The Best Laptops for 2020

Shopping for a notebook is more than just poring over spec lists. Whether you want a simple budget PC, a productivity workhorse, or a screaming machine for gaming, our guide has the advice you need to find the best laptop to fit your needs.

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https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-laptops

0:00 – Intro
0:13 – Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
1:28 – Dell Inspiron 14 7000 (7490)
2:09 – Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 (2019)
3:02 – Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (2019)
4:24 – Acer Chromebook 514
5:25 – Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020)
6:04 – Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch
7:30 – Dell XPS 13 (9300)
9:07 – HP Elite Dragonfly
9:52 – HP Envy 13 (2019)

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50 Comments

  1. Miridmiir Gaming on February 26, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I want one just for writing but that runs well



  2. _MelanatedKitten🤘🏾 on February 26, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I’m trying to get a laptop that would be fast and great for creating designs for my tshirt business. Which one of these would work?



  3. EZart2015 on February 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    What about the Lenovo E14 ThinkPad with 4700u processor, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB hard drive?



  4. Jack da Potato on February 26, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    i cant believe u didnt include the hp omen 15



  5. Stace on February 26, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    acer… sucks…



  6. ms p on February 26, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    WindowOS = 80.5% market share
    ChromeOS = 10.8% market share 2020
    MacOS = 7.5% market share 2020
    So much for the M1 chip…lol



  7. Jovan Tan on February 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Need help with finding a laptop. Going to use it for app and game development so it needs to have a good gpu, and a good cooling system. It needs to be sturdy and have an extra SSD expandable slot because I plan on dualbooting Linux. I don’t care much about about the thickness or size, nor about the keyboard or weight.

    Any suggestions? Much appreciated



  8. Cheng en Lau on February 26, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hey any recommendation with laptop worth the price or budget? Maybe can do some coding and linux with i7 16gb ram and I don’t intend to use for gaming



  9. karter playz on February 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    YESS MY ACER CHROMEBOOKS GOOG



  10. ᗰEᒪᒪO YEᒪᒪO on February 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I’m not sure what I should get, I do play games a lot and I also like watching videos and Netflix, but I may use it for school. So what would be the best?



  11. katryne damascena on February 26, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Love this video



  12. ngale009 on February 26, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I’m looking into buying a new laptop for work/school. I’m stuck between Dell and hp. I’ve heard a lot of negative things about Dell inspron trackpad. I’m pushing towards an HP. my two previous laptops were both HP and i was satisfied with them. also don’t want to spend over $1250 for a new laptop. any suggestions?



  13. Sailor Emily on February 26, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Im so lost T_T looking for a good laptop is hard T_T



  14. Braxton Burtis on February 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    What happened to the Golden medium between thin-and-lights and THICC heavy gaming laptops? You know, the ones that are a little over half an inch thick with full sized ethernet jacks without feeling like chonky beasts from the early 2000s. the thin-and-light craze is driving me nuts, cool to look at in a show room and it has its place, but doesn’t mean stop making designs just thick enough to have a ethernet jack , plus more room for cooling. ( more preformance without feeling super big. So the form factor of the 2011 macbook pro would be what I find perfect for me.



  15. Brian Murphy on February 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    LISTEN UP!!!
    The HP Omen 15 is the worst gaming laptop I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned 7 of them, from age 26-43.
    1. Frame rate stutters, even when dialed down and nothing graphically intensive is happening.
    2. Fans sound like a jet engines at the best of times, to the point it’s embarrassing in public.
    3. Vents and top (when closed) allow for anything to get into it. (Dirt, dust and any other debris.
    4. It turns on all by itself, (this is common somehow?)
    I absolutely hate this thing!



  16. GioPlatinum on February 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    If u want a medium end laptop, just buy Acer Predator Nitro 5, I also bought it for in need of medium end laptop rn, and I didn’t regret it.
    Even if it’s below $1000, doesn’t mean it’s Bad !



  17. Shiela Jane on February 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I badly needed laptop for my modules . Its sooo hard to use phone 😭 I wish i can afford laptop .



  18. B K on February 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    You couldn’t pay me to buy another Dell. That being said, I am now more confused.



  19. R K on February 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I can’t believe the iPad Pro didn’t make anyone’s best laptop list…lol



  20. Arijit Ganguly on February 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Where is Xps 15?????



  21. Zohj Tv on February 26, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    looking for the a new laptop this year with a core i7 coz i heard it was really good but still cant decide what brand is the best and i wanted too.



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  23. Jatin Palnati on February 26, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Sir I’m thinking of buying a new laptop i have narrowed it down to 2 laptops one is the HP 14s cf3028tu and the other is Asus Vivobook 14 X409JA-EK372T. Both have SSD+HDD but there is a big price difference, please tell me if the extra money for the HP is worth it or please give me some other options. Thank you!
    Edit:-(the Asus doesn’t have MS Office but the HP does)



  24. Francisco Butte on February 26, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    G14 is the laptop of the year. Easily.



  25. I’m a Rat on February 26, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Cries in Broke…



  26. A-C Challenges on February 26, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Does the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 handle well with word and PowerPoint? Is it also fast?



  27. Etinosa HD on February 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Hello pls reply, I need help with buying a laptop that is good for video editing, business, productivity for college does anyone have any recommendations



  28. James Gaming on February 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Best laptop = MacBook Pro



  29. Alvira Rahman on February 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Already ordered an ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14



  30. Jim Lee on February 26, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Can I have one please 😀



  31. V L on February 26, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    What type of laptops are recommended for something like running a business?



  32. Zahira Difa Zahrani on February 26, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I want to buy a macbook, but i dont have enough money🙂



  33. Taran jeet singh on February 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    You call mx 250 as dedicated graphics 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤦



  34. pickleppnig 666 on February 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    so what’s the best one ?



  35. Sharptooth100 on February 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    All these laptops are great upgrading a 1TB or more solid state drive is that speeding up progress is something very important, even in businesses.



  36. G 2 on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    All I want is a Laptop with good camera quality, touch screen, i7 core light weight and supports long hours battery saver and that is not above 2k asking for a science major student ! Aka me



  37. Menna Khaled on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Can someone suggest a good laptop for a personal use that is 400$ or under?



  38. rusty on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    i need a laptop that’s good for doing work but also i can game on but really confused. can someone let me know



  39. ARmer24 ll on February 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Best laptop in a budget of 900$?



  40. Dan Levin on February 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    The red track button is still a thing?



  41. Tej Turk on February 26, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    What about Asus Zenbook 15 and Vivobook 15?



  42. Hairpair 84 on February 26, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Pcboi talks about laptops



  43. HECTOR MORALES on February 26, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Where’s MSI??



  44. XAUSOX on February 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    DELL ✅



  45. Manvi Lohia on February 26, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Where is acer swift 3



  46. ネkaiン on February 26, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I need an laptop with an amd ryzen 5 or 7 with an graphic card like gtx 1660 or gtx 1050 or Vega 8 graphics and 8gb ram ddr4



  47. Semi Trucker on February 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    So which with you recommend



  48. mudge on February 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    You sound like the youtuber Macro



  49. Hobi As-J-Hope on February 26, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I need a laptop, if anyone could help me. I don’t have any idea about software and hardware, but I know what I want.. I want one that doesn’t lag, browse fast, can use for word, large memory capacity, suitable for student, online study, for young children that likes to watch videos on YouTube, can be use as an office laptop and just durable..something that would not make me feel like it’s a rip off cause it’s stop working after just few years. $1700Aud in budget. Please can someone recommend me one.



  50. neneee !! on February 26, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve been reading and watching reviews for like two weeks now and I’m honestly so lost. I just want one that I’m able to games on and use with a drawing tablet since I think they’re compatible with laptops as well.
    If anyone can help I’d be very grateful!
    I’m not too picky about price and weight/battery life or design, just as long as it lasts a long time and had good performance.