Best Laptops of 2018

By 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.

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Updated January 05, 2018

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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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Dell XPS 15 9560 (Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM)

Dell's latest 15-inch premium XPS laptop is perfect for creative professionals who want full-bore power on the go. From its color-accurate 4K display, to its quad-core Intel processors and Nvidia graphics, the XPS 15 is ready for today's work, with the ability to upgrade it later for tomorrow's more demanding apps. It's a little heavy, and its webcam is still in an awkward spot, but this Dell is a true pro powerhouse.

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$1,599.99 Amazon Buy $1,750.99 Best Buy Buy $1,879.24 Walmart Buy

Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen)

If you're in the market for a business-class laptop, it's hard to imagine something better than the X1 Carbon. It nailed our performance tests, it has all the features you could want in a business laptop, and it's built to an incredibly high standard. Though the review unit we tested was expensive, it comes in a wide range of well-priced configs, putting top-notch quality within just about anyone's reach.

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$1,849.00 Amazon Buy $1,803.84 Walmart Buy

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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HP Spectre X360 (2017, 15", 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)

This big HP 2-in-1 gives users a big canvas on which to do work and express themselves. The Spectre X360 uses high-quality materials and has an alluring look. The 4K screen, speedy i7, and great keyboard compliment the beautiful metal build. While the trackpad is a little less great than competing laptops, there's no other 15-inch premium laptop that's quite as nice for as little money as the Spectre X360.

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