Best 13-inch laptops of 2014


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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Toshiba Kirabook (2014)

Kirabook 13-i7s-touch Ultrabook

A new CPU and much-improved battery life make the Kirabook easier to recommend.

4 stars Excellent

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 13-inch screen)

The 2013 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro has a super, pixel-packed screen, looks great, has good battery life and gives you a healthy boost of power over the MacBook Air, without bulging out your backpack too much. It'll set you back a pretty penny though.

4 stars Excellent

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

The 13-inch MacBook Air looks and feels just like last year's but runs for more than 12 hours.

Price: £784.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Acer Aspire S7

At 11.9mm, the Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim and looks fantastic in its crisp, white suit. The addition of the touchscreen means that navigating through Windows 8's big tiles is delightfully simple. Sadly though, its performance, while good, isn't as blazingly fast as you'd hope for considering the high price.

3.5 stars Very good

HP Spectre 13t-h200 x2

A rare larger-screen hybrid, the HP Spectre x2 aims to be both a portable laptop and a video-friendly slate. The price is right, but the design feels awkward and the wonky touch pad makes it hard to use as a full-time laptop.

3.5 stars Very good
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