The most versatile: HP Spectre Folio
If you’re in the market for both a tablet and a laptop, the HP Spectre Folio is a sleek 2-in-1 that you should be looking for.
It’s built into a piece of genuine leather, giving it a unique look that sets it apart from other premium laptops — hence the ‘Folio’ moniker.
Besides a vibrant 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display, it also includes a SIM port, so your 2-in-1 can remain connected to the Internet wherever you go.
For the casual gamer: Razer Blade Stealth (2019)
The Stealth can’t handle triple-A gaming. But, sneaking in some Overwatch and Fortnite is no problem with its NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card (at medium quality and 1080p).
For the creatives, this sleek machine handles light-video editing and photoshop significantly better than the non-gaming laptops with integrated graphics on the market now.
Moreover, the 2019 edition comes with a matte logo cutout instead of the old glowing insignia, so it wouldn’t be embarrassing to bring to the office.
For the design-conscious: Surface Laptop 2
The aesthetics of this 13.5-inch touch-screen laptop is set to be the Windows rival of the Macbook. Its sleek, minimalist design with Alcantara keyboard makes it nice to look at and touch.
4K videos are brilliant and bright, with a 2256 x 1504-pixel screen emitting up to 321 nits. Its battery life lasts at least 9 hours on web surfing, too — no worries about the juice compartment.
However, its port selection is tragic with only a USB 3.0, Mini Displayport and a headphone jack — those who crave the more modern USB C will be disappointed.
For working professionals: Thinkpad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)
At only 1.12 kilograms, this Thinkpad is the ideal ultrabook for productivity, with everything you want in a portable business laptop.
A strong port selection is one of its selling points: Two USB Type-As, one HDMI, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card slot.
Its universally loved keyboard with deep travel consistently leaves a lasting impression. It also has a bomb battery life of 11 hours, with the latest generation of Intel processors to crunch your numbers.
The jack of all trades: Dell XPS 13 (2019)
If you want an ultrabook that can do a little bit of everything, the 2019 XPS 13 is your pick.
This year’s model comes back with the same dazzling InfinityEdge display but also an improved camera placement.
Armed with Intel’s new Whiskey Lake Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, its Geekbench 4 performance benchmark beats even the X1 Carbon and comes close to the Razer Blade Stealth.
The no.1 spot in ultrabooks changes very often, but this laptop remains one of the flagships from Dell to beat in 2019.
The Ultra-lightweight: LG Gram 14″ (2019)
Even with an impressive 14-inch screen, the 2019 LG Gram remains the lightest in this list.
Its IPS screen offers exceptional picture clarity with a FHD display (1920 x 1080).
While it forgoes a single-handed lift with a design that leaves room for improvement, you can appreciate its impressive keyboard, comfortable even after long hours of typing, plus large battery reserves of 72Wh.
The best part — all of this, plus its 8th Gen Intel i7 graphics is packed in a sub-1 kg form factor, making it one of the lightest in the market.
The Apple loyalists: Macbook Air 2018
If you’re stuck in a wormhole that is the Mac OS ecosystem, the 2018 Macbook Air is the one to pick with the perfect balance of portability and performance.
Lasting over 9 hours on a single charge, this lightweight laptop has speakers that pack a punch, along with other perks like a Touch ID sensor and a sharper display than ever.