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Apple World wide developer conference was last month. Among other important announcements Apple silently upgraded the MacBook air with 5th gen processors. Although MacBook Air is the most popular computer made by Apple ( In terms of sales ), there is no doubt that it is ageing. Originally MacBook Air was unveiled by the Steve Jobs back in 2010 and ever since it is essentially the same. Back in 2010 when it was launched, it was the thinnest laptop in the market and set the benchmark for future ultrabooks.
It is 2017, and we have to admit that it does look good even after 7 years. In this post we have compiled some of the best compact and thin MacBook alternative you can buy right now.
Microsoft Surface Laptop
Last month Microsoft announced their latest surface laptop, which is designed to aimed towards students demographics. This is essentially Microsoft’s way to gain some market share from chromebooks and Apple Macbooks. New surface laptop looks futuristic with 14.48 mm thin, it is also lighter than the Macbook Air, weighing at just 1.25 Kg. Unlike 5th gen intel processor in Macbook air , surface laptop comes with 7th gen i5 or i7 processor. Microsoft also introduced the Windows 10S which is closed environment operating system, Which means you can only download apps and programs from the app store. This gives surface laptop 14.5 hours or exceptional battery life. However if you are comfortable using the Windows 10 S, you can always upgrade to windows 10 pro for free.
Surface laptop is available in 128, 256 and 512 GB SSD variants. Base model also comes with 4 GB of RAM, which can be upgraded upto 16 GB. Apart from that Surface laptop is available in amazing colors ( Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt blue and Graphite Gold ). It starts from $999 and goes upto $2199. Microsoft is also providing a $99.90 discount for students. You can check this link to see if you are eligible.
When it comes to amazing piece of hardware LG is not an unknown company. Whether it comes to modular smartphone or ultrathin smart TV, LG always amazes people. In the laptop segment lg is also turning some heads. Originally LG Gram was introduced back in 2015, and it has some amazing features. LG Gram 15 inch is the lightest laptop in the segment. It has amazing built quality and amazing specs. You can expect to play some popular titles on this machine with medium to low settings.
It has magnesium aluminium alloy body which results in light weight design. Despite its 15-inch foot print it is only 1.08 kgs in weight. It comes with 7th Gen i5 or i7 intel processor. You can buy this laptop in touchscreen or non touchscreen models. LG Gram starts at $1199 and you can grab one for yourself from Amazon, where it is currently being sold for $1044 only
Dell XPS 13
At the first glance XPS 13 looks straight out of the future with thin bazels (infinity display) and stunning display. In terms of design Dell XPS 13 is probably one of the best in the list and can put competition to shame. When we talk about the specifications, XPS 13 is a beast. It laptop comes with a 7th Generation i3-7100U processor, 4GB DDR3-1866Mhz RAM and 128GB SSD. I know what are you thinking, these are the basic configurations, but if you want the beast mode. You can upgrade this device to i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe SSD.
When it comes to the battery life it can deliver 13 hours of usage easily. With just 1.2 KG it is truly an amazing Macbook Air alternative. In terms of build quality, it is probably the best in the class. There is no flex in chassis and it feels durable. Now if you are thinking of buying it, Dell XPS 13 starts at $799 and can exceed $2000 depending on the configuration.
HP spectre x360 is another amazing Macbook Air alternative you can buy. X360 comes with a hinge which allow it become a convertible laptop. It has all the basic features among others. It has serious power in thin, light weight and convertible form factor. Despite the slim design it can give upto 14 hours of battery life.
HP Spectre has FHD touch screen along with 7th gen dual-core i7 processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256 GB PCIe SSD. HP Spectre x360 starts at $1199 and you can upgrade it according to your needs.
Acer Swift 7
This laptop holds the crown for the world’s thinnest laptop. Beside being world’s thinnest laptop it is one of most affordable ultrabook available in the market right now. Talking about the specification it is only 9mm thick which is smartphone category. Despite being this thin it can give battery life upto 9 hours. It has a full HD IPS panel with amazing viewing angels.
Coming to the processor end, it comes with 7th generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 or i7-7Y75. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. Acer swift 7 is currently available for $1,049 on Amazon.
Asus is known for making great affordable laptops and when it comes to ultrabooks they are always there to surprise us. All new zenbook UX300 is the replacement to the older UX305 which was a great ultrabook. Similar to all the ultrabook mentioned here it is also light weight at 1.2 kg and 13.5 mm thin. Asus also promise 13 hours or battery life which is amazing.
Under the light weight chassis it comes with 7th gen i7 or i5 processor. It has two storage options as well 256GB and 512GB SSD . Beside that it has 8GB of RAM which can not be upgraded. Asus zenbook also have two variants when it comes to the screen resolution, you can either go for full HD or UHD. It is currently available on Amazon at the starting price of $699.