Our best Windows laptop picks include models from Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, Microsoft and more. We have loaded this list with only the best laptops that workwe have personally tested and approved. This list, of course, 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, check it out .
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 right now is the Acer Swift 3. Of course, the best part about getting a Windows PC is the amount of variety covered by the other options on this list. This best Windows laptop list will be updated periodically as new models are tested, reviewed, and reviewed.
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The Dell XPS 13 is a perennial favorite for its size, weight, and performance, as well as its overall looks. In 2020, Dell made the laptop even smaller, while also increasing the laptop’s screen and improving performance for both CPU- and graphics-intensive tasks. For 2022, it’s made the XPS 13 even smaller and lighter, kept the sub-$999 starting price the same, and dropped in the latest 12th-generation Intel 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 generation Intel chips is now cheaper.
Available with either AMD Ryzen or Intel Core processors, this 14-inch laptop gives you more screen than 13-inch laptops, but is still incredibly light — less than 3 pounds. The larger screen is also nice, covering 100% of the sRGB color gamut (better than you’ll usually find at a sub-$700 starting price). It also has a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and USB Type-C and HDMI ports. The 2022 version of the Swift 3 comes in at just under $1,000 with 12th-gen Intel Core i-series CPUs. But the 2021 models are still widely available for under $600.
Read our Acer Swift 3 (14-inch, 2020) review.
HP packed a lot into the Aero 13: An eye-catching magnesium-aluminum chassis, powerful processing performance, long battery life, a bright, colorful display, and a weight of just 2 pounds (0.94 kilograms). Surprisingly, considering all its offerings, 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, 3-pound 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, with a comfortable keyboard and responsive, smooth, precise touchpad. Despite having extra features compared to its premium classmate, the Yoga 9i, it has one of Lenovo’s sliding shutters for its webcam, giving you privacy when you want it. It has a long battery life, charging 12 hours and 45 minutes in our tests. The latest version with 12th generation Intel processors starts at $999 (although you can find it on sale for less). 2021 models are also still available at discounted prices.
HP’s Victus 16 is a surprisingly rugged and powerful gaming laptop that keeps the latest games at a more affordable price. Compared to HP’s high-end Omen line of gaming laptops, the Victus is more of a multi-purpose laptop, but still configured for gaming for under $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.
It’s not a Microsoft Surface laptop, though the Surface Laptop The Surface Pro continues to hit all the right notes if you’re looking for an all-in-one Windows tablet that works like a Windows laptop. Microsoft recently overhauled it for the Surface Pro 8, which has a larger 13-inch screen, 11th-generation Intel Core processors, and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. The Surface Pro 7 is still on sale, 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 can’t go wrong with any of them. However, Asus’ $1,650 all-in-one AMD Strix G15 gaming laptop delivers excellent performance and battery life with its top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and Radeon RX 6800M GPU — and that’s before you factor in the performance and components. much higher than the price class. It runs cool and quiet, even at close to full tilt. With higher prices, it’s not such an obvious call. Read our Asus ROG Strix G15 AA review.
There’s a lot to love about the Razer Blade 14, which packs one of the fastest mobile CPUs available (at least for now), the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, and high-end mobile graphics with the GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080. The screen can go pixel to pixel with a MacBook. And its high-quality build is on par with the best MacBooks out there, but like Apple, it’s not necessarily the best laptop deal compared to other premium laptops.
Razer Blade 14 review.
The Flow X13 saves you from having to choose between getting a 13-inch 2-in-1 and a powerful gaming laptop. The tiny laptop is great for productivity, but its unique external USB-C hub has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU for when you need a graphics boost for gaming or content creation.
Read our Asus ROG Flow X13 review.
Lenovo launched the Yoga line 10 years ago with Windows 8, and now with Windows 11, the flexibility of the design has gotten even better. The company’s flagship 14-inch Yoga 9i Gen 7 has an updated look with comfortable, rounded edges and 12th-generation Intel processors, giving it a big multi-core performance leap. The beautiful OLED display and enhanced audio make it great for work, video conferencing and entertainment. Lenovo includes an active pen and laptop sleeve to complete the premium package.
Loud speakers add some vibration to the palm rests when turned on, and Lenovo has mixed the laptop with docks for optional services and software. But overall, the latest Yoga 9i is a two-in-one convertible laptop. Unfortunately, it currently has limited availability, so you may have to wait to get one. Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 review.
Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i review.
The XPS 17 combines the same slim, premium design as its 13-inch linemate, but with increased performance capabilities. It can be configured with a 12th generation Intel Core i9 processor, 64 GB of memory and a 6 GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip. The best part: Dell tweaked the chassis so much that you get a 17-inch screen in a case the size of an old 15-inch laptop. You get a lot of power and a big screen in the smallest package.
Dell XPS 17 review.
If you’ve ever wished for a little extra screen real estate on your thin and light laptop, you’ve come true. The Duo 14’s 12.6-inch secondary touchscreen behaves like any other secondary display, except it’s not mounted in a case above the keyboard. You can use it to extend the main 14-inch screen so it works as one big screen, or use it for apps that are usually buried behind the app you’re working on. If that’s not enough, it works with a stylus, so you can write and draw on it with the included stylus. Plus, Asus’ ScreenXpert software lets you turn it into a giant touchpad, a number pad, or even a toolkit for Adobe Creative Cloud software.
Read our Asus ZenBook Duo 14 review.
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