Review The Best Laptops for 2022

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Specs are just the beginning: Our in-depth guide offers the recommendations (and top selections!) you need to find the best laptop for you, whether you want a basic budget PC, a productivity workhorse, or a screaming gaming notebook.

Your daily routine won’t be revolutionized by a laptop the way it can be by a smartphone. You can’t just pull one out to buy a cup of coffee, pass the time in the elevator, or take a picture of the most beautiful sunset.

Laptops, however, have developed their own skills in the years since cellphones took on all of these tasks. If you look in the correct location, amazing battery life and stunning screens are now commonplace.

Games can be played at full HD resolution for a reasonable price. And those standard, antiquated features—like touchpads and full-size keyboards—that you won’t find on any mobile device tend to get better almost every generation.

However, significant features have also led to great fragmentation. There is a bewildering selection of low-cost laptops, gaming laptops, 2-in-1 laptops, Chromebooks, and ultraportables available on Amazon, Newegg, and even your local electronics megamart.

We review as many laptops as we can here at PC Labs—hundreds each year—so we’ve pretty much seen every variation of laptop you can buy. Below are our top selections for each category, followed by a thorough buying guide that will provide you with all the information you need to choose your next laptop.

Best Laptop for Most Buyers

Dell XPS 13 (9310)

Simply said, the XPS 13 is our go-to pick for portable Windows laptops for everyday usage. The practically bezel-less display is gorgeous, the chassis design is ultra-thin, and the battery life is substantial.

Although it may not be a professional-grade laptop with superpowers, the performance and feature set are quick and comprehensive enough to make it possible to be productive at home or on the go. This piece is an easy winner in this field due to the way that style and content are combined.

Who It’s For

Consider the XPS 13 seriously if you enjoy the MacBook Air’s design and aesthetic but would rather use Windows. One of the best-built ultraportables available, Dell’s model has a premium feel and is quick and incredibly portable.

This is our recommendation for anyone seeking for a portable laptop for regular home and office duties that has a fair starting price (with room to go up) and a pleasing style.

Best Budget Laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14

Is it unreasonable to demand a well-designed, quick-running, and well-equipped laptop for significantly less than $1,000? That and more are provided by the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 for about $520.

It offers quick speeds, USB-C connectors, a nice keyboard, and even a fingerprint scanner at that low price, all in a small design with long battery life. There are several shortcomings, most notably a subpar display and speakers, but altogether, it’s still a fantastic value.

Who It’s For

You just cannot beat what this laptop has to offer if your requirements are straightforward and your intended spending range is far lower than $1,000.

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The worst budget systems try to minimize compromises, which is why the flaws in this system aren’t deal-breakers for true budget laptops. In view of the recent steady increase in PC prices, if getting a good deal is your top priority and you only need a laptop for moderate daily use, look no further.

Best Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2022)

Many Chromebooks strive to be as affordable as possible, however there is a second tier of more expensive, fully featured Chromebooks for true productivity.

One such device is the $700 Acer Chromebook Spin 713, a convertible with a brilliant screen, excellent performance, and a variety of contemporary ports. As long as you can utilize the additional power, this combo shines out in the field.

Who It’s For

People who want laptops with Windows-caliber quality and performance but are set on ChromeOS as their preferred or necessary operating system.

Additionally, there is support for Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI, as well as a genuine SSD rather than a negligible amount of flash storage. This is our favorite Chromebook if one of the less expensive alternatives doesn’t meet your needs as well.

Best Business Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Among the larger laptops, business laptops are in a class of their own since they must meet a particular set of design and functionality requirements for professionals who work from home.

Better than any other laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is a beautifully designed device with a wonderful keyboard, long battery life, solid performance, and the necessary accessories and connectivity. It’s quick, well-made, portable, incredibly durable, and has a ton of connectivity choices, to put it simply.

Who It’s For

Professional users have a simple choice to make if they want their fully functional business laptop to be very portable.

These requirements are met by this laptop, which will be enjoyable to use for the duration of its lifespan. Those on a limited budget should go elsewhere because it is pricey, but those who value performance, a tried-and-true ThinkPad feature set, and an exceptionally extended battery life should consider it.

Best Desktop Replacement Laptop

Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610)

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) is our best desktop replacement laptop since it has a huge, high-resolution screen and powerful technology without being as cumbersome as larger 17-inch models.

It provides much more than just a large screen, as it also delivers nearly gaming notebook-level graphics and processing capabilities from an Intel Core i7 H-Series processor and an Nvidia 3050 Ti graphics card.

Although the 16-inch screen size may not be suitable for everyone and the lack of a touch screen is disappointing, it more than makes up for these drawbacks with a massive touchpad, a very comfortable keyboard, and nearly 14 hours of battery life.

There are plenty of ports, including Thunderbolt 4 and full HDMI output. This laptop is capable of doing anything, including media creation and web browsing (and also some light gaming, when you want it). It is a reasonably priced, powerful machine.

Who It’s For

The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610), with its 16-inch display, Intel Core i7 H-Series processor, and Nvidia RTX graphics, is a tough competitor for desktop replacements. It’s a fantastic laptop for both demanding work and gaming, plus it’s very affordable.

Melissa Valentini

I am a journalist graduated from the University of New York. In addition, I write short stories and chronicles as a hobby. I currently write for the Techeneis.