Best laptop 2021: our pick of the 5 best laptops you can buy this year

Welcome to our pick of the best laptops of 2021. On this page you'll find some great laptops for a range of budgets and use cases, each rigorously tested by us.

In our opinion, the best laptop you can buy right now is the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). Apple's thin and light laptop is an incredibly impressive piece of hardware that combines great design, impressive battery life and great performance thanks to the new M1 chip - specially designed by Apple.

It's a real game-changer for the laptop, and this is the first time the MacBook has toped this list. However, if you prefer to stick with Windows 10, or are looking for something reasonably priced, fear not - on this page you'll find the best budget laptops, gaming laptops and great Chromebooks too.

Choosing the perfect laptop means that you consider other factors beyond price. The power - or rather the power you need to see through your daily tasks - plus battery life, portability, display, keyboard, trackpad, and other important features, too.

So let's get into it directly. From the latest and greatest laptops from the likes of Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo, our best laptop guide will be the perfect device for you. Here are our top picks.

Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

CPU: Apple M1
Graphics: Integrated 7-core /8-core GPU
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch (diagonal) 2,560 x 1,600 LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)

Dell XPS 15 (2020)


CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics - Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Screen: 15.6" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS - UHD+ (3840 x 2400)
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

HP Spectre x360 (2020)


CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020)


CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7
Graphics: Up to Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB 4267MHz LPDDR4x
Screen: 13.4" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 13.4" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

LG Gram 17

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
Screen: 17-inch 1600p (2,560 x 1,600)
Storage: 2 x 512GB SSD