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Ultrabooks, Thin & Light Laptops at PB Tech

Posted in Articles on 15/3/2018 (updated on 15/7/2019)

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Today we're having a quick look at the very best in thin and light laptops at PB Tech, with options from MSi, Microsoft, Asus, Lenovo and HP to start us off. 

With Ultrabook options (less than 18mm thin for 14", 22mm for larger screen sizes) and extremely powerful hybrids (if you can handle an extra 3mm) they're also capable of doing more thanks to smaller, faster components being packed inside!

While all the models below are running Windows 10, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 and new Aero is running Windows 10 Professional which enables, in addition to all of the Home edition's features, sophisticated connectivity and privacy tools such as Domain Join, Remote Desktop, Assigned Access and Direct Access.

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1. MSI Prestige PS42

The MSI Prestige PS42 features powerful specs within an ultra-light chassis, with a very narrow bezel bordering the 1920x1080 14" anti-glare IPS display, a brushed metal finish that naturally resists fingerprints, backlit keyboard, and great battery life - this new laptop is ideal for both the boardroom and travel - it's even got MIL-STD 810G military certification for reliability and durability.

With a 4 core/8 thread Intel i5-8265U inside, which has an impressive turbo max freq at 3.9GHz, 16GB of DDR4 and a large 512GB ultrafast NVMe SSD the performance is understandably excellent, but best of all, the price/performance ratio on this specific model is so incredibly good, it's well deserving of the spot at the top of our list!

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 14" Display
- 15.9mm thin
- 1.18kg light

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2. Microsoft Surface Book 2

If you're looking for the best possible performance in a hybrid form factor - you'll want this Microsoft Surface book 2 which sports a responsive Intel quad-core i7-8650U processor. This is good in the way it's able to run at a low power 1.9Ghz to preserve battery but when needed turbo boost itself all the way up to 4.2 GHz - now you might be thinking to yourself "What could I run on a hybrid that could possibly require that much power" and usually you'd be right, however this Surface Book 2 also has a powerful 2GB GTX 1050 graphics from Nvidia inside, and with the CPU and GPU working together it's actually a formidable editing machine when you want it to be!

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 15" Display
- 23mm thin
- 1.95kg light

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3. Gigabyte Aero 15 YA Classic

This one is the absolute pinnacle of performance in a thin design in our list, a portable powerhouse with the latest components housed within. The Gigabyte Aero 15-YA Laptop has one of the best CPU possible, an incredible Intel 9th generation six-core i7-9750H processor which can turbo boost itself to a staggering 4.5GHz, and this has been combined with the new RTX 2080 8GB graphics card as well making it able to run circles around the majority of large built-for-purpose desktop machines. Even with all this inside, thanks to the collaboration with Microsoft and their Azure Ai technology, it can still provide long battery life for everyday usage.  The new Aero laptop finds itself in a unique position as a slim laptop that can do just about anything you need it too, ideal for any professional with the budget to afford it.

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 15" Display
- 19.9mm thin
- 2.1kg light

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4. Asus Zenbook 14 Ultrabook

The Zenbook series is very popular, and since you're shopping for a slim and lightweight machine with great performance it's likely no surprise to find one on our list. This Asus Zenbook 14 is a top choice for sure too. Eye-catching in a spun metal blue this ultrabook features a very quick i7-8565U 4 core / 8 Thread processor, which is very efficient. 

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 14" Display
- 15.9mm thin
- 1.5kg light

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5. Lenovo X1 Carbon Durable Ultrabook

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is probably the best example of an ultrabook, constructed with satellite-grade carbon fibre the new X1 is the toughest ThinkPad ever made. In fact, those fine folks at Lenovo have performed nearly a dozen separate military-grade specification tests - all under extreme conditions - with humidity, dust, heat, cold, vibration, altitude, solar radiation, and even fungus thrown at the X1 to test that durability and though they don't guarantee your laptop will survive a trip close to the sun, it does mean that your X1 Carbon laptop will be both extremely rugged and likely to survive a direct spill onto its backlit keyboard.

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 14" Display
- 16mm thin
- 1.15kg light

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6. HP Spectre Convertible Ultrabook

The elegant HP Spectre brings a stunning 4K Touchscreen display and powerful audio into the mix making it the best media laptop of the range, while still keeping to the thin and light theme of an Ultrabook. With quad HP speakers featuring HP audio boost which have had the custom tuning treatment by the experts at Bang & Olufsen, entertainment really does come to life on screen, and with the hinged flip-screen design, it's even easier than ever to enjoy.

Thin & Light Essentials:

- 13.3" Display
- 1.45 mm thin
- 1.32kg light

These are just a small slice from our massive range of thin and light laptops available now at PB Tech, check out the top sellers via our quick links below and be sure to keep your eyes on PB Tech Tips & News for the latest!

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