Best 13-inch laptops of 2016


This category is reserved for 13-inch laptops, which are a perfect hybrid for globe-trotting business types (or campus-trotting students). They hit the sweet spot of portability, performance, and features. Most 13-inch laptops today are ultrabooks, but not all, so you'll occasionally find a heftier "performance" 13-inch laptop. To explore the best in all categories, check our list of the best laptops overall.

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Dell XPS 13 Non-touch (2015)

Taking a second look at the new XPS 13, this lower-end version costs less and has better battery life, but isn't as tightly designed.

Price: $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2015)

While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has all the buzz, this 13-inch system gets a handful of updates to remain a top choice for combining power and portability.

Price: $1,029.00 - $1,299.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

Despite a few design quirks that make it feel less than premium, the Lenovo LaVie Z can't be beat for a combination of light weight and processor power.

Price: $969.00 - $999.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Toshiba Kirabook (2015)

The Toshiba Kirabook is still a worthwhile high-end Windows alternative to a Retina MacBook Pro, but it could use a little of that Apple secret sauce for its touchpad.

4 stars Excellent

HP Spectre x360 13t

The HP Spectre x360 delivers a high-end, flexible Windows laptop design at a mainstream price with a battery that runs all day.

Price: $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Acer Chromebook 13

One of the nicer-looking and better-performing Chrome OS systems, the 13-inch Acer Chromebook adds some zip by ditching Intel for an Nvidia processor, but also hits a few issues with popular Chrome apps.

Price: $349.14 - $356.08 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2015)

While still a great all-around useful laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Air is stuck with a lower-res display and a design that's no longer cutting-edge.

Price: $904.00 - $999.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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