Lightweight laptops that aren’t a pain to lug around

You’ve got enough in your briefcase already.

laptop on a coffee table
You'll barely know you have it with you.Martin Castro via Unsplash

Whether you’re a student who wants a laptop that can transition from dorm room to classroom without weighing you down or an executive who treats your computer like an extra appendage, walking room-to-room with laptop in one hand, phone in the other, there is an ultra-light laptop that will give you the freedom and power you need in a single package.

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage)
Light and reliable.Amazon

If ease of use is a must, you can’t do much better than a MacBook Air. With a tenth-generation, i-7 Intel processor, a super-smooth Retina display, 512 GB of blazing-fast SSD storage, and a reliable AMD Pro 5000 M graphics card, this should handle pursuits of both work and play.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop
Entertainment on the move.Amazon

Razer is known for creating some of the best gaming peripherals out there, but it also makes some of the most stunning gaming laptops you can find. The Razer Blade Stealth’s super-sleek frame contains a stunning amount of power. With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB VRAM graphics card, a Quad-Core 10th-gen Intel Core i7 1065G7 Processor, and 16GB dual-channel memory, there isn’t much this laptop can’t handle. The 4K touch screen should also make things a lot more fun.

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 13.3-Inch Laptop
Punching above its weight.Amazon

The QLED display is probably the first thing you’ll notice about this pint-sized powerhouse, and its 10th-generation Intel i-7 processor is also quite noteworthy. But it has other tricks up its sleeve that its competitors do not. Its trackpad functions as a wireless charging station for your cell phone. The keyboard automatically adjusts as you tilt your screen, giving your wrists a break and your fingers better access. This is a laptop that truly considers form as much as it does function.

Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop
Carry on. Carry anywhere.Amazon

At 2.6 pounds this is one of the lightest laptops on the list. It may not have as many bells and whistles as the rest, but that does not mean it doesn’t pack some power in that tiny frame. Featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and a 512 GB SSD, it should be able to handle a fair amount of graphics work as well as productivity applications. Its embedded fingerprint reader will keep your stuff safe.