People lead very different lives at times, and one path often leads an individual to travel often. When they’re on the road, chances are they’ll be using a computer—specifically, a laptop—to keep themselves connected as well as an opportunity to work. What that means is lugging around a laptop that’s as dense as a neutron star isn’t exactly convenient, not to mention terrible on the shoulders.

The problems lies in the components themselves. Bigger screens, drive bays, additional ports, and so on add weight to a laptop. And generally speaking, the more powerful a laptop is, the heavier it tends to be. So, let’s go over a few average laptop weights.

Average Laptop Weight By Type

Believe it or not, laptops have their own categories—not to be mistaken with brands or operating systems. There’s five categories altogether: Ultrabook/Chromebook, Ultraportable, Thin and Light, Desktop Replacement, and Luggables. Each category has an average weight of:

  • Ultrabook/Chromebook: These are going to be the lightest at around 2 to 3 lbs.
  • Ultraportable: Just above Ultrabook/Chromebooks at around 3 to 5 lbs.
  • Thin and Light: Thin and light? More like the higher end of the scale at 3 to 6 lbs.
  • Desktop Replacement: These laptops can weigh an average of up to 4 lbs.
  • Luggables: Contrary to its name, these behemoths are the least ‘luggable,’ weighing in at an average of up to 8 lbs. Wow!

Each category comes with a general set of components; some tend to be smaller while others are larger. The smaller laptops tend to remove hardware such as drive bays and Ethernet capability, relying solely on Wi-Fi and digital files in an effort to save space.

The ‘Travel’ Weight VS Weight

Unfortunately, the weights above are technically inaccurate—at least to some extent. They aren’t wrong, but they don’t consider ‘travel’ weight. But what in the world is travel weight?

When you read up on a laptop’s weight, the number you’re given usually refers to the laptop itself. You might be thinking, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ but you should also be considering accessories. The AC power adapter, depending on the laptop model, can have a pretty hefty weight to it. You can be looking at adding another 1 to 3 lbs when you consider a laptop’s additional accessories.

When you’re shopping for a laptop, always get the travel weight, too. This will give you an exact number rather than a roundabout based on the laptop. You might just find the laptop you want ends up being more than you want to handle.

Bottom Line

At any rate, shopping for laptops is more than about the components—weight is a surprising factor. It’s a computer that can be taken on the go, and people who buy them are generally looking to be mobile. If you’re lugging around an 8 lb behemoth everyday, that’s going to wear on your shoulder.

When you consider the weight of a laptop and go for something lighter, remember that a lighter computer tends to have less functionality and less power. If you want a good middle ground, aim for a powerful computer with a smaller screen. Sure, shrinking a screen will result in less in your vision, but it won’t come at the cost of power.