HP ENVY 13
Like the Asus ZenBook, the silver Envy 13 refines the ultrabook design rather than bring in new innovations. Its price is also very competitive, which makes it a top contender for those looking to buy a classy yet affordable clamshell notebook.
DELL XPS 13 (2015)
The standout feature of this ultrabook is its 13.3-inch touchscreen. It is practically borderless with an ultra-thin bezel. This lets you enjoy more of the vivid, high-resolution, 3,200 x 1,800-pixel display.
The narrow bezel also helps Dell to reduce the footprint of the ultrabook. As a result, this 13-inch offering is similar in size to a typical 12-inch laptop.
LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON (2015)
This year's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a return to form for Lenovo's black ultrabook. The company rolled back changes in last year's version that infuriated its users, such as a tweaked keyboard layout. The result is a 14-inch ultrabook that is as light as a 13-inch model and has a comparable footprint too.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX305
The Asus ZenBook does not bring anything new to the ultrabook genre. It is simply a very well-made laptop at an affordable price. It does not have a touchscreen, but the display has an ultra-high, 3,200 x 1,800-pixel resolution and excellent viewing angles. The battery life is pretty good too, with the ZenBook outlasting a number of its direct rivals.
ACER ASPIRE S7 (2015)
This premium ultrabook looks almost exactly like the original model that debuted in 2012. But the slim, all-white design with the Gorilla-Glass-clad lid still looks good. The laptop has been upgraded with an Intel Broadwell-class processor. The 2,560 x 1,440-pixel display is also competitive, compared with displays in other recent ultrabooks.