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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 22 Feb 2018

Best Ultraportable Notebook

Best Ultraportable Notebook

Thanks to advances in CPU and GPU technologies, notebooks are only getting thinner and lighter. Gone are the days that you have to carry around a heavy brick just to get work done. These days, ultraportable notebooks offer a decent blend of performance and portability, and can do just about anything.

To make the cut for this year’s awards, the notebook must be amongst the slimmest and lightest in the brand's lineup. It can be a traditional notebook or a convertible or detachable. Finally, they must be released in 2017 and must be powered by a full Intel Core processor (no ultra low voltage variants).



  • Acer Switch 5
  • ASUS ZenBook Flip S
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Spectre
  • Lenovo Yoga 920
  • LG gram 14
  • Microsoft Surface Pro
  • Razer Stealth Blade


And the winner is...

LG gram 14

It was a closely fought contest, but in the end, we felt that the LG gram 14 was the best ultraportable notebook in the past year. While performance isn’t its strongest suit, it was more than snappy enough when running everyday applications like web browsing, emails, and the occasional photo and video editing. More importantly, however, the gram 14 is unmatched in terms of portability. Not only is it easily the lightest notebook here, it also has the best battery life by some margin. It lasted over 9.5 hours in our benchmark, which is incredible especially when you consider that the second-placed notebook doesn’t even last half as long. To round off its good attributes, it has full sized USB and HDMI ports, which make it very convenient to work with cables and accessories without requiring converters and adapters.


Ratings Breakdown
Model Acer Switch 5 ASUS ZenBook Flip S Dell XPS 13 HP Spectre Lenovo Yoga 920 LG gram 14 Microsoft Surface Pro Razer Blade Stealth
Design 8.0 8.5 8.0 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.5
Performance 7.5 7.5 9.0 8.0 8.5 7.0 7.5 7.5
Value 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 7.5 7.5 7.0 8.0
Mobility 7.5 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 10.0 9.0 7.5
Overall 7.5 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0 7.5
Price (as tested) S$1,898 S$2,498 S$2,699 S$2,899 S$3,299 S$2,499 S$3,188 S$2,149

*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 in the References section at the end.

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