Buying a new laptop can be stressful; you need to consider what you will be using the device for, how powerful it should be and even how portable you want it to be.

And while we have guides to the best budget laptops, the best student laptops, and even the best laptops for this year, one of the biggest features that is sometimes noticed is how heavy you want your laptop to be.

Keep reading to find out how heavy your laptop should be, depending on what you need it for.

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How heavy should a laptop be?

First and foremost, know whether you will be using your laptop as a portable device to take on the go or living in your office. If you are currently working with a hybrid or want to take your laptop with you on trips, you may want to stay in the 1 kg to 1.5 kg range (2.2 pounds to 3.3 pounds).

Although it is subjective, you may find that laptops over 2 kg are too heavy to carry comfortably with you. Our review of the Huawei MateBook 16 – which weighs 1.9 kg – notes that the laptop can be used as a portable device, although it is more clumsy than a device like the Dell XPS 13 OLED (2021), which weighs only 1.2 kg .

Laptops with a larger screen will usually weigh more, with devices with 15-inch or larger displays weighing so much that it can be a pain to carry.

Dell XPS 13 OLED
Dell XPS 13 OLED

The HP Envy 16 has a 16-inch display and weighs 2.3 kg, and our practical review notes that it is probably too heavy to be portable. In general, unless you need a large display for work or play, it will be easier to stick to a laptop that has a 13- or 14-inch screen, as they are usually more portable.

While you can check out our best gaming laptops for a better rating of gaming devices out there, it’s important to note that gaming laptops are usually much heavier than performance devices.

Gaming and content creation devices typically have a discrete graphics processor that specializes in displaying advanced graphics and creating high-quality images and scenes. But such GPUs require a special cooling system to prevent overheating and maximize performance. The cooling system makes the laptop much heavier, with the Alienware m14 R4 gaming laptop weighing 2.34 kg.

This does not mean that all gaming laptops are too heavy, as devices such as the Razer Blade 14 and Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 weigh 1.78 kg and 1.6 kg, respectively. So, if you want to play or create high-intensity content and portability is important to you, it’s worth checking the weight and build quality of your laptop before you buy it.

What portable laptop options are there?

Fortunately, if you’re looking for a performance laptop that needs to be portable, there are many options. The LG Gram range is known for its portability, as the LG Gram 17 (2021) and LG Gram 16 (2021) weigh only 1.35 kg and 1.1 kg, although they have large screens. These devices have also been approved by the Intel Evo initiative, making them a great option for those who need a productive laptop.

Intel® Evo ™ - laptops.  It is evolving.

Intel® Evo ™ – laptops. It is evolving.

Looking for a portable lightweight laptop with a big screen? The Intel® Evo ™ LG Gram approved is a great choice!

You can buy the range now from Intel.

  • Intel Evo
  • LG gram
  • from £ 1,249

Shop now

The disadvantage of ultra-portable devices is usually that the build quality is not as stable, with more flexibility in the chassis than you would find in ordinary production laptops. This is because LG uses magnesium for design, not more conventional aluminum.

You can also browse our list of the best ultrabooks if you want to find higher quality laptops that are not very heavy.

How heavy should a laptop be?

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