Best Laptops of the Year

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 8th Gen

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a Windows 10 laptop with a long heritage; IBM, which sold its PC business to Lenovo in 2005, shipped the first ThinkPad laptop in 1992. Like its predecessors, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon includes a red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard that you can use instead of its touchpad. It also sticks with a traditional laptop design with a screen that doesn't rotate all the way around so you can use the laptop into a tablet. It has a ruggedized design, a wide range of expansion ports, some noteworthy security and privacy features, and long battery life...learn more...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 8th Gen

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Google Pixelbook Go

Tied for No. 2 in our rating of the Best Laptops of 2021, the Pixelbook Go is Google’s current entry in the laptop category it created when it announced its web-centric Chrome OS in 2009. Like other Chromebooks, the Pixelbook Go runs an operating system written around Google’s Chrome browser and apps that run inside it. It can also run Google Assistant and some Android apps, and it can play media files stored on its small solid-state drive. With a price starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go costs more than most Chromebooks, but it’s also lighter and offers a longer battery life than many of its competitors...learn more...

Google Pixelbook Go

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The “ROG” in Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 stands for “Republic Of Gamers,” and this Windows laptop is definitely built to play video games. Its AMD Ryzen processor (such as the Ryzen 9 4900HS) is accompanied by a separate AMD graphics chipset (such as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q), the memory and storage onboard exceed those of other laptops, and the screen lid can even light up with an optional array of LEDs. But you also give up some features less relevant to gamers; for example, there’s no touchscreen, webcam, or biometric authentication. Read on for our Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review...learn more...

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

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Macbook Air M1

Apple’s new MacBook Air M1 (2020) looks a lot like earlier versions of the company’s thin-and-light laptop. But this version contains Apple's new ARM-based M1 processor instead of one of the Intel chips that have powered Macs since 2006. Reviewers have praised this “Apple Silicon” processor for giving the new MacBook Air dramatically better performance and battery life than its predecessors and its competitors on the Windows side. This model does, however, share the limits of earlier versions: a limited set of USB-C ports for external peripherals, high costs for more memory or solid-state-drive storage, and no touchscreen...learn more...

Macbook Air M1

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Dell XPS 13 9310

Dell’s XPS 13 Windows laptop series has been a staple of best-laptops reviews for several years, thanks to its compact size, light weight, and strong battery life. The new XPS 13, introduced in 2020, adds an 11th-generation Intel processor, a slightly taller screen, and updated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As before, you can customize your purchase extensively on Dell’s website by choosing screen resolutions, processor speeds, memory, and solid-state hard drive sizes. Unlike many other Windows laptops (including a separate Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 line), this series doesn't feature a screen that rotates all the way around for tablet-style use...learn more...

Dell XPS 13 9310

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HP Envy x360 13-inch

The HP Envy x360 is an affordably-priced 2-in-1 convertible laptop. Its screen rotates 360 degrees so you can use this Windows 10 device as a large, touchscreen tablet, a convenient feature unavailable in Mac and many other Windows laptops. The Envy offers a choice of Intel or AMD Ryzen processors including the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7; Radeon graphics chips; multiple memory and storage configurations; and ports that accept both USB-C and older USB-A cables and devices. Like other recent HP laptops, it also includes switches to disable its microphone and webcam for privacy...learn more...

HP Envy x360 13-inch

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MacBook Pro 16-inch

The 16-Inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most expensive laptop, offering the biggest screen and the most storage. It’s also Apple’s oldest laptop, dating to 2019 and featuring 9th-generation Intel processors that are two series behind Intel’s latest, instead of the M1 Apple Silicon chips in the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook. But those Intel chips also make this the only Mac laptop that can boot into Windows and Apple’s macOS; if you need that option, a big screen, or more than two USB ports built in, the 16-inch Pro is your only laptop option from Apple...learn more...

MacBook Pro 16-inch

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet

The ultraportable Lenovo Chromebook Duet runs Chrome OS, Google’s cloud-based operating system. Unlike some other Chromebooks, this two-in-one model lets you detach the keyboard to use the screen as a tablet. But in addition to the limits of Chrome OS, such as only running web-based and some Android apps, this $289 machine includes a relatively small 10.1-inch touchscreen and a single USB-C port. As a result, its most direct competition may be tablets rather than other Chromebooks...learn more...

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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HP Spectre x360 13-inch

HP’s Spectre x360 is a 2-in-1 convertible; as the “360” in its name suggests, its 13.3-inch OLED screen rotates all the way around, allowing you to use the computer as a large touchscreen tablet. Or you rotate the screen two-thirds of the way around, then flip the computer so the screen faces you in “tent” mode – a convenient option for watching movies and TV shows. This thin-and-light Windows 10 laptop offers the usual range of processor memory and storage options plus a few unusual privacy features....learn more...

HP Spectre x360 13-inch

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Dell XPS 15 9500

The Dell XPS 15 is a Windows 10 laptop built around a 15.6-inch display that's available in high-definition (HD) and ultra high-definition (UHD) resolutions; the latter display is also a touchscreen. Dell allows shoppers to pick between three different Intel processors, opt for upgraded GeForce GTX graphics, and get a desktop PC’s worth of memory and solid state drive (SSD) storage. This model isn't a two-in-one, so you can't rotate the screen all the way back to use the computer as a tablet...learn more...

Dell XPS 15 9500

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HP Elite Dragonfly

The Elite Dragonfly features a remarkably light 2-in-1 design that lets you rotate its touch screen all the way back to turn this Windows 10 laptop into a tablet. It also offers a comprehensive set of privacy and security options and custom buying options so that you can spec out an Elite Dragonfly to match your needs. But as this model has been around for a while, you can’t order it with a current Intel processor. Moreover, prices start at a lofty $1,779...learn more...

HP Elite Dragonfly

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Surface Pro 7

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 is a 2-in-1 detachable Windows laptop that’s more of a tablet. Its core components reside behind its 12.3-inch touchscreen, allowing you to detach the keyboard and use the device like a tablet, including writing on it with the Surface Pen. You don’t even have to buy a Surface with one of Microsoft’s magnetically-attached Type Cover keyboards, although that’s highly recommended unless you want to confine your typing to Windows 10’s large on-screen keyboard. Like earlier versions of the Surface that Microsoft introduced in 2012, the Surface Pro 7 features a kickstand on the back to hold it upright, which can make it tricky to use on your lap. In addition, it only has two ports: one USB-C and one USB-A...learn more...

Surface Pro 7

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Asus VivoBook S15

The Asus VivoBook S15 is a big-screen, low-cost Windows 10 laptop built along traditional lines, lacking 2-in-1 convertibility or even a touchscreen. Although it's heftier than competitors, it has room for a 15.6-inch display, a wide array of expansion ports, and a keyboard that includes a separate number pad. Asus also sells a wide variety of VivoBook S15 configurations with either Intel or AMD Ryzen processors, but this profile focuses on a model with an Intel-compatible AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor. An AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor is also available...learn more...

Asus Vivobook S15

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Asus Chromebook Flip

The Asus Chromebook Flip C433 is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. This means you can rotate the 14-inch touchscreen 360 degrees around until it’s flat against the bottom of the machine, at which point you can invert it and use the computer in tablet mode. It runs Google’s web-centric Chrome OS, which primarily uses apps inside Google’s Chrome browser (although you can also run Android apps inside their own windows). Like other Chromebooks, it offers less built-in storage than Windows and Mac laptops, the idea being that you’ll keep most of your data and files in Google’s cloud...learn more...

Asus Chromebook Flip

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Asus ZenBook 13

The Asus Chromebook Flip C433 is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. This means you can rotate the 14-inch touchscreen 360 degrees around until it’s flat against the bottom of the machine, at which point you can invert it and use the computer in tablet mode. It runs Google’s web-centric Chrome OS, which primarily uses apps inside Google’s Chrome browser (although you can also run Android apps inside their own windows). Like other Chromebooks, it offers less built-in storage than Windows and Mac laptops, the idea being that you’ll keep most of your data and files in Google’s cloud...learn more...

Asus ZenBook 13

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