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Laptops. There are just so many of them. But what’s the best laptop for you? Is it a business notebook, a powerful gaming laptop, or a Chromebook? We know the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, which is why we made this list.
We’ve created this handy, dandy guide so you’ll know all the ins and outs of your prospective system before you make the decision to hit the buy button. From advice on choosing screen size, to selecting between an SSD and HDD, to insider scoops on where to find the best prices on laptops, here are some essential tips for finding the right system for you.
Over the course of a year, we review over 150 laptops covering every price point and use case. Whether you’re looking for a productivity workhorse, a badass gaming system or a multimedia machine to kick back and watch a movie or two, we can help you find your ideal match.
In order to make our Best Laptop of 2022 list, the system needs to score at least 4 out of 5 stars on our reviews and deliver on the things shoppers care about most. In our evaluations, we focus on design and comfort, display quality, the keyboard and touchpad, performance, battery life and especially value. Here are the best gaming laptop available right nowOur picks for the best business laptopCheck out our best laptop under $500 What are the best laptops right now?
The Dell XPS 13 is currently our top overall pick for best laptop of 2022. Powered by a 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, the 1080p version of the laptop is ideal for work, play and light content creation. And with it’s bright, vivid display, the laptop is also great for watching videos. Plus, it’s also incredibly slim and light making it an ideal laptop for mobile professionals.
Those in the market for a convertible should give the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 a look. If 13-inches is too small, we suggest the Dell XPS 17, which also earned a spot on this list thanks to its powerful performance that makes it ideal for students, mobile and creative professionals.
For our Apple aficionados, the new must-haves are the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air m1 laptops. Apple’s new silicone marks a new chapter in Apple computing, and computers as a whole. The ARM-based chips bring an unprecedented amount of power and endurance, the likes of which that places the typically underpowered Air on a par with major ultraportables.
And if you’re in the market for an extra-large Chromebook, check our review of the Acer Chromebook 317, the world’s first 17-inch Chrome OS laptop.
CES 2022 is under way and we’re expecting refreshes on some of our favorite flagships along with new systems. Stay tuned for the hottest news on everything on the show floor.
See our picks for best laptops below. The best laptops you can buy today
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The best overall laptop you can buySpecifications
Weight: dua.8 poundsReasons to buy
+Attractive, premium chassis+Great performance+Good battery lifeReasons to avoid
What do you get when you put one of Intel’s new Tiger Lake processors into a Dell XPS 13? Even more awesome. The latest Dell XPS 13 keeps all the things we loved about this year’s previous contoh, such as a smaller frame, four-sided InfinityEdge bezels and a larger keyboard. But this refresh brings Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processor and a host of promised features, including better CPU and graphics performance and longer battery life. You also get Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.
But does Tiger Lake live up to the hype? Absolutely. With the new Intel Iris Xe GPU you can play certain AAA games on an integrated GPU, albeit on low settings. And in many cases, the overall performance is top-notch as well. The battery life even surpasses Intel’s new Evo standards by two hours. Those looking for a laptop with equal parts beauty, power and longevity, the Dell XPS 13 is the laptop for you.
See our full Dell XPS 13 (2020) review.
(Image credit: Future)dua. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1)
The best MacBook on the marketSpecifications
+Stellar overall and gaming performance+Excellent battery life+Lightning-fast SSDReasons to avoid
Welcome to the new era of Apple computing. Apple’s M1 custom SoC marks the first step in Apple’s conscious uncoupling from Intel. The ARM-based 5-nanometer chip has 16 billion transistors, which is the most the company has ever put into a chip. In addition to all those transistors, the SoC features an eight-core processor, integrated graphics, a unified memory architecture, Apple’s Neural Engine, an improved image signal processor and Apple’s Secure Enclave. The result is a faster, more powerful laptop that’s a force to be reckoned with.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 delivers impressive performance and has the longest battery life we’ve ever seen on a Mac. If that’s not enough, paired with Big Sur, you get blistering webpage load times and a better webcam experience –– all thanks to Apple Silicon. In short, the new MacBook Pro is everything Apple said and more.
See our full Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020) review.
(Image credit: Future)3. Acer Swift tiga (Late 2021)
Amazing performance at a jaw-dropping priceSpecifications
GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Weight: dua.6 poundsReasons to buy
+Herculean performance+A beastly multitasker+Clicky keyboardReasons to avoid
The Acer Swift 3 is an ultra-thin, sleek, silver, peppy performer meant to help college-bound students transition to the next level of their education and make life much smoother. It has a nice design with some cool chrome accents that give a touch of flair. You get decent performance out of the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and solid rendering from the Intel Iris Xe GPU.
The Swift tiga is a solid, budget-friendly ultra-thin laptop and travel partner that won’t slow you down. It’s a tiny workhorse that performed well on a number of our benchmarks. Plus, it has staying power with over 10 hours of battery life. Plus, it’s got premium good looks and a rather comfortable keyboard. The laptop does have one flaw however, its display which isn’t as bright as we would like. But for the price, it’s a minor quibble for a sub-$1,000 laptop.
See our full Acer Swift tiga review.
(Image credit: Laptop Mag)4. Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Our favorite Apple laptop Specifications
Weight: 2.8 poundsReasons to buy
+Breathtaking performance+Outstanding battery life+Slim unibody aluminum chassisReasons to avoid
-Few ports-Design could use an update
Talk about breathing new life into a laptop. The Midas of processors, everything Apple’s M1 SoC touches turns to gold. With its new engine, the MacBook Air goes from an underpowered laptop that barely makes the cut to one of the fastest notebooks around — not just in its portable segment but compared to everything else on the market. And with 14+ hours of battery life, you can easily get through a day, if not two, one a single charge.
Along with record-setting performance, Apple Silicon adds iOS and iPadOS apps to the Mac App Store. You also get better webcam quality, and macOS Big Sur is a gorgeous redesign of Apple’s desktop OS. The new MacBook Air may have a few faults, but it’s the closest Apple has ever been to crafting the perfect laptop.
See our full Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review.
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Best dua-in-1 laptopSpecifications
Weight: 2.9 poundsReasons to buy
+Top-rate build quality+Long battery life+Fast Intel 11th Gen CPUsReasons to avoid
-Shallow keyboard isn’t for everyone-Display could be more colorful-No USB-A ports
The new XPS 13 dua-in-1 is without question among the best dua-in-1 laptops you can buy. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Dell smartly used the XPS 13 as a blueprint for the XPS 13 2-in-1, an almost identical laptop, but with the ability to transform into a tablet.