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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2016: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 27 Feb 2016

Best Ultrabook

Best Ultrabook

The launch of Intel’s latest sixth-generation processors means that various manufacturers have just now begun to roll out a slew of ultrabooks equipped with Intel’s newest processors. Skylake promises faster overall performance while offering improved power efficiency, which also translates into better battery life for the mobile road warrior. For this year’s Tech Awards, we narrowed our focus to 13.3-inch Ultrabooks – both convertibles and more conventional form factors – featuring the latest Intel Skylake processors. However, we did not exclude Broadwell models entirely because certain brands did not have a Skylake-equipped Intel Core notebook available at the time of testing.

Nominees:

 

  • Acer Aspire R13
  • ASUS ZenBook UX305
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Envy 13
  • Lenovo Yoga 900

 

And the winner is...

Dell XPS 13 

As it turns out, design trumps all else at the end of the day. Even though the Dell XPS 13 is among the most expensive ultrabooks we tested at S$2,299, its compact size, good battery life, and stunning edge-to-edge display helps it edge ahead of its cheaper rivals. It features the same 3,200 x 1,800 pixels resolution display as the other ultrabooks, but Dell has managed to cram it into the body of an 11-inch notebook, effectively making it the smallest notebook of the lot. And when combined with its light weight, slim tapered profile, and good battery life, it gains huge points in the design and mobility departments. Compared to the considerably cheaper but similarly specced HP Envy 13, the Dell XPS 13 offers additional features like a touchscreen display and a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port, but what really helps it take home the prize is its stellar, eye-catching design. Here's a quick snapshot of performance standings from our shootout article:-

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Acer Aspire R13 ASUS ZenBook UX305 Dell XPS 13 HP Envy 13 Lenovo Yoga 900
Design 8.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.5
Features 8.5 7.5 8.5 8.0 8.5
Performance 9.0 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Value 8.5 7.0 7.5 9.0 7.5
Mobility 7.5 8.0 9.0 8.5 8.5
Overall 8.0 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
Price S$1,998 S$1,698 S$2,299 S$1,699 S$2,299

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

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

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