The thinnest laptops you can buy

Today’s thinnest laptops are paper-thin compared to their predecessors, and although that’s not Literally That trim, they’re getting pretty close. In recent years, one of the biggest advancements in modern laptops has been the shrinking of the chassis. The best part is that battery life and performance continue to improve. It’s a no-compromise situation – and we love it.

One of the thinnest laptops is the Apple MacBook Air M2 which is only 0.44 inches thick. It’s incredibly thin but delivers great performance and battery life thanks to Apple’s excellent M2 CPU. There are some other excellent laptops that are incredibly thin. Here are some of our favorites.

Apple MacBook Air M2

Apple MacBook Air M2

One of the thinnest laptops ever, and it’s a MacBook

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Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (0.50 Inch)

An ultra-thin convertible 2-in-1

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (0.45 inch)

thinnest 15 inch laptop

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Alienware x14 R2 (0.57 inch)

A gaming laptop that’s extremely thin and surprisingly fast

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Dell 13 XPs

Dell XPS 13 (0.55 inch)

A redesigned classic that’s extremely slim

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Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED (0.46 inch)

The 13-inch laptop that’s surprisingly powerful

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Apple MacBook Air M2

One of the thinnest laptops ever, and it’s a MacBook

Pros

  • incredibly thin

  • Advanced webcam and speaker

  • shockingly good performance

  • Battery life blows away the competition

  • The screen and keyboard are world class

Shortcoming

  • alarmingly hot internal temperatures

  • Still only supports one monitor

Why should you buy this?: This is an incredibly powerful laptop packed into an incredibly thin chassis.

what’s that for?: Anyone looking for an incredibly portable MacBook without compromise.

What we thought about the Apple MacBook Air M2,

Apple’s MacBook Air M2 is a complete redesign of the iconic MacBook Air, incorporating the blockier chassis of the larger MacBook Pro machines and ditching the iconic MacBook Air wedge shape. But now it is extremely thin with only 0.44 inches while it weighs only 2.7 pounds.

Even though it’s incredibly thin, it’s a fast laptop sporting the Apple M2 CPU which is a step up from the original M1 and is significantly faster. It’s fanless, and completely silent in operation, and it’s still an ultrafast thin and light machine. Its 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display is excellent, with plenty of brightness, detailed and accurate colors and excellent contrast. The MacBook Air M2 has the same excellent Magic Keyboard and a large haptic touchpad as its predecessor.

Just make sure you opt for a larger solid-state drive (SSD) than the entry-level 256GB version. You will get faster storage that will maximize overall performance.

Apple MacBook Air M2

Apple MacBook Air M2

One of the thinnest laptops ever, and it’s a MacBook

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Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (0.50 Inch)

An ultra-thin convertible 2-in-1

Pros

  • Incredibly thin and light

  • OLED display

  • intel 13th generation cpu

  • RAM up to 32GB

  • full hd webcam

Why should you buy this?: This is one of the thinnest laptops and offers a Windows 11 2-in-1 experience.

what’s that for?: Anyone who wants a super-thin 2-in-1 with pen support.

What we thought about the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360,

After the MacBook Air M2, one of the thinnest laptops available today is the Samsung Galaxy Book3 360. It sports a stunning 16.0-inch 16:10 2880 x 1800 OLED display and is a 16-inch convertible 2-in-1. Intel 13th Generation CPU that is just 0.50 inches thick and weighs just 3.66 pounds. Some bold color choices and a minimalist design deliver a laptop that is as good looking as it is well built.

You still get a solid build and Samsung’s S-Pen support. If you are a Samsung phone and tablet user, you can integrate the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 into Samsung’s excellent ecosystem. Ports are good, with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, an HDMI port, a USB-C 3.2 port, and a microSD card reader.

A Full HD webcam with auto framing and face effects takes care of all the details. Performance is provided by a 28-watt Intel 13th Generation CPU such as a 12-core/16-thread Core i7-1360P.

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Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (0.50 Inch)

An ultra-thin convertible 2-in-1

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (0.45 inch)

thinnest 15 inch laptop

Pros

  • More screens!

  • excellent speaker

  • long lasting battery

  • amazingly thin

  • Additional demonstrations welcome

Shortcoming

  • Supports only one external display

Why should you buy this?:This is an incredibly thin large screen laptop.

what’s that for?: Anyone who wants extensive battery life and capable performance in a trim design.

What we thought about the Apple MacBook Air 15,

Apple introduced a new MacBook Air in 2023, a 15-inch model that takes the excellent build of the 13-inch version and blows it away. Somehow, Apple managed to keep the MacBook Air 15 an incredibly thin 0.45 inches while fitting in a 15.2-inch Liquid Retina display. This is the thinnest laptop at 15 inches and no compromises have been made in it.

Performance is excellent thanks to its 8-core CPU/10-core GPU M2 processor. It’s not fast enough for serious creators, but for everyone else it will churn through the most demanding workflows. The display has detailed and accurate colors, rich brightness and deep contrast, and is sharp at 2880 x 1864 pixels.

And to top it all off, the battery life is exceptional. This will keep you going for a day and a half, with a runtime at least twice as long as most 15-inch machines.

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (0.45 inch)

thinnest 15 inch laptop

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Alienware x14 R2 (0.57 inch)

A gaming laptop that’s extremely thin and surprisingly fast

Pros

  • The thinnest 14 inch gaming laptop

  • great battery life

  • solid performance

  • USB-C charging

  • comfortable keyboard

Shortcoming

  • small trackpad

  • Only one USB-A port

  • middle screen

Why should you buy this?:This is one of the thinnest gaming laptops, and it’s quite fast.

what’s that for?: Anyone who wants a gaming laptop without the usual thickness.

What we thought about the Alienware x14 R2,

Imagine packing a 45-watt Intel Core i7-13620H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 into a 0.57-inch chassis that weighs just 4.22 pounds, and you’d have the Alienware x14 R2. This is an incredible feat, delivering excellent gaming performance in a laptop that is thinner and lighter than many mainstream ultrabooks.

It’s not the fastest gaming laptop, but that’s not the point. It’s more than capable of competing with some thicker and heavier laptops and is, in fact, one of the fastest RTX 4060 laptops we’ve tested. This is a testament to the excellent thermal design that manages to keep the CPU and GPU cool without the usual space inside.

The 14.0-inch 2560 x 1600 display delivers amazingly detailed and accurate colors and plenty of contrast, making it a great display for gaming and productivity work. If you’re looking for solid 1080p gaming in an incredibly thin and light laptop, the Alienware x14 is the best choice.

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Alienware x14 R2 (0.57 inch)

A gaming laptop that’s extremely thin and surprisingly fast

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Dell XPS 13 (0.55 inch)

A redesigned classic that’s extremely slim

Pros

  • thin and light chassis

  • edge-to-edge keyboard

  • Modern, sleek aesthetic

  • affordable

Shortcoming

  • no 3.5mm audio jack

  • Limited to Intel 12th Gen CPUs

Why should you buy this?:This is a gorgeous redesign of one of the best laptops ever.

what’s that for?: Anyone who wants a great-looking, well-built 13-inch laptop.

What we thought about the Dell XPS 13,

The Dell XPS 13 has been one of the best laptops for many years with its iconic aluminum and carbon fiber design. Dell mixed things up in the latest generation, creating an all-aluminum design that’s thinner and lighter than before. It is just 0.55 inches thick and weighs 2.59 pounds.

You’ll find a 15-watt Intel 12th Gen CPU that balances performance and efficiency, as well as an excellent Full HD+ display that delivers detailed and accurate colors and excellent contrast. The large internal speakers promise better bass and increased volume, making it an excellent media-consumption device. Up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD provide plenty of memory and storage for the most demanding productivity users.

Dell 13 XPs

Dell XPS 13 (0.55 inch)

A redesigned classic that’s extremely slim

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Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED (0.46 inch)

The 13-inch laptop that’s surprisingly powerful

Pros

  • solid productivity performance

  • Above average battery life

  • Attractive and solid design

  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad

  • thin and light

Shortcoming

  • Performance dropped from previous generation

  • Speakers are weak

Why should you buy this?: This is an incredibly fast 13-inch laptop that’s still thin and light.

what’s that for?: Anyone who wants an easy-to-carry laptop that’s fast enough for real work.

What we thought about the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED,

The latest version of the ZenBook S13 OLED uses Intel’s Core i7-1355U, a CPU that blends performance and efficiency. Asus has also reduced the thickness of the laptop to 0.43 inches at the front and 0.46 inches at the back. This makes the MacBook Air M2 worth its money.

The ZenBook S13 OLED is a sleek and trim laptop that looks great and is very well built. Its 13.3-inch 16:10 2.8K OLED display is stunning and enables a smaller chassis thanks to the thin bezels. Still, it manages to perform well in multithreaded applications like Handbrake and Cinebench R23, which promises relatively strong performance in creative applications.

The laptop’s keyboard is excellent, and the touchpad is surprisingly large and includes Asus’ NumberPad 2.0, which embeds an LED numeric keyboard for faster data entry. The full HD webcam is packed with modern features, and the battery life is long for a thin and light laptop with such fast performance.

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Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED (0.46 inch)

The 13-inch laptop that’s surprisingly powerful






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