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Best laptops so far for 2023

For school and office work and tasks like creating spreadsheets and editing video, there’s no good substitute for a decent keyboard and a big screen

Update : 23 Aug 2023, 06:53 PM

Smartphones and tablets may have taken over much of people’s screen time, but there’s still a need for a real computer sometimes -- and for most people, that means a laptop.

For school and office work and tasks like creating spreadsheets and editing video, there’s no good substitute for a decent keyboard and a big screen.

But exactly which laptop you should get depends on how often you’ll use it, what you’ll use it for, and (of course) how much money you can afford to spend on it.

We regularly test the most promising laptops, from sleek ultrabooks to cheap Chromebooks to massive gaming laptops and beyond.

Here are the best models you can buy in every category, along with advice on how to choose which type of laptop is right for you.

HP Spectre x360 13.5″ (13th gen)

Ultrabooks are the best laptops for most people, including college students, writers, office workers, and commuters. They have great keyboards, screens, and battery life, they offer enough power to do everything most people need a computer for, and they’re thin, light, and portable. You should expect to pay between $900 and $1,300 for a great Windows ultrabook that will last you at least four years.

Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022, 13″)

If you prefer macOS or need great tech support, a MacBook is a safe bet; the 13-inch models usually offer the best combination of size, weight, and speed. They’re great for writers, office workers, commuters, and college students. Apple’s newest MacBooks also include new Apple-designed processors that help them run cooler and quieter than most laptops and give them exceptionally good battery life. Expect to pay at least $1,000 for one with good enough specs and storage to last you at least four years.

HP EliteBook 840 G9

Most people don’t need a business laptop, and those who do will probably get one from their IT department. But there are a few great reasons to choose a business laptop, even if you’re paying for it yourself, including better long-term durability, easier serviceability and upgrades of the RAM and storage, and more plentiful and varied ports than you get on an ultrabook. Our main picks typically cost between $1,200 and $1,400.

Framework Laptop 13

Most modern laptops aren’t designed to be repaired or upgraded by just anyone with a screwdriver. Even if you do manage to get past the screws and the difficult-to-pry-open chassis, you might have access to the SSD, but the memory is likely to be soldered, and you certainly can’t upgrade the processor. When something breaks out of warranty, when the battery wears out, or when you’re ready to upgrade after five or six years, you have to recycle or dispose of the entire laptop -- even if some of its parts are still perfectly good. If you want the ability to upgrade and repair your laptop yourself and make it last longer without replacing the whole thing -- which theoretically can save you money and create less e-waste over the years -- our repairable pick is for you.

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