If you like to lớn write, browse, game, or work in different parts of your home or office, a good máy tính xách tay in 2021 is a necessity. There are many to choose from, but you can narrow down your options by looking at laptops from the most established and respected brands first.

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Here’s a list of the best máy tính brands in 2021 to lớn get you started.


The best

Dell

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Dell’s work, particularly in the ultrabook field, has yielded an incredible new crop of ultraportable laptops that are powerful & have sầu excellent battery life. If you need a PC for work or school & want it lớn last for as long as possible, Dell’s machines are a great choice. And Dell has arguably one of the best business laptops in its Latitude 7400 2-in-1, which offers a solid kiến thiết và multiday battery life.

This is especially true with its latest XPS models, which vì chưng everything to a high standard. They have sầu the lathử nghiệm high-resolution screens, connections, software, and innovative sầu materials. The lachạy thử 2021 XPS 13 is no exception, staying on top as the compact laptop to compare everything else lớn. The newer versions even have the webcam baông xã on the top bezel, lượt thích a more traditional máy tính xách tay, & can be configured with up to a six-core Hãng Intel 11th-generation Tiger Lake processor. For those who like larger screens, the 17-inch XPS 17 was one of our favorite reviewed models last year.

And Dell isn’t resting on its laurels. The lachạy thử Tiger Lake release has seen new gains for general processor performance and entry-cấp độ gaming power. Existing XPS 13 and XPS 15 models are some of our favorites laptops ever, ticking just about every box you can think of. Additionally, if you want lớn update lớn the very latest 11th-gene Hãng Intel processors, Dell models lượt thích the Inspiron 14 5000 are some of the most affordable options.

Dell’s laptops look great, offer decent internal hardware, and have sầu heaps of style (and they have sầu some of the best ruggedized options on the market). They’re made with premium materials, sport a solid battery life, & are light và portable. Some of Dell’s budget or business-oriented laptops can be a little lackluster, but in the XPS line, it’s hit after hit.

The rest

Apple

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If there’s one thing that nearly everyone agrees on, it’s that Apple laptops are reliable và predictably high-chất lượng, & they last a long time with updates that tư vấn older laptops long past some other brands have sầu bit the dust. When you buy a MacBook, you know what to expect. You’ll get a fantastic screen, solid battery life, and a beautiful chassis with thin bezels. They vì tkết thúc lớn be a little more expensive than their Windows counterparts, và sometimes the hardware doesn’t always quite measure up, but when it comes khổng lồ style, ease of use, và reliability, Apple laptops are top-notch.

Apple previously updated the MacBook line with faster CPUs in the Pro family, along with an added cảm ứng Bar to lớn all MacBook Pros — all without raising prices — but its lademo work is even more ambitious. From fixing long-acknowledged problems with its keyboard thiết kế khổng lồ shifting its laptops over to lớn its own internal ARM M1 chip for both the MacBook Air and the MacBook phiên bản Pro (with more on the way), it’s a great time to lớn be an Apple người.

HP


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HPhường may not have always had the best máy vi tính reputation, but the lachạy thử HPhường laptops have sầu taken some thiết kế cues from their contemporaries and have really raised the bar. Their current notebooks are fast, powerful, và easier for consumers lớn adopt for their personal projects. They’re also quite lovely, with the new gem-cut thiết kế adorning the Spectre line và a sleek, modern look khổng lồ the lachạy thử Envy 15. Through it all, HPhường. has earned a reputation for reliable laptops with very competent customer service.

Today, HP regularly goes head-to-head with some of the best máy tính manufacturers in the world. Its Spectre x360 stole the show against the Surface Laptop in our head-to-head và continues lớn impress with HP’s consistent mã sản phẩm upgrade philosophy. There are even AMOLED versions of the Spectre x360 15 và Spectre x360 13 that provide incredibly bright và vibrant displays that will please creative sầu types & Netflix binge-watchers alike. Those more interested in performance will be glad lớn know that the lachạy thử crop of HPhường laptops has also upgraded to Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips, and options like the Spectre x360 14 2-in-1 remain perfect choices for a portable business laptop. If you need a thin máy vi tính, be sure to kiểm tra out the company’s lachạy thử Elite Dragonfly line.

Customer support options place HPhường. in the top five sầu of all manufacturers. With options for up to lớn three years of comprehensive warranty, you can net yourself some serious protection for your new laptop, too.

HP’s laptops may not always steal the show, but its lineup of hardware is stronger today than it’s ever been & well worth considering if you want an alternative to some of the above sầu offerings.

Microsoft

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A decade ago, no one would have thought that Microsoft would be one of the best máy tính xách tay brands in the world, but today, it has a well-earned spot on this các mục. After a few iterations of Surface tablets with some reliability issues, Microsoft claimed a 99.999% reliability in 2017 on its new Surface devices and offers hardware that is often class-leading in its own way.

The Surface Book 3 has excellent battery life like its predecessor and adds even more power, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 is one of our favorite 2-in-1s right now. Microsoft also recently updated its hardware lineup ahead of the launch of Windows 11. New to lớn the list is the Surface Laptop Studio, which replaces the Surface Book for creative sầu professionals, and the Surface Pro 8 is an incremental upgrade that adds refinement & polish at a cost.

Even more midrange devices lượt thích the Surface Laptop 3 (now with a 15-inch version) và a budget tablet like the Surface Go 2 và Surface Go 3 help bolster Microsoft as one of the best máy tính brands today.

The company also offers a standard one-year warranty for Surface products should new owners run inlớn trouble, with 90 days of không lấy phí technical tư vấn. If you are more interested in a tablet-lượt thích 2-in-1 for professional purposes, Microsoft has also updated the Surface Pro X (2020), which is an alternative to lớn the ipad tablet Pro with more connection options & Windows 10 on an AMD chip.

Not all the Surface devices are fantastic, and their prices tend to lớn escalate very fast as you choose higher specs, but they’re still some of the best task-oriented laptops on the market.

Asus

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Asus laptops might not often take the top spot in our best-of lists, but they usually warrant a medal placing due to lớn their fantastic all-around capabilities. The current crop of its laptops includes thin và light Zenbooks, affordable Chromebooks, and powerful gaming machines like the incredible 20đôi mươi ROG Zephyrus G14. And as much as anyone, Hãng Asus is leading the movement to tiny bezels that pack as much laptop as possible inlớn the smallest chassis.

For the savvy consumer who favors attractive sầu and distinct-looking tech, look no further than the Hãng Asus Zenbook 13. The lachạy thử version of this laptop features a beautiful OLED screen và a battery life that keeps up with your busy day. Or, if you’re looking for an XPS alternative, we found that the Asus ZenBook S held its own with a kiến thiết made to lớn maximize the screen-to-body toàn thân ratio. There are other stellar choices in the Asus family, including the Asus Zenbook 15 UX534FN and the Zenbook 14 UX425. Both of those laptops feature slim bezels, powerful performance, và a small và light framework. 

Hãng Asus has also been bold with experimenting with new designs, and it’s one of the earlier companies to lớn give its own take and spin on laptops with two screens, but in a more traditional size factor that we know today.

Asus strongly resembles David in the story of David và Goliath. The lesser-known company continues to staông chồng up against giants lượt thích Dell, HP.., và Apple. It makes reliable laptops at genuinely affordable prices — và the company takes it a step further by adding a year of accident- và spill-protection warranties for không tính tiền.

Razer

Razer is well-known for its flashy gaming accessories, but the brand also offers a powerful line of gaming laptops designed khổng lồ take even demanding games on the go or support a more versatile virtual reality (VR) experience that doesn’t chain you to lớn a desktop space. Razer laptops are built well & they last forever — at least until they’re no longer able lớn run the latest title at acceptable frame rates.

Just how good are we talking? The 20đôi mươi Razer Blade 15 introduced an incredible 300Hz refresh rate display, và the Blade line regularly makes our lists for the best gaming computers, offering the power, RAM, display, & cooling capađô thị that gamers need for the best results. And with the news that the Blades are getting support for AMD Ryzen 5000 chips, the future looks very bright.

However, Razer doesn’t only impress with gaming laptops. The Razer Book 13, essentially a powerhouse stripped of gaming flair, impressed us so much we wondered if it was “nearly the perfect laptop.”

Lenovo

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Lenovo is a brand that we have long associated with reliability, as its long-lived line of workhorse ThinkPad/IdeaPad computers have shown up in offices và classrooms year after year. They may not always look lượt thích much, but they’re durable and more than ready to get the job done. It’s something that the brand has become increasingly skilled at.

In recent years, Lenovo has made a push for extra-portable laptops & 2-in-1s without compromising on specs, and the results have been particularly impressive. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon line continues to lớn be one of the best business laptops available, và the 8th generation’s updates and USB-C additions have been very welcome.

We also thought the IdeaPad Sllặng 7 was one of the best AMD Ryzen laptops available in 2020, while the lathử nghiệm ThinkPad X1 Nano is one of the best choices for an ultra-portable máy tính xách tay under 2 pounds. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad X12 with its detachable screen is a worthy alternative sầu lớn Surface Pro & Surface Book computers.

Acer

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You’ll find Acer laptops và accessories frequently show up on our recommendations for affordable or budget computing. And while the brand does have sầu a respectable reputation for producing competent budget models lượt thích the Acer Aspire 5, Acer also has other specializations that help it stvà out in the right situations.

Take the Acer Swift 5 20trăng tròn, which we found khổng lồ be one of the best showcases of Intel’s 11th-gene Tiger Lake processors outside of Dell’s models, an ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá choice for a slyên máy tính that still packs a punch. Or the Acer Spin 3 20đôi mươi, a 2-in-1 model with a beautiful 16:10 QHD+ display to handle serious work.

Then there are more ambitious laptops that manage to lớn be the perfect solution for specific needs, lượt thích the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel with a quality thiết kế (allowing six different positions) meant specifically for creative sầu professionals và performance that wowed us. There’s a reason the ConceptD 7 Ezel won our Editor’s Choice Award upon review, & every artist should give Acer a look when upgrading khổng lồ a new máy vi tính.

MSI

Start looking for gaming laptops, and it won’t be too long before you’re looking at some of MSI’s creations. MSI has a reputation for producing extra-solid gaming machines without the flair và RGB add-ons. They’re no-nonsense laptops that get you playing fast and can put in a solid day’s work when needed.

Recent years have also seen a more streamlined focus from MSI that has produced good results & improved the brand’s products. The MSI Prestige 14 Evo, for example, is a svào choice if you are looking for a more affordable 14-inch máy vi tính that can still handle gaming, while the MSI GS66 Stealth is a reasonable option if Razer’s Blade laptops are looking a little too pricey for you. We also found the 2021 version of the Stealth is one of the best options for 1440p resolution gaming at 240Hz. That’s certainly an achievement for a 15-inch laptop!

Laptop buying guide và FAQs

When should I buy or tăng cấp to a new laptop?

If you’re in the Windows camp, now is an excellent time to lớn start shopping for a new máy tính xách tay. Microsoft just launched its new Windows 11 operating system, so we’ll start seeing plenty of devices that are refreshed or upgraded lớn ship with the new OS. If you already have a fairly recent model running Windows 10, it will likely be upgradeable khổng lồ Windows 11, & you won’t need lớn buy a new máy tính xách tay. However, if you want the best performance for gaming, creative work, or general productivity tasks, you want to lớn consider Intel’s upcoming 12th-ren Alder Lake chips later this year. For Apple fans, MacOS Monterey is coming later this fall, và the Mac-maker is widely expected khổng lồ launch updates khổng lồ its Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro range with even more powerful silibé, which for now is rumored to lớn debut as the Apple M1x processor.

Do I need a máy tính xách tay with a dedicated graphics card?

Thanks to lớn the power of integrated graphics, only gamers or those doing 3D kiến thiết work need a dedicated graphics card. If you find yourself playing high-end games or working in Adobe’s software suite frequently, you’ll likely want to lớn choose a notebook with discrete graphics. AMD’s lademo Radeon RX 6000 series và Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 series are excellent options. There are tradeoffs to lớn having a discrete GPU on a notebook — these laptops are generally thicker, heavier, & more expensive than models that lachồng it. If you’re a casual người chơi, opting for a Model with integrated Hãng Intel Xe or integrated Radeon graphics will be sufficient.

How much memory and storage should I get?

This all depends on what you intkết thúc to bởi vì with your máy vi tính. Most users will be fine with 16GB of RAM & 256GB of storage, but if you’re doing Clip editing or need to store a lot of large files, you may want khổng lồ go even higher. Upgrading the storage và memory will quickly drive sầu up the cost of your laptop, so you’ll have sầu lớn balance your needs with your budget. And with cloud-based PC solutions such as Microsoft’s Windows 365 Cloud PC subscription, you may not need khổng lồ max out on your physical hardware, as your máy vi tính will serve as the thin client to lớn stream a desktop that’s hosted in the cloud. Be sure lớn kiểm tra out our máy tính buying guide khổng lồ get an idea of what lớn look for và what to lớn expect in 2021.

Can I use a gaming máy vi tính to perkhung general office tasks?

Absolutely! Gaming laptops & PCs are ahy vọng the most powerful consumer systems on the market today, & you don’t need a dedicated system for play & one for work. Instead, get the most powerful system that your wallet can afford, & you can use it for a variety of tasks, including gaming, cloud and website applications, programming, creative edits, và general office tasks. Some systems, like Razer’s laptops, are generally well-built with subtle enough designs that won’t look garish or out of place if you take it with you inkhổng lồ the boardroom. Many laptops that are specifically designed for gaming will come with more aggressive styling that may not look too professional for use at work, but they’ll still paông chồng plenty of power to edit videos, apply creative sầu touches lớn photos, & work in spreadsheets and Word documents.

I need a laptop for travel — what should I look for?

There are many factors that go inkhổng lồ making a máy tính great. If you’re looking for a Mobile solution, find something with a screen kích cỡ ranging from 12 to 14 inches. This will give you a compact enough system with a large enough display khổng lồ multitask và stay productive sầu. If you care about the screen, choosing one with an OLED display will give you better contrast & colors, but they tover khổng lồ be more expensive sầu. Another factor to lớn thử nghiệm on a máy tính xách tay is the keyboard — most of your interaction will be through the keyboard và trackpad, so you’ll want to lớn choose a mã sản phẩm with deep key travel & a comfortable, ergonomic typing experience. A keyboard with shallow keys means that the keys will bottom out more quickly, leading to finger fatigue.

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How often should I upgrade my laptop?

That will generally vary from person to person. If you’re not pushing your máy tính with performance tasks, it should last you for years as long as you take care of it. Many PC models allow you to lớn tăng cấp either the storage, memory, or both, allowing the system lớn grow with you as your needs change.