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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50 Comments

  1. Kayla Kunkel on November 23, 2021 at 12:24 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.

  2. rEvolver on November 23, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    HP = NFW

  3. Eulices Nicot on November 23, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    If it doesn’t have a numeric keyboard or has integrated GPU it’s automatically shhhieeeeeeeeeeeeet

  4. Rich Leyden on November 23, 2021 at 12:24 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.

  5. Gladiator PRODUCTIONS on November 23, 2021 at 12:25 pm

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

  6. Marc Schweitzer on November 23, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    You should speak a lot faster.

  7. Frances Tutt on November 23, 2021 at 12:30 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?

  8. Mr.bossman on November 23, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Eluktronics who’s making literally the best laptops, *am I a joke to you?*

  9. Leroy Oterang on November 23, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    hp is trash. stay away

  10. George Van Tuyl on November 23, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    PC magazine gets paid by manufacturers.

  11. Eddie C on November 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

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

  12. Michele H on November 23, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you PC Mag. We ordered a laptop online knowing very little. It came looking unappealing. Back to starting point 🤦‍♀️. Now we know what to get. Love love Apple but the quality is disappointing. Bought Mac Book Air for my daughter, and it lasted 3 years. I had to buy another 1 just bc she’s so used to it. Apple is the elite when it comes to design & technology. However it’s also the elite when it comes to prices. Quality? Not so good anymore. I like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The carbon design reminds me of the older BMW interior

  13. Johnny void on November 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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

  14. Wake Mtz on November 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    What? Most of those are 2020 laptops and not even the best in class tbh. And for the price, you can do a lot better now. The review is outdated. Swift X, G14, ROG Flox 13, XPS 17, the list goes on…

  15. JPMotoAZ on November 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Why are ethernet ports disappearing from laptops? I finally have 1gig fiber line and all these new laptops are limited to Wi-Fi.

  16. Sergio B on November 23, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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

  17. Rick Mason on November 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Listened to the entire video and didn’t find a recommendation for what I need. I am looking for a desktop replacement laptop with a 17 inch screen and no touch screen. I’m currently using an Acer Predator which is the best laptop I’ve ever owned. But currently Acer only lists one Predator with a 17 inch screen and it’s double the price I paid for my old laptop.

  18. Florida Outdoor Adventures on November 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    How about HP Envy 360???

  19. Crispin Cuttino on November 23, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Thought that was Optic Big-Tymer in the thumbnail

  20. Jim Tamim on November 23, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    How about Lg Gram 16?

  21. Kasonde Lwao on November 23, 2021 at 12:45 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

  22. icantsee on November 23, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Pcmag lost all credibility after saying the blade 15 was the best gaming laptop. Have they even seen the Zephyrus G15 ??

  23. Behemoth on November 23, 2021 at 12:47 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.

  24. ClaymorePT on November 23, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    You guys forgot the Framework Laptop

  25. ToxicJ on November 23, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    What about accer flow x 13

  26. Stacy Hackney on November 23, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you

  27. Shadow Reaper on November 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for workstation Laptops?

  28. Solaris Mortum on November 23, 2021 at 12:51 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

  29. seizureboy333 on November 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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

  30. Akhand Bharat on November 23, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I am surprised…No LG Gram….Instead of having two lenovo and two acer laptops in there…you should have included at least one of the LG Gram…

  31. Bryan Tejano on November 23, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Unbelievable that rog G15 is not included on the list 😅

  32. TheTower on November 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    29 hours? Thats some BS yo

  33. Francisco Piccio on November 23, 2021 at 12:59 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.

  34. onlycorner on November 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    what e list all the money in th world

  35. Afif Khaja on November 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t like Chromebooks

  36. Danny Moughabghab on November 23, 2021 at 1:03 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)

  37. James Marchetti on November 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Someday they’ll make laptops with 17" screens.

  38. Wy Kay on November 23, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    not gonna lie, you didn’t have me in the first half

  39. Rocky Roadster on November 23, 2021 at 1:06 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.

  40. Botched Operations on November 23, 2021 at 1:09 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.

  41. Amar Inder Singh on November 23, 2021 at 1:15 pm

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

  42. Matthew on November 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm

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

  43. Night Owls on November 23, 2021 at 1:17 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!

  44. Zeljko Vujacic on November 23, 2021 at 1:18 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

  45. Peter Rao on November 23, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Dell has been bad and their customer service is poor!

  46. Huzefa Saifee on November 23, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    This guy looks like Aamir Khan

  47. Abhi S on November 23, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    can you suggest laptop for cad softwares

  48. icecool85 on November 23, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Hopefully black Friday will drop some of these prices down

  49. Property In Malaga Spain on November 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Best one isn’t here!. Huawei MateBook 14. 16 GB ram, 512 GB SSD, Ryzen 7, 2 K touch screen, 10 hours battery all for around 780 euros, really bright screen and good for medium gaming, video editing and photoshop

  50. Pequod Express on November 23, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    One thing the best laptop has to have is easy access to RAM, battery, and drives for replacement.

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