Even with the ever-increasing number of options in the laptop market today, Windows laptops sit amongst the most popular in the world. Of course, even when it comes down to Windows, choosing the right laptop for you can still be a complicated choice. We’re here to help you out, so below is a list of the best Windows laptops around. First, here’s what you should consider when choosing a laptop.
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How to pick the right Windows laptop for you
- Consider size and weight – Depending on how much traveling you’re planning on doing with your laptop, it might have to be compact enough to put in a backpack and light enough to walk down the street with. Of course, a smaller laptop might take a hit when it comes to specs, so that’s worth taking a look at to. On our list, we have options for both.
- Consider what you’ll use it for – If you need a laptop just for streaming movies or YouTube videos, you don’t need to pay for a bunch more RAM compared to if you need to handle a heavy load of video editing, for example. Be realistic about what you plan to do over the next few years with your laptop and base your choice off of that.
- Consider price – A laptop is a massive purchase and something you want to get right. If shelling out some extra cash so that it will last an extra few years is an option, it might be worth taking seriously. The cheapest option on the below list is around $230 and the most expensive option is just over $1,000.
- Consider design – The way a laptop looks is crucial, especially if you plan on frequently taking it to a coffee spot or library. More than just color, take into consideration its shape too.
1. Acer Aspire 5 Slim
- Powerful processor
- Large screen for video editing
- No touchscreen option
- Build quality leaves something to be desired
This is one of the most powerful, long-lasting laptops we've tested, and it's a worthy big-screen choice for businesspeople, with a 15.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen. The Aspire 5 Slim comes with smooth graphics and a quality processor, which means that you can use it for both video editing and streaming. It features a very respectable AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, and 128GB SSD.
2. Lenovo Flex 14" 2-in-1 Laptop
- Can be used as a laptop or tablet
- Webcam comes with a shutter
- The fan can become loud
- Screen could be brighter
This high-end ultraportable laptop features a 14-inch display in a 2-in-1 configuration, which means that you can turn it into a tablet at your request because of its 4-side narrow bezels. This is great for people on the-go, although admittedly, for the extra function, you’ll pay with a loud fan and a hot surface at times. The Lenovo Flex has a quad-core 2.0GHz processor and an AMD Radeon graphics card. This laptop is thin, light, and stylish with durable paint that creates a better user experience. It’s also great to look at.
3. HP Stream 11.6 Inch HD Laptop
- Comes with a free 12 month subscription to Office 365 Personal
- Affordable price
- Good build quality
- Can’t handle a heavy work load
- Low storage space
The HP Stream 11 is an 11.6-inch laptop that packs an Intel N4000 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB of storage. While that storage number is a little low, it is worth considering that the free year of subscription to Office does come with 1TB of OneDrive storage, of course along with free access to Word, PowerPoint, etc. This laptop is by far the cheapest on this list and to some extent, you get what you pay for in terms of it being able to handle anything more than few simple tasks at a time. With that being said, if you’re on a budget and buy this, it’s hard to go really wrong.
4. Microsoft Surface Laptop
- Slim, sleek design
- Great touchscreen
- Good battery life
- Limited port selection
- SSD can be slow
The Microsoft Surface is a Windows-based laptop that combines sleek design with a powerful processor and a premium price tag, making it the most expensive Windows laptop on this list. For that price though, you get one of the best looking laptops on the market, a solid facial recognition feature, good battery life and a great touch screen. It’s also thin and light, starting at just 2.79 pounds, making it easy to carry with a choice of rich tone-on-tone color combinations. You can choose from matte black, cobalt blue, and platinum. The cons, as easy to look over as they may seem, could be a problem. There’s no USB-C port and it can be slow at times, but with all the pros, perhaps you can put that to the side. In terms of software, this laptop also comes with a free upgrade to Windows 10.
5. ASUS VivoBook 15
- Light in weight
- Lots of ports
- Poor battery life
- Quiet speakers
The Vivobook 15 is lightweight and portable and for many, is a superb option that offers excellent performance for the price. This laptop has a 15.6-inch full HD display with an 88% screen-to-body ratio. It runs Google Classroom on Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer 11 and is powered by the latest Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU (4M cache, up to 3.4 GHz), and 8 GB DDR4 RAM. It must be mentioned though, that at best, the battery will get you 8 hours of use and in some cases, that can be as low as 5 hours, which is disappointing. Perhaps that isn’t a problem for you if you’re mostly using it from home where it can be frequently plugged in, but if you’re planning travel, this isn’t the best option.
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