Best Laptops

By Reviewed.com Staff

Even in today's mobile-first world, a smartphone doesn't always cut it. For productivity and power, a laptop is still usually the best choice for getting things done. And while many of the best laptops also command top-dollar prices, they're worth it if you need a device that won't leave you waiting.

Thanks to Intel's latest dual- and quad-core processors, gorgeous high-resolution LCDs, discrete graphics cards from Nvidia, and super-speedy SSD storage, laptops have never felt faster or more responsive. Whether you're shopping for a premium Windows 10-powered device or Apple's newest MacBook Pro, it's a great time to replace your old clunker.

These are the best laptops we've tested yet, and we can prove it—our scores are backed up by full reviews and detailed lab testing. Click on any model that piques your interest for all the details.

Updated March 14, 2017

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Expert Score
10.0

Razer Blade RZ09-01952E71-R3U1

Our top-scoring laptop also happens to be an excellent buy for power users and gamers alike. Running rings around the more expensive MacBook Pro, this Razer features bleeding-edge Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics, a good keyboard, and normal USB ports. Thunderbolt 3 lets you hook up Razer's Core accessory to boost your graphics performance even more. Only a poor trackpad really spoils the fun, all things considered.

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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base (96D-00001)

This updated 2-in-1 from Microsoft is a lot like the Surface Book that came before it. If you liked that concept, but longed for better battery life and faster graphics, then look no further. With its new Performance Base, this Surface Book provides more oomph for high-performing tasks and even a little gaming. It's super expensive, and still as quirky as ever, but it's the fastest Surface Book ever built.

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Dell XPS 13 9360 (Intel Core i7, 512 GB SSD)

Dell's latest XPS 13 is based on the tried-and-true recipe established in 2015—thin bezels, long-lasting battery, the latest Intel chips, and a gaggle of options. Even though it retains the troublesome webcam and other quirks, it's still among the best ultrabooks you can buy. Sure, it's not a 2-in-1, but sometimes you just want a straight-ahead laptop design, and Dell's great XPS 13 is worth your hard-earned money.

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Vaio Z Flip VJZ13BX0211B

Vaio's newest 2-in-1 laptop has a secret up its sleeve—an extra-powerful Intel chip with Iris graphics. This premium system is built in Japan, and even though it's a pricey proposition, it acquits itself nicely. Fast internals, a solid keyboard, and a responsive trackpad help it pull ahead of the competition. The downsides are a lack of ports, and a tablet mode that's a little awkward to use.

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Dell XPS 13 9365 (i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

This Dell XPS 13 is more than meets the eye: it's actually a 2-in-1 variant of our favorite PC ultrabook. Sporting a similar, striking design and great build quality, it's about as good as its standard stablemate. That said, a lower-power Intel chip and limited ports are drawbacks that the normal version just don't have.

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