These are the best lightweight laptops you can buy in 2022

These are the best lightweight laptops you can buy in 2022

Buying a new laptop is always hard, but it’s not for lack of choice. There are lots of fantastic laptops out there, and choosing one can be tricky. There are different form factors, sizes, processors, and many more factors to consider. But one factor that tends to be pretty important when choosing a laptop is its weight. Laptops are meant to be portable, and carrying a heavy device in your backpack gets uncomfortable very quickly. Some of us want something truly portable, and we’re here to help you find it. We’ve rounded up some of the best lightweight laptops you can buy right now.

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All the laptops on this list are either shipping with Windows 11 or can get the upgrade for free, so you don’t have to worry about that. If Windows isn’t your thing, you can also check out our list of the best Macs, as well as the best Chromebooks. Windows is generally the operating system that can work best for anyone though, so all the options on this list are great.

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Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 2

White laptop on black desk

In 2021, Samsung made quite the splash with the original Samsung Galaxy Book Pro family, and this year, it’s made it even better. The new Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro series comes with upgraded processors and a design that’s still incredibly thin and light.

Let’s start with performance, and the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes packing Intel’s new 12th-generation processors, and specifically, it has been upgraded to the P series. These new processors have a 28W TDP, meaning you can get even more performance out of them, though at the expense of some battery life. Still, it comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P, meaning you get 12 cores (4P + 8E) and 16 threads in total, a huge upgrade over the previous generation. Plus, you get up to 32GB of RAM (though we’ve only seen models up to 16GB) and a 1TB SSD for storage. Samsung has also said there will be a version with discrete graphics, though it doesn’t appear to be up for sale just yet.

One of the things that makes this a special laptop is its display, just like last year’s model. Regardless of the size you choose, you’re getting a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, and most importantly, an AMOLED panel. OLED displays in laptops are becoming a little less rare, but they’re usually a premium option with a very high resolution, high battery consumption, and a high price. With the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro, you can have AMOLED as the default option, and it comes in a reasonable Full HD resolution, making it much more accessible to just about anyone. That means you get true blacks, vivid colors, and very high contrast ratios – even more so than last year because the Galaxy Book 2 Pro has a brighter display, too.

A big upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro compared to its predecessor is in the webcam. It now comes with a 1080p camera instead of 720p, which is something we’re seeing a lot more of in 2022. Companies are finally realizing that good webcams are important, and they’re making better ones. There’s still no Windows Hello facial recognition, though, so you’ll have to make do with the included fingerprint reader.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is its design. It’s all because of how incredibly light it is, even with the new and more powerful processors. The 13-inch model weighs a mere 1.92lbs, and even the larger 15-inch version is only 2.45lbs (without dedicated graphics, at least). Even some smaller laptops often weigh more than that, so it’s very impressive. Not only that, it’s also incredibly thin at 11.2mm for the 13-inch model and 11.7mm for the 15-inch model. And to top it all off, it looks great in both graphite and silver colorways. It has something of a dual-tone design, with a slightly different color on the inside compared to the outside.

Finally, in terms of ports, the Galaxy Book Pro includes one Thunderbolt 4 port, one regular USB Type-C port, one USB Type-A port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s quite good for a laptop of this size, and if you get the 15.6-inch model, there’s also an HDMI port, so you really can’t complain about that. It’s a great laptop that covers all the basics, even with its crazy thin design.

Just like last its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is certainly worthy of being considered one of the best lightweight laptops out there, and one of the best laptops in general. It’s lightweight, fast, it has a great display, and there really isn’t much to complain about here. There’s also a convertible version that may or may not be on this list as well.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops around, but it still comes with Intel's 12th-gen P-series processors and high-end specs.

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Best lightweight 17-inch laptop: LG gram 17

17-inch laptops aren’t usually the first that come to mind when thinking of lightweight devices, but that’s the main focus of the LG gram. This lineup of laptops packs solid specs into an incredibly light design, and that includes the 17-inch model.

It starts with overall solid performance, powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core processor, specifically the Core i7-1195G7. It hasn’t yet been refreshed with 12th-generation processors, but this is still a very fast CPU. It has four cores, eight threads, up to 5GHz boost speeds, and Intel Iris Xe graphics that make this a fairly powerful machine that doesn’t use up a ton of power. Plus, when you pair that relatively low-power processor with a large 80Whr battery, the LG gram 17 gives you great battery life, too. Aside from that, you get 16GB of RAM and a massive 2TB of storage, making this a fantastic laptop to use throughout college or for work, with enough space for all your files.

The display is one of the big highlights here, being a large 17-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. This means the screen is taller than your typical 16:9 laptop, and this is fantastic for work since you get extra vertical space for text and other UI elements that might require scrolling. Not only that, but this panel comes in Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) resolution, meaning it’s a very sharp screen with extra headroom to scale down UI elements to smaller sizes if you want to have even more screen real estate. Beyond that, it covers 99% of DCI-P3, so this is a great laptop for creative work, too.

What isn’t much of a highlight is the webcam, which is a 720p camera that’s starting to get outdated, plus there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition support. Until very recently, it wasn’t uncommon for laptops to have lackluster webcams, though, so this isn’t all that surprising. If you do want to use biometric authentication, at least you get a fingerprint reader here.

Design-wise, naturally, the focus is on the weight. At 2.98lbs, the LG gram 17 might not be one of the lightest laptops in general, but when you consider it’s a 17-inch laptop, that’s very impressive. Many 15-inch laptops weigh more than this, so this is incredibly portable for a device of this size. At 17.78mm, it’s not super thin, but it’s still definitely easy to pick up with one hand. Looks aren’t all too noteworthy, but the silver look of the gram 17 at least means it fits in anywhere. There are also black or white versions you may be able to find.

Finally, for ports, the LG gram 17 comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports – both on the same side, unfortunately – two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s a solid supply of connectivity for all kinds of peripherals and displays, so you shouldn’t have any trouble using the gram 17 with your current setup.

No one else is really making lightweight laptops of this size, and for that reason alone, the LG gram 17 would already be the best in this category. But that’s not to say this isn’t a fantastic laptop, and it offers solid performance, great battery life, and a fantastic screen for getting work done. It’s definitely worth it if you need a big screen you can take anywhere.

    The LG gram 17 challenges the conventions of 17-inch laptops by being very light and portable while also offering solid performance and battery life.

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Best lightweight convertible: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360

We may already have highlighted the standard Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro, but the convertible variant has some significant differences that make it worthy of its own entry. It still has a lot of what makes the clamshell model great, and it certainly deserves to be on this list.

Performance-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is nearly identical to the non-convertible model. It comes with Intel’s 12th-generation Core processors, either a Core i5-1240P or a Core i7-1260P. That means you get 12 cores and 16 threads, along with speeds up to 4.7GHz and built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics. The convertible model doesn’t have the option for discrete graphics, though. You do still get up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB of storage (though, again, only models up to 16GB and 512GB, respectively, seem to be available right now), You’re not missing out on performance by going with the convertible.

The display is also nearly identical as far as resolution and quality go. You can get either a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, with all the benefits that come with it, such as true blacks and vivid colors. In this case, though, you also get a touchscreen and support for the S Pen, which makes it easier to draw, doodle, or take written notes on this screen. Of course, being a convertible means you can rotate the display all around and use the laptop as a tablet, too. Similar to the clamshell model, while it’s great to have a Full HD AMOLED display on a laptop, some may have liked the ability to go a little higher.

Something else that’s similar in the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is the webcam, which is a new and improved Full HD sensor with a wider field of view, so you can look better during video calls. There’s still no Windows Hello facial recognition, though, so you’ll have to rely on the fingerprint reader to unlock your PC if you don’t want to use a password or PIN.

Where Samsung’s convertible differs from the clamshell version is in the design. As you’d expect with a convertible, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is slightly thicker, at 11.5mm for the 13.3-inch version and 11.9mm for the 15.6-inch model. it’s also heavier, with the 13-inch variant coming in at 2.29lbs and the larger sibling going all the way to 3.1lbs. It also comes in different colors, doing away with the dual-tone look of the clamshell model. You can get it in silver, graphite, or burgundy, and that last one really helps this laptop stand out from the pack since you don’t see it that often.

Ports are also very different on the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 compared to its non-convertible sibling. It comes with a Thunderbolt 4 port, two standard USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. You have to sacrifice a lot of variety to go with this convertible design, and that’s just because convertibles have to be designed differently. Still, it’s a big tradeoff, so you have to ask yourself if you’d rather have the versatility of a convertible, or more ports readily available.

Regardless, this is a fantastic convertible laptop if you want something that’s very thin and light. You get plenty of performance and a surprisingly lightweight design, plus a great display. It’s not perfect, but it’s easy to recommend.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is a surprisingly lightweight convertible that somewhow still features Intel's 12th-generation P-series processors, plus other high-end specs.

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Best lightweight clamshell laptop: Acer Swift 5

The Acer Swift 5 is another fantastic laptop, this time for fans of more traditional clamshell designs. It’s light, it looks great and it has solid performance overall, so there isn’t a whole lot more you can ask for here. An upgraded version with 12th-generation processors has been announced but it’s not available yet, and it’s a bit heavier, so we’re still looking at last year’s model.

Performance-wise, the Acer Swift 5 is very much in line with other thin and light laptops of its generation, which is to say it’s powered by an Intel Core i7-1165G7. This is a powerful processor in Intel’s 15W lineup, featuring four cores, eight threads, and boost speeds up to 4.7GHz. Plus, it also includes Iris Xe graphics, just like most other laptops with Intel processors launched in the past couple of years. In addition to that, this model comes with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, which is going to give you great multitasking performance and plenty of storage for years to come.

The display on the Acer Swift 5 is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 14-inch panel. That resolution is going to give you pretty sharp images considering the size of the screen, plus you get touch support, which can be a more intuitive interaction method sometimes. The display also covers 100% of sRGB, so the visual experience overall should be pretty good.

What’s not as impressive is the webcam on the Acer Swift 5, which is a 720p camera. We’ve already mentioned this, but it’s taken a long time for many companies to realize that high-quality webcams are important, so many laptops still don’t have them. Still, this is serviceable, though there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition support included in this laptop, either. You do get a fingerprint reader if you want an easier way to unlock the PC.

One of the most unique aspects of the Acer Swift 5 is its design. While lots of laptops opt for single-color designs and often stick close to silver, the Acer Swift 5 uses a stylish combination of “mist green” and copper. The surface of the laptop has a dark green look, which is accented by hints of copper on the hinge, key and port labels, and the Acer logo on the lid. This helps the laptop look that much more unique. As for the dimensions, the Acer Swift weighs just 2.31lbs, and it measures under 15mm in thickness, making this a very portable laptop that you can take anywhere. Also, the laptop is covered in antimicrobial coating, which helps it stay clean and safe over time.

Finally, there’s the matter of ports. You get one Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and headphone jack, so the Acer Swift 5 actually covers a good chunk of the needs you should have. Whether it’s legacy peripherals, displays, or a full docking station, you have options here, and that’s always good to see.

The Acer Swift 5 is a great laptop in more ways than one, and it’s made even better by its relatively affordable price. This model, with high-end specs, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, costs just under $1,100. Admittedly, that’s not exactly cheap, but considering the high-end specs and the premium design, that’s a fantastic price.

    The Acer Swift 5 is a thin and light clamshell with a unique look and high-end specs for everyday use at a reasonable price.

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Best budget lightweight laptop: HP Pavilion Aero

Angled view of HP Pavilion Aero 13

HP recently introduced the Pavilion Aero, which the company calls its lightest consumer laptop ever. And while it’s light, that’s far from the end of the story here, and this is in fact one of the best bang-for-the-buck laptops you can get right now. Starting at $760 (that’s the MSRP, the price is often much lower), this is a fantastic laptop.

For starters, this is a powerful laptop, coming with up at an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor, which makes it the first AMD-based laptop on this list. But this Ryzen 7 is a fantastic CPU, featuring 8 cores and 16 threads, double what Intel offers on its 15W processors that compete directly with this one. That means multi-core performance and multitasking on this laptop is going to be a breeze, and AMD’s integrated Radeon graphics are also not far from Intel Iris Xe. In addition to that, you can get up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. But it’s almost more impressive to look at the base model: The HP Pavilion Aero starts with a six-core Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, which is very impressive at this price.

That’s a consistent theme with the HP Pavilion Aero, and it continues in the display. The HP Pavilion Aero comes with a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) display at the base level, and that’s already impressive. For starters, that’s fairly sharp, and not every laptop at this price guarantees that, but not only that, it’s one of the very rare laptops in this price range to have a 16:10 aspect ratio. As we’ve said above, this is great for productivity, and you can make it even better by upgrading to a Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) panel, which is another feature you won’t find on a laptop this cheap.

Of course, sacrifices have to be somewhere, and the webcam here is still 720p and there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition. Seeing as this is still fairly common, it’s not that big of a sacrifice compared to most other laptops, but it’s still a bummer. You do get a fingerprint reader below the keyboard for biometric authentication, though.

Much like other laptops on this list, the HP Pavilion Aero’s design is all about being light, and it weighs just 2.2lbs, making it very portable. It’s just over 17mm thin so it’s fairly portable in that regard, too. While the overall design isn’t all that unique, what makes the Pavilion Aero interesting is that it offers four colors to choose from, which is rare for affordable metal laptops. The colors are fairly subdued, but you can choose from silver, white, gold, and pink, which isn’t a bad selection at all.

Finally, in terms of ports, the HP Pavilion Aero has some shortcomings, but it’s not all HP’s fault. Being an AMD-based laptop, it couldn’t have Thunderbolt support, so you get a standard USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. Without Thunderbolt, it would have been nice if the USB ports were faster, but otherwise, HP offers a solid supply here. While the laptop comes with a barrel-type charger, you can use the USB Type-C port to charge if you want the extra convenience.

Like any laptop, the HP Pavilion Aero isn’t perfect, but for its price, this is one of the best lightweight laptops and it offers incredible value for your money. It hasn’t been upgraded with newer processors yet, but that’s not surprising either, and you’re still getting a lot of performance with this model.

    The HP Pavilion Aero is a lightweight and affordable laptop with some of the best specs you'll find at this price.

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Best lightweight gaming laptop: ASUS ROG Flow X13

ASUS ROG Flow X13 on a table

Gaming laptops are probably not the first kind of PC you think of when your goal is to get something light, but the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a very impressive machine in that regard. It’s packing some powerful processors, but it’s still sleek and surprisingly light for what it offers.

For starters, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is the only laptop on this list to pack 35W processors, specifically up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS. The increased power draw means more performance, and with 8 cores, 16 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.8GHz, performance isn’t something you’re going to be missing. This is a fast machine, even if you opt for a model with the Ryzen 7 5800HS. You also get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, so you can definitely run modern games on this small and light laptop. Plus, you get up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage depending on your configuration.

If you want more power, the ROG Flow X13 is also sold with the ROG XG Mobile, an external GPU/dock ASUS created specifically for this laptop. It has an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, and it’s both heavy and expensive. If portability is your goal, this isn’t something you need, but if you want something that can run more intensive games at home and be lighter on the go, it’s a valid option.

The display on the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a 13.4-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which isn’t all that common for gaming laptops. Gaming displays tend to be wider, but this also means the ROG Flow X13 is great for both work and play. There are two versions – a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, ideal for gaming, or an Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400), which is more suited for content creation.  Regardless, you’re going to get a great experience here, and Full HD+ is definitely sharp enough for a screen of this size. You also get touch and pen support, because this is actually a convertible laptop.

As usual, the webcam is one area that’s somewhat neglected with the ROG Flow X13, and it’s a 720p camera without Windows Hello support. Again, this is still more common than we’d like it to be, so it’s not like your experience will be much worse than other laptops in this regard. And if you want Windows Hello support, the ROG Flow X13 does have a fingerprint reader built into the power button.

Design-wise, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a black laptop, but it still looks pretty unique when you look closely. The lid and the wrist rest area are both covered in diagonal lines engraved into the chassis, giving the laptop a slightly edgier look that helps it stand out. And as far as portability goes, the Flow X13 weighs just 2.87lbs, which is very light for a laptop with this kind of power. Plus, it’s 15.8mm thin. Considering the hardware inside and the fact this is a convertible, those are impressive numbers, even if they don’t rival the thinnest and lightest laptops out there.

As for ports, you get a solid selection. There are two USB Type-C ports, one of which is part of the custom ROG XG Mobile connector, but if you’re not using the external GPU, you can use it as a standard USB Type-C port with power delivery. You also get one USB Type-A port, HDMI, and a headphone jack, which covers most basic needs in terms of connectivity. You don’t get Thunderbolt as this is an AMD-based laptop, but you still have a solid supply of ports and they’re all relatively fast.

This is a laptop I’ve personally bought and own myself (I’m using it to write this text right now), and it’s fantastic. It’s very light and portable, but you can use it to play fairly modern games without a problem. If you want a lightweight gaming laptop, this is definitely one of the best. It hasn’t been upgraded with the latest processors, but there is a tablet version, the Flow Z13, featuring newer processors. We’d still argue the Flow X13 is better for gaming because of the more solid keyboard, though.

    For gamers who value mobility, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is one of the best lightweight gaming laptops you can find. It's also a convertible, and it's great for work too.

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Best lightweight business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10

Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup contains some of the most iconic business laptops out there, and out of those, none is more iconic than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It’s one of the longest-running ThinkPad families, and the latest model comes with big improvements.

Performance-wise, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received a big upgrade with the transition to Intel’s 12th-generation processors. Not only are these newer processors, though, these also come from the new P-series with a 28W TDP, so they’re even more powerful. You can configure the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 with up to an Intel Core i7-1280P processor, which means you get up to 14 cores (6P + 8E) and 20 threads, along with boost speeds up to 4.8GHz, and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. This is easily the most powerful ThinkPad X1 Carbon yet. You also get up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a 2TB SSD, which is great for something of this size.

Being a business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is well-known for its wide array of configuration options, and that includes the display. This is a 14-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is fantastic for productivity due to the extra vertical space and the larger surface area in general. The base model comes in Full HD+ (1929 x 1200) resolution, and you can add touch support or a Privacy Guard display to protect your information from prying eyes. However, you also get upgrade options for the resolution. There’s a 2.2K (2240 x 1400) IPS panel option, a brand-new 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED display, or an Ultra HD+ (3820 x 2400) IPS panel, with the option for touch support. There are tons of options and they’re all great, so you can tailor it to your exact preference.

One of the big upgrades with the latest generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the webcam, which is now a 1080p camera instead of 720p. That video quality upgrade is significant and it’s something we’re seeing more and more of in 2022. Windows Hello facial recognition isn’t included by default in every configuration, but it is available as an option, in addition to the included fingerprint reader.

All of this comes wrapped in the iconic Lenovo ThinkPad design, featuring a black chassis highlighted by red accents on the ThinkPad logo, TrackPoint, and mouse buttons. It’s pretty much what you’ve come to know and love in a ThinkPad, but it’s still modern where it matters – it measures 15.36mm thin (with a Full HD webcam), and it weighs just 2.48lbs. It’s certainly a very portable laptop despite its old-school look.

Despite how thin and light it is, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon isn’t lacking in ports. You get two Thunderbolt 4 connections, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0b, a headphone jack, and an optional nano-SIM slot if you want to add cellular connectivity. And on that note, you can outfit this laptop with either 4G LTE or 5G support so you can stay connected to the internet wherever you go.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is one of the very best business laptops of this year, and it offers all the business features you could want along with top-tier performance and some great display options, all in a lightweight design.

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best business laptops you can buy each year, and the latest model comes with a big performance boost and new display options.

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Also great: HP EliteBook 840 Aero

Angled view of HP EliteBook 840 Aero

If you want something with a slightly more modern design, the HP EliteBook 840 Aero is another great business laptop you might want to consider. While it has yet to be refreshed with 12th-generation processors, it’s still very powerful and lightweight, and it has all the configuration options you might expect from a business laptop.

In regards to performance, the HP EliteBook 840 Aero is still using Intel’s 11th-generation processors, but that’s not a bad thing. It comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, which is a quad-core, eight-thread processor with boost speeds up to 4.9GHz and support for Intel vPro technologies. These add more security and manageability features designed for businesses, but you can choose not to get them if you don’t need them. You can also configure it with up to a whopping 64GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, making this an extremely capable laptop. Each of these components is its own upgrade, so you can mix and match the specs you need, plus, unlike on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, both the RAM and storage are user-upgradeable.

The display is a 14-inch panel and it comes in the more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, which some may find unfortunate, but it’s still a good screen. It comes in Full HD resolution, and you can’t go higher than that, but there are a few upgrades you can make. The base model has 250 nits of brightness, but you can upgrade to 400 nits or add an HP Sure View privacy screen, which includes a 1000-nit display. It’s nothing too fancy, but it’s perfectly fine for business use cases.

What’s a little less fine is the 720p camera being used here, especially with some newer laptops coming with a 1080p webcam now. At least there’s Windows Hello facial recognition included by default so you’re not missing out on convenience. It’s unfortunate this is one area without any upgrade options available, because a better webcam could really make a big difference. If you prefer a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, there’s also the option to add one, but it’s not in every configuration.

The HP EliteBook 840 Aero is exactly what you’d expect from a business laptop design-wise. It’s silver, and it looks clean, albeit potentially boring to non-business users. It even includes a pointing stick and mouse buttons above the trackpad, a business feature that’s most popular in Lenovo’s ThinkPads. At 17.78mm, it’s not incredibly thin, but it does start at 2.5lbs of weight, so it’s still very portable. Plus, the extra room inside allows for more components to be replaceable by the user, which is great news if you like upgrading and repairing things yourself.

The larger dimensions also make room for plenty of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 connections, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and an optional Smart Card reader. Of course, there’s also optional support for LTE Cat9 or 5G, and you can even add NFC support. You have plenty of connectivity options that are valuable to businesses, and you can choose the ones you need.

All of this comes at the cost of… well, the cost. It’s an expensive laptop, but if you want the out-of-the-box customization options, the ability to upgrade or repair the laptop yourself, and high-end performance in a lightweight and portable package, this is one of your best options.

    For users who want upgrade options before and after buying a product but still value portability, the HP EliteBook 840 Aero is a fantastic business laptop.

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Best lightweight tablet: Surface Pro 8

Angled view of Surface Pro 8

It took a few years for Microsoft to truly push the Surface Pro lineup forward, but the Surface Pro 8 was truly a step in the right direction, and it’s one of the very best Windows tablets you can buy today. With upgraded specs, a new design, and a great screen, there’s a lot to love here.

Let’s start by looking at those specs, which are pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the best lightweight laptops. You get Intel Core processors up to a Core i7-1185G7 with four cores, eight threads, and boost speeds up to 4.8GHz. It’s no longer the most powerful processor around, but this is far from a slow device. Despite being a tablet, Microsoft is still using 15W processors, so you’re going to get great performance overall. Additionally, you can configure the Surface Pro 8 with up to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, making this a very powerful machine that should last you a long time.

But one of the true highlights of the Surface Pro 8 is its display. This is a 13-inch panel and it comes in the signature 3:2 aspect ratio every Surface device has. The resolution is very high – 2880 x 1920 – making this an extremely sharp display right off the bat. On top of that, this is one of the very few non-gaming laptops that comes with a 120Hz display (though it’s set to 60Hz by default). This makes animations and transitions look much smoother and makes for an overall more pleasant experience. There’s also Dolby Vision support, and of course touch and pen input support. In fact, the Surface Pro 8 has another unique feature – it supports tactile signals (haptic feedback) on the Surface Slim Pen 2, creating the feeling of writing with a pen on paper.

Something else that’s great about the Surface Pro 8 is the camera setup. The front-facing camera is a 5MP sensor and it supports 1080p video, making it one of the best you can find on any laptop. Plus, it supports Windows Hello facial recognition, too. But on top of that, you also get a rear camera, and that one is a 10MP sensor with 4K video support.

In terms of design, the Surface Pro 8 finally changes how the main Surface Pro line looks, drawing inspiration from the Surface Pro X. It now has rounded edges and smaller bezels compared to the Surface Pro 7, which also means you can’t snap the Surface Pen on the side anymore. Instead, you can store the Surface Slim Pen in the new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard. With this new chassis, the Surface Pro 8 is a bit heavier than its predecessor, but at 1.96lbs, it’s still very portable. It’s also just 9.3mm thin, though that will naturally increase if you add a keyboard to it. Still. this is one of the easiest devices to take with you anywhere.

As for the ports, the Surface Pro 8 finally brings Thunderbolt support to the Surface family, and you get two whole Thunderbolt 4 ports. There’s also a Surface Connect port for charging (and docking, if you’re not into Thunderbolt yet) and a headphone jack. In typical Surface fashion, that’s not a lot of ports, and you’ll need adapters if you have an HDMI display or a USB Type-A peripheral. It’s unfortunate, but at least it’s somewhat understandable for a tablet.

The biggest downside of the Surface Pro 8 is that it’s a bit expensive, especially when you remember you have to buy the keyboard separately if you want it. But if you’re looking for a capable and lightweight laptop, this is still one of your best options.

    The Surface Pro 8 is a high-end premium tablet with a fantastic display and a lightweight design.

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These are all some of the very best laptops you can buy today, so if you want something lightweight, you can’t go wrong with any of them. While all these are light, they do come in various sizes, so you can definitely find something that still suits your tastes. We chose the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 2 as our top pick because it’s one of the lightest laptops you can find, but it’s still  full laptop with a keyboard, a solid selection of ports, and extra-fast 28W processors. Plus, it has a great AMOLED display available in every configuration.

Another thing that’s worthy of appreciation is some devices at least still try to look a little different. It’s great to see PCs like the HP Pavilion Aero and the Acer Swift 5 that deviate a bit more from the typical silver and black colors most laptops tend to have. If you want something that stands out from the crowd, those are two great options, too.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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