Best Portable Laptop - Australia 2024 Group Test

Best Portable Laptop: The Top 30 in Australia (April 2024 Update)

Every month, we perform a group test to determine the Best Portable Laptop of the month. This normally involves updating our in-depth laptop reviews with the latest pricing to gauge the value proposition but, in this group test, we’re all about the portability-related physical properties and battery performance.

This provides a much fresher list and you can easily scroll through it to find the lightweight laptop that best suits your needs and budget. We also recently learned that perennial favourites, Huawei, are currently tools-down while they make significant internal changes.

To be eligible for our group test, all of the following portable laptops must weigh less-than 1.8KG and have a battery life of at least eight hours (unless otherwise stated). Our overall, best portable laptop rank is then derived by adding together the following facets: 45% of the battery life ranking; 45% of the weight ranking; 10% of the ‘weight of power supply and cables’ ranking; plus, 5% of the build quality ranking. Price and Value are not considered in this particular laptop group test.

What makes a perfect portable laptop?

The perfect portable laptop eschews powerful components for a long battery life. It also has a small power supply and a thin, lightweight, robust chassis that will survive life on the road.

It should be fast enough to run all basic computer tasks (like office work) without lagging and be comfortable to use for extended periods, due to good ergonomics. It shouldn’t get too warm and its cooling fans shouldn’t get too noisy. It should also have a good webcam and microphone for web conferencing. Occasionally you’ll also find a unicorn ultraportable laptop that will play games too!

Top 30 Best Portable Laptops in Australia (April 2024)

1. Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED

Price: $2,399 | Our Best Portable Laptop is great for computing on the move and eco friendly

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED Best Portable Laptop 2024
The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED won our Best Portable Laptop Award on 1 December 2023.

Asus’ Zenbook S 13 is built from ceramic aluminium which is, they say, incredibly eco-friendly. It’s also one of the toughest notebook chassis we’ve ever seen and so it should easily survive life on the road. It only weighs 1KG and it’s just 1cm thick so you’ll barely feel it in your bag. Meanwhile, the battery life is 16-and-a-quarter hours! Its 13th-Gen Intel Core i7-1355U processor is no slouch either.

Security is a little more limited – there’s just a Windows Hello-friendly webcam. Note too that the variant with a 1TB hard drive doesn’t seem to be available in Australia (plus, it has an RRP of $2,999). The good news is that you can buy the 512GB variant for just $2,399 meaning the extra value is worth the sacrifice in storage. It’s a fabulous portable laptop.

2. HP Envy X360

Price: $2,078 | A fantastic convertible ultraportable with over 19 hours of battery life

HP Envy X360 portable laptop
The HP Envy X360 won High Performance Laptops’ Best Portable Laptop award in December 2022.

The all-aluminium HP Envy X360 looks great, weighs little and has a very long battery life – that’s why it’s a former High Performance Laptops’ Number 1 Portable Laptop Award winner: it weighs just 1.4KG, is 16mm thick and ran our battery test for 19.5-hours! Oh, and it also converts into a tablet.

It may be a little under-powered compared to some, newer rivals, but it’s one of the most portable notebooks we’ve ever tested and a worthy addition to anyone’s ultraportable notebook shortlist. We’ve seen its price fluctuate considerably in recent months but it’s just gone up again in April.

3. HP Elite Dragonfly G4

Price: $4,075 | HP’s luxurious, business-class ultraportable is seriously desirable

HP Elite Dragonfly G4 - Best portable laptop April 2024
HP Elite Dragonfly G4.

The HP Dragonfly has a gorgeous, thin-and-light magnesium chassis that’s also incredibly robust. On top of that, the 14-inch ultraportable only weighs 1.4KG and has a battery life 17 hours and 54 minutes. On top of that, its got HP’s Wolf Security, making it suitable for business users while the amazing speakers make it great for multimedia. It’s expensive – and it’s gone up again in April – but many buyers will be getting them through a corporate lease system with Managed Service Providers.

4. Dell XPS 13

Price: $2,798 | A business classic that’s nearly perfect for portability

Dell XPS 13 - best portable laptop
Dell XPS 13.

We posted our most recent review of the Dell XPS 13 on Smarthouse but we nonetheless tested it using High Performance Laptops‘ in-depth methodology. It’s an industry stalwart that impresses casual users and top executives alike with its aluminium appearance. However, its two Thunderbolt 4 ports (one of which is used by the power supply) will feel limiting to many users. The screen is also only suited to office work, too.

Nonetheless, there’s much to like, especially in terms of ergonomics (webcam, keyboard, amazing speakers) and, naturally, portability. It weighs just 1.16KG and has a battery that ran our PCMark Modern Office test for an impressive 14 hours and 13 minutes. In April, the 14th-Gen versions are now available and we’ll be testing them as soon as possible.

5. Asus Zenbook 14 OLED

Price: $2,099 | The AMD version of this popular ultraportable is a very attractive portable laptop

Asus Zenbook 14 - Best Aussie Portable Laptops in April 2024.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED.

We could potentially have three 14-inch Zenbooks in this list (there are others waiting in the wings for later this month). For now you need to know that these laptops are widely becoming regarded as the best on the market for those who want portable power. This version has a relatively powerful AMD Ryzen 7 7730U processor and weighs just 1.4KG. The battery life is more-than 17 hours(!) There’s plenty of connectivity and the OLED screen has a faster-than-usual 90Hz refresh rate (not that you can play many games on it, but that’s still quick).

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Price: $2,849 (Plus $430 for Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2) | Thin and desirable, but expensive

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 - Australian Portable Laptops in April 2024.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is designed for corporates who want a hybrid, mobile workforce to have a mobile tool that’s good for office work, reliable when out and about and good for web-conferencing when away from a desk. It’s also great for home users who can make great use of the form factor: it’s so easy to chuck in a bag and whip it out and do something.

However, there’s no getting away from the fact it’s very expensive compared to rival ‘laptops’ and having to pay a massive, additional $430 for the keyboard and stylus, can really stick in the craw. It also has a long footprint which makes it difficult to actually rest on your lap. Still, it’s so easy to rip-off the keyboard and use it as a bona fide, lightweight tablet, we can’t not like it.

7. Lenovo Yoga book 9i (New Entry)

Price: $3,199 | A dual-screen, portable laptop with plenty of potential productivity plus points

The dual-screen Lenovo Yoga Book 9i portable laptop in notebook mode.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i.

Lenovo’s dual-screen ‘laptop’ is a real show stopper. It can be used as a double tablet; a single, large screen (tablet or desktop); double-screened laptop or, with the separate keyboard, a regular laptop. The included stylus and mouse help facilitate this and the former turns it into a fully fledged artists easel and pallet combination.

The main chassis weighs just 1.34KG and is only 16mm thick when closed like a book. The battery ran our tests for an impressive 11 hours and 25 minutes. It’s certainly something different compared to (most) competitors on this portable laptops list. In April, it’s just crashed in price by $1,100! So, if you want one, grab one!

8. Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom (New Entry)

Price: $3,699 | Business-class portability and performance. It’s good for multimedia too

Best Portable Laptop Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom
Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom.

An issue with many portable laptops is that they use low-powered processors to eke every ounce of battery life out of the small, low-weight batteries that vendors put inside them. Venom, on the other hand, wants to make practical portable computers that last.

The new 14-inch BlackBook, which won’t change for the next three years to maintain consistency for business buyers, weighs just 1.22KG, has a max-sized 99.9Wh battery inside and uses a full-power, Core-i7 processor (with plenty of RAM and storage) to ensure workers aren’t weighed down or help up by their laptop.

On top of that, Venom also guarantees a $500 cashback for returning the laptop, so it can be refreshed, up to seven years(!) after you’ve bought it. As high-quality, business-grade laptops go, it’s hard to beat. It’s even good for multimedia too!

9. Acer Travelmate P4 16

Price: $2,195 | Another good business ultraportable. But finding it locally is difficult.

The Acer TravelMate P4 16 hit our Best Australian Portable Laptops list in February 2024.
Acer TravelMate P4 16.

Acer’s TravelMate P4 16 is a business oriented ultraportable with Intel vPro corporate-management technology built-in. Like its many, premium Acer siblings, it’s very well built and has an understated cool about it. It’s well-featured, has a great connectivity and is a joy to use – except for the weak, high-concept speakers. Our review model was powered by a beefy, 13th-Gen Intel Core-i7 processor.

Despite being a well-appointed 16-inch laptop, it’s only 19mm thick and weighs 1.73KG. While that’s not the lightest-weight laptop we’ve seen, the 18-hour battery life pushes it into our Top 10 portable laptops. Impressive.

10. Lenovo Yoga 7i

Price: $2,367 | A portable convertible that’s packed full of features and back on sale in April

Lenovo Yoga 7i - Top 10 portable notebooks in Australia in April 2024.
Lenovo Yoga 7i.

At $3,000 the Lenovo Yoga 7i represented very good value by having to heaps of features, excellent ergonomics and impressive portability. At near-two-grand, it’s a bargain. It’s been one of our Top 10 best laptops and one of our bust Best Business Laptops since we reviewed it. We’re also fans of Lenovo’s genuinely green credentials which offset all carbon throughout the laptop’s lifespan, from distribution, to construction, to lifetime energy usage and, finally, recycling. The only thing is, it’s not great at gaming.

The fact a 16-inch laptop made it this far up the list is incredible. It’s also partly why we’ve given it a special dispensation to compete in this group test, as it breaks our 1.8kg cut-off point by busting the scales at 2KG. However, note that the power brick and cables weigh a paltry 174g which means it’s not the heaviest combo here. Finally, the Yoga 7i ran our battery test for an amazing 18 hours. These results and the attractive price make it hugely desirable.

11. MSI Prestige 14 Evo

Price: $1,599 | A perennial portable favourite, but this latest version has some issues

The Prestige 14 ultraportable laptop from MSI. One of the most travel-friendly laptops in 2024.
MSI Prestige 14 Evo.

The MSI Prestige range has traditionally offered amazing portability, stunning looks and even gaming prowess in a corporate-friendly chassis. This new model cuts out the the gaming and the looks. But, it’s still powerful, portable, ergonomically pleasing and well worth considering.

Our review spec is hard to find now, but you can pick up a 13th-Gen version for much less money. That buys you a 1.23KG, Intel-Evo-certified laptop with an impressive 10 hours and 46 minutes battery life. In April, it’s on sale at a giveaway price while the 14th-Gen versions start hitting the market.

12. Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme

Price: $9,999 | If you need an industrial-strength laptop for the field, this is it

Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme laptop with the longest battery life we've ever recorded.
Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme.

It might not be particularly light, fast or in any way cheap, but if you need a laptop that could survive on a battlefield, this is it. It also has a super-bright screen for very sunny days and two, hot-swap batteries for continuous usage away from the mains. That’s if you need more than the existing [checks notes] 20 hours 11 minutes that’s currently on offer! The latter is why we forgave its 2.3KG bulk.

Dell doesn’t give a price for our spec – you have to call them up and negotiate one. Naturally, it’s not for everyone, but for some fields and industries, it will be an essential tool that renders the price inconsequential.

13. Asus Vivobook S 14

Price: $1,099 | Another impressive Asus Vivobook that comes in at a low price

Asus' Vivobook S 14 portable laptop. A Top 20 ultraportable in Australia in 2024.
Asus Vivobook S 14.

The Asus Vivobook S 14 is a good, general-purpose laptop. It might not stand-out in one (physical) area but it has few weak points and offers a well-rounded combination of ergonomics, features and performance. It weighs a modest 1.65KG but the battery life is an impressive 15 hours and 39 minutes.

In the April sales, it’s once again our Best Value Laptop Award winner. So, hurry up if you want a bargain laptop.

14. Acer Swift Edge 16

Price: $2,413 | One of the best laptops we’ve ever used. But, it’s still hard to find in Australia

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is a phenomenal ultraportable laptop. But, its availability is a problem.
Acer Swift Edge 16.

This entry from Acer is one of our favourite laptops ever. The OLED screen is fast enough for casual and competitive gaming and it supports HDR which makes watching multimedia an immersive joy. The speakers are surprisingly good and it’s generally a joy to interact with. Oh, and it’s got a 16-inch chassis that weighs just 1.24KG! The phone-type power supply only adds another 182g, too.

On top of that, it’s the first laptop with AMD’s A.I. smarts built in to the processor and it’s comparatively powerful when compared to most other laptops on this list. In April, it’s still hard to find in Australia and but is offering low, local pricing (albeit with higher shipping).

We’re also still settling on a final battery-life score: Acer says 10 hours, but our in-house testing is stuck at 9 hours. That’s still a full day out of the office, but we think it can do more with updated software. Either way, it’s a fantastic, portable workhorse. Keep checking Acer’s online store for availability.

15. Lenovo ThinkPad Z13

Price: $1,799 | A powerful, well-featured ultraportable

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is designed to be a glitzy, office, ultraportable laptop... and it succeeds!
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13.

Our updated benchmarks boosted the importance of features and portability in our monthly, Best Laptop group test and Lenovo’s ThinkPad Z13 was an early beneficiary. The price has collapsed since we reviewed it and, though it might not fly at gaming, it can do pretty much everything else. The price has dropped again in April but slightly lower-spec’d variants are currently even cheaper. It’s very solidly built yet weighs just 1.26KG. It also ran our battery test for an impressive 11 hours and 43 minutes.

16. HP Spectre Foldable 17

Price: $8,499 | A luxurious, folding, convertible OLED laptop that transforms into a desktop but isn’t cheap

The HP Spectre Foldable 17 is a portable, convertible laptop that's crazy expensive, but very impressive in April 2024.
HP Spectre Foldable 17.

After seeing Asus’ Gen 1 Fold we were keen to see a refined version of it and HP obliged. The Spectre Foldable 17 feels like a regular laptop when its keyboard is placed upon its lower half. Dragging it back elongates the screen. Unfolding it turns it into a useful 17-inch OLED tablet. Pulling out the stand at the rear then turns it into a passable desktop.

It’s 9mm thick unfolded, but 21mm thick when the thin, wireless-charged keyboard gets sandwiched in the middle and it’s folded-up like a laptop. It only weighs 1.32KG while the keyboard only adds another 267g to the mix. It’s also got a 14-and-a-half-hour battery life.

At $8,499 it’s one of the most expensive laptops we’ve ever tested. But, if you’re a travelling executive, who wants to travel with a large screen, while retaining full laptop functionality, it could be exactly what you’re looking for.

17. Acer Swift Go 14

Price: $1,899 | Acer’s latest Go is a highly desirable, all-round, workhorse in a portable package

The Acer Swift Go 14 is a portable laptop that suits casual, mobile computer users.
Acer Swift GO 14.

The Acer Swift Go 14 was our daily workhorse for a long time. It’s solid, highly portable, relatively powerful and has impressive ergonomics. Specs include a 14-inch OLED screen, a punchy 13th-Gen Intel processor, a 1.33KG chassis and an 11+ hour battery life. There aren’t any significant weak points and it’s very good value at $1,699. In April, updated 14th-Gen versions have started to arrive.

18. Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED

Price: $1,399 | A portable, AMD-based Creator laptop with an OLED screen

Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED - still going strong in April 2024.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED.

This 15-inch Vivobook is a joy to use thanks to decent ergonomics and the OLED screen. Only the speakers let the side down in our efforts to call it a great, multimedia device. The price is now more affordable.

It weighs 1.64KG (not bad for a 15-incher) and has a decent 14-hour battery life. It will suit those who want an OLED-based (Creator-designated) laptop without breaking the bank and for whom 14-inches isn’t quite enough.

19. Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i

Price: $1,919 | One of the best all-round laptops we’ve ever tested

The Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i is a fantastic laptop that's also very portable. It's hard to find in April 2024, though.
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i.

We’ve been big fans of the regular Yoga 7i but the Pro version adds an Nvidia GPU to the mix. What you’re left with is our joint best-value laptop that’s also our new Best Business Laptop and one that will suit creators as well as facilitate gaming. That’s quite an achievement for an ultraportable laptop.

The 14.5-inch Yoga Pro 7i also has a great screen, great speakers and great ergonomics. It’s well built with a 16mm aluminium chassis and it only weighs 1.51KG. It’s also got a battery that ran our PCMark 10 Modern Office test for 13 hours. It’s a great laptop.

20. Acer Aspire Vero

Price: $1,399 | A relatively cheap, eco-friendly ultraportable that’s a good laptop in its own right

The eco-friendly Acer Aspire Vero portable laptop is very usable too.
Acer Aspire Vero.

The Acer Aspire Vero felt like a proof-of-concept laptop the first time we saw it. However, this latest version feels like a high-quality laptop regardless of its green credentials: the chassis is made from Post Consumer Recycled plastic and uses stamped logos instead of ‘toxic’ ink.

The 15.6-inch laptop weighs 1.78KG which is right on our weight limit for ultraportables. However, it’s worth noting that the power brick and cables are relatively small and only add another 288g to the mix. The battery lasted a decent 14 hours 20 minutes underscoring the fact that it deserves to be on this list. At $1,399 it’s also one of the better-value laptops on the market.

21. Dell Inspiron 14

Price: $1,499 | The Big Mac of portable, business-grade laptops

The Dell Inspiron 14 is as easy going in its computer functions as it is to lug around.
Dell Inspiron 14.

If you were to compare business laptops to food, then the Dell Inspiron 14 5420 is arguably the Big Mac. There are plenty of attractive alternatives, but this arguably represents the baseline of quality and value in the world of work-designated portable laptops. It won’t suit everyone, but it’s the epitome of mid-range quality and that’s especially important when you need a reliable, portable laptop that’s a workhorse for a mobile SMB, or Enterprise, workforce.

It weighs 1.52KG and has a 12-hour battery life. So, it’s above-average all-round. In April, it’s now available with 14th-Gen refreshed processors and innards.

22. Acer Travelmate Spin

Price: $1,987 | Availability issues are banished and it’s in the stores back again

The Acer TravelMate Spin is getting on a bit, but it's still a laptop that's easy to cart around.
Acer Travelmate Spin.

The 14-inch Spin weighs 1.58KG and has a twelve-and-a-half hour battery. It’s got some heavy competition from other portable laptops, but for those who want an ultraportable, business, convertible with an integrated stylus, it’s a decent choice.

23. Dell XPS 13 Plus

Price: $2,998 | A special, souped-up version of the popular XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is very easy to carry around. It's got a few foibles though.
Dell XPS 13 Plus.

The Dell XPS 13 Plus has a stunning OLED screen with Windows-friendly HDR. It’s partnered by an amazing quad-speaker system and yet weighs only 1.27KG. However, it does get a little warm (hot under heavy load) and the high-concept trackpad is misguided in how poorly it functions. The price rocketed earlier this year but it’s now available with the latest processors.

24. Dynabook Portégé X40L-K

Price: $1,999 | We wanted this to be great but it’s got a few issues

The Dynabook Portégé X40L-K might be a bit of a fingerprint magnet but, it's well-built and highly portable.
Dynabook Portégé X40L-K.

The Dynabook Portégé X-40L represents decent value for a laptop with such a high level of build quality plus, its combination of performance and portability. However, it’s in a crowded segment and most competitors are better buys. It’s also an horrendous fingerprint magnet. Still, it weighs 1.48KG and has a respectable 11 hour 10 minute battery. It’s hard not to like the blue, too. In March 2024, it remains collapsed in price, though.

25. HP Elitebook X360 1040 G9

Price: $2,849 | A business ultraportable with great ergonomics and enterprise-grade security

The HP Elitebook X360 is an ultimate ultraportable for enterprise road warriors.
HP Elitebook X360 1040 G9.

The HP Elitebook X360 1040 G9 is a robust, good-looking ultraportable that’s designed for business users. It can also fold back to become a tablet and comes with a stylus that magnetically attaches to the side. It weighs 1.48KG and the battery lasted 10 hours and 54 minutes. Most users will be assigned one by their employer, but it can be bought in stores, too.

26. HP Pavilion X360 14

Price: $1,091 | One of the best value laptops just got even cheaper in April

The HP Pavilion X360 14 is an inexpensive portable laptop.
HP Pavilion X360 14.

While the Pavilion doesn’t excel in many places, as general-computing laptops go, it’s got a lot to offer at this price. It weighs 1.41KG and has a 9 hour and 10 minute battery life. It’s in a crowded market, but it’s certainly worth considering. It’s been fluctuating in price a lot lately. So, grab one while it’s cheap if you want to save a few bucks.

27. MSI Modern 14 C13M

Price: $949 | It has issues but it’s a cheap and cheerful portable laptop

The MSI Modern 14 C13M has properly collapsed in price and, in April 2024, it's become our Best Value laptop.
MSI Modern 14 C13M.

The MSI Modern 14 C13M originally cost the same price as its predecessor (note: MSI is also selling a Core i7 version of this laptop for $200 more). In an era of inflation that wasn’t not bad. It weighs 1.45KG and has a 10-hour battery. As we’ve noted about MSI’s Modern range in the past, the C13M is a capable, general-purpose, portable computer that might not excel at anything… but that’s exactly what it’s designed to be.

In February, the price collapsed to the point where it’s became our Best Value Laptop award winner. In April, it’s just been dethroned, but it’s still a challenger.

28. MSI Stealth 14 AI Studio (New Entry)

Price: $3,999 | MSI’s 14th-Gen Creator laptop is an all-round winner

MSI Stealth 14 Ai Studio A1V - Portable Laptop
MSI Stealth 14 Ai Studio A1V.

MSI’s new Stealth 14 Creator laptop has a Windows HDR-compatible, high-resolution (2,880 x 1,800) OLED screen. It’s colour accurate, offers amazing vibrancy and contrast and, with its 120Hz refresh rate, is good for gaming. These facets, combined with excellent ergonomics and features, make it highly desirable on its own, but it also has Intel’s new NPU-sporting ‘Meteor Lake’ 14th-Gen Core Ultra 9 185H processor and a Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics, so it’s powerful too.

This 14-inch portable powerhouse weighs 1.64KG but note that we couldn’t get the battery past six hours in our tests. We expect that a software update will address this, but it’s a potentially big issue as things stand.

29. Acer TravelMate B5 14

Price: $1,389 | A laptop that’s been specially designed for schools

The Acer TravelMate B5 14 is a laptop designed to be carried around by school kids.
Acer TravelMate B5 14.

The 1.68KG Acer TravelMate B5 14 won’t be for everyone but there’s much to like if you’re in education. It’s heavily ruggedised to survive life in a school. It’s got a replaceable, modular, spill-resistant keyboard and a light on the lid that tells a teacher if it’s running low on battery or whether it’s connected to the internet (when it should or shouldn’t be).

It’s not high powered (at all), but that’ by design and it helps push the battery life to 11 hours and 10 minutes. It’s great if you want a functional work-oriented laptop that offers few distractions. Find it here for under $1,400.

30. Asus Expertbook B5

Price: $2,699 | A lightweight, 16-inch, portable laptop

The Asus Expertbook B5 is incredibly lightweight for a 16-inch business ultraportable.
Asus Expertbook B5.

Asus’ Expertbook B5 feels incredibly light for a wide, 16-inch laptop – it weighs just 1.55KG. If you need a big OLED screen that’s portable, this is well worth considering. It also has a 10+ hour battery life and a great keyboard. If you can live with a somewhat-wobbly screen (the hinge is still strong) and a mediocre webcam, it’s still a great choice for a portable laptop. In April, the price has risen but it’s also been upgraded to a 13th-Gen processor.

Honourable Mentions

Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED

Price: $2,299 | A potential unicorn laptop that does it all. But, it does have some issues

The Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED is small, light and powerful. But, there's something up with this notebook's battery.
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED.

We really wanted to love Gigabyte’s Aero 14. This 14-inch laptop is 17mm thick and only weighs 1.47KG. Yet, inside there’s a speedy Core i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU which give it some portable gaming chops.

Our main issue the battery life. It shouldn’t last just 7 hours and 15 minutes (below our ultraportable threshold) but it does and we’re not alone in reporting this. Hopefully, Gigabyte can fix the power issue – which seems to be caused by its A.I.-based app using too much power and keeping the fans on too much. If this does get fixed, it could race up the charts.


What is the best small laptop on the market?

The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is the best small laptop you can buy in April 2024. It’s very light, has a great battery life and isn’t too expensive.

Why are portable laptops good?

Portable laptops are good because you can carry them around relatively easily and their battery life means they can usually operate for more than a day away from the mains.

What’s the lightest laptop in Australia?

The lightest laptop is either the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 which weighs 881g, but its magnetic keyboard cover adds 289g. Otherwise, it’s the 1.16KG Dell XPS 13.

Are gaming laptops really portable?

They can be if they have a fast screen and a discreet (separate) graphics processor. They often come with large, heavy power supplies, though.

What is a good, portable gaming laptop?

Both the Razer Blade 14 and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are small, 14-inch, portable laptops that are great for gaming.

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