The complete list of Skylake portable laptops and ultrabooks

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on April 7, 2021

There’s a new Intel hardware platform in preparation for the end of 2015 and most of 2016, called Skylake.

In the past, I’ve provided you with comprehensive lists of all the ultraportable laptops built on the Intel Haswell and later the Broadwell platforms, and since those posts were highly appreciated, this article does pretty much the same thing for this latest Intel hardware series.

“Ultraportable” is of course a highly subjective term, but I do have a few criteria in mind when compiling this list, with the most important ones being the overall weight and the type of hardware inside each device. And that’s because for me, a laptop can only be called “portable” these days if it’s easy-enough to carry around and if it can run for an absolute minimum of 5 hours on a charge, while performing everyday activities.

We’re not going to focus on the particularities of Skylake here or how it compares to its predecessors, we have other posts on these topics. We’ll just create a complete list of all the Skylake-built ultraportables, ranging from the smallest form factors and up to full-size everyday computers; a list that will help you narrow down your options to something that’s going to best suit your needs and budget.

The selection is curated based on screen-size and contains details on the hardware, the form factor, battery-size and the weight, but also links to our reviews (the links on each unit’s name) and webstores were you can find these machines discounted (the links on the prices). The list is also a continuous work in progress, as I update it several times a week with the latest launches. Even so, there might be some devices missing, so if you notice anything that should be in here and it isn’t, please get in touch in the comments section.

Intel's Skylake is just around the corners and this post lists all the Skylake laptops available today or in the near future

This post lists all the Skylake laptops available today or soon to be launched

Anyway, here are the Skylake portable laptops that are available right now (or will be launched in the near future).

The Skylake portable laptops

This section contains all the devices built on Intel’s Skylake-U hardware, with 15W processors like the Core i3-6100U, Core i5 – 6200U/6300U , Core i7-6500U/6600U and all the other further launched iterations. Some Skylake Core M devices are also included.

We’ll start with the most portable options, with screens smaller than 13-inches in diagonal.

Sub 13-inch ultraportables

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price(*)
Acer Aspire Switch 12S detachable 12.5″ IPS touch FHD or UHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 1.40 kg / 3.1 lbs $1199
Apple MacBook 12 clamshell 12.0″ IPS retina up to Core m5 w/ Intel HD 515 41 Wh 0.90 kg / 2.0 lbs $1299
Asus Transformer Pro 3 T303UA tablet + folio 12.6″ IPS up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 39 Wh 0.8 kg / 1.85 lbs $999
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 (3168) convertible 11.6″ TN touch HD up to Core m3 w/ Intel HD 520 32 Wh 1.40 kg / 3.1 lbs $249
Dell Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 tablet + folio 12.5″ IPS FHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 30 Wh 0.73 kg / 1.61 lbs $1049
Dell Latitude 12 7000 clamshell 12.5″ TN HD or IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 37 or 55 Wh Wh 1.26 kg / 2.77 lbs $1079
Dell XPS 12 9250 detachable 12.5″ touch FHD/UHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 30 Wh 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs $999
HP EliteBook Folio G1 clamshell 12.5″ touch FHD or UHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 10 h 0.99 kg / 2.2 lbs $999
HP EliteBook 820 G3 clamshell 12.5″ FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 44 Wh 1.26 kg / 2.77 lbs $949
HP Spectre x2 12 tablet 12″ touch FHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 40 Wh 1.22 kg / 2.68 lbs $699
HP EliteBook Folio Ultraportable 12.5″ matte FHD or touch UHD Skylake Core M w/ Intel HD 515 38 Wh 0.97 kg / 2.13 lbs $1099
Lenovo Miix 700 tablet + Folio 12″ touch FHD+ up to Core M7 w/ Intel HD 515 40 Wh 0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs $749
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 convertible 12.5″ touch HD or FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 44 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs $949
Lenovo Yoga 900S convertible 12.5″ IPS touch QHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 10 h 0.99 kg / 2.2 lbs $1099
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet tablet+Folio 12.0″ IPS touch FHD or QHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 1.1 kg / 2.42 lbs $899
Lenovo ThinkPad X260 clamshell 12.5″ IPS HD or FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 up to 72 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs $999
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet+Folio 12.3″ touch up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 39 Wh 0.77 kg / 1.69 lbs $899
Razer Blade Stealth clamshell 12.5″ touch QHD or UHD Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 45 Wh 1.25 kg / 2.75 lbs $999
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S tablet + folio 12.1″ IPS w/ digitizer up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 39.5 Wh 0.69 kg / 1.53 lbs $999
Toshiba Portégé Z20t convertible 12.5″ IPS touch FHD Up to Core m5 w/ Intel HD 515 72 Wh 1.49 kg / 3.3 lbs (w/ dock) $999
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 convertible 12″ touch UHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 43 Wh 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs $1299

We’ll continue with the popular 13-inchers, the devices that strike the better tradeof between performance, size, weight and battery life, but are not going to be cheap.

13 to 13.9 inch ultrabooks

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price(*)
Aorus X3 Plus clamshell 13.9″ IPS QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 1060 73Wh 1.9 kg / 4.0 lbs TBA
Acer Aspire R13 (R7-372T) convertible 13.3″ IPS touch QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 1.55 kg / 3.5 lbs $899
Acer Aspire V13 (V3-372T) clamshell 13.3″ FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 1.55 kg / 3.3 lbs $599
Acer Spin 5 (Aspire S13 S5-371T)
convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD touch Core U w/ Intel HD 620 48 Wh 1.58 kg / 3.5 lbs $499
Alienware 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS HD TN, FHD IPS or QHD+ IPS touch up to Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 76 Wh 2.05 kg/4.53 lbs $1199
Asus Vivobook Book Flip TP300UA / TP301UA convertible 13.3″ touch IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 38Wh 1.73 kg / 3.8 lbs $799
Asus Vivobook Flip TP301UJ convertible 13.3″ touch IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 920M 55Wh 1.5 kg / 3.5 lbs $899
Asus Zenbook UX305UA clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 56Wh 1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs $799
Asus Zenbook UX303UA clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD touch up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs $799
Asus Zenbook UX303UB clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 48Wh 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs $1299
Asus Zenbook UX310UA clamshell 13.3″ FHD or IPS QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 1.45 kg / 3.2 lbs $799
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ clamshell 13.3″ FHD or IPS QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 920MX or 940MX 48Wh 1.45 kg / 3.2 lbs $999
Asus Zenbook UX306UA clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 57Wh 1.19 kg / 2.63 lbs $799
Asus Zenbook UX330UA clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 57Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs $899
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 54Wh 1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs $699
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UA convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 57Wh 1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs $999
Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (5368) convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 42Wh 1.62 kg / 3.56 lbs $449
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7368) convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 42Wh 1.75 kg / 3.86 lbs $649
Dell Latitude 13 7000 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 515 34 Wh 1.12 kg / 2.48 lbs $1299
Dell XPS 13 9350 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD or touch QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 52Wh 1.18 kg / 2.6 lbs $799
HP Pavilion 13 x360 convertible 13.3″ IPS touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 44Wh 1.71 kg / 3.77 lbs $599
HP Spectre clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 38Wh 1.11 kg / 2.45 lbs $1169
HP Spectre x360 convertible 13.3″ IPS touch QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 55Wh 1.48 kg / 3.26 lbs $999
HP Envy 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 45Wh 1.37 kg / 3.00 lbs $849
Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 13 clamshell 13.3″ touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 920M 35 Wh 1.5 kg / 3.4 lbs tba
Lenovo IdeaPad 710s 13 clamshell 13.3″ matte FHD or QHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 8h 1.16 kg / 2.56 lbs $799
Lenovo Yoga 900 convertible 13.3″ IPS touch QHD Core i5 or i7 w/ Intel HD 520 66Wh 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs $1199
LG Gram 13 clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD Core i5 or i7 w/ Intel HD 520 35 Wh 0.98 kg / 2.16 lbs $899
Microsoft Surface Book detachable 13.5″ touch up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia graphics 70 Wh 1.57 kg / 3.48 lbs $1499
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 clamshell 13.3″ HD or touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 9 h 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs $449
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin convertible 13.3″ IPS touch QHD+ up to Core i7 HQ w/ Intel HD 520 39 Wh 1.30 kg / 2.87 lbs $1299
Samsung Notebook 9 900X3L clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Intel HD 520 12 h 0.84kg / 1.85 lbs tba
Vaio S clamshell 13.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 9 h 1.07 kg / 2.34 lbs $1099
Toshiba Kirabook 2016 clamshell 13.3″ FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 52 Wh 1.34 kg / 2.96 lbs $1099
Toshiba Portégé Z30 convertible 13.3″ IPS HD Up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 52 Wh 1.22 kg / 2.7 lbs $1299

For slightly beefier specs in what would still be a fairly compact body, you’ll have to look at some of the available 14-inchers.

14 to 14.9-inch ultrabooks

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price(*)
Acer Aspire R14 (R5-471T) convertible 14.0″ IPS touch HD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs $799
Acer Swift 3 (Aspire S3-371)
clamshell 14.0″ HD or IPS FHD matte Core U w/ Intel HD 620 48 Wh 1.49 kg / 3.3 lbs $499
Dell Latitude 14 5000 clamshell 14.0″ TN HD or IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 47 or 62 Wh 1.76 kg / 3.9 lbs $769
Dell Latitude 14 7000 clamshell 14.0″ TN HD or IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 37 or 55 Wh 1.42 kg / 3.13 lbs $1079
Gigabyte P34W v5 clamshell 14.0″ FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 970M 61 Wh 1.8 kg / 3.97 lbs $1499
HP EliteBook 840 G3 clamshell 14.0″ FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 46 Wh 1.54 kg / 3.4 lbs $949
HP EliteBook 1040 G3 clamshell 14.0″ FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 11 h 1.36 kg / 3.0 lbs $1149
Lenovo IdeaPad 300s 14
clamshell 14.0″ FHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 5 hours 1.8 kg / 3.9 lbs $479
Lenovo IdeaPad 300 14 clamshell 14.0″ FHD up to Intel Core i7 w/ Radeon R5 M330 4 hours 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs $399
Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 14 clamshell 14.0″ touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 4.5 hours 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs tba
Lenovo IdeaPad 500 14 clamshell 14.0″ FHD up to Intel Core i7 w/ Radeon M360 or AMD Carrizo FX-8800P w/ Radeon M330 4 hours 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs $399 (AMD), $849 (Intel)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 convertible 14.0″ touch FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 10 hours 1.8 kg / 3.9 lbs $1049
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2016 clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD or OLED QHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 52 Wh 1.17 kg / 2.6 lbs $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD or QHD touch up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 52 Wh 1.37 kg / 3.0 lbs $1399
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 clamshell 14.0″ HD, FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 14 h 1.7 kg / 3.8 lbs $909
Lenovo ThinkPad T460P clamshell 14.0″ IPS QHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 940M 12 h 1.81 kg / 4.0 lbs $1249
Lenovo ThinkPad T460S clamshell 14.0″ QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 930M 49 Wh 1.36 kg / 3.0 lbs $1059
LG Gram 14 clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD Core i5 or i7 w/ Intel HD 520 35 Wh 0.98 kg / 2.16 lbs $1099
MSI GS40 clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 970M 61 Wh 1.6 kg / 3.57 lbs $1499
MSI GS43 clamshell 14.0″ IPS FHD Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 61 Wh 1.7 kg / 3.75 lbs $1499
Razer Blade 14 clamshell 14.0″ IPS QHD+ up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 970M or 1060 70 Wh 1.93 kg / 4.25 lbs $1999

And if you’re willing to sacrifice the size and weight (to some extent) for performance and a larger screen, the 15 and 17-inchers in this category are the ones for you.

15-inch (and bigger) Skylake laptops

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price(*)
Aorus X5 clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or WQHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 1070 95Wh 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs TBA
Aorus X7 clamshell 17.3″ IPS FHD or WQHD+ up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 1070 95Wh 2.9 kg / 6.4 lbs $2400
Aorus X7 DT clamshell 17.3″ IPS QHD or UHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 1080 95Wh 3.2 kg / 7.1 lbs TBA
Acer Aspire E5 (E5-574TG) clamshell 15.6″ HD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 tba
Acer Aspire V15 V5-591G clamshell 15.6″ TN HD/FHD up to Core i7 ULV w/ Nvidia 950M 56 Wh 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs tba
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (V3-575G) clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 ULV w/ Nvidia 950M 52 Wh 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs $899
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black (VN7-592G) clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD/4K up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 960M 52 Wh 2.3 kg / 5.1 lbs $999
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black
clamshell 17.3″ IPS FHD or 4K up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 960M 54 Wh 3.1 kg / 6.9 lbs $1099
Asus Vivobook Book Flip Q503UA / TP501UA convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 48Wh 2.07 kg / 4.6 lbs $799
Asus Vivobook Book Flip Q553UB / TP501UB convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 48Wh 2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs $799
Asus Zenbook UX510 clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD up to Core i7 U w/ Nvidia 950M or 960M 48Wh 1.9 kg / 4.1 lbs $899
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UA convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 50Wh 2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UQ convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940MX 52Wh 2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UX convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 950M 52Wh 2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW clamshell 15.6″ IPS UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 960M 60 or 96 Wh 2.1 kg / 4.54 lbs $1499
Asus ROG Strix GL502VT clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 970M 64 Wh 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs $1299
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 1060 62 Wh 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs $1299
Asus ROG Strix GL502VY clamshell 15.6″ IPS UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 980M 64 Wh 2.6 kg / 5.7 lbs $1799
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS clamshell 15.6″ IPS UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 1070 62 Wh 2.6 kg / 5.7 lbs $1799
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (5559) clamshell 15.6″ TN HD or IPS touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ AMD R5 M335 40Wh 2.45 kg / 5.4 lbs $399
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7559) clamshell 15.6″ IPS touch FHD or UHD up to Core i7 w/ AMD R7 M270 43Wh or 58 Wh 2.17 kg / 4.8 lbs $699
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 (5568) convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 42Wh 2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs $449
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7569) convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 42Wh 2.18 kg / 4.82 lbs $649
Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7778) convertible 17.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 56Wh 2.77 kg / 6.12 lbs $899
Dell Latitude 15 5000 clamshell 15.6″ TN HD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 47 or 62 Wh 2.1 kg / 4.61 lbs $769
Dell Precision 15 5510 clamshell 15.6″ IPS touch FHD or UHD up to Xeon E2 w/ Nvidia Quadro M1000M ? 1.8 kg / 3.96 lbs $1399
Dell XPS 15 9550 clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or touch UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 960M 84Wh 1.72 kg / 3.8 lbs $1499
Gigabyte P35X clamshell 15.6″ FHD or WQHD+ up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 980M or 1070 55 Wh 2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs $1799
Gigabyte P35W clamshell 15.6″ FHD or WQHD+ up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 970M 55 Wh 2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs $1499
Gigabyte P57X clamshell 17.3″ FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 980M or 1070 75 Wh 3.0 kg / 6.6 lbs $2399
HP EliteBook 850 G3 clamshell 15.6″ FHD or UHD up to Core i7 w/ AMD R7 M365X 46 Wh 1.88 kg / 4.14 lbs $799
HP Spectre x360 15 convertible 15.6″ IPS touch FHD or OLED UHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 64Wh 1.83 kg / 4.03 lbs $1149
HP Pavillion 15 clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD or touch FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 tba
HP Pavillion 17 clamshell 17.3″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 tba
Lenovo IdeaPad 300 15 clamshell 15.6″ FHD up to Intel Core i7 w/ Radeon R5 M330 4 hours 2.3 kg / 5.1 lbs $549
Lenovo IdeaPad 300 17 clamshell 17.3″ HD+ up to Intel Core i7 w/ Radeon R5 M330 4 hours 3.0 kg / 6.61 lbs $449
Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 15 clamshell 15.6″ FHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 4.5 hours 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs tba
Lenovo IdeaPad 500 15 clamshell 15.6″ FHD up to Intel Core i7 w/ Radeon M360 or AMD Carrizo FX-8800P w/ Radeon M330 4 hours 2.3 kg / 5.1 lbs $599 (AMD), $849 (Intel)
Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15 clamshell 15.6″ matte FHD up to Core i7 SV w/ Nvidia 950M 4h 2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs $799
Lenovo IdeaPad 700 17 clamshell 17.3″ matte FHD up to Core i7 SV w/ Nvidia 940M 4h 2.67 kg / 5.8 lbs $799
Lenovo ThinkPad T560 clamshell 15.6″ HD, FHD or QHD up to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M 16 h 2.26 kg / 5.0 lbs $969
LG Gram 15 clamshell 15.6″ IPS FHD Core i5 or i7 w/ Intel HD 520 35 Wh 0.98 kg / 2.16 lbs $1099
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro clamshell 15.6″ UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 970M 52 Wh 1.96 kg / 4.32 lbs $1799
MSI GS63 Stealth Pro clamshell 15.6″ FHD or UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 1060 57 Wh 1.7 kg / 3.95 lbs $1899
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro clamshell 17.3″ FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 970M 52 Wh 2.6 kg / 5.73 lbs $1799
MSI GS73 Stealth Pro clamshell 17.3″ FHD or UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 1060 65 Wh 2.4 kg / 5.35 lbs $1899
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro clamshell 15.6″ IPS UHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia 950M 2.01 kg / 4.45 lbs $1299
Samsung Notebook 9 900X5L clamshell 15″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Intel HD 520 1.29kg / 2.84lbs tba
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin 2-in-1 convertible 15″ IPS FHD up to Core i7 HQ w/ Nvidia GT 940MX 2.26kg / 5.00lbs $999
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15.6 convertible 15.6″ IPS FHD or UHD up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 45Wh 2.26 kg / 5.0 lbs $699

Here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:

  • Types:
    • 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), WXGA+ (1440 x 900 px), HD+ (1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px),  FHD+ (2160 x 1440 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;

Anyway, that’s about it for now. If you’re interested in portable laptops though, you should also check out some of the other articles on the site, I’m sure you’ll find them useful in your search:

And like I said in the beginning, don’t forget I’m continuously updating this list, so if you’re in the market for a Skylake laptop, you should bookmark the post and return from time to time for the latest updates.

You can also get in touch in the comments section if you have anything to add or any questions about these computers or Skylake in general, as I’m around and will help out if I can.

Douglas Black contributed to this report.

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116 Comments

  1. Aadith

    October 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Andrei,
    I Love your website,especially the lists that you provide.
    I’m planning on buying either the dell inspiron 13 7000 special edition (i5 6200u,8gb,500hdd) or the regular(same i5,ram but hybrid hdd with 8gb cache). The differences are: regular has hybrid hdd,passive stylus,speakers on the side and 50$ costlier than the special edition which has speakers on the bottom and regular hdd with no stylus but is 50$ dollar cheaper. I am seriously taking this price difference. Also,there is an issue of ghost touches on the laptop.the customer service reported that it has been resolved with the late broadwell and new skylake configurations.whereas the special edition has no case of ghost touches.I don’t know whether to trust the customer care staff.but I asked two customer care guys and they both agreed that it has been rectified stating the same facts and it may even be true.
    So,please advice me which one to buy.
    Thanks in advance,
    Aadith

  2. Nepal

    October 31, 2015 at 2:57 am

    According to my MSI and ASUS dealer in Nepal, skylake laptops for both brands will arrive in the 3rd week of November for MSI and 1st week of November for ASUS respectively.

    I’ve added the list of MSI laptop with skylake on tinypic. Do note this is the list for MSI laptops available in Nepal and could vary according to your region.

  3. john

    November 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Would the Spectre or Yoga 900 be sufficient enough to handle 20 open browser tabs plus a few Word/Excel documents? If not – would any other 13-incher be sufficient?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Hmmm, the I7 with at least 8 GB of RAM should be OK. A more powerful 13-incher is the Apple MacBook Pro. Most WIndows machines are built on the same platform as the Yoga 900

      • john

        November 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        Would it be OK for another 2-3 years? Is the i7-6500u with 8/16 GB RAM something that can handle such heavy multitasking?

      • Andrei Girbea

        November 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        It should be. I usually have around 10-15 tabs open on my Core i5-5200U laptop with only 4 GB of RAM and it handles them fine. The browser choice is important though. Chrome needs a lot of resources, that’s why I for one use Firefox instead.

  4. tai Son

    November 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Why some highlighted in RED but no explanation of what it means?

    • John Ball

      November 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Red is a hyperlink to an article with more info.

  5. Steve

    November 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Any idea when Asus will be releasing a 15″ skylake model? Say the UX501 Zenbook?

  6. Nobbly

    November 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

    That 13″ Ativ book spin selling well at $3599?

  7. Furiousbeans

    November 18, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Hi Andrei, I am looking for a laptop that can handle light gaming and durable since I travel by bicycle. Just looking for a i5 with an SSD no dedicated gpu under $800. Any suggestions such as wait till a certain time?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      There should be some options available already, although the budget is a bit tight. Go trough the options listed in this post

  8. QuadCore

    November 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Great list, thanks! I really wish it would list which ones supported a quad-core processor though, because that is one of my must-haves. I can’t seem to find any 6th gen quad core convertibles :/

    If anyone has suggestions, I’d like to hear them.

    Must-have:
    Quad-core 6th gen processor
    Convertible (or detachable)
    13-15″ display

    Ideally:
    Discrete Graphics
    QHD display
    Wired Ethernet (RJ45)
    NVMe SSD

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hmmm, Quad Core Skylake and Convertible? I don’t think there’s anything that would check both these boxes. The few 15-inch convertibles are built on Skylake U hardware, while the smaller models don’t get the quad-core platforms. So I’m afraid it’s only one or the other.

      • QuadCore

        November 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Thanks a lot for the reply! I hadn’t been able to find any, but I had no way of knowing if I had missed one.

        Oh well, I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to order different devices. It baffles me that there are touchscreen clamshells out there that don’t convert (e.g. the XPS 15). The touchscreen has almost always been useless to me if it’s not in tablet mode.

  9. Jeffrey Perren

    November 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Is there a similar list for AMD Carrizo-based laptops?

    Thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      WEll, no, since there are very, very few Carrizo laptops out there and most of them are low end models.

  10. Michael Miller

    December 2, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Andrei,

    Really hoping the “clamshell” style in the 11-inch class isn’t a dying breed. As a computer technician, I’m steering clear of touchscreens since they are PRICEY to replace; Typically only the manufacturer can sell you a full top-half for replacement – real pain compared to the ~$70 pricetag of a new LCD.

    Can you place a recommendation as to a replacement to my current laptop? I own the HP DM1 (i3, sandy bridge). Love it to death. Nowadays the 11.6″ class is being crapped on with non-upgradable eMMC junk, and soldered down RAM.

    Suggestions for an 11.6″ laptop, with 8+ hour battery life, and upgradable hardware? I love the DM1, but would love to take advantage of newer processors with better battery life since I’m 4 generations behind now.

  11. John

    December 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I am deciding between a Skylake Lenovo Yoga 900 and the HP Spectre x360, and are looking forward to your final review of the Lenovo Yoga 900 (I guess the review of the HP x360 still goes for the new with Skylake version). Do you know when it is done?
    On a more personal level, do you have a favorite between the 2 laptops?
    Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

      There are a few posts on the two in the site. I incline towards the HP, but I haven’t properly reviewed either

      • John

        December 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

        Thanks! I ended up buying the HP, and are reasonably happy at this time.

  12. Richard

    December 21, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Hi,

    Would you reccomend Asus N552vw instead of the Acer nitro?

    Basically I need gtx960m, ssd and 15.6″
    And good quality :-)

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 25, 2015 at 7:35 am

      I’ve reviewed the new Nitro, but I haven’t yet reviewed the N552, so I can’t tell for sure which one is the better pick

  13. Alan

    January 1, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Great website, awesome post. Appreciate the time and effort. My question is about the dell Xps 13 9350 – does it have a mini display port or not? Having real trouble with conflicting info about this. Maybe the sub 3.1 port doubles up? I don’t know… Any help would be hugely appreciated. I basically want the Xps 13 but would need to be able to plug it into my tv or other display devices. Don’t mind buying an adapt or if there is one that would work with the Xps 13 port configuration?

    Thank you in advance!

    (And happy new year all)

    Al

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Hi, it does not. The XPS 9343 (Broadwell model) has a miniDP port, which on the Skylake version (9350) was replaced with a USB TypeC connector. Does the same thing (and more), but requires a different adapter.

  14. Mark

    January 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    hi Andrei –

    good article but it seems sorely out of date now in 2016. As several have asked, where are the details (even just a yes/no column) on the new make-or-break Skylake feature; Thunderbolt 3.0/USB3.1 support? This still seems a rare duck on these new models. Also, I note that some of your listings are out of date; or incomplete for example where are the new Razer or Alienware models? And your MSI Ghost Pro review and specs link to the Broadwell version, which is clearly not the same performance or size as the new series.

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Mark.

      1. We haven’t reviewed the Skylake MSI GS60, hence the link points to the older review.
      2. I’ve added the Razer Blade Stealth, but the Alienware laptops are too bulky yo get in here. This list is mostly meant to include ultraportables.
      3. The layout does not allow to include another column for Thunderbolt 3, but I’ll have a different post on this topic in the neat future.

      Other than that, the post is not at all outdated imo. Any other suggestions of laptops that should be in here and are not is welcomed though ;) Thanks.

  15. kiran

    February 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    it would have been very time saving, if you had also provided “sort buttons”!!!!!

  16. naryjao

    May 10, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Just one question:
    where is the vaio s?

  17. Ben Sanford

    July 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I have noticed that almost all of the skylake ultrabooks still use DDR3 low voltage memory instead of DDR4, even though DDR4 prices now seem to be about the same as DDR3.

  18. Kathy

    July 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Andrei,
    Wonderful list, but could you tell me which device has the Wacom
    digitizer for a pen?

    I am looking for a windows 10 (64 bit) CPU I-7 Skylake (hopefully)
    16 GB expandable to 64 GB RAM (wishfully) at least 1920 x 1080 FHD,
    14″ to 17″ screen.
    GPA 970 GTX or GPA 780 GTX. Storage doesn’t matter as long as I can plug in an external USB drive.

    I want to draw on the screen using Toon Boom Harmony 14.
    I need a PC that I can sit on in the yard with and screams with power.
    My budget is up to $2500 even $3000 (if necessary).
    Thank you so much for your help and having all this info available.

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Hi, I don’t think there’s a laptop that can check all those boxes.

      The Lenovo Yoga X1 has a pretty good Wacom digitizer, not sure if it’s compatible with Toon Boom Harmony 14, you might want to check with them for details. It’s also not goign to get dedicated graphics, but it gets decently fast hardware, 16 gigs of RAM, a 14-inch screen, solid construction, etc.

      Get back to me if you really need those graphics, I can’t think of anything with that kind of power and digitizer out of the top of my head, but I’ll try to dig deeper if needed. You could also consider getting a laptop with the power and bigger screen that you need, plus a separated Wacom tab for your drawing, that’s probably your best bet if you can’t ditch the dedicated graphics

  19. Ali

    August 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Great website.

    I’m looking for the thinnest/lightest laptop I can get that has an i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro…preferably ~15″ screen so there is a 10-key on the keyboard. Price isn’t an issue.

    I’m really interested in the LG gram 15Z960 i7 15″ Laptop. Do you know if the RAM can be upgraded?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

      The Gram 15 gets really good reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately I haven’t tested it and couldn’t find any picture of the internals, but from what I’ve found there’s one DIMM on this laptop that can take an up to 16 GB module. So if you buy this with 8 GB of RAM< you'd have to replace it with a 16 GB DIMM and you'd be good.

  20. ManhHung

    August 22, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Recently I’ve known the series “Let’s Note” by Panasonic and was so amazed at their features. For example, for sub-13 inch type, they have 3 models that have amazing features as follows:
    – 10” or 12.1” or 12.5”
    – ALL common ports you need: 3x usb 3.0, hdmi, vga, lan, sd card reader!
    – extremely lightweight: 700-ish grams, 900-ish grams, 1.1-ish grams
    – the materials bear 100kg pressure
    – battery is amazing (up to 21 hrs for 12.1”), looks like Panasonic has their own secret as they’re also a battery manufacturer

    Downside is they’re extremely expensive (originally $2000-3500). I guess that’s why they only advertise these products in Japan their motherland. However, as they’re still sound great to me, I hope UltrabookReview could find more info to tell us about them.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      My experience with Panasonic laptops is basically null. I know they offer some nice devices and I now they are very expensive. I’ll look into their latest offers and add them to this list, but that aside, I fear there’s not much else I can share about them.

  21. alfa

    November 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Great post Andrei,

    I was wondering if you could help me looking for a cheap small hybrid tablet for running office and some economics/statistical software like SPSS,STATA,SAS, and especially R, that's it (maybe a couple of browser tabs.
    For the big operations I have my powerful 17" home that can do everything.
    Do you think I need a skylake CPU? Because I was now thinking about the transformer 3 mini, I know its performances are limited but I really don't need to do much on it.

    Thank you in advance

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 22, 2016 at 6:41 am

      I'm not really familiar with those programs and what they're demanding in terms of resources, but I wouldn't get something like the T3 Mini for more than just basic activities. You could however give the T102HA a try, with the Z8500 processor and 4 GB of RAM. If it won't do, then perhaps something like Dell Inspiron 11 or the HP Steam 11 with Pentium processors should do better. Worth a look.

      The Spectre X2 is also a nice option and it's available for cheap in the US, but I'm not sure if that's the case in Italy. Worth a look.

  22. anon

    November 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

    The new dell alienware 13 has a touch screen option, i7 and gtx 1060

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Right, thanks, I forgot to update this listing.

  23. Mihai

    June 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I want o buy now an MSI GL62 6QF-16929.
    Specs are:
    15,6 inch (1920 x 1080)
    Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    8 GB DDR4 2133
    256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB)
    Price is 950 euro.

    My question is:
    Considering speed/reliability/price can I find something else better or comparable at this price point or I am close enough to the sweet point so it is not worth to search further ?
    I need a laptop that should last 3 – years, be used for school and CSGO.

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