Best laptop: The 10 top laptops we’ve tested

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Are you looking for the best laptop available, but not sure which type you actually need? Whether it be for browsing the internet, working from home or editing videos, there is a laptop for everyone, and this list will help you find out which one you need.

This list covers the best laptops in general, but if you’re after something a little more specific, you can check out our Best Gaming Laptop, Best Student Laptop and Best Budget Laptop lists as well.

And if nothing here really catches your eye, make sure you keep this halaman bookmarked, since we’ll be updating it every time a new laptop is good enough. With all our bases covered, here are the best laptops out right now in 2021.How we test

Learn more about how we test laptops

Every laptop we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, performance, screen quality and battery life. 

These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how well it runs the most frequently used apps. 

We also make sure to use every laptop we review as our primary device for at least a week to ensure our review is as accurate as possible.

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On the hunt for a top-notch laptop to help with your school or university work that’s also great for the odd spot of Netflix binging and gaming, but not sure which to get?

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Dell XPS 13 OLEDThe best overall Windows laptopProsThe absolute best laptop screen for the priceSpeedy productivity performance Class-leading laptop designLots of configuration options ConsShort battery life Stingy port offering

The Dell XPS 13 is the holy grail of laptops right now, especially if you prefer Windows devices to MacBooks.

The 13-inch display lends itself to portability, with the OLED screen giving you clear and crisp visuals, making it a great choice if you’re looking to watch media on your laptop. Though it’s worth noting that the tiga.5K display will wear down your battery quicker than a few other laptops out there.

The XPS 13 also features the latest 11th-Generation Intel chipset, offering high-speed productivity. Unless you’re planning on doing intense video editing or 3D renders, this laptop will have you covered in all areas. Plus, you can check out the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) if you’re not too bothered about the OLED display.

Reviewer: Ryan JonesFull review: Dell XPS 13 OLED review

MacBook Air (M1)The most powerful ultra-portable laptopProsIt’s so fast thanks to M1Exceptional battery lifeStrong app supportGreat keyboardConsPoor webcamSame design as beforePoorly positioned (and only two) USB ports

The MacBook Air M1 offers better CPU speeds than the majority of laptops on this list, and by quite a distance. Its integrated GPU is even powerful enough for 4K video editing and animation, despite the laptop’s lightweight design.

We’re still disappointed that Apple hasn’t introduced a more cutting-edge design to compete with the Dell XPS, but this is still a decent-looking laptop. If you do care about the looks, you may want to wait it out for the rumoured MacBook Air 2022 that could arrive midway through next year.

It’s also worth checking out the new 14-inch MacBook Pro if you’re craving an even faster performance.

Reviewer: Max ParkerFull review: MacBook Air M1 Review

Surface Laptop GoBest value laptopProsIncredible valueSmall and classy designExcellent performanceComfortable keyboardConsLow-resolution displayNo keyboard backlightNo fingerprint scanner on base configuration

The Surface Laptop Go is on the smaller side with a 12.4-inch display, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile if you’re looking for portability.

The Laptop Go is also one of the most affordable laptops on this list. With a starting price of just £549 it’s half the price of the Apple and Dell laptops. It won’t be able to handle as much as other models, but it will breeze through day-to-day productivity tasks, making it a great laptop for anyone who needs to head into the office.

There are some downsides; the screen resolution fails to hit the standard 1920 x 1080 mark, and small omissions like a lack of fingerprint scanner on the entry contoh are noteworthy. But these are very small issues when you consider how inexpensive this laptop is.

Reviewer: Ryan JonesFull review: Surface Laptop Go Review

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7Best mid-range laptopProsGreat value priceFantastic battery lifeSpeedy performanceNice Full HD screenConsBasic designNo ThunderboltNo fingerprint scanner on select models

This is one of the best mid-range laptops you can buy. Packing in a Ryzen 4000 chip this laptop boasts excellent performance, alongside a stellar battery life that can last over 14 hours on a single charge during our benchmark tests.

The 14-inch display is also Full HD, making this a good laptop for video streaming. It also has a comfortable keyboard and will easily manage most office-based tasks, like web browsing or creating documents, meaning it has everything you need if you’re a student or a professional.

The design here is a little uninspired and could be better, with no Thunderbolt support or fingerprint scanners on some of the models, it can be a little annoying if you’re wanting a more premium experience. But for anyone with a tight budget, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 is a great laptop to consider.

Reviewer: Ryan JonesFull review: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Review

LG Gram 16 (2021)Best lightweight 16-inch laptopProsIncredibly light designBig and detailed displaySpeedy productivity performanceGenerous port selectionConsQuestionable build qualityGlossy screenNot as powerful as rivals

The LG Gram 16 (2021) is a noteworthy laptop, mainly on the basis that it clocks in at just 1199g, which is lighter than a fair few of the 13-inch laptops listed here.

The lighter design does mean there are a couple of compromises here, as this won’t rival some of the more powerful laptops in terms of processing speeds.

However, these flaws aren’t the end of the world, and anyone wanting a larger screen that’s also portable will struggle to find another laptop that does it better than the LG Gram 16.

Reviewer: Ryan JonesFull review: LG Gram 16 (2021) Review

Acer Chromebook Spin 513Best budget ChromebookProsSuper-light and portable designSharp display with decent coloursOutstanding battery lifeWhisper-quiet performanceConsFlat speakersMediocre performanceNo keyboard backlight

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is a great example of a good-quality Chromebook and shows how far the range has come in recent years. And while it won’t rival Apple in terms of power, it’s a perfectly good computer for speeding through office tasks or browsing the web.

The mid-range performance is also cancelled out by the bargain price, which is even cheaper than the Surface Laptop Go. ChromeOS will limit you in terms of downloads and what you can do on the laptop, but unless you need to access video editing perangkat lunak most regular consumers should be covered.

It’s worth mentioning that the keyboard isn’t backlit and the speakers are not the best quality, but in terms of a cheap laptop for day-to-day tasks, the Chromebook Spin 513 knocks it out of the park.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inchBest high-end laptop for creative tasksProsIncredibly powerfulBigger display still looks stunningScissor keyboard a huge improvementMore stylish with smaller bezelConsVery expensiveStingy port offeringLack of Wi-Fi 6

The MacBook Pro offers processing and GPU speeds that dominate all the other laptops on this list, but this laptop isn’t just for anyone. You’ll have to pay a little more to blast through creative tasks.

The MacBook Pro 2021 also came out very recently; the newest addition to the Pro family features the immensely powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, which will allow for a speedy performance during high-intensity tasks like 3D rendering.

Any creatives would do great with the latest Pro, with the ability to edit videos in 4K, you just need to be willing to pay up for all that processing power. We’ll be reviewing the latest edition of the MacBook Pro very soon, so expect this list to change in the near future.

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