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Ultraportable notebooks

This group test evaluates five sub-2kg notebooks from leading vendors, and comes up with one winner.

High performance and good ergonomics are two of the key factors that buyers seek in a notebook PC. They're also two of the most difficult things to combine in a sub-2kg ‘ultraportable’ system: fast processors need cooling systems; screens and keyboards must fit into restricted spaces yet remain usable, for example.

We’ve gathered five ultraportable notebooks from leading manufacturers to see how they solve the design problems, and discover who delivers the best overall value for money.