I really, really love my 11-inch MacBook Air. I love it so much I had to find a way to work a mention of it into this article about laptops that are even thinner and lighter than it (mission accomplished); especially it’s brother, the new MacBook (I actually bought my Air AFTER the new MacBook was announced). The new MacBook is the gold standard of thin, capable laptops (literally, it comes in a gold color)—sometimes referred to as ultra thin’s. Apple’s recent motto has been thinner is better and the competition has begun to take note, as you will see.
The Apple MacBook actually isn’t THE thinnest ultra slim notebook on the market, but it’s THE device that is moving the laptop industry forward. So whether you are looking for a MacBook alternative, just want to see what else is out there, want to see what the top of the line PC makers have to offer in the way of thin or want a machine that is thin AND and as budget-friendly as possible, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
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The new Apple MacBook ($1,299 on Amazon) is THE epitome of thin, light and beautiful wrapped into one package. Despite it’s thinness (13.1mm), the MacBook features a full-size keyboard, a 12-inch Retina display, a Force Touch trackpad (you won’t find that on any of the other machines listed here) and one (and only one) USB C port which is also the device’s power port. The MacBook runs silent and it’s battery will last up to 9 hours.
Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 ($949 on Amazon) claims to be “the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet” and is just half an inch thick. That’s nice, but of course the MacBook with it’s 12-inch Retina display is smaller. Even so, the XPS 13 does sport a virtually borderless Infinity display. The optional touch screen model (the top of the line model) packs a 128 solid state drive, 8GB of memory and runs Windows 8.1.
Asus ZenBook UX305
The Asus ZenBook UX305 ($699) is just 12.3mm thick and weighs 2.6 pounds. The ZenBook is probably the 2nd best looking laptop here (after the MacBook) and comes in two colors; the white Ceramic Alloy and the dark Obsidian Stone. The ZenBook, like the Dell XPS ...