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A detailed list of fanless laptops and ultrabooks available in 2018

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on September 20, 2018

Laptops are getting thinner and lighter with each generation these days. The hardware is getting faster and smaller, to the point where the actual processor, memory and all the other chips only occupy a small fraction of a modern computer, leaving more room for battery cells.

All these advances lead to a new trend in the world of mobile computing: fanless laptops and ultrabooks, or in other words laptops with a passive cooling solution that does not require a spinning fan. You’ll find quite a few models available in stores already and this post lists all of them based on screen size, weight, the hardware inside, and, of course, price.

There’s one important reason why you’ll want a fanless laptop: it’s going to be perfectly quiet, especially if the passive cooled hardware is paired with an SSD. There are exceptions, though. Fanless machines, especially among the more affordable options, may come with spinning HDDs‒ but even those can be upgraded in order to deliver what the fanless consumer desires: a quiet laptop experience, similar to what tablets or phones have been offering for many years.

You do however have to understand that fanless laptops are mostly built on low-power hardware platforms and will handle most everyday tasks, but won’t be able to cope with multitasking or the more demanding chores you might want to perform on a modern laptop (editing videos and photos, running programming software or modern PC games, among others). At least for the time being.

We’ll talk a bit more about the platforms available at this very moment towards the end of the post, so you’ll understand exactly what to expect from each one of them. In few words though, if you’re reading this article in 2018/2019, Amber Lake-Y builds are primarily the ones to check out, although there are also a handful of faster Core U implementations to consider, as well as some lower-end Pentium/Celeron variants if you’re shopping on a budget (but don’t expect much in terms of either performance or features from these ones).

No fans and no spinning HDDs equals no noise

No fans and no spinning HDDs equals no noise

For now though, these are the available fanless laptops and ultra-portables. Click the links on each product’s name for more details and reviews, as well as the links in the Prices column for the latest offers and discounts on the products you’re interested in.

Full size fanless laptops

This section is reserved for the full-size everyday machines with 14+ inch screens. There aren’t many such options, simply because most fanless laptops are also compact and highly portable, while these large-footprint devices are not. I do have a selection of the best 14 and 15 inch ultrabooks you can find right now, in case you’re interested.

ModelTypeScreenHardwareWeightStart Price
Acer Spin 7convertible14.0″ IPS FHD touchKaby Lake Core Y1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs$1199
Acer Swift 7clamshell14.0″ IPS FHD touchup to Amber Lake Core Y
Acer Chromebook 514clamshell14.0″ IPS FHDup to Amber Lake Core Y$349
Acer Chromebook 15clamshell15.6″ IPS FHDApollo Lake Celeron/Pentium3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg$299
Acer Swift 1clamshell14.0″ IPS FHDApollo/Gemini Lake Pentium1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs$349
Asus VivoBook Flip 14convertible14″ TN HD or IPS FHD touchApollo Lake Celeron/Pentium~3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg$399
Asus VivoBook Maxclamshell14 and 15.5″ TN HDApollo/Gemini Lake Pentium~4.4 lbs / 2 kg$349
Dell Inspiron 15 3000clamshell15.5″ TN HDApollo/Gemini Lake Pentium~4.75 lbs / 2.15 kg$299
HP Stream 14clamshell14.0″ TN HDBayTrail Celeron1.54 kg / 3.4 lbs$199
Lenovo IdeaPad 330clamshell14 and 15.6″ TN HDApollo/Gemini Lake Pentium~4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg$349
Venom BlackBook Zero 14clamshell14″ IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core Y3.1 lbs / 1.4 kg$999

Fanless Ultrabooks and ultra-portables

This section is reserved for the portables ultrabooks and thin-and-light laptops with screen sizes between 12 and 14-inches.

That includes the popular 12.5 and 13.3-inch categories, where you’ll mostly find the best balanced mix between an ergonomically sized workspace, a comfortable keyboard, a fair selection of ports and a fair-sized battery. Here’s where you’ll also find most of the premium fanless offers.

ModelTypeScreenHardwareWeightStart Price
Acer Swift 1clamshell13.3″ IPS FHDApollo/Gemini Lake Pentium1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs$349
Acer Switch 7 Black Editiondetachable13.5″ IPS touchKaby Lake-R Core U1.13 kg / 2.5 lbs$1699
Acer Aspire Switch 12Sdetachable12.5″ IPS touch FHDSkylake Core M1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs (w/ dock)$1199
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12detachable12.5″ IPS touchSkylake Core U1.3 kg / 2.85 lbs (w/ folio)$599
Acer Chromebook R13Convertible13.3″ IPS FHDMediatek1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs$329
Apple MacBook 12clamshell12.0″ IPS retinaSkylake Core M0.90 kg / 2.0 lbs$1199
Asus Chromebook FlipConvertible13.3″ IPS FHDKaby Lake Core Y1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs$399
Asus Transformer Book Chi T300
detachable12.5″ IPS touch QHDBroadwell Core M1.40 kg / 3.1 lbs (w/dock)$699
Asus Transformer 3 T305CAdetachable12.5″ IPS touchKaby Lake Core M1.14 kg / 2.5 lbs (w/dock)$699
Asus Zenbook UX305clamshell13.3″ IPS FHD and QHD+Skylake Core M1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs$699
Asus Zenbook UX330CAclamshell13.3″ IPS FHD and QHD+Kaby Lake Core M1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs$799
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CAconvertible13.3″ IPS touch FHD and QHD+Skylake Core Y1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs$699
Dell Latitude 12 7000detachable12.5″ IPS touch FHD or UHDKaby Lake Core Y1.66 kg / 3.7 lbs (w/ dock)$1199
Dell XPS 12 9250detachable12.5″ IPS touch FHD or UHDSkylake Core Y1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs (w/ dock)$999
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1convertible13.3″ IPS FHD/QHD+ touchup to Amber Lake Core Y1.24 kg / 2.7 lbs$999
Eve Vtablet12.3″ IPS 2kKaby Lake Core Y1.33 kg / 3 lbs (w/ keyboard)$799
HP EliteBook Folio 1020clamshell12.5″ IPS FHD or touch QHDSkylake Core Y0.97 kg / 2.13 lbs$1099
HP Spectre X2 12detachable12″ IPS touch FHDKaby Lake Core Y1.22 kg / 2.68 lbs (w/ dock)$899
HP Elite x2detachable13″ IPS touch 2KKaby Lake Core U1.16 kg / 2.56 lbs (w/ dock)$1599
Lenovo Miix 710tablet12″ IPS FHD+Kaby Lake Core M0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs$749
Lenovo Yoga 900Sconvertible12.5″ IPS FHD+Skylake Core Y0.99 kg / 2.2 lbs$1099
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablettablet12.0″ IPS touchKaby Lake Core Y0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs$949
Huawei Matebooktablet12.0″ IPS FHD+Kaby Lake Core Y0.64 kg / 1.41 lbs$899
Huawei Matebook Xclamshell13.3″ IPS retinaKabyLake Core U1.05 kg / 2.31 lbs$899
Microsoft Surface Protablet12.3″ IPS FHD+Kaby Lake Core Y0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs (without keyboard)$799
Samsung ATIV Book 9 NP930X2clamshell12.2″ IPS touch WQXGABroadwell Core M0.95 kg / 2.1 lbs$1199
Samsung Chromebook 2 13clamshell13.3″ IPS FHDSamsung Exynos 5 Octa1.38 kg / 3.06 lbs$399
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Stablet12.1″ IPS FHD+Skylake Core Y0.69 kg / 1.53 lbs$999
Toshiba Chromebook 13 CB35clamshell13.3″ TN HDCeleron BayTrail1.33 kg / 2.95 lbs$249
Toshiba Portégé Z20tconvertible12.5″ IPS touch FHDBroadwell Core M1.59 kg / 3.5 lbs (w/ dock)$1299
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12clamshell12.5″ IPS FHDSkylake Core U1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs$899

Fanless Mini laptops

Finally, we list here the smallest options, usually built on very low power hardware and thus only meant for basic daily tasks.

They are especially designed with either budget or long battery life in mind (most of them check both these boxes), but if you’re a demanding user or type for a living you might find them either too small or too slow for your needs.

ModelTypeScreenHardwareWeightStart Price
Acer Aspire ES11clamshell11.6″ TN HDCeleron Braswell1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs$229
Acer Aspire R 11convertible11.6″ TN touch HDCeleron / Pentium Braswell1.58 kg / 3.50 lbs$249
Acer Aspire Switch 10 2015detachable10.1″ IPS FHDAtom BayTrail1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs (w/dock)$399
Acer Aspire Switch 10 Edetachable10.1″ TN HDAtom BayTrail1.28 kg / 2.82 lbs (w/ dock)$279
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Vdetachable11.6″ IPS touch FHDSkylake Core M1.55 kg / 3.5 lbs$499
Acer Spin 1clamshell11.6″ IPS FHDPentium Apollo Lake1.50 kg / 3.31 lbs$249
Asus EeeBook X205clamshell11.6″ TN HDAtom BayTrail0.95 kg / 2.10 lbs (w/ dock)$199
Asus Transformer Book Chi T100detachable10.1″ IPS WUXGAAtom BayTrail1.08 kg / 2.38 lbs (w/ dock)$399
Asus Transformer Book T100HAdetachable10.1″ IPS HDAtom CherryTrail1.14 kg / 2.52 lbs (w/ dock)$299
Asus Transformer Book T101HAdetachable10.1″ IPS HDAtom CherryTrail1.08 kg / 2.38 lbs (w/ dock)$299
Asus Transformer Book T102HAdetachable10.1″ IPS HDAtom CherryTrail0.79 kg / 1.74 lbs (w/ dock)$349
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SAconvertible11.6″ TN touch HDCeleron / Pentium Braswell1.20 kg / 2.65 lbs$349
HP Pavilion 360 11convertible11.6″ touch HDSkylake Core Y1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs$399
Dell Venue 11 Pro 5000
detachable10.8″ IPS touch HD or FHDAtom BayTrail0.71 kg / 1.57 lbs (without dock)$699
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
detachable10.8″ IPS touch FHDBroadwell Core M0.72 kg / 1.59 lbs (without dock)$699
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1convertbile11.6″ IPS touch FHDKaby Lake Core Y1.39 kg / 3.1 lbs$399
HP Stream 11clamshell11.6″ TN HDCeleron BayTrail1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs (w/ dock)$199
Lenovo Yoga 710 11convertible11.6″ IPS touch FHDKaby Lake Core M1.03 kg / 2.3 lbs$599
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10
tablet10.1″ IPS touch FHDAtom BayTrail0.63 kg / 1.38lbs$699
Lenovo Miix 3 10tablet10.1″ IPS touch WUXGAAtom BayTrail0.55 kg / 1.21 lbs$399
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2
detachable11.6″ IPS touch FHDSkylake Core Y1.36 kg / 3 lbs (w/ dock)$999
Microsoft Surface Gotablet10″ IPSGemini Pentium Gold0.52 kg / 1.15 lbs (without keyboard)$399
Panasonic Let’s Note RZ4convertible10.1″ IPS touch FHDSkylake Core Y1.83 kg / 4.05 lbs (w/ dock)$1499
Panasonic Let’s Note Z6clamshell10.1″ IPS FHDKaby Lake Core Y0.72 kg / 1.6 lbs (w/ dock)$1199

There are a couple of other small-factor fanless tablets and mini-laptops out there, but it would be a huge chore to include them all in here. I do talk about them in my list of 10.1 inch hybrids, this selection of 11.6 inch Mini-laptops or ultrabooks, as well as this list of all the best Chromebooks available these days.

As a side note, you should know that the Price column contains the starting MSRPs for each of the products above. That means that the higher configurations are going to be more expensive, but at the same time there’s a very good chance you can find pretty much all these products discounted by the time you’re reading this post. Click on the links on each price for details and up-to-date numbers.

Also, here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:

  • Types:
    • tablet: a standard Windows running slate;
    • clamshell: classic shaped 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 and converts to a tablet mode (or similar), but cannot be detached from the base;
    • detachable: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen detaches from the base. These are mostly stand-alone tablets bundled with matching docking stations that most often include docking keyboards, ports, batteries and other features;
    • slider: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen slides up and down on top of the body and usually reveals a keyboard hidden underneath.
  • Resolutions: HD ( 1366 x 768 px), HD+ ( 1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px), WUXGA (1920 x 1200 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;
  • Hardware:
    • Intel Atom BayTrail – 22 nm platform (Silvermont) launched in 2013. There are different lines available for tablets (BayTrail-T),  laptops (BayTrail-M) and desktops (BayTrail-D);
    • Intel Atom CherryTrail – 14 nm platform (Airmont) launched in 2015;
    • Intel Atom Apollo/Gemini Lake – 2nd generation 14 nm platform launched in 2017.
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Haswell – 22 nm platform based on Haswell hardware;
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Haswell – 14 nm platform based on Skylake hardware. Both can be found in low-power/affordable laptops;
    • Intel Celeron/Pentium Apollo/Gemini Lake – 2nd generation 14 nm platform launched in 2017. Can be found in low-power/affordable laptops and replaces the Haswell/Braswell Pentium/Celeron lines;
    • Broadwell Core M – launched in 2014 as the low-power version in Intel’s Broadwell family. Offers great balance between performance and battery life, part of the more premium fanless notebooks;
    • Skylake Core M – 6th gen update, low power platform launched in 2015;
    • Kaby Lake Core Y – 7th gen update, low-power platform launched in 2017;
    • Amber Lake Core Y – the late-2018 8th gen update of the Core Y platform, motorizes premium devices.

OK. That’s about it for this post. I do hope you find it useful and if you’re looking for an ultrabook or any other ultraportable laptop, you should also check out the other lists on the site and my reviews.

I’m constantly working at keeping these selections and lists up-to-date, but if you spot anything that should be in here and it’s not, please leave a reply and tell me about it. In fact, feel free to get in touch in the comments sections if you have anything to add, anything to ask or need help choosing your next fanless mini-laptop, I’m around to reply and help.

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.

110 Comments

  1. Ron999

    March 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is coffee lake, not kaby lake.

  2. Ann

    March 29, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    What about this one?Acer Aspire 5, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, A515-51G-515J

    It’s ssd, but I can’t tell if it’s completely fanless. I’m ready to throw my Lenovo against the wall. Can’t stand the noise, the keyboard or the poor volume. This Acer looks promising but am I missing a red flag?

  3. Dominic

    April 6, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Hello Andrei,
    Thank you for this very comprehensive list, most appreciated! I tried to find the Asus UX330 and 305, but they don't seem to be sold anymore where I reside, and am looking for a French keyboard, which complicates things a bit.
    My main criteria are : quiet (not necessarily fanless, but as long is the fan only runs occasionnally), light (1,35 kg or less), and with very good battery life. I find all these features in the MacBook Air, but looks dated with this huge bezels. I would certainly wait for the replacement of the MBA that would be coming up by this fall, according to 'rumors', but can't anymore, as my present old laptop is dying! Also, what I appreciate in the Mac is that the Safari browser blocks all those awful ads!
    Shoudl I simply get a MBA, at the lowest possible price, or are there any equivalent options on the market now?
    Thank you in advance!
    Dominic

    • Jeff Mcneill

      June 5, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Pretty sure there will be no update on the MacBook Air. Certainly the current MacBook Air looks identical to the 2011 version. Why would they update this? Likely there will be perhaps another rev of the processor and ram options, but they will keep the form factor.

  4. Niki

    May 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Hello,
    I'm looking to buy a laptop and I will need your advice.
    It has to be 100% fanless, illuminated keyboard, 15 inch minimum, matte type of display the most powerfull cpu as possible, no Apple.
    What will be your recommendation.
    Thanks in advance.

  5. Michael Beijer

    July 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    OK, so I finally managed to find one:

    100% fanless, 14" screen, amazing keyboard (with standard layout), backlit, strong enough for work purposes, USB ports, etc. The Venom BlackBook Zero 14. I reviewed it over at proz.com/forum/hardware/325813-okay_finally_bought_myself_a_fanless_100_silent_laptop_4_work_venom_blackbook_zero_14_review.html

    I use it daily for my work as a translator and everything else.

    There was also a good Dell I almost bought (can't remember which one) when researching this topic recently, which had almost all of the same specs/features, and was also fanless.

    Michael

  6. Mario

    July 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I'm wondering if there are any 17.3" fanless laptops on the market. I can't find any…

  7. Michael

    August 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Are there 15 inch fanless convertibles (2in1) avaiable with new intel 8th gen cpu?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 21, 2018 at 11:44 am

      No, there are no fanless 8th gen laptops as far as I know. Core U implementations use a fan in pretty much all cases.

  8. Amedeo Borghi

    September 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

    These hardwares could support linux manjaro too?…

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      I don't know, I'm not familiar with Linux

  9. Amedeo

    September 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    dell inspiron 15 3000 has fan! what do inspiron notice?????

  10. Joseph

    September 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    Does your last update mean there are finally 17 inch fanless laptops? Because I do not remember seeing Asus VivoBook Max 17″ on your list before.

    But I also cannot find it on Amazon even though I followed the link. But maybe I am just bad at finding it. Could someone link the Asus VivoBook Max 17″ please?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Hi, no, there are no 17-inch fanless laptops that I'm aware of. OEMs don't put Pentium/Celeron low-power CPUs in 17-inchers, while the existing Core Y don't make sense either, as they're expensive. I've corrected the listings and removed the 17-inch variants, sry for the confusion.

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