The Best Laptops of 2021

PCMag.com analyst Matthew Buzzi takes you through the best laptops that have come through PC Labs so far this year! Skip to our picks below; for the very latest guide (updated in real time), check out our Best Laptops buyers guide on the site.

00:00 Introduction

Best Chromebook:
(00:43) Acer Chromebook Spin 713
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/acer-chromebook-spin-713

Best Value for Mac Users:
(01:53) Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-air-m1-late-2020

Best Budget Windows Laptop:
(02:51) Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-ideapad-flex-5-14

Best 2-In-1 Convertible Laptop:
(03:56) HP Spectre x360 14
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-spectre-x360-14

Best Ultralight Laptop:
(04:58) Dell XPS 13 (9310)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-9310

Best Budget or Mainstream Gaming Laptop:
(06:00) Acer Predator Triton 300 SE
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/acer-predator-triton-300-se

Best High-End Gaming Laptop:
(07:10) Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/razer-blade-15-advanced-edition-2021

Best Business Laptop:
(08:21) Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (2021)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-gen-9-2021

Best General-Purpose Laptop:
(09:31) Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15-Inch)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-laptop-4-15-inch

Best Future Looking Laptop:
(10:38) Asus ZenBook Duo 14 (2021)
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-zenbook-duo-14-2021

For more information on our roundup:
https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-laptops

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49 Comments

  1. rEvolver on December 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    HP = NFW

  2. Huzefa Saifee on December 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    This guy looks like Aamir Khan

  3. Francisco Piccio on December 15, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    How can a laptop be considered business if it doesn’t have a fully integrated number pad? Anyone who does statistical, engineering, financial, and other in-depth number crunching type work needs this BY NECESSITY. You should really think of factoring this in PCMag.

  4. Abhi S on December 15, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    can you suggest laptop for cad softwares

  5. Amar Inder Singh on December 15, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    which one of windows laptops with ryzen processor is good for video editing and rendering..

  6. Frances Tutt on December 15, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    What is the camera like on the HP 360? We had one 4 years ago and blacks looked like purple. Do you have any video’s on this?

  7. icecool85 on December 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Hopefully black Friday will drop some of these prices down

  8. Danny Moughabghab on December 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I’d be willing to pay for a private consult on which laptop I should get, is that something you do? (DM me if so)

    The laptop I want is a high performance gaming/programming laptop (I intend to make games on it and would like to play games that aren’t 10 years old anymore). Budget is no issue and Id gladly pay 4 grand for the laptop but would be annoyed if the price vs performance ratio was not the best I could possibly get. Screen size and battery life is not that important for me as I suspect most of the time it would be plugged into my setup and only rarely would I work at a cafe or something (cafes have charging spots these days anyway)

  9. Florida Outdoor Adventures on December 15, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    How about HP Envy 360???

  10. Afif Khaja on December 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t like Chromebooks

  11. The Inktician on December 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    This list looks more like a 2020 list, but with the razor blade advanced replacing last years zephyrus G14. And theres the Helios 300 (which isnt even the best Asus of 2021)

  12. Eddie C on December 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    What is the best laptop with ports that’s quick, has great battery life and has an OLED screen?

  13. Jim Tamim on December 15, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    How about Lg Gram 16?

  14. Matthew on December 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    "The best chromebook is…"
    Me: Skip Skip Skip

  15. Sergio B on December 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Razer is garbage made in China ., worst customer service .. stay away from them buy American or something else

  16. Zeljko Vujacic on December 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    14 incha a- bljak , perfect 15,6 incha za najmanje novca Acer je No.1 .a ko ima novac najbolje od najboljeg je Toshiba

  17. Stacy Hackney on December 15, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you

  18. ToxicJ on December 15, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    What about accer flow x 13

  19. Night Owls on December 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    You’re talking so fast and sound like you’re promoting them. Did you get paid for this? I know sales pitches when I hear them. No one who is realistically comparing the best ones is doing so by spouting off the tech specs at 100mph. Terrible. Nexxxxt!

  20. Kasonde Lwao on December 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    The HP Omen laptops are terrific when **customized** on their website. You can get a 16" laptop 1TB with NVIDIA 3050, 16GB RAM, Core i7 and a good looking design for as low as $1500

  21. Angela Yu on December 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Best laptop for Mac users : MacBook Air
    Lol I guess Mac users don’t have any other choice but an apple really.

  22. yusnas on December 15, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Im so broke i dont even listen to sad music to cry, i watch laptop unboxings and reviews

  23. Rich Leyden on December 15, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    A very high fraction of the HP Spectre X360 suddenly will not turn on. Typically happens a few months after the warrenty expires. HP charges $560 for the repair.

  24. TheTower on December 15, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    29 hours? Thats some BS yo

  25. Botched Operations on December 15, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Cromebooks and 32-64gb laptops shouldn’t be a thing. The worse laptops in my opinion.
    Had a 32gb and died within a year. Can’t update or restore. No more space for it.
    For me the best laptop would be:
    1tb ssd or hdd
    External battery(easy to replace)
    8+gb ram.

  26. James Marchetti on December 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Someday they’ll make laptops with 17" screens.

  27. Michael Hubbell on December 15, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    God I hate that the dislike bar gone… I’m sure this review is good but I’ll never know for sure if this advice is valid

  28. Transformational Piano Life Coach on December 15, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Very informative thank you

  29. Behemoth on December 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    That is just lazy. Many of these laptops are last generation or even older, some of which actually have current gen versions already released months ago.
    Lenovo Legion 5 Pro completely outclasses Razer Blade 15 Advanced.
    You have also ignored novel designs like ROG Flow X13 which can do a lot more for its price both as a 2-in-1 (compared to XPS 13) and compact gaming laptop (compared to Acer Triton SE). You essentially get two laptops for the price of 1. And I did not even need to go into what else it can do with its egpu.

  30. mahmoud jawhar on December 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Music is loudly

  31. Kayla Kunkel on December 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    What would you recommend for a laptop? I need a new one preferably with a keypad for work(transcribing, proofreading) that’s light to carry. The microphone and sound need to be good as well. Idk what to get.

  32. Transformational Piano Life Coach on December 15, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    If I want edit video how many ram should I get?

  33. Johnny void on December 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I want a gaming laptop that turns into a tablet I can draw and video edit on. Any advice?

  34. Leroy Oterang on December 15, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    hp is trash. stay away

  35. Solaris Mortum on December 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Looking for a 14 inch laptop, ryzen cpu, upgradeable ram, and an ethernet port (ideally touchscreen but it doesn’t matter). I have yet to find anything that fits this criteria. If anyone knows I’m welcome to ideas 😀 closest thing I’ve found is the asus rog flow

  36. Mohinder Singh on December 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Please mujhe laptop suggest kijiye normal use ke liye jiski battery back up Accha ho ,processor accha ho,build quality acchi ho,camera ho,keypad light ho ,speaker accha ho.latest generation ho.gaming laptop nahi chahiye.please guide.

  37. Rocky Roadster on December 15, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    You begin this video saying you don’t know what the best laptops are but the title of your video says different. That’s why channels like this one is next to useless.

  38. sanjay jacob mathews on December 15, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Hp envy should’ve been included!

  39. Transformational Piano Life Coach on December 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you for the info

  40. George Van Tuyl on December 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    PC magazine gets paid by manufacturers.

  41. Camera Prepper on December 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    My choice as a photographer are the MacBook Air M1 16 GB RAM, I love the silence and it cannot such dust inside.

  42. c0n on December 15, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    he said 3 operating systems (w os,m oc,c os). us linux users are just forgotten once again :/

  43. Arthur Caesar on December 15, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I have owned two Lenovo laptops, both were dead within a year.

  44. jay300m04 on December 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    thank you very much for helping me make a decision.

  45. seizureboy333 on December 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    So what laptop is as good as a Dell XPS 13 but with some more ports? Help?

  46. Peter Rao on December 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Dell has been bad and their customer service is poor!

  47. Drew817 on December 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    What laptop do you prefer for trading and investing

  48. Transformational Piano Life Coach on December 15, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    If I want to make a documentary(shooting for 500 hours before editing down to a 2 hour show), how many ram and storage should I get ?

  49. Marc Schweitzer on December 15, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    You should speak a lot faster.

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