Some years back, if you were considering buying lightweight laptops, it was a given that you would have relatively few options and, moreover, would need to compromise–sometimes significantly–on performance and user-friendliness.
Those days are long gone. Laptop buyers of today have quite a few thin-and-light units to choose from, and no longer are any of these units performance and usability lightweights. Quite the contrary! Many of these units are powerhouses that can give even high-level desktop computers a run for their money.
Here we take a closer look at some of the top thin and light laptops today, all of which are available at SM Cyberzone. What’s more, if you’re interested in picking one or more up, you can easily do so via the SM Malls Online app, your gateway to amazing deals and discounts: just click here to download and install the SM Malls Online app. You can even choose between having your new laptop delivered to you or picking it up yourself.
Apple MacBook Air
The MacBook Air, or ‘MBA’ as some call it, set the industry standard for slim and light laptops early on. While the competition caught up in subsequent years, the introduction of Apple’s powerful yet efficient M1 chip propelled the Air back to the top of the heap. A new generation has just been introduced, showcasing the next-generation M2 chip, a brand-new design, and plenty of power features (although Apple continues to fixate on offering as few ports as possible).
The current 13.3” Retina-display M1 Air is still available and will move to the bottom spot of Apple’s lineup when the M2-powered Air models arrive. Only one M1 model is left, which has an 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, up to 16GB unified memory, up to 2TB of storage, stereo speakers, and a relatively weak 720p FaceTime HD camera. It’s available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.
By contrast, the soon-to-come 13.6” Liquid Retina-display M2 Air will have a new-gen 8-Core CPU but will be available with either a new 8-core or a 10-core GPU, up to 24GB of unified memory, also up to 2TB of storage, and with a new four-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio, and a 1080p FaceTime HD camera (which is now in a notch). It will come in Silver, Starlight, Space Gray, and Midnight.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro
The Lenovo camp has trotted out a version of its Yoga lineup that serves as the company’s interpretation of what a slim and light laptop should be. The 14” Yoga Slim 7i Pro comes in Slate Grey or Light Silver, features a wedge-shaped design that looks rather similar to past-generation MacBook Air models, and boasts a 16:10 90Hz SRGB screen that’s optimized for viewing webpages or scrolling through documents. Dolby Atmos-optimized stereo speakers allow for equally intense sound.
The Yoga Slim 7i Pro is powered by Intel Evo, the integration of the latest-gen Intel Core processors (up to 11th-gen Core i7, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD) and Intel Iris X or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics. AI-powered smart features allow users to optimize their time and effort whether for work or play. Intelligent Cooling optimizes power automatically, and showcases the industry’s smallest fan blades for unobtrusive yet efficient cooling. And smart features like Flip to Boot auto-startup, Facial Recognition technology, and attention sensors help make the Yoga Slim 7i Pro a smart powerhouse.
Dell XPS 13
Of all the slim and light laptops available nowadays, it’s this model that’s most often compared to the MacBook Air, and for good reason. Just as Apple did with the Air, Dell pulled out all the stops to make the XPS 13 both a design showcase and a powerhouse in its own right.
The XPS 13 features cutting-edge 12th-gen Intel Core processors as well as the latest battery tech in its thin, light chassis. Both its 13.4” OLED InfinityEdge screen and its zero-lattice keyboard are edge-to-edge designs–the keyboard features larger and deeper keycaps to improve the touch-typing experience, as well as a capacitive touch function row up top. The haptic touchpad is precise, responsive and made of seamless glass; the powerful camera features ExpressSign-In and Windows Hello to automatically sign users in and out. Under the hood reside i5 or i7 processors, Iris Xe graphics, and 16GB RAM, 512GB or 1TB SSDs.
The XPS 13 is available in either Platinum Silver or Graphite, and features only two USB Type-C ports–heads up, this is one laptop that’s done away with the 3.5mm headset jack (although Dell has included a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, as well as a USB-C to USB-A adapter, in the box).
Huawei Matebook D14
The Matebook D14, Huawei’s take on the slim and light laptop, possesses enough of its own virtues to make it competitive in this cutthroat market segment.
Sold only in Mystic Silver, the D14 has a 14-inch, narrow-bezel, Full HD IPS display, which can open 180 degrees. A Fingerprint Power Button–very similar to that offered by Apple–allows for instantaneous powering on and logging in. Interestingly, the D14’s webcam pops up from the keyboard, and can be physically stowed to protect privacy.
Motive force is provided by an 11th-gen Intel Core processor and Iris X graphics; up to 512GB of storage space and 16GB of RAM is available. A generous 56 Wh battery, says Huawei, will allow for up to 10.5 hours of HD video playback on just one charge.
As befits a high-end Huawei device, the D14 can serve as a Super Device, which means that it can be used to facilitate cross-device collaboration and even link up a wide range of smart devices, such as a compatible Huawei phone, such that they can function as a single cohesive unit. Lastly, despite the D14’s slim body, it still comes with a full range of ports–2x USB-A, 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI, and USB-C.
ASUS ZenBook 13
With the ZenBook 13, ASUS is making a bid for slim and light laptop supremacy–this unit has a lot going for it.
The ZenBook 13 crams a full-sized 13” NanoEdge slim-bezeled display into its thin chassis, along with an edge-to-edge keyboard with function keys, the ASUS NumberPad 2.0 dual-function touchpad and LED numeric keypad, Harman Kardon-certified audio system, and powerful IR camera. ASUS’ precision-engineered ErgoLift hinge lifts the rear of the laptop slightly when open, the better to optimize the laptop’s keyboard positioning as well as its cooling and sonic capabilities.
This laptop comes with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to 2TB of storage, and up to 32 GB of RAM. It also happens to showcase one of the widest range of ports available in any slim laptop nowadays, including 2x USB-C, HDMI and USB-A, and even a microSD card reader.
The ZenBook 13 also comes with the latest version of MyASUS–a selection of handy ASUS tools and apps that allow users to pair their phones with their laptops in order to optimize performance or even link up with after-sales service and support.
Lastly, the ZenBook 13 may be quite sophisticated, but it’s also surpassingly rugged. It meets the highly demanding MIL-STD-810G U.S. military standard for reliability and durability in harsh environments.
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