I get the question all the time, “Hey CyberGuy, what laptop should I get?”
Finding the right laptop is easy if you know the questions to ask. See my quick laptop checklist and learn how to choose the perfect laptop here and find the one below that’s right for you. After you choose your laptop, be sure to check out my list of best laptop accessories here.
The category Ultrabook defines the laptop that is great for most everyone.
It’s got a good keyboard, high-resolution display, long battery life and easy to bring with you thanks to its thin, light, and portable design. Pick this for everyday use, but not for demanding tasks like video editing, 3D rendering or gaming.
Mac Macbook Air M1 chip inside the latest thin portable laptop from Apple with fast M1 processor, 13” retina display, 8 GB memory, 256GB SSD storage, just 2.8 pounds
Chromebook Google Pixelbook Go with Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB memory, 64GB storage, up to 12 hours battery life
Best Pro Performance Laptop
MacBook Pro M1 Pro chip inside the 2021 Apple MacBook Pro 16 inch. Amp it up for extreme power with the M1 Max chip for more money. By far, the most highly acclaimed MacBook Pro to ever hit the market. It runs cool despite the power and speed and has up to 17 hours of battery life. Configure it in a way that meets your needs for the next 4 or 5 years. For storage needs, look at your existing storage to get an idea of how much you are using today so you can predict for tomorrow.
Dell XPS 17 with 11th gen Intel Core i9 processor, 17-inch FHD+ 1920×1200 InfinityEdge display, 16GB memory, 1TB SSD storage, up 9 hours 51 minutes battery life, and around 5.34 pounds. Dell Mobile Connect app lets you connect to your Android or iPhone smartphone easier. Great muscle for power users such as video editors, business workstations, and 3D rendering.
Best Budget Laptops
Windows Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R14K slim laptop, 15.6 inch full HD display, AMD Ryzen 3 processor, 128GB SSD storage, and backlit keyboard. Great budget pick if you are doing basic things like web browsing and email
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 has a 13 inch touch display, Intel Core i3, 4GB memory, 64GB storage, good for students, kids, and others on a thin budget who only want to browse the web and do basic email
Best 2-in-1 laptop
Part tablet, part notebook, and often called a convertible, these let you get the best of both in one device.
HP Pavilion x360 14 2-in-1 laptop, 10th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory 512GB SSD storage, 14 inch full HD Touch Screen
Recycle or resell your old laptop
It may be worth a little or not worth the hassle of selling your outdated laptop. Consider offering it for sale online after you have wiped all of your personal data off it first. If not, you can find a recycle spot here.