The Best Laptops of 2021

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. Johnny void on October 19, 2021 at 8:37 am

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

  2. Playmaker , on October 19, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Useless video

  3. rEvolver on October 19, 2021 at 8:39 am

    HP = NFW

  4. TvTech Enthusiasm on October 19, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I wonder if anyone could test and tell difference in FPS between:
    FSR+RT on 6600M
    RT without FSR on 6600M
    RT+FSR on RTX card mobile
    RT + DLSS on RTX card mobile

    Would give a nice idea about how it all works πŸ™‚

  5. Eulices Nicot on October 19, 2021 at 8:42 am

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

  6. Behemoth on October 19, 2021 at 8:43 am

    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.

  7. JAAPIOJO on October 19, 2021 at 8:45 am

    What do you folks use for music production?

  8. Random stranger on October 19, 2021 at 8:46 am

    These laptops lol

  9. Isaac Burabari on October 19, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I will stop you right there. The XPS does not look like the MacBook Air in any way, shape or form.

  10. Pequod Express on October 19, 2021 at 8:50 am

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

  11. ClaymorePT on October 19, 2021 at 8:51 am

    You guys forgot the Framework Laptop

  12. Brittany Anderson on October 19, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I am currently without a working laptop for the first time in almost 4 years, I am just using this video to help me get some ideas of what to look for in a new laptop. I do know this much already and that is I don’t want a Mac. The reason for that is my husband and I are not super familiar with them, and he is an IT guy.

  13. Wy Kay on October 19, 2021 at 8:54 am

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

  14. David s. on October 19, 2021 at 8:54 am

    That last laptop would be perfect if they did away with the redundant trackpad. And included a full sized keyboard.

  15. Abhijit Chougule on October 19, 2021 at 8:55 am

    review dell inspiron 16 plus i7 11800H rtx 3050 4gb

  16. Crispin Cuttino on October 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Thought that was Optic Big-Tymer in the thumbnail

  17. Deepak Singh on October 19, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Programmer’s Mar Jaaein Bhai ? πŸ˜‚

  18. Danny Moughabghab on October 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

    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)

  19. john roiden abulencia on October 19, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Acer swift X is also one of the best budget laptop it comes with ryzen 7 5800u, 16gb ram, 512gb NVME SSD up to 2TB, rtx 3050ti for price $1000

  20. I Have No Name on October 19, 2021 at 9:04 am

    for gaming i’d go for MSI GE76

  21. Matthew on October 19, 2021 at 9:05 am

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

  22. Miguel Gonzales on October 19, 2021 at 9:06 am

    which is the best 17" laptop?

  23. Abhi S on October 19, 2021 at 9:06 am

    can you suggest laptop for cad softwares

  24. spk8989pl on October 19, 2021 at 9:09 am

    The best laptop in 2021 is the one u can actually buy

  25. Rick Mason on October 19, 2021 at 9:10 am

    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.

  26. Mr.bossman on October 19, 2021 at 9:11 am

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

  27. Wake Mtz on October 19, 2021 at 9:13 am

    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…

  28. NewLogic on October 19, 2021 at 9:14 am

    How did you not talk about the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro 16"???

  29. onlycorner on October 19, 2021 at 9:15 am

    what e list all the money in th world

  30. Sergio B on October 19, 2021 at 9:16 am

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

  31. Stacy Hackney on October 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Thank you

  32. Cobalt Blue on October 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I really wanted to get the acer spin 713 , but I’m also looking at the asus cx5 .

  33. icantsee on October 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

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

  34. Mahmoud Fathy on October 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Now let’s go for who wins the top best laptop reviews video ✌️

  35. hendrix daemon on October 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    do not buy anything lenovo, that’s the first one that will have failing parts, and they are china brand

  36. Bryan Tejano on October 19, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Unbelievable that rog G15 is not included on the list πŸ˜…

  37. JPMotoAZ on October 19, 2021 at 9:23 am

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

  38. Victor Isaev on October 19, 2021 at 9:23 am

    anyone to mention anything about the asus vivobook s15? only reasonable laptop i could afford…

  39. ellasviews on October 19, 2021 at 9:24 am

    What about best 5G with a pen laptop?

  40. Property In Malaga Spain on October 19, 2021 at 9:24 am

    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

  41. Dirty on October 19, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Can we just appreciate the fact that everyone skips chromebooks.

  42. Akhand Bharat on October 19, 2021 at 9:27 am

    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…

  43. Avinash Thakur on October 19, 2021 at 9:28 am

    I really want someone to allow customers to cherry-pick features for their laptop. They can later make these choices public & open to be rated & chosen by other customers.

  44. Night Owls on October 19, 2021 at 9:29 am

    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!

  45. Playmaker , on October 19, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Useless review hahahaha, lack of further research haahahhaa, Razer best gaming laptop??? Hahahaha USELESS CHANNEL

  46. Michele H on October 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Thank you PC Mag. We ordered a laptop online knowing very little. It came looking unappealing. Back to starting point πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ. 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

  47. Fall season on October 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Why no MSI mentioned?!?!

  48. Shadow Reaper on October 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Do you have any recommendations for workstation Laptops?

  49. Rich Leyden on October 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

    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.

  50. Karlos Creyes on October 19, 2021 at 9:36 am

    The zenbook I want one for my birthday.

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