Our top picks for the best Windows laptop options include models from Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, Microsoft and more. We have uploaded this list with only the best laptopswe have personally tested and approved. Of course, this list only focuses on the best Windows laptops, specifically – you won’t find the best Apple laptops or Chromebooks here. If you want a wider selection, take a look .
Right now, the best Windows laptop for most people is the Dell XPS 13 for its excellent combination of performance, battery life, and portability. Our favorite budget alternative at the moment is the Acer Swift 3. The best thing about getting a Windows PC is of course the amount of range available, which is covered by the other options on this list. This list of the best Windows laptops will be updated regularly as new models are tested, reviewed and retired.
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The Dell XPS 13 is a perennial favorite for its size, weight and performance, and overall good looks. In 2020, Dell has made the laptop even smaller while making the laptop screen bigger and increasing performance for both CPU and graphics intensive tasks. For 2022, it made the XPS 13 even smaller and lighter, kept the same starting price under $999, and dropped the latest Intel 12 processors.
While we haven’t had a chance to test the new model yet, we expect it to be a strong Windows alternative to the MacBook Air. Also, if you want to save money, the 2021 XPS 13 with 11th Gen Intel chips is now available for less.
Available with AMD Ryzen or Intel Core processors, this 14-inch laptop gives you a larger screen to work on than 13-inch laptops, but is still incredibly light at less than 3 pounds. The larger display is also nice and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut (better than you’ll usually find at its sub-$700 starting price). There is also a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader and USB Type-C and HDMI ports. The 2022 version of the Swift 3 drops just under $1,000 with Intel Core i-series 12 processors. But the 2021 models are still widely available for less than $600.
Read our Acer Swift 3 (14-inch, 2020) review.
HP packed a lot of value into the Aero 13: an eye-pleasing magnesium-aluminum chassis, high processing power, long battery life, a bright, colorful display, and a weight of just 2 pounds (0.94 kilograms). Surprisingly, considering all it has to offer, it has a regular starting price of less than $800, but regularly sells for less than $700. Read our HP Pavilion Aero 13 review.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 review.
This slim 3kg convertible is a solid choice for anyone who needs a laptop for office or school work. The all-metal chassis gives it a premium look and feel, and it has a comfortable keyboard and a responsive, smooth and accurate touchpad. While it’s light on other features compared to its premium counterpart, the Yoga 9i has one of Lenovo’s webcam sliders to give you privacy when you want it. And according to our tests, it has a long battery life at startup of 12 hours and 45 minutes. The latest version with 12th generation Intel processors starts at $999 (although you can find it on sale for less). The 2021 models are also still available at reduced prices.
The HP Victus 16 is a surprisingly robust and powerful gaming laptop that keeps up with the latest games at a more affordable price. Compared to HP’s high-end Omen line of gaming laptops, the Victus is more of an all-around laptop, but it’s still configured for gaming with a price tag starting at less than $1,000. HP offers several configurations with graphics chip options ranging from Nvidia’s entry-level GeForce GTX 1650 to the mid-range RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6500M.
HP Victus 16 review.
Although this Microsoft Surface Laptop is not and Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro continues to hit all the right notes if you’re looking for a versatile Windows tablet that doubles as a Windows laptop. Microsoft recently redesigned it for the Surface Pro 8, which has a larger 13-inch display, 11th-generation Intel Core processors, and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. The Surface Pro 7 is still on sale for now, and an updated version called the Surface Pro 7 Plus will remain in the lineup, so you’ll still be able to get the classic Pro design, but with new processors.
Surface Pro 8 review.
We’re big fans of the ROG Strix line, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. However, the $1,650 Asus AMD Strix G15 all-in-one gaming laptop delivers excellent performance and battery life with a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and Radeon RX 6800M GPU—and that’s before you realize that the performance and components are well above its price point class. It runs cool and quiet, even at full tilt. However, this is not so obvious at higher prices. Read the Asus ROG Strix G15 AA review.
Packed with one of the fastest mobile CPUs available (at least for now), the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and top-notch mobile graphics with a GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080, the Razer Blade 14 has a lot going for it. can go pixel-to-pixel with MacBooks. And its high-quality build is up there with the best MacBooks, but like Apple, it’s not necessarily the best laptop solution, even compared to other premium laptops.
Razer Blade 14 review.
The Flow X13 saves you from having to choose between a 13-inch 2-in-1 laptop and a powerful gaming laptop. The small laptop is great for productivity, but its unique external USB-C hub has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU inside for when you need to boost your graphics for gaming or content creation.
Read our Asus ROG Flow X13 review.
Lenovo launched the Yoga range 10 years ago with Windows 8 and now, with Windows 11, the design flexibility has only improved. The company’s flagship 14-inch Yoga 9i Gen 7 has an updated look with comfortable rounded edges and 12th generation Intel processors that give it a big multi-core performance leap. Its beautiful OLED display and enhanced sound make it excellent for work, video conferencing and entertainment. Lenovo includes an active pen and laptop sleeve to round out the premium package.
The powerful speakers add some vibration to the palm rests when they’re turned up, and Lenovo has packed the notebook with an array of optional services and software. But overall, the latest Yoga 9i is a 2-in-1 convertible to beat. Unfortunately, its availability is limited at the moment, so you may have to wait to purchase it. Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 review.
Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i review.
The XPS 17 combines the same slim, premium design of its 13-inch model, but with higher performance options. It can be configured with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of memory, and a 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip. The best part: Dell has improved the chassis so much that you get a 17-inch display in a body the size of an older 15-inch laptop. You get a lot of power and a big screen in the smallest possible package.
Dell XPS 17 review.
If you’ve ever wished you had just a little extra screen space on your thin and light laptop, your wish has come true. The Duo 14’s 12.6-inch secondary touchscreen behaves like any other connected display, except that it’s built into the body above the keyboard. You can use it to extend the main 14-inch display to act as one big screen, or use it for apps that would normally be buried behind what you’re working on. If that’s not enough, it’s equipped with a pen, so you can write and draw on it with the included pen. Plus, Asus’ ScreenXpert software lets you turn it into a giant touchpad, numeric keypad, or even a suite of Adobe Creative Cloud software.
Read our Asus ZenBook Duo 14 review.
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