With all the different options to choose from, such as screen size, memory size, physical configuration, and solid state drive versus hard disc drive, selecting the best laptop for you can be a daunting task. We've categorized the best selections to provide an easy way to make a good purchase decision. One note, we've created a separate review section for the best laptop for college
because of specific considerations for that environment.
Advances in smartphones and tablets have chipped away at the role of the laptop over the last few years, but when you have to do serious work, such as editing photos, creating documents, or communicating with colleagues, friends, and family, the laptop is still the tool of choice. The bottom line - you'll have made a good laptop purchase if it helps you perform your everyday tasks well, it's easy on the eyes, and it provides enough battery life to keep you going all day.
Factors taken into consideration to determine the best laptops available include design and ease-of-use, display quality, keyboard and touchpad functionality, overall system performance, and battery life. We took all of these factors into consideration, plus each laptop's build quality, user experiences, and affordability.
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The HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop has excellent build quality, with an overall premium look and feel that makes you smile. As an everyday work machine it has top notch performance, employing an Intel 10th Gen i7 Quad Core processor, 16 GB of RAM and an M.2 Solid State Drive. HP's 13.3" FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Intel Iris Plus Graphics is easy on the eyes, and its 10 hours of battery life provides plenty of mobile power.
An included magnetic stylus attaches to the side of the Spectre, making it handily available when you fold the cover back to use the device in tablet mode. The HP Spectre has a long and deep list of high performance specs to compliment its comfortable keyboard and smooth touchpad, including support for Wi-Fi 6.
They haven't forgotten the fun stuff either, equipping the Spectre with quad Bang & Olufsen speakers for premium sound. This exceptional package does have a higher price tag, but the Spectre x360 is more than worth the price.
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The Dell XPS 13 (7390) 2-in-1 laptop offers a perfect blend of performance and price that makes this our pick for best laptop for the money. This is an extremely well balanced notebook, that has a sturdy build, featuring an aluminum bottom and top, and a carbon fiber base.
It has a full complement of ports and a IPS touchscreen panel with Full HD resolution that provides comfortable viewing angles and very high maximum brightness. The Dell 7390 doesn't skimp on horsepower either, featuring a 10th Gen Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB Solid State Drive.
Its highly portable design is backed up by a truly amazing 16 hours of battery life. Combining all this with its long list of features and rugged dependability makes the Dell XPS 13 (7390) an easy all-around best value.
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The Apple MacBook Air with new M1 processor is an easy buying decision for those who live and work in the Apple ecosystem, and the price is incredibly reasonable for an Apple product. This M1 Air has an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and a fast 256GB Solid State Drive that offers blazing speed and a performance leap that offers a true challenge to the Intel universe of Windows laptops.
With an 18-hour battery life, a vibrant 13.3-inch Retina display, no fan noise, and the ability to run a variety of apps without a hiccup, it's easy to overlook the Air's lack of an Apple Pencil and no touch screen.
Overall, the basic Apple MacBook Air is a terrific bargain. Apple does it again!
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The Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 convertible laptop offers better performance than many of its competitor's devices that cost a great deal more. It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U mobile processor with Radeon graphics, backed by a massive 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB Solid State Drive.
The Lenovo Flex 5 has good physical connectivity options, a sturdy overall build, an easy to use keyboard, and even includes a Lenovo digital pen for use with its 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. With 10-hours of battery life, the Lenovo Flex 5 offers an incredible value as a mainstream laptop.
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Detachable 2-in-1 laptop continues to be the leader in this hybrid laptop/tablet category. The base model boasts a 12.3" Touch-Screen, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB Memory, and a 128GB Solid State Drive, with upgrades available.
It is a sleek and compact device with a high quality feel. Performance and display quality are top notch, it has a responsive screen for note-taking and drawing, and its convertible design allows you to switch between laptop and tablet mode with the Microsoft detachable Type Cover keyboard.
Among other handy connection options, it now comes with a USB-C port. With its travel-friendly design and 8-hours of battery life, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is easily the number one laptop/tablet combination.
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The Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop is their entry level model, but you wouldn't know it based on its performance. With an Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, a 15.6" FHD 1080p 120Hz display, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, the Razor has build specs that are similar to high-end every day laptops.
The Razor is built for gaming though, so these impressive specs make this model an entry level machine, albeit one that performs exceedingly well. It has an all-aluminum build that looks impressive and is easy to use, with a fantastic keyboard and trackpad.
Razer has a full line of options for this number one rated gaming laptop, including an upgrade to a 17-inch screen.