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Best Devices for Office and Work: Tech Awards Editor's Choice 2022 (Part 3)

By Team HardwareZone - 23 Apr 2022

Best Ultraportable Notebook

Note: This article was first published on 18 April 2022.

Best devices for Office and Work (Tech Awards 2022)

A professional is only as good as the tools he or she uses. And that’s why to do a good job, you need the best tools. You don’t send Messi onto the field wearing $2 flip flops, so why should you try to edit a video for a presentation using a crummy five-year-old notebook? For Tech Awards 2022, we have gathered and tested all the major devices you need to help you do your best work. These are the award categories that editors have assessed for this segment:

  • Best Ultraportable Notebook
  • Best SOHO Printer
  • Best Wi-Fi 6 Router
  • Best Premium Smartphone
  • Best High-end Smartphone
  • Best Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Best True Wireless Earbuds
  • Innovation Awards

Other segments include the Best devices for the Home, Best of Mobile Gadgets, Best Devices for Office and Work (this article), and Gaming. Not to forget, our Readers' Choice results for the Best Tech Brands will be out in May 2022.

Read on and find out who the winners are in each category! For this segment, we begin with the most indispensable tool in every mobile worker’s arsenal – the ultraportable notebook.

 

Best Ultraportable Notebook

Advances in processor technologies and materials have made ultraportable notebooks incredibly thin, light, and powerful. Many ultraportable notebooks today only weigh a kilogram or less and can easily run for hours. Support for new technologies like Thunderbolt 4 also means these notebooks can be docked when users get home, which improves performance and functionality. Notebook manufacturers across the board have also made significant improvements in design and features, offering larger trackpads, higher quality displays, and improved connectivity options. Overall, these attributes make ultraportable notebooks the weapon of choice for many users.

To make the cut for this year’s awards, the notebook must be among the slimmest and lightest in the brand's lineup, and it must have been announced in the last 12 months. It can be a traditional notebook or a convertible or detachable. It can have discrete or integrated graphics and it must run Windows OS. After all, anyone who needs an Apple (or Mac) machine won't be needing comparisons like this. Finally, it must be powered by a full Intel Core processor (no ultra-low-voltage variants) or an AMD equivalent.

Nominees:

  • ASUS ZenBook 14X OLED
  • HP Spectre x360 14
  • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8
  • Vaio SX14

You'll note that there aren't some of the usual brands you would expect like Acer, Dell, LG and Huawei, but that's because they've not had a suitable new model since our last Tech Awards assessment for this sector or that a review unit isn't yet available. Blame the great worldwide parts shortage, but our show must go on.

 

And the winner is...

Lenovo Slim 7 Carbon

Lenovo is on a roll. After winning this category last year, they have gone ahead and won it again with the new Yoga Slim 7 Carbon. What makes this notebook so awesome? Let’s begin with its gorgeous 14-inch OLED display which is sharp, crisp, and has vibrant colours. It’s also very light. Thanks to a body made from a blend of aerospace-grade magnesium alloy and carbon fibre, the Slim 7 Carbon is just 1.077kg. It’s thin too – just 14.9mm thick. Inside, Lenovo has decided to go with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors which offer class-leading multi-core performance that far exceeds what Intel’s Core processors are capable of and yet maintains high efficiency. Even with the display set to maximum brightness, this notebook lasted well over 8.5 hours on our rather intensive battery test. But the cherry on the cake has got to be its price.

Despite the premium construction and OLED display, the Slim 7 Carbon was, by some margin, the most affordable notebook we tested. With this combination of performance, features, and price, it’s no wonder then that the Slim 7 Carbon is the best ultraportable notebook we tested to-date.

Here's a small snapshot of results from our full shootout article:-

Ratings Breakdown
Model ASUS ZenBook 14X OLED HP Spectre x360 14 Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Vaio SX14
Design 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5
Performance 8.5 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Value 7.5 7.0 9.0 7.0 7.0
Mobility 7.0 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.0
Overall 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.0 8.0
Price (as tested) S$2,398 S$2,899 S$2,099 S$2,399 S$2,999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References

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