Last updated July, 2020
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If your work or play takes you all over the place, a lightweight laptop can really make life easier – it’s easier to carry and it’s more comfortable to hold on your lap or pass around a conference table or coffee shop. Plus, if you drop it on your toes, it hurts your foot less (don’t ask me how I know)!
Laptop Weight: 2.65 lbs
The Dell XPS 13 isn't one of the most popular laptops in Canada just because it's packed full of features for a great price. The XPS 13 is also a lightweight laptop Canada!
With a 10th generation Intel processor and a solid state hard drive, this compact laptop has enough computing power whether your in the classroom or the office.Amazon.ca
Laptop Weight: 2.97 lbs
17 inches is a large laptop - but just because the screen is huge doesn't mean you need to haul around a 10 pound brick.
The LG Gram 17 is a large yet lightweight laptop that clocks in under 3 pounds, making it lighter than some of the heaviest 14 and 15 inch laptops.Amazon.ca
Laptop Weight: 2.2 lbs
This lightweight laptop only weighs 2.2 lbs - making it the lightest laptop in Canada this year! Plus, it's a 2-in-1 style laptop that makes it a great choice for a work laptop.Amazon.ca
Laptop Weight: 2.8 lbs
The MacBook Air is what started the lighweight laptop trend.
Although it's almost 3 pounds and only has a 13.3 inch display, it is one of the thinnest laptops and comes with an aluminum metal case.
Choosing a lightweight laptop Canada
There are many great choices on the market for a lightweight laptop in Canada, so you’ll have to determine what is important for you.
Do you want a large screen, or would you rather have a small laptop that weighs a little bit less? Do you need a long battery life, or would you rather save a little bit of weight and sacrifice the length of time you can use your laptop before you need to plug it in?
If you are a gamer looking for a lightweight laptop Canada with a built in powerful GPU, you’ll end up with a heavier laptop than someone who doesn’t need the graphic processing power.
How can some laptops be heavy and others be so lightweight?
There are a few different reasons that some laptops are much lighter (or heavier) than others. The most obvious, of course, the size of the laptop display. A 17 inch display will weigh more than a 13 inch display.
Even though the display may be larger, however, some laptops use other lightweight materials to keep the overall laptop weight low.
Solid state hard drives are lighter than a standard hard drive with a spinning disk and motor (called a platter hard drive). All new computers now come with a solid state drive (SSD for short), which is one reason why laptops are so much lighter than a few years ago.
The laptop case can also make a laptop heavier or lighter. Some lightweight laptops, like the MacBook Air, have a case made out of aluminum alloy (Apple wasn’t first – the Kaypro 2000 from 1985 was the first with an aluminum clamshell design). Even though it’s metal, it can be lighter than a laptop with a plastic case because the strength of aluminum allows the case to be thinner.
One of the heaviest parts of a laptop is the battery – so there is a direct relation between battery life and laptop weight. If you want a laptop with the longest battery life, you will end up with a laptop that will weigh more.
What is considered a lightweight laptop?
This has changed over time. Originally, it meant anything that was less than 5 or 6 pounds. As technology has improved, now the lightest laptops in Canada weigh less than 3 pounds.