Buying a new laptop is a big investment – so you want to make sure you buy the perfect device that suits your needs. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best laptops you can buy today – to help you buy a new laptop with confidence.
What you’ll find below is a list of the best laptops money can buy, made up of the newest, highest-rated laptops in several key categories or classifications of laptop you might be looking for, from Ultrabooks for travel to gaming laptops and hybrids in between.
Which type of laptop is best for you?
General laptops: Where the are found, devices that focus more on practicality than style, portability or power. Generally less than $600 or £400, these laptops feature HD screens and plenty of storage, but generally lack the lightweight and powerful nature of Ultrabooks.
Ultrabooks: Where you’ll find beyond-HD displays within frames that are feather-light and honed to impossible thinness, all with the latest, most powerful components. You’ll pay dearly for one of the , between $700 or £500 and $2,000 or £1,800, for one of these mean machines.
2-in-1 laptops: Featured as a spin on laptops from both the general use or budget category as well as the pricier Ultrabook end of the spectrum, the always introduce either a detachable or convertible HD touchscreen for which to use Windows 10 through its Tablet Mode.
Chromebooks: Based on Google’s browser-only Chrome OS, the do much of what Windows and macOS can in the browser, focused on cloud storage over local, while recently getting Android app support for touchscreen models. Models generally cost less than $300 or £200.
Gaming laptops: Need a laptop to play games (almost) just like a shiny PC can? Then you’ll want one of the . These machines generally cost from $800 or £600 to upwards of $3,000 or £2,800, depending on what level of gaming performance and screen quality you’re looking for.
Laptop-tablet hybrids: Designed from the tablet-first approach to , these devices pack beyond-HD touchscreens, sometimes with kickstands in their frames or provided via keyboard covers. These generally shine with a stylus, and range from the budget to the premium price ranges.
1. Best cheap laptop: Samsung Chromebook Pro
A premium hybrid laptop for less
CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB eMMC
The Samsung Chromebook Pro is among the best cheap laptops because of how much it offers for just around 500 bucks. For that price, you’re getting a 12.3-inch QHD touch display, with a 360-degree hinge and pen support to boot. Not only is this laptop one of the best budget laptops, it sits among the best Chromebooks, too. That’s a lot for so little of a price.
Other great options: Other fine alternatives to this product that come in even cheaper are the for less than 300 smackers using either Windows 10 or Android, as well as the , a basic Windows laptop at a Chromebook price.
- This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.
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2. Best Ultrabook: Dell XPS 13
Best in class for ultra-portables
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
The Dell XPS 13 is easily the best Ultrabook you can buy. Thin and light with a battery life exceeding 7 hours, Dell’s flagship is a posterchild Ultrabook. Squeezing a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch frame, the XPS 13 packs Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs and USB-C alongside legacy ports, like an SD card slot and USB 3.0. Top it all off with a gorgeous Rose Gold frame option.
Other great options: If you’re looking to still save some money on an Ultrabook, then the is a fantastic affordable Ultrabook. The same goes for the – both laptops are available for less than $700 (£500) or $600 (£400), respectively.
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3. Best 2-in-1 laptop: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
A top hybrid laptop without breaking the bank
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon 540 Graphics (2GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel | Storage: 256GB SSD
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s only configuration is far stronger than the equally priced 13-inch MacBook Pro, and with more screen to boot. Pair that with a gorgeous touchscreen on which to use a packed-in and superb S-Pen stylus, and this becomes a top 2-in-1 laptop. While the screen is merely FHD against the MacBook’s Retina, you’ll be grateful for the battery life.
Other great options: If you’d like to spend a little less on a 2-in-1 laptop, try out the , which can be had for under $550 or £650. Another fine choice would be the , available for less than $600 or £900 now.
- This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and AU readers: check out a fine alternative in the .
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4. Best Chromebook: Asus Chromebook Flip
The top Chromebook for every use case
CPU: Intel Pentium – Core m3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC
As Asus has proven with the Chromebook Flip C302, you can make a Chromebook that feels like an Ultrabook for half the price. Stacked with a gorgeous design, a keyboard that feels rich to the touch and even a 2-in-1 form factor, the Asus Chromebook Flip proves that Chromebooks can be high-end without going overboard. This is the Chromebook to beat in 2017.
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5. Best gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
A champion gaming laptop for mobile PC dominance
CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) IGZO (LED backlit, multi-touch) | Storage: 256GB – 1 TB PCIe SSD
Asus’ ROG Zephyrus GX501 (among the first containing Nvidia’s Max-Q chip design) is significantly thinner than its closest competitors, yet generally just as powerful. Though battery life is lacking, the Zephyrus is otherwise a top gaming laptop that could finally replace your desktop and Ultrabook, thanks to pristine power and a super-slim profile.
- This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the .
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6. Best laptop for students: Dell XPS 13
The perfect laptop for school work of all kinds
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
The only laptop featured twice in our list, there’s more to the Dell XPS 13 than a masterclass Ultrabook. Now featuring new CPUs with stronger graphics, clearly there are more tangible advantages to the XPS 13 than its gorgeous frame. The XPS 13’s utility is extensive, spanning everything from writing to video editing and nearly everything in between.
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7. Best laptop-tablet hybrid: Surface Pro
The best all-around Windows tablet
CPU: Intel Core m3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing | Weight: 1.73 pounds | Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (W x D x H)
The latest Surface Pro sees not only the battery life improve by as much as 32%, but the accessories have been revamped as well. Although it’s now sold separately, the Surface Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. What’s more, the Alcantara Type Cover is markedly comfier than previous versions and, of course, the processor has been updated to .
Other great options: If you’re looking to spend a little less on a great laptop-tablet hybrid, then we heartily recommend the for less than $200 or £220. Another winner for penny-pinchers would be the at just under $400 or £500.
- This product is only available in the US and Australia as of this writing. UK readers: check out a fine alternative in the .
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8. Best MacBook: 12-inch MacBook (2016)
Despite everything, the top MacBook to buy
CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3 – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12-inch Retina (2,304 x 1,440) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe Flash | Dimensions (W x D x H): 28.05cm x 19.65cm x 1.31cm
Apple’s MacBook in 2016 was granted a much-needed boost, and it helps macOS work much better. Divisive points remain in this model – namely the sole USB-C (Thunderbolt 2) port and the redesigned keyboard – but the 2016 version is less of a risk than the previous model was. Through and through, one of the top MacBooks money can buy – even refurbished!