Top 10 13 Inch Laptops of 2017

People who work on the go are always looking for that one amazing laptop that has it all. It should be small, portable, has long-lasting battery life, has decent RAM, memory and also be affordable. While this set of demand seemed impossible a few years ago, it is a different story now. Laptop manufacturing companies have begun to realize that there is a growing group of people who need small laptops without compromising on core features. 2017 saw an influx of 13-inch laptops that offered users powerful performance, portability, and most importantly stability. We’ve collected a list of the top 10 13-inch laptops of 2017 to help you choose the best laptop that suits your needs.

1. Apple MacBook Air

Price: $1,199

Of course, Apple had to top the list with its sleek looking MacBook Air; a laptop so sophisticated you’d probably just want to spend the day marveling at its design. Equipped with Intel Core i5 Dual-Core Broadwell Processor with a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, and 12 hours battery time, the MacBook Air is your best companion. The laptop has an 11-inch screen and a 256GB version as well. Ironically, the laptop’s delicate frame is either its glory or its doom – depending on the person using it. If you can’t handle an ultra slim and delicate laptop, you should probably opt for the MacBook Pro which is more sturdy in design.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1440 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1440x900 pixels
Processor1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM4 GB LPDDR3
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Hard DriveSSD
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 6000
Chipset BrandIntel HD Graphics
Card Descriptionintegrated
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life12 hours

2. Microsoft Surface Book

Price: $1699

If there is one head-on contender with Apple, it’s Microsoft. While Apple fans have been enjoying the Macbook for years, it is for the first time that Microsoft fans will be able to get their hands on the premium Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1 laptop. It’s not just aesthetically appealing, but also boasts a powerful performance unlike other laptops of the same nature. With a 12.3-inch PixelSense Touchscreen, an Intel Core i7 processor, HD graphics, 4GB/8GB/16GB RAM options and up to 1TB storage space (starts from 128GB) with a fantastic battery time of 13.5 hours, the Surface Pro is better than the MacBook Air and the likes. The price starts from $799 and is up to $1,500. Even though it only has one USB port, you can also purchase an optional dock to give you more. If the price isn’t a problem and you’re looking for a high-end device that is unique in style and beastly in performance, get the Surface Pro.

SpecValue
Screen Size12.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution2736x1824 pixels
Processor4 GHz 8032
RAM8 GB
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports1

3. ASUS Zenbook UX305UA AS51

Price: $557

Like we said earlier, 2017 is the year of ultra-slim laptops and almost all of them are contending for the top spot. The Zenbook UX305UA by ASUS is another spectacular 13.3-inch laptop that is sharing the limelight with the Surface Pro and the MacBook Air. It comes with Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, anti-glare Matte Display and 10-hours battery life. You can use this for gaming, doing intensive media projects or simply business management. It’s actually a perfect option for people who don’t want to make a choice between Apple or Microsoft and prefer to see the world beyond!

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920*1080 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive256 GB Solid State Drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life10 hours

4. Dell XPS 13.3-inch

Price: $1,184

Dell is for people who love high-end specs at affordable prices. The company is famous for its powerful laptops designed for mid-tier audiences who want to make the most of every dollar spent on a laptop. The XPS 13.3-inch promises the world with its Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Infinity Edge display (borderless display) and picture quality. Now, not that we want to sound skeptical, but for some odd reason, Dell laptops work superbly in the first few months only to dwindle down on performance sometime later. It works well for some people while others would be left disappointed. So if Dell has worked for you all your life, this is a good machine to have for $1,184.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution3200X1800 pixels
Processor3.5 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM8 GB DDR3
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 620
Chipset BrandIntel HD Graphics 620
Card DescriptionIntel HD Graphics 620
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2

5. HP – Spectre x360

Price: $949

Ultra-thin, 4k display, 7-th generation i5 processor and a long-lasting battery life make the HP Spectre x360 an X factor laptop you just got to have. It’s beautifully designed, has solid performance and can easily adapt to its user (the Potter effect). HP is a pretty reliable brand and one that has been on the verge of excellence but is just a few steps away because Microsoft and Apple simply don’t give room!

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution2560x1440
Max Screen Resolution2560 x 1440
Processor2.50 Intel Core i7
RAM8 GB SDRAM DDR3
Hard Drive512 GB SSD
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 520
Wireless Type802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 802.11 A/C

6. Acer Aspire S 13

Price: $691

What we love most about Acer laptops is the durability of their machines and the price factor. They really tend to make durable machines at the most affordable costs. While they are not fancy eye candies like the other big players, they are sturdy and get the job done. The biggest flaw that does affect their rank in the world of laptops is their poor battery life. So you have a high performing laptop that you absolutely love but you also have a battery issue that would put you off. The Acer Aspire 13 suffers the same fate. Great performance with Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256-512GB SSD but a battery life that reviewers say do not match what is promised which is 4 hours against the said 11 hours. Pick it only if you love the brand.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive256 GB Solid State Drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 520
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life11 hours

7. Samsung Notebook 9

Price: $999

Not a very popular guy on the block in terms of laptops, but if you’re a Samsung user and want your complete set of Samsung products then the Notebook 9 is a great piece. It’s a sleek ultrabook with dual core i5, RAM 8GB, Screen 13.3 inch, and 256GB SSD. The only setback? A short battery life of 5 ½ hours. The rounded curves, the display quality, and the overall accessories are good reasons to ignore short battery life for now.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB DDR4
Hard Drive256 GB Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorHD Graphics 620
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Number of USB C Ports1

8. Huawei MateBook X

Price: $1,299

Huawei is a well known Chinese mobile manufacturer, but as laptop makers, they still haven’t completely entered the mainstream market. Nevertheless, the Huawei MateBook X is a Chinese cousin of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. It looks practically the same but has been known to perform even better than the Pro. Powered by a Core i5 – i7 U series processors and weighing 2.3 pounds, and having multiple color options, the Huawei is a good, non-conventional choice. Given the hefty price tag of $1,399, people would rather buy the Pro instead, especially since the company is a new name in the world of laptop manufacturing.

SpecValue
Screen Size13 inches
Max Screen Resolution2160×1440 pixels
Processor2.7 GHz
RAM8 GB
Hard Drive512 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 620
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Average Battery Life11 hours

9. Acer Swift 7

Price: $1049

Black and gold? That’s some oomph factor right there with the Acer Swift 7. The laptop has the regular specs of a 13.3-inch laptop which means 8GB RAM, Intel i5 - i7 processor, and a 256GB SSD with a Windows 10 OS. The only cons? Shorter battery life and no keyboard backlight. It is, however, a good buy if you want to show off a rocking persona with three color options - silver, luxury gold and black and gold.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor1.2 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM8 GB LPDDR3
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 615
Chipset Brandintel
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Average Battery Life9 hours

10. Acer Chromebook13 CB5-311-T9B0

Price: $234

The Acer Chromebook 13 is perfect for people who want a laptop with minimum fuss and Ok, let’s be honest – for people who love Google and its whole ecosystem. So if you’re a Windows or OS user, you might want to think ten times before you decide to buy this laptop. The good news is however, the Acer Chromebook costs only $234. The price and the specs make it an ideal buy for students or freelancers who don’t have much use for anything else other than Google and a few other basic apps. Because of its niche nature, it’s just not good for designers and developers who would need more than basic Android apps. The laptop has 16GB of storage, 2GB RAM, and a NVIDIA Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor which is good enough for basic computing.

SpecValue
Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.1 GHz Tegra
RAM2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Hard Drive16 GB Flash Memory Solid State Drive
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
Chipset BrandNvidia
Card DescriptionDedicated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life11 hours
Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
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