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Laptops

While it may be easy to read an email on a smartphone or tablet, sometimes you need a bigger screen and an actual keyboard. We've tested more than a hundred laptops over the past year to find the best laptops for most people. Whether you work predominantly on the Web or need a heavy-duty power notebook, our picks fit a range of budgets and needs.

The Best Cheap Laptop Acer Aspire E5-575-53EJ
The Acer Aspire E5-575-53EJ is the best cheap laptop of the hundreds we’ve researched in 2017 alone, with a fast CPU, 1080p screen, enough RAM, and even an SSD.   Read More >
The Best Chromebook Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is the best Chromebook for most people. It's powerful and slim, and has a great screen, keyboard, and battery life.   Read More >
The Best Gaming Laptop Acer Predator 17 G9-793-78CM
Acer’s Predator 17 G9-793-78CM is the best gaming laptop for most people. It has a great screen and powerful guts, it stays cool, and it can power a VR headset.   Read More >
The Best Windows Ultrabook Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is our top ultrabook pick; the HP Spectre x360 (late 2016) and Asus Zenbook UX330UA are our runner-up and budget picks, respectively.   Read More >
Which MacBook Should I Buy? MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) with 256 GB storage
The 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016 without Touch Bar, or 2015) is the best Mac laptop for most people, though choosing has never been harder.   Read More >
What Laptop Should I Buy? The Best Laptops for Every Need
Having trouble deciding what laptop to buy? Here are the best laptops in every category, from MacBook to Chromebook, from gaming to business, and more.    Read More >
The Best Budget Gaming Laptop (So Far) Dell Inspiron 15 7000
After putting in 23 hours of research and testing five new budget gaming laptops, we have made the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7559) our new pick. It has the best performance for the price, stays cool, and has long non-gaming battery life.   Read More >
Our Favorite Laptop Sleeves and Cases
We tested 24 laptop sleeves to find the best ones for your style and budget. Whether aiming for something basic to luxurious, slim to armored, we have your computer covered.   Read More >