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Looking For An Ultraportable Laptop? Consumer Reports Joins Us With Recommendations

Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about lightweight laptops:

In laptops, lightweight used to mean sacrificing performance and battery life. But that was then. Nowadays you can expect more than 10 hours of use with the most ultraportable models – that’s double the number from just 5 years ago – according to Consumer Reports. Their electronics spokesman James McQueen is here to reveal some great laptops that weigh 3 pounds or less.


First, the 13-inch convertible Lenovo Yoga 900S. Yoga owners can use this convertible featherweight as a laptop, a flat-on-their-lap tablet, or a movie specialist when the computer is in “tent mode.” It’s not cheap, at around $1,100, but the 12.5-inch laptop packs a 128GB solid-state drive and 4GB of memory for fast performance.

Then there’s the Samsung Notebook 9. This $1,200 machine provides excellent performance in an extremely portable package, with a svelte design and weight of just under 3 pounds. The display is bright, the viewing angles are wide, and color reproduction is admirable, making the Notebook 9 a great choice for watching movies and photo editing.

We also love the 12-inch Apple MacBook, which weighs just 2.1 pounds, making it one of the lightest laptops on the market. It’s super-thin, has good speakers and an exemplary display, and puts in a full couple of days of work with 17 hours of battery life in Consumer Reports testing. Notably, there’s a single USB Type-C port on this machine, which users may find inconvenient, but many Mac users will probably end up traveling with a quiver of dongles.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports



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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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