Top Ultrabook Choices – Best Value Notebooks available
Here are some Ultrabooks or Notebooks that offer the best bang for your buck. The lists here are not in any particular order.
Hello, here are lists of the top or best Ultrabooks currently available, these lists include the best value budget Notebooks as well as the most powerful and popular. This list is updated November 5, 2017
Recently, the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake Edition (2017) got a reboot, and now comes with a slightly faster Kaby Lake Chipset. But still, it is one impressive notebook. It is well built, has a great keyboard and touch pad similar to the Macbook Air. From all the notebooks that I’ve tested, this is at the top of my list.
The only comment I can say is probably the lack of touch screen support, which is also true on all Mi Air models. But that is still understandable, considering it is one a great Laptop.
Full Highlights below:
New KabyLake Chipet offers about 10% more in terms of Performance
Stunning Looks and Premium Grade Materials (100% All Aluminum)
Reminiscent of a Macbook look
Good Thermals (idle 31-39C), Gaming/Heavy load (60°C)
Fast SSD Storage (Samsung MZNTV128HDHP SSD )
Awesome 1080p IPS Display (Vibrant, Deep Contrast and Wide Viewing Angle)
End to End Glass Screen protected by Sapphire Glass
Good Quality Front Facing Camera (good for skype)
Decent AKG Loudspeakers (high volume, doesn’t distort and crisp sound)
Dolby Surround Sound Technology
3.5mm Audio Jack has excellent Audio Quality, no static sounds
One of the better 1080p IPS Screen currently available
Sturdy hinge design for the screen (can be opened easily one handed)
Fast and Stable Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz (Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8260)
One of the best Keyboard and Touch pad I have ever tested
Good typing experience, 1.2mm spacing and good tactile feedback and LED Backlit
Quick Charging support (Fast Charger can quickly charge 40% to 90% in less than 1 hour)
Supports both USB 3.1 and USB Type C (supports external devices)
SSD can be upgraded to M.2 SSD
Can be used on Video Editing (1080p or lower), Photoshop etc…
5-6 hours average battery life
Non touch screen (despite the IPS panel) and even on the more expensive models
Intel HD615 (gaming potential is limited) – for better gaming, go for the Xiaomi Mi Air 13
Limited number of Ports (1x USB 3.0)
Comes with Chinese Win10 (only one with valid license), English version (cannot be activated)
Jumper Ezbook 3 Pro. I know there has been a lot of Ezbook series Ultrabooks from Jumper, but this is their latest one. The 4th batch or installment, comes with some welcome improvements. These included an M.2 SSD Expansion slot, Dual Band WiFi Support, improvement on the build quality and touchpad performance.
But still, this isn’t a perfect notebook. Performance is still not Mi Air calibre, but it is still good enough for most uses. Also this is the cheapest Ezbook Notebook currently available.
Improved precision touch pad (much better response and usable)
Maintenance hatch and easy removal of slot for SSD storage expansion
Unlocked bios for TDP Power Limits
New version comes with Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4/5GHz)
6 GB RAM and Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core Chipset
Good Keyboard and Touchpad Performance (barely no keyboard flex, and Touchpad works great)
13.3 inch IPS Anti-Glare Matte 1920 x 1080p screen, usable even on direct sunlight
2x USB 3.0 Standard Slots
Great Battery Life (4800mAh)
Cooper Heatsink (offers great thermals 60-70°C on casual use), full temps reached is 78°C
Having used the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 for quite some time, I will always equate it to its gorgeous screen. And from the Notebooks that I have listed here, this is one that offers a whopping Fully Laminated 2736 x 1824 pixels. The same screen you see with the Surface Pro 4. The screen really is amazing and it is also matte, meaning it is great to be used outdoors.
Overall, the notebook isn’t really that powerful but good enough for casual use and the decent keyboard and connectivity make it a must have.
Highlights of the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3:
Incredible 12.3 IPS 2736 x 1824 pixel Fully Laminated Screen
Premium build and good ergnomics
Equipped with 6 GB LPDDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz and 64 GB eMMC Toshiba
Powered by Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Chipset, decent performance overall
When were talking about Surface Book clones, the Cube Thinker i35 Notebook will always come to mind. It is actually a pure notebook but also offers a 3K screen with support for a Surface Book Stylus. Thus, i would consider it a hybrid.
Nevertheless, it is also powerful, offering Kaby Lake Chipset inside and good overall connectivity. But one thing I can say, is that build quality and some of the features are not really comparable to the Xiaomi Mi Air 12.
Highlights of the Cube Thinker Notebook
13.5 inch Fully Laminated 3K Display and Touchscreen, 3:2 Aspect Ratio
Stylus Support (1024 pressure sensitivity) Surface Book Stylus supported
All Metal Premium Build and Design
Powered by Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30
Equipped with 8 GB (1867MHz) and 240 GB M.2 SATA3 Foresee SSD
Fingerprint Scanner (eLAN W) – built in on Touchpad
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 AC 3165
Large Touchpad and good size keyboard (offers good overall typing experience)
USB Type C
5000mAh battery with a 12V 3A Charger (fast charging support)
USB 3.0 (Standard Port) also supports External HDD
Good enough for moderate gaming (DOTA 2, LOL, CSGO and other non 3D intensive games)
Acceptable temps even on heavy use (can get up to 82°C)
Thermal performance is very interesting (although all metal body has an expected outcome already)
Non back lit keyboard
Typical Chinese version of Windows 10, if you activate it expect the Product key to be invalid
If you look at the specs, the Xiaomi Mi Air 13 Kaby Lake Edition is quite similar with the Mi Notebook Pro. But really, it is a reboot of last year of the same name. It is now slightly powerful and with the new Nvidia 150MX GPU, it offers much better gaming potential.
Still, it is a premium and the price is actually close to the Mi Notebook Pro. Also, it still suffers the same issues with last year, the lack of legit OS is still present here.
Now comes with a new Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 7200U Chip (10% increase from Skylake)
Nvidia 150MX (upgrade over the GT940MX)
8 GB DDR4 RAM (Single Channel Mode, and supports Expansion up to 16GB – for dual channel)
256 GB Samsung NVME SSD
13.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080p, Edge Glass to Glass, Sapphire
Similar design and ports to the 2016 edition
Come with Intel Dual Band 8265 Wireless 802.11 ac (2.4/5GHz)
Battery capacity hasn’t change
Can get hot on prolong gaming with thermal throttling