Intel Evo certified laptops – complete list, features, and what to expect

Intel Evo certified laptops – complete list, features, and what to expect
By Andrei Girbea , last updated on April 16, 2021

With modern laptops getting better and better over the years, Intel are constantly trying to emphasize their top-tier designs from the mass-market options.

That started back in the day when the term “ultrabook” was first introduced in order to set portable models apart from standard laptops, carried on later with a set of rules introduced by the Athena Project in 2019, and continues as of late-2020 with the Intel Evo platform certification, which adds a couple of extra requirements to the initial set imposed by Project Athena.

In just a few words, laptops that meet a wider set of strict requirements (called KEI – Key Experience Indicators) get to be certified as Intel Evo laptops. This detailed Intel fact sheet goes in-depth over these requirements, and here’s also a quick summary of these Evo KEIs.

So, in order to get the Evo badging, laptops:

  • must run on Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake Core i5/i7 processors with Irix Xe graphics (or later), with 8+ GB of RAM and 256+ GB of SSD storage;
  • must provide consistent responsiveness on battery;
  • must instantly wake from sleep (in less than 1 second);
  • must provide 9 or more hours of real-world battery life (on laptops with a FHD display) and must be able to charge quickly over USB-C (4+ hours of battery life in under 30 minutes of charging);
  • must include modern connectivity options: WiFi 6 (Gig+), USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, optional LTE;
  • must include biometrics (IR cameras or finger sensor), Precision touchpads, backlit keyboards, 3-side narrow bezels around the display, good speakers, and a few other aspects inherited from the original Project Athena fact sheet.
KEIs for EVO certified laptops

KEIs for EVO certified laptops

Of course, some of these requirements are rather subjective, such as the overall responsiveness with daily use, battery life, or audio quality, that’s why I still recommend going through detailed reviews to further research how these Evo certified ultrabooks actually fare in real-life.

As for the formats, expect mostly the thinner and lighter models to earn the Evo badging, both in standard (clamshell) and 2-in-1 form-factors. So far, I’m only seeing compact models with 13 to 14-inch screens in stores, but larger-screen 15-inch products should also be available at some point.

Initially, I was under the impression that a touchscreen is also a requirement for the Evo certification, which meant that matte-screen versions of certain laptops such as the Razer Book 13 or the Dell XPS 13 won’t get the Evo badge. That doesn’t seem to be always the case, though, as some OEMs do list matte-screen ultrabooks (such as the MSI Prestive 14 or the Asus VivoBook S14) as Evo-verified, so this part is still confusing to me. In all fairness, if you’re like me and prefer matte screens, you’d rather go with one of these over any of the touch alternatives, regardless of having that EVO badge or not.

Bottom point, Evo laptops are the better Intel-U powered ultrabooks you will find in stores throughout 2021 and later. Expect these to be excellently crafted, perform snappily with everyday tasks, and last for many hours on a single charge, while also including the latest in terms of features and specs.

At the same time, though, keep in mind that these are based on Intel Tiger Lake hardware right now, which is excellent for everyday use and multitasking, fine for light work, and OK for light gaming with the improved Iris Xe graphics. They’re not impressive in demanding CPU workloads, though, such as serious programming or video editing. For that, my recommendation still goes towards some of the AMD Ryzen U notebooks out there, even if this Intel video down-below might suggest otherwise.

Furthermore, keep in mind that not all Tiger Lake laptops are the same, as each implementation varies based on their size, thermal design, and power-profiles. That means the performance, thermals, and noise-levels vary between different laptops built on the same hardware specs, and once again, only detailed reviews can explain what you’ll actually get with each product.

With all these out of the way, let’s touch on the list of Evo-Certified laptops down below. We’re constantly updating these lists, but if you spot anything that should be in here and is not, please tell us about it in the comments section at the end of the article.

First off, we’ll start with the sub-14-inch Evo ultrabooks, and we’ll continue with the full-size options down below. We’ve included the main details on each option, links towards our more detailed reviews and guides, as well as links towards the latest configurations and prices at the time you’re reading the article, which might differ from the MSRP price listed here.

You’ll also find a list of EVO laptops available for purchase in your region over here. Some of these are affiliate links, and you know how they work and how they help us keep our small project alive.

14-inch and smaller Intel Evo ultrabooks

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price
Acer Book RS – Porsche Design convertible 14″ FHD 16:9 IPS touch 100% sRGB up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs from $1999
Acer Swift 3 SF314-59 clamshell 14.0″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch 300-nits 100% sRGB up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh 1.6 kg / 3.5 lbs from $699
Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T clamshell 14.0″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch 350-nits 100% sRGB up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh 1.03 kg / 2.3 lbs from $999
Asus VivoBook S14 S435 Clamshell 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD matte 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 67 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs from $799
Asus ExpertBook B9 B9400 Clamshell 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD matte 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 33 or 66 Wh from .85 kg / 1.9 lbs from $1699
Asus ZenBook 14 UltraLight UX435 Clamshell 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD matte 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe
optional GeForce MX450
63 Wh .95 kg / 2.1 lbs from $1499
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Dual Screen 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch matte 400-nits
secondary ScreenPad
up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe
optional GeForce MX450
70 Wh 1.6 kg / 3.5 lbs from $1599
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA convertible 13.9″ IPS 16:9 FHD/OLED UHD touch 450-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 67 Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs from $1299
Dell XPS 13 9310 clamshell 13.4″ IPS 16:10 FHD+/UHD+ matte/touch 500-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 52 Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs from $999
Dell XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 convertible 13.4″ IPS 16:10 FHD+/UHD+ touch 500-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 52 Wh 1.32 kg / 2.9 lbs from $1099
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD/UHD touch 300-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 53 Wh 1.25 kg / 2.73 lbs from $899
Dell Inspiron 14 7000 clamshell 14.5″ IPS 16:10 QHD+ matte 300-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 52 Wh 1.26 kg / 2.78 lbs from $899
Dynabook Portégé X30L clamshell 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD matte/touch 300-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 53 Wh .9 kg / 2 lbs from $1299
Dynabook Portégé X30W convertible 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD matte/touch 300-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 53 Wh 1 kg / 2.2 lbs from $1299
HP Elite Dragonfly convertible 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh .99 kg / 2.2 lbs from $1799
HP Elite Dragonfly Max convertible 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh 1.17 kg / 2.5 lbs
HP EliteBook 830 convertible 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch/matte 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 53 Wh 1.25 kg / 2.8 lbs $999
HP Envy 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD/UHD matte/touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 51 Wh 1.31 kg / 2.88 lbs from $799
HP Envy x360 13 convertible 13.3″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe
optional GeForce MX450
51 Wh 1.32 kg / 2.92 lbs from $749
HP Spectre x360 13 convertible 13.3″ 16:9 IPS FHD/UHD touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 60 Wh 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs from $999
HP Spectre x360 14 convertible 13.5″ 3:2 IPS WUXGA+ or 3K OLED touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 66 Wh 1.33 kg / 3 lbs from $1199
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s clamshell 13.3″ 16:9 IPS FHD matte 300-nits 100% sRGB up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 56 Wh 1.4 kg / 3.09 lbs
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s clamshell 14″ 16:9 IPS FHD/UHD matte/touch up to 500-nits up to i7-1185G7 w/ Iris Xe 57 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 clamshell 13.3″ 16:10 IPS FHD+ matte/touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 48 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs from $1149
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga convertible 13.3″ 16:10 IPS FHD+ touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 50 Wh 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs from $1299
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano clamshell 13″ 16:10 IPS 2K matte/touch 450-nits 100% sRGB up to i7-1180G7 w/ Iris Xe 48 Wh .96 kg / 2.11 lbs from $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1
Titanium Yoga
convertible 13.5″ 3:2 IPS 2K+ touch 450-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 44.5 Wh 1.15 kg / 2.55 lbs from $1899
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 convertible 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD 300-nits touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 71 Wh 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs from $799
Lenovo Yoga 9i convertible 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD 400-nits/ UHD 500-nits touch up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 63.5 Wh 1.35 kg / 3 lbs from $999
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon convertible 13.3″ 16:10 IPS QHD touch 300-nits 100% sRGB up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 50 Wh .96 kg / 2.13 lbs
LG Gram 14 clamshell 14″ IPS 16:10 FHD+ glossy 300-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 72 Wh 1 kg / 2.2 lbs from $1199
MSI Prestige 14 Evo clamshell 14″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch low-power up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 52 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs
MSI Summit E13 Flip convertible 13.3″ 16:10 IPS FHD+ touch up to i7-1185G7 w/ Iris Xe 70 Wh 1.35 kg / 3 lbs from $1599
Razer Book 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS 16:10 FHD+/UHD+ touch 400-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 55 Wh 1.35 kg / 2.95 lbs from $1199

And here’s the second part that includes full-size 15 and 17-inch laptops. For now, there’s no such thing, but expect full-size Evo laptops to be released later on and we’ll add them here once available.

Full-size Intel EVO laptops

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price
LG Gram 16 clamshell 16″ IPS 16:10 QHD+ glossy 350-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 80 Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs from $1399
LG Gram 17 clamshell 17″ IPS 16:10 QHD+ glossy 350-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 80 Wh 1.35 kg / 3 lbs from $1499
Lenovo Yoga 7i 15 convertible 15.6″ IPS 16:9 FHD touch 500-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe 71 Wh 1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs from $899
MSI Summit E16 Flip convertible 16″ 16:10 IPS QHD+ touch up to i7-1185G7 w/ Iris Xe
included GTX 3050
70 Wh
Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 15 clamshell 15″ OLED 3.5K 16:10 touch 600-nits up to i7-1165G7 w/ Iris Xe
included GeForce MX450
66 Wh from $999 ??

As far as I understand, 15+ inch laptops with some sort of Nvidia GTX graphics don’t get the Evo badging, such as perhaps the Envy 14/15/17 or X360 15 from HP. They’re still portable and compact, but somehow miss on some of the criteria to qualify for Evo. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t keep you away from getting one of those, as the value

Expect a couple of other Evo-certified laptops to be released in the months to come. Intel taunts about 150 different designs based on 11th-gen Core hardware from pretty much all the known brands such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, or Razer, but only about 20 of them will get the Evo badging from what we know so far.

You’ll also find a list of EVO laptops available for purchase in your region over here.

We’ll constantly update this list with the new additions, but we’d also appreciate your help. If you spot any Evo laptop that should be in here and is not, please get in touch in the comments section down below.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

10 Comments

  1. IntelsSlowDeath

    November 18, 2020 at 9:26 am

    The XPS laptops are 16:10.

    You’re missing a bunch of others:
    – Spectre x360 15.6
    – Quite a few Dell Inspiron models
    – I think a couple Envy models are out now too
    – Razer Blade Stealth, no?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 18, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Thanks. As far as I can find, the Spectre x360 15, the Envy 15 and the Blade Stealth are not Evo-certified. I'm working on a separate article that includes all the 11th gen Tiger Lake laptops

  2. Dan

    November 22, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Inspiron 14 7000 is also Intel Evo certified.
    Source: I bought it and it has Intel Evo label

  3. E

    February 17, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Hi will this be updated? I'm looking for
    a list of full-size evo laptops

  4. Chuck

    February 25, 2021 at 12:45 am

    NEEDS UPDATES !!!

    I am looking for 2-in-1 (360) EVO laptop… WITHOUT numpad. Prefer 15" or 17", as long it's WITHOUT numpad.

  5. Victor Krynytsky

    March 29, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Hey! I think we need to start the list of models with a diagonal of 15.6 inches. Lenovo released a line of notebooks Yoga 7i (15 ”) in the description of which the following is indicated – "Exclusive Intel® Evo™ platform, co-engineered by Lenovo & Intel® (with HDR displays only)".

    lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/yoga/yoga-2-in-1-series/Yoga-7i-15/p/82BJ0004US

  6. Jorg

    April 4, 2021 at 10:35 am

    ASUS ViviBook 14 (S435) is missing from the list.
    I'd really be interested in a full review of that one, especially the implemented TDP values. It's a shame that manufacturers seem to hide this important aspect of achievable performance…

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 5, 2021 at 10:38 am

      I'm updating this article today, it's been long due. I don't have a UX435 sample for a proper review, though, and I don't think I will. based on previous experience with 14-inch zenbooks and vivobooks, I'd expect around 19W sustained. Check out our ZenBook ux425EA review, I'd expect this vivobook to perform similarly.

  7. Chuck

    April 6, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the UPDATES.

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