accept on a computer that sells for between $1500 and $3000.

You should also check out this post for more options on business ultrabooks with internal 4G/LTE connectivity.

Wrap up

There you have it, these are some of the best 14 and 15 inch ultrabooks you should consider these days. They are thinner and lighter than regular laptops, they offer the performance required by your daily activities and more (multimedia, games, demanding software) and they last for quite a few hours on each charge.

You’ve got plenty of options to choose from from, with or without touchscreens, with or without dedicated graphics, with premium metallic bodies or more affordable price tags. So if you do want one of these larger format ultrabooks, you should find one in this article.

Just in case you haven’t found what you were looking for, these posts might also help:

I’m constantly updating this list of the best 14 and 15 inch ultraportables and I’m also here to reply to your questions and help you in any way possible, so if you do want to ask something or add to the post, the comments section is open

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

216 Comments

  1. Tim

    June 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Wow that is a lot of work you have done to build the lists and maintain them.
    Thank you so much.
    I will keep an eye on here, looking for just the right fit for me. Unfortunately it is a challenge but I expect that soon there will be a system to fit so I will just check back regularly.

    Price – not the issue
    Processor – i5/i7 7th generation
    Display Size – 14/15 inch
    Display Resolution – 1080p (4K isn't important for me as battery life is higher priority)
    Battery – 6+ hours of real world use not what manufacturers state
    Weight – low if possible such as 1-1.4kg
    USB – minimum 2 with Thunderbolt support preferred to drive 2 external monitors more easily
    Memory – 16GB
    Storage – 512GB SSD
    Keyboard – backlit – no need to separate numeric keypad

    At the moment I am looking at the ASUS B9440, LG GRAM, ASUS Zenbook 3 Delux UX490UA, Lenovo Yoga 910.

    None fit everything but they are getting there, so please keep up the great work you are doing.

    • Mark

      June 13, 2017 at 2:19 am

      who wins? :)

  2. Vicki

    June 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you for focussing on weight. Now that most airlines stipulate laptops in luggage, weight becomes crucial for everyone not just us wimps with OOS elbows and wrists, so really appreciated the weight info. Been hunting for an under 2k laptop with large screen for a longtime.
    Apteryx

  3. Andre

    July 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, I'm trying to replace my 15 inchmac after that I have had for about 4 years. However, apple has gotten way too expensive with their 15 inchers so I was wondering which do you think is better the 15.6 360 spectre or the 15 xps?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 1, 2017 at 4:57 am

      The XPS is faster, built on Intel HQ processors and with dedicated graphics. It's a great laptop, but you're payign premium or the looks and has its share of flaws. We have a review here on the site for more details.
      The Spextre x360 is built on slower Intel U processors and is a convertible.

      If you need a computer for everyday use (browsing, movies, texts, etc), both will do fine. For more demanding loads, I'd get the XPS or another laptop with a quad-core processors and 16 GB of RAM.

  4. luis

    September 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Andrei.
    Great list you've got there. So much choice for everyone. Or, at least, for almost everyone. I feel there's something missing. Not your fault, though.
    A machine I'd call "the 15-inch MBA". It'd have a core i5 8250u CPU, 8-16GB of RAM, 250-500GB of SSD, a 15-inch full-hd screen with small besels (like xps15) and a 80-90Wh battery. 2 TB3 ports supporting charging, 2-3 USB-A ports, card reader and headphone slot.
    Just that. No DGPU, no 2,5" HDD slot. That'd be my dream machine. Sadly, no OEM thinks it'd be profitable to build such machine.

    In the bigger body, there'd be space for a better keyboard, and the machine would run cooler than smaller ultrabooks. And I bet it could get into 1,5-1,7kg, which wouldn't be sooooooo much.

    Ok, enough with thhis rant.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 24, 2017 at 5:31 am

      That sounds like a very solid option, and hopefully we'll see some devices that come close, but probably with much smaller batteries. I look forward for an updated version of the LG Gram 15, for instance. Not sure about other OEMs, as far as I can tell the KB-R quad-cores are mostly bundled with smaller laptops or entry level 15-inchers. Still, with Coffee Lake and Canon Lake in Q1 2018, we should see some interesting new options.

      • luis

        October 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

        Hi Andrei. Unfortunately, if OEMs keep doing what they've done these years, you're right. But if it doesn't get a bigger battery, it'd not be sooo interesting to me. If it gets just around 55-60Wh battery, I'd prefer the ux330ua or the xps 13 which also get the same battery but are smaller.

        About the LG gram 15, LG sacrifices everything just to market it as the lightest 15" laptop.

        For example, if asus or dell took the ux330ua or the xps13, made them bigger so they could fit a 15" screen and filled the space inside with a bigger battery, it'd be enough. If they put a slightly better keyboard on it, it'd be perfect.

        There are big, heavy, powerful laptops and there are smaller, not so heavy but still powerful laptops (like some MSI and Razer 14" which I don't remember the model names).
        So I don't understand why any of the OEMs sells a relatively light machine with the longest battery of the market.

        • Roee Mazor

          November 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

          I would definitely buy this 15" ultrabook!

    • D Pao

      October 1, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Hi, Luis.
      Just wondering what is this "15in MBA" laptop name?

      • luis

        October 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        Hi D Pao. It was just a name I made up to try to sumarize the machine I was thinking of. Something with a ULV CPU, no DGPU and loads of battery, like the 11" and 13" mackbook airs but with a 15" screen so it could fit a better keyboard and even more battery capacity, while running cooler than smaller laptops.

  5. Jana

    November 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Andrei,
    I have owned four laptops since the late '90s: 1 Apple, 2 HPs and 1 Asus. I like the Asus I have now, but it's old, slow, and the screen has broken away from the body (!) so it's time for a new one. I have bought previous laptops by just going to a shop and explaining what I want and getting it. Now I'm reading so many online reviews that I'm at a standstill. As soon as I think I've decided on one, I read a review with cons that put me off. Maybe you can help. I use my laptop as my main computer, for personal and work business. The Asus I've had for about four or five years is Q501LA (mine doesn't seem to have the A on it), 15.6" screen. My main job is writing, so I want a keyboard you would recommend as 'excellent'. Just so it's easy to type. A good touchpad is good, too, but I usually use a USB mouse anyway. I had an HP that overheated so badly it burned my hands and I had to get rid of it. I am happy with this Asus as it stays cool, and there is never fan noise or noise of any other kind (also important). For work sometimes I have to have videos playing as well as about 15 tabs open in my browser. So graphics are more important now than they used to be. My computer hangs a lot these days. This screen is 'anti-glare' but not matte. It's also important the screen is clear and easy to read. I do not care if it's touch screen or not, or if it's a 2-in-1 or not.
    The reviews of yours I have read have led me back and forth to Lenovo Yoga, the Dell you seem to mention a lot (XP.. woops, forgot the number, brain fried), and Asus computers I've looked a lot at the ZenBooks, VivoBooks, multimedia laptops, basically the whole line. Then I read reviews and am confused again.
    Can you help at all? Feel free to email me privately or ask here for more information. I really appreciate your time if you can help. Sorry if I'm rambling. I've been at this for ages and feel like I've actually got TOO much choice.
    Oh, price max is around 1,500 USD, and it'd be nice to have a separate number pad, but not essential. I would like something relatively light. I don't travel a lot with my laptop, but occasionally I need to. Durable is good!
    Thanks, I'll stop now!
    Jana

    • Jana

      November 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      PS… I don't want a gaming machine or one that has the look of a gaming machine (though I have been tempted by their specs!). I'm a writer/editor, not a gamer. I just have to access a lot of videos and websites at once sometimes. thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 20, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Hi, a few ideas:

      1. The whole keyboard experience is very subjective. I for one prefer short travel keyboards lately, but with stiff clicks. Unfortunately each laptop OEM uses a few different keyboards on their machines, so I can't recommend a certain brand and be sure you'd like the keyboard. It's best you give these a try in a physical shop if possible, once you narrowed your options.
      2. As far as your requirements and hardware go, I'd look for one of the newer laptops with an Intel core i5-8250 or i7-8550u processors, preferably 16 GB of RAM and SSD storage (256 or 512 GB). You can get these within your budget. There's a list of such devices here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/17655-kabylake-r-laptops/
      3. You don't need dedicated graphics if you don't play games.

      Try to narrow down your options from that list, read a few reviews, and get back if you need help selecting between a few final options. There's no perfect laptop, each has pros and cons, but some are better than others and your budget will allow you to pick one of the best models. Hope this helps.

      • Jana

        November 21, 2017 at 5:24 am

        Andrei, thank you very much for taking the time! I'll have a look!
        -jana

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