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The 5 Best Windows Laptops - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Windows Laptop

Windows is the most popular operating system installed on a large portion of all the laptops used worldwide. There are ultraportables for general productivity, 2-in-1 convertibles, gaming laptops, and powerful workstations that can replace your desktop PC. There are also many brands, with each company releasing new laptops every year, making the buying decision even harder. Below is a list of our top picks to help you find the device for your needs. If a laptop interests you, don't hesitate to see the full review for more details. This article contains productivity laptops only, as we'll have a separate one for gaming laptops.

We've tested over 50 laptops, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best laptops with Windows you can get. You can also check out our picks for the best laptops, the best business laptops, and the best Chromebooks.


  1. Best Windows Laptop

    For general productivity, we suggest going with a thin and light laptop, like the Dell XPS 13 (2021), the best Windows laptop we've tested. It has an aluminum chassis that feels solid, and its battery lasts a little over 10 hours of light use. You get a sharp and bright display, a keyboard that feels comfortable to type on all day, and a large, responsive touchpad. It has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button and a Windows Hello compatible IR camera for facial recognition, allowing you to log in quickly and get to work. You can spec it up to an Intel Core 11th Gen Core i7 CPU, 32GB of memory, and 2TB of storage. The main downside is that it only has two USB-C port/Thunderbolt 4 ports, so you'll likely need dongles or a dock for your wired peripherals or external displays.

    If you need more screen space for multitasking, the LG gram 17 (2021) might be a better option. Its 17 inch screen gives you significantly more screen real estate for split-screen multitasking, and due to its larger size, there's enough room on the keyboard deck for a Numpad, which is great for those working with lots of numbers. It also has a wider port selection, so you likely won't need dongles or a dock. Overall, these are both great ultraportable laptops that'll satisfy most people's needs. If you have a light workload and only have a window or two open at a time, the Dell is a better choice as its smaller size makes it easier to carry around when traveling. However, if you often multitask and need more screen space, go with the LG.

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  2. Best Budget Windows Laptop

    Our pick for the best budget Windows laptop is the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). It's also an ultraportable laptop available with Intel 11th Gen CPUs. As it's a discontinued model, you can easily find a high-end configuration with a Core i7 and 8GB of memory for under $650. It's thin and light, feels well-built, and its battery lasts over 13 hours of light use. The display is sharp and colorful, and the keyboard feels slightly cramped but decent to type on. The touchpad is okay; it's a little small, but the tracking is satisfactory. The fans are quiet under load, so you don't have to worry about causing too much noise in a quiet classroom or office. Unfortunately, the webcam is bad, as it captures a dark, underexposed image, and the microphone sounds staticky with a lot of background noise. Despite some downsides, this is a good laptop that gets the job done, and it's easy on the wallet.

    See our review

  3. Best 2-In-1 Windows Laptop

    The best 2-in-1 Windows laptop we've tested is the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021). It has a 360-degree hinge that lets you use it in tent mode for presentations or media consumption or flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. The display supports pen input and comes with a stylus tucked away in its charging slot at the back of the device. It isn't the most comfortable pen, though, and it doesn't support tilt, so it's more for note-taking and quick scribbles than actual drawing. The keyboard feels great to type on, the touchpad tracks well, and the speakers sound natural and well-balanced.

    You can choose between a 1080p or 4k display, an Intel 11th Gen Core i5 or i7, and up to 16GB of memory. Its 9-hour battery life is enough to get through a typical workday, but you might need to plug it in for a quick charge if you run more intensive applications or perform heavy multitasking. There are some differences in features between the Mica and Shadow Black models; you can see our full review for more details.

    There's a more affordable mid-range option if you find the Lenovo Yoga 9i too expensive: the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021). It's very similar to the flagship Yoga 9i; however, it has a dimmer screen and a slower storage drive and doesn't come with a stylus. That said, not only is it generally a bit cheaper, but you get much longer battery life, as it lasts over 15 hours of light productivity or 13 hours of video playback.

    See our review

  4. Best 2-In-1 Windows Tablet

    If you don't like laptops with a 360-degree hinge and prefer a tablet with a detachable keyboard, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021) is the one to get. It has a sharp and bright 3:2 display, with a 120Hz refresh rate to provide better responsiveness and smoother motion. It's compatible with any Microsoft Pen Protocol styluses, and unlike the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021), it supports tilt, making it suitable for digital artists and creators. You have to buy the stylus separately, though, and the same goes for the type cover keyboard. The upside is that the keyboard is surprisingly comfortable to type on, especially for a type cover, and it even has backlighting. Its 1080p webcam is among the best on the market, producing a detailed and natural-looking image for video calls. You also get a Windows Hello compatible IR camera so you can log in quickly.

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  5. Best Windows Workstation

    If you need a mobile Windows workstation that can handle demanding workloads, we recommend the Dell Precision 5560 (2021). Its design is almost identical to Dell's XPS laptops, but it's available with powerful dedicated GPUs designed specifically for tasks like graphic design, video editing, and 3D modeling. You can configure the laptop with an Intel 11th Gen Core i5, i7, i9, or even a Xeon processor, and you can choose between non-ECC or ECC (Error Code Correction) memory for better system stability, up to 64GB. Upgrading from the base 1080p display to the 4k panel will drain the battery much faster, but it may be worth it for content creators, as the 4k panel has an advertised 100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI P3 coverage. Speaking of battery life, it lasts a little less than 2 hours when performing demanding tasks, so you'll need the charger. Overall, this is a sturdily built and feature-rich workstation most people will be happy with.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Framework Laptop (2021): The Framework Laptop (2021) is a great ultraportable laptop with a unique modular port system that lets you swap out the ports on the fly. Its design lets you easily access the internals for repairs and upgrades. However, you can only get it through Framework's website. See our review
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021): The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021) is a good alternative to the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). Its AMD Ryzen CPUs aren't as fast as the Swift 3's Intel 11th Gen CPUs but are still powerful enough for general productivity tasks. However, it has shorter battery life. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Windows laptops you can get. We factor in the price (a cheaper laptop wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no laptops that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you prefer to make your own decision, here’s a list of all of our Windows laptop reviews, sorted by price from low to high. Keep in mind that most laptops are available in various configurations, and the table only shows the results of the model we tested, so it’s best to see the full review for information about other variants.

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