The best lightweight laptops

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1. Best overall: Zenbook S 13
2. Most powerful: Precision 5480
3. Best Apple: MacBook Air M2
4. 2-in-1: Dell XPS 13
5. Large: LG Gram 17
6. Android: Lenovo Tab P12
7. Business: ThinkPad X1
8. Under 1kg: Dragonfly G4
9. Gaming: ROG Flow Z13
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You don’t always need a beefy, absolute powerhouse for a laptop; nowadays, the best lightweight laptops offer a brilliant balance of portability and processing power. In recent years, battery technology has improved significantly, too, meaning you can often power through a whole day of commuting, travelling, or just working somewhere without a readily available power source. However, these thin and light clamshells probably won’t be able to offer the same graphical performance as their larger, heavier siblings, as most lighter laptops can’t quite cram in dedicated graphics chips

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Josephine Watson
Managing Editor for Lifestyle

Josephine Watson (@JosieWatson) is an experienced tech journalist with experience writing on a variety of topics from pop culture to gaming and even the energy industry. She is the Managing Editor of Lifestyle on CreativeBloq's sister site, TechRadar, overseeing the Lifestyle vertical (Cameras, Home and Wellness) and How-To's, where she can be found writing across multiple channels including computing, software, homes and gaming.

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