The best Windows laptops in 2024 - our top picks

The best Windows laptops are light enough to carry all day, powerful enough to tackle your daily workload with ease and power-efficient enough that you don't need to worry about unplugging to get work done on the go.

Sure we also have a full list of the best laptops overall, which includes MacBooks and Chromebooks, but this is the list for Windows diehards who want a new laptop running Windows 11. If you're ride-or-die for Microsoft's OS, this is the list for you.

And you can trust these recommendations because here at Tom's Guide we review dozens of laptops from the top manufacturers every year, and only recommend the best. We know because we evaluate every system in our testing lab and in the real world, running benchmark tests, display tests and battery life tests as well as using it in day-to-day work and play.

Based on our testing, these are the best Windows laptops you can buy, and you can read our full review of each machine to help you make a buying decision. 

Not sure a Windows laptop is the best fit for you? Make sure to check out our best Chromebooks page and best MacBooks list for some more recommendations!

The quick list

In a hurry? Here's a brief overview of the laptops on this list, along with quick links that let you jump down the page directly to a review of whichever laptop catches your eye.

The best Windows laptops you can buy right now

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The best Windows laptop overall

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2023) review unit

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The best Windows laptop

Specifications

Display: 15.6-inch OLED touchscreen (3,456 x 2,160 pixels)
CPU: Intel Core i7-13700H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
RAM: 32 GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 4.23 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 3.5K OLED display
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Impressive performance
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Sleek, elegant design
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Sub-par 720p camera
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Poor battery life

The Dell XPS 15 OLED isn’t an innovative or revolutionary laptop. Aside from its updated internals, the 2023 model is virtually identical to its predecessor. But while this machine isn't shaking things up, it's still one of the best laptops you can buy.

The refreshed Dell XPS 15 offers the latest 13th Gen Intel Core CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series laptop GPUs. You can also get one configured with an Intel Arc graphics card, and all models come equipped with Windows 11. As with earlier models, Dell offers a 3.5K OLED touchscreen that makes this 15-inch laptop feel premium.

Not only is this a stellar laptop for everyday use, it’s also a competent gaming machine when kitted out with high-end internals — though that's admittedly pricey, and the XPS 15 OLED we reviewed lasted a disappointing 9 hours in our battery life test.

Even if it isn’t shaking up the computing world with never-before-seen features, the XPS 15 remains an all-around solid machine that offers versatility and style in a range of prices. 

Read our full Dell XPS 15 (2023) review.

The best value

Asus Zenbook 13 OLED sitting open on a desk

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The best value Windows laptop

Specifications

Display: 15.6-inch (1920x1080) 60Hz LCD
CPU: Intel Core i3-N305
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage)
Weight: 3.86 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable keyboard
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Useful port array
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Good battery life (10 hours tested)

Reasons to avoid

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Crappy 720p webcam
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Poor performance

The Acer Aspire Go 15 isn't an amazing laptop, but it doesn't have to be when the asking price is $300. At that price, you can make peace with the fact that the Go 15's low-powered CPU and paltry complement of 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage aren't good for much else besides browsing the web, writing and editing, and maybe some very light gaming.

But that's fine for folks who just need a cheap laptop to browse the web or write emails. What the Acer Aspire Go 15 lacks in features or charm it more than makes up for in utility, as it offers 10 hours of (tested) battery life and a keyboard that's surprisingly comfy to type on. And while its 15.6-inch 1080p screen looks a bit washed-out and won't make colors pop, it's more than good enough for web surfing or working with documents. 

The Acer Aspire Go 15 doesn't look, feel or sound as fancy as the other laptops on this list, but it's a serviceable workhorse with a $299 price tag, making it the best Windows laptop for those on a budget and looking for great value.

Read our full Acer Aspire Go 15 review.

The best 2-in-1

Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED

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The best Windows 2-in-1

Specifications

Display: 14-inch 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) OLED 16:10 touch
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i5/i7
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 512GB
Weight: 3.3 pounds
Size: 12.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price
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Thin and light design
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Gorgeous OLED display
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LED Numpad

Reasons to avoid

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Sub-10-hour battery life
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Mediocre 720p webcam

The Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED has a few key weaknesses, including a disappointing 720p webcam and under ten hours of tested battery life, putting it behind best MacBooks in terms of power efficiency. But if you can live with those drawbacks, you get a lot of great stuff in this Windows 11 2-in-1.

The beautiful 2.8K OLED screen makes whatever you do on it look nice, and the keyboard is comfy and nice to use. Performance is plenty fast, and factor in the svelte and beautiful chassis sporting plenty of ports, and it's a wonder you get all this for $1,199.

If you’re in the market for a dependable 2-in-1 with a svelte design and eye-pleasing OLED panel, this is a great laptop to get!

Read our full Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED review.

The best dual-screen 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

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The best dual-screen 2-in-1

Specifications

Display: Two 13.3-inch 2.8K (2,800 x 1,800) OLED, 60Hz
CPU: 13th gen Intel Core i7-1355U
GPU: Intel Irix Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Size: 11.78 x 8.03 x 0.63 inches
Weight: 2.95 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Dual OLED displays enable multiple modes
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Responsive touchscreens
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Bundled with Bluetooth mouse and attachable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Priced higher than other 2-in-1 laptops
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Minimal ports

The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i unites a pair of beautiful 13.3-inch OLED displays in one device, delivering you a unique laptop that can turn into a variety of unique-looking configurations to fit your needs. This laptop can stand in as a traditional Windows 11 laptop or tablet, plus it can go into tent mode for presentations.

While the design itself can feel a little flimsy and less than sturdy, when you get the hang of using it you may appreciate how versatile and useful this two-screen machine be. Type right on one display or use the separate Bluetooth keyboard to bang out emails on your lap in one screen while you watch movies on the other, and you'll start to appreciate how this laptop starts to feel like a Swiss Army knife.

Though it’s expensive at $1,999, this oddball laptop offers enough singular value to be included in this list.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i review.

The best laptop for DIYers

Framework Laptop 13 (2023) review unit running Fortnite

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Best laptop for DIYers

Specifications

Display: 13.5-inch 3:2 (2,256 x 1,504 pixels)
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i5 - i7 OR AMD 7040 series
GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics or AMD
RAM: 8GB - 64GB
Storage: 256GB - 4TB SSD
Weight: 2.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Unparalleled ability to upgrade/repair
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Useful Expansion Card port system
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Great keyboard
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Speedy performance

Reasons to avoid

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Loud fans under load
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Webcam not great

The Framework Laptop is the anti-MacBook, a modular laptop that promises to let you customize, repair, and upgrade it to an unprecedented degree, all while remaining affordable and ultraportable. Each Framework laptop comes with a screwdriver included, so you can open the case (it's easy, I promise) and replace parts yourself, with everything from the memory to the screen bezel to the mainboard being user-replaceable.

If you're the DIY type and love the idea of being able to tinker with your laptop's innards this is the best laptop for you. The Framework laptop is currently only available for purchase from the Framework website, and the price tag starts at $1,099 — though you can pay as low as $849 for the DIY Edition if you're willing to assemble your laptop yourself and provide your own memory, storage, operating system, and Wi-Fi card.

The best gaming laptop

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) showing Cyberpunk 2077 running onscreen

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The best Windows gaming laptop for most

Specifications

Display: 14-inches, 1920 x 1080
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 3.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Solid gaming performance
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Elegant, portable design 
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11-hour battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No webcam
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Keyboard has backlighting issues

One of the trickiest challenges gaming laptop manufacturers face is creating a machine that packs in enough power and cooling for true gaming performance, yet is also actually slim and light enough to be easily transported around and used on your lap. In this respect, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 really shines; it achieves a great balance between power and portability by making use of the AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS processor, a new laptop-grade CPU that comes with AMD’s latest tech to efficiently deliver power. Add-in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU and you’re looking at a very powerful 14-inch laptop. 

It delivers the goods when you're gaming but also delivers over 10 hours of battery life when you’re not, making this a decent workhorse machine as well. And at a price that ranges from $1,049 and ranging up to $1,999, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is pretty affordable depending on the spec you opt for. Even when it's fully kitted out, it’s still cheaper than many other gaming laptops. 

Read our full Asus ROG Zephryus G14 review.

The best 13-inch Windows laptop

Dell XPS 13 Plus open on desk viewed from front side

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The best 13-inch Windows ultraportable

Specifications

Display: 13.4 inches (3456 x 2160) OLED touch (as reviewed)
CPU: 12th gen Core i7-1280P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 2.77 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Bright and vibrant OLED display
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Very comfortable keyboard
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Strong performance
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Powerful audio

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively short battery life
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Touchpad can be oversensitive
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Bottom runs warm
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Capacitive function row lacks feedback

Judging by the name, you might think that the Dell XPS 13 Plus is a bigger version of Dell’s iconic laptop. But it’s actually quite the opposite. This is the sleekest and most trimmed-down laptop we've seen from Dell yet.

There’s just two ports. There’s no headphone jack. Dell even ditched physical function keys in favor of a capacitive row. There’s not even lines to show you where the touchpad is; the entire area beneath the keyboard is one smooth piece of glass.

Despite the trim design, Dell managed to pack a speedy Intel CPU into this sleek 2.7-pound machine. And the result is a system that can give the best MacBooks a run for their money, though it doesn't always win. And while the disappointing battery life and capacitive keys may give you pause, those who can deal with these disappointments will get a speedy little Windows machine for not too much money.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 Plus review.

The best 14-inch Windows laptop

Acer Swift 5 on desk

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The best 14-inch Windows laptop

Specifications

Display: 14-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) touchscreen
CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 2.65 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Dazzling design
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Gorgeous display
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Plenty of power
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Super speedy SSD

Reasons to avoid

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Lots of bloatware
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Speakers just OK

The Acer Swift 5 (2022) offers a lovely fresh design with gold accents wrapped around a speedy Intel CPU, a gorgeous 14-inch display, and a startlingly swift 1TB SSD onboard. While it has some drawbacks, including bad speakers and annoying software, the Acer Swift 5 remains a strong choice.

It's a great Windows laptop that offers plenty of power for everything save serious gaming. And while the speakers and pre-installed bloatware leave room for improvement, the striking 16:10 1600p display and the power of Intel's Core i7 chip make this a great (and great-looking) Windows laptop for getting things done on the go. 

Read our full Acer Swift 5 (2022) review.

The best 16-inch Windows laptop

Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

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The best 16-inch Windows laptop

Specifications

Display: 16-inch 3K (2,880 x 1,800) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 16:10, 120Hz
CPU: Intel Core i7-13700H | Intel Core i9-13900H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
RAM: 16GB | 32GB
Storage: 512GB | 1TB
Dimensions: 13.9 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 16-inch AMOLED display
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Thin, lightweight design
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Powerful productivity and gaming performance
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Roomy keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Samsung features might be superfluous for some users

The Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is a powerful laptop sporting a gorgeous 16-inch OLED display that makes viewing content and playing games a pure joy. The fact that it packs components powerful enough to rival some gaming laptops means it can handle just about any work you throw at it, making it a great Windows laptop.

The most notable competitor is the MacBook Pro 16-inch, but while Apple's big-screen Pro is impressive Samsung’s laptop is lighter and comes equipped with an OLED display, something no MacBook can match. Plus, the Book 3 Ultra is a better choice for playing PC games thanks to its discrete Nvidia laptop graphics card.

While it can't beat Apple's laptops in terms of battery life, the Book 3 Ultra is a killer 16-inch Windows laptop and is deserving of the Ultra name.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra review.

The best 17-inch Windows laptop

LG Gram 17 Pro (2023) review unit on table outdoors running Windows 11

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The best 17-inch Windows laptop

Specifications

Display: 17-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) IPS
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i7-1360P
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Thin and portable (for a 17-incher)
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Great performance
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Big and beautiful display
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Wide, spacious keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Short power cord
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Finish picks up fingerprints

The LG Gram 17 Pro ($1,999 to start) is a low-key beast of a laptop, which is what you hope to get from LG's decision to slip a 13th Gen Intel CPU and Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card into the thin black chassis of the 17-inch Gram. Put simply, no other laptop crams this much power into such a lightweight (at 3.2 pounds it's lighter than the smaller Dell XPS 15) big-screen machine.

Adding that kind of graphical horsepower gives the Gram a bit more muscle, allowing you to get more demanding work done and play many of the best PC games, though you'll need to dial down the settings if you want to achieve the high framerates this laptop's 144Hz display can deliver. 

While it still can't match the best gaming laptops in terms of power, the LG Gram 17 Pro is lighter and won't look as out of place in a coffee shop or conference room. The full keyboard and large display make working and browsing the web a very comfortable experience, and when it's time to relax the display and speakers make movies and TV a treat. The 12 hours of tested battery life is nothing to sneeze at, either!

Read our full LG Gram 17 Pro (2023) review.

The best business laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

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The best Windows business laptop

Specifications

Display: 13 inches; 2K
CPU: Intel Core i5-1130G7 | Intel Core i7-1160G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Storage: 256 - 1TB SSD
Weight: 2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great battery life
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Lightweight
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2K, anti-glare display

Reasons to avoid

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Limited ports
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Dull sound

When we hear a laptop is incredibly thin and light, it makes us worry about how long it can last on a charge. But there's nothing to worry about with the shockingly light 2-pound Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, which lasted 12 hours on our battery test, making it competitive with some of the very best Windows laptops on the market today. 

Lenovo didn't sacrifice on performance or usability, as the X1 Nano's Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors provide the speed you need for tons of productivity. Plus, the keyboard provides a snappy and comfortable typing experience that lives up to the ThinkPad brand. If you absolutely must have the lightest Windows laptop this is a great choice; you just might need to pack a USB-C hub, as this ultra-light ultraportable is a little light on ports.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review.

How we tested these laptops

How we test to find the best Windows laptops

The best Windows laptops rise to the top in our lab tests, in which we run every machine through a rigorous suite of benchmarks and real-world tests to gauge how it will perform during everyday use. 

For example, we carefully measure the average brightness and color quality of each laptop's display using our in-house light meter and colorimeter. To evaluate overall performance we run our machines through tests that include Geekbench 5 (CPU performance), as well as various 3DMark tests to measure graphics capabilities. We also run a file transfer test to measure how fast a machine's hard drive is, and a custom battery test that has the machine browse the internet over Wi-Fi until it runs out of juice.

When testing all laptops we benchmark gaming performance running Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. For testing dedicated gaming laptops, we also run benchmarks for a number of other popular games, such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2.

All of these lab tests are complemented by our hands-on review process, in which reviewers spend time putting each laptop through its paces while working, watching movies, listening to music, and playing games.

For more information on our testing process, check out our guide to how we test products at Tom's Guide.

How to choose the best laptop for you

How to choose the best Windows laptop for you

Performance: If performance isn't important to you, say because you only need a laptop for browsing the web, you can save a lot of money by choosing a cheap Windows laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. Most of the laptops we've suggested here can't be bought with anything less than a Core i5, so we recommend you check out our guide to the best laptops under $500 if performance isn't your priority. But if speed and performance are important to you, pick a laptop with starting specs such as a Core i5 CPU, 8 to 16GB of RAM and at least a 256GB to 512GB SSD.

Size: Consider how mobile you want your Windows machine to be. Notebooks like the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano are incredibly light and slim, while gaming-focused laptops like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and Alienware m15 R4 have real weight to them — but offer real power in exchange.

Flexibility: The 2-in-1 category of Windows laptop is a relatively new but exciting market of devices with hinges capable of rotating all the way around to lay the screen flat on the back of the laptop, turning it into a Windows tablet. If the idea of having a laptop that doubles as a tablet is exciting to you, Windows notebooks like the Lenovo Yoga 9i or HP Elite Dragonfly are a great choice.  

Graphics and gaming: Most Windows laptops feature integrated graphics as part of the CPU, which means they can handle old or undemanding games like Minecraft or World of Warcraft, but they won't be great at running the latest games or any intensive graphics applications (think: photo and video editing). For that, you'll want a laptop with a discrete graphics card, like Nvidia's RTX 30-series or AMD's Radeon RX 5000 series cards.

Whatever system you choose, it's always a good idea to complement it by investing in the best mouse for your particular work situation.

Written by
Alex Wawro
Written by
Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong journalist who's spent over a decade covering tech, games and entertainment. He oversees the computing department at Tom's Guide, which includes managing laptop coverage and reviewing many himself every year.

Alex Wawro
Senior Editor Computing

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. A lifelong PC builder, he currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.