Best Laptops 2016

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Top Laptop Overall

Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake CPU)

Editor's Choice

Thanks to a razor-thin bezel, the Dell XPS 13 crams a vibrant and sharp 13-inch screen  into an 11-inch chassis, making it one of the most compact ultraportables ever. This 2.7-pound laptop also delivers fast performance, thanks to its Intel 7th Generation Core (Kaby Lake) processor and PCIe SSD. The non-touch-screen version of this machine lasted nearly 14 hours on a charge, giving you epic endurance.

The latest version also offers better Wi-Fi performance, and you can get it in rose gold. Dell sells a version with a sharper, quad-HD touch display, too. Overall, the new XPS 13 is the best lightweight laptop for the money.

Dell XPS 13 Review

  • Best 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360

    Editor's Choice

    HP's Spectre x360 has taken 2-in-1s to new heights. This 2.8-pound aluminum beauty has all the power of a 7th-generation Kaby Lake laptop, but in a deliciously thin body that can transform from tablet to notebook and back again. We also love the Spectre's quad-speaker audio and it's great 10-hour battery life. The smaller side bezels for the 13-inch screen show how much thought HP has put into making what is now the best 2-in-1 on the market.

    HP Spectre x360 Review

  • Best Cheap Laptop

    Lenovo Ideapad 100S

    Editor's Choice

    Despite its sub-$200 price, the Ideapad 100S looks and feels anything but cheap. This 11.6-inch Windows 10 laptop offers good build quality, a bright screen, solid multitasking performance and over 9 hours of battery life. It even comes with a free year of Office 365 Personal.

    Lenovo Ideapad 100S Review

  • Best 14-inch Laptop

    Lenovo Yoga 910

    Editor's Choice

    Lenovo's Yoga 910 is a nearly flawless 2-in-1. It packs one of Intel's latest 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs and nearly 11 hours of battery life, and what is still the best 2-in-1 hinge on the market. And because the Yoga 910's screen has almost no bezels on its top and sides, you get a system with a 13.9-inch display that's barely bigger than systems with 13.3-inch screens. You even have the option of a 4K display.

    Lenovo Yoga 910 Review

  • Best Sub-$500 Laptop

    Asus VivoBook E403SA

    Editor's Choice

    For just $399, the 14-inch Asus VivoBook E403SA provides a full 1080p screen, a brushed-aluminum lid, a USB-C port and over 9 hours of battery life. A Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM offer just enough performance for productive multi-tasking. And, at 3.2 pounds, the E403SA won't weigh down your bag or your lap.

    Asus VivoBook E403SA

  • Best Small Business Laptop

    Lenovo ThinkPad 13

    Editor's Choice

    The ThinkPad 13 offers Fortune 500 features at prices even a startup can afford. For a little more than $600, you get a durable, MIL-SPEC-tested chassis, a 1080p display, an SSD and over 9 hours of battery life. Even better, the ThinkPad 13's keyboard is one of the best we've tested on any laptop.

    Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Review

  • Best Battery Life

    Lenovo ThinkPad X260

    Editor's Choice

    With its optional extended battery on board, the ThinkPad X260 lasts over 17 hours on a charge. That's long enough to spend an entire trans-continental flight crunching spreadsheets or writing reports on this powerful 12.5-inch business laptop. And at just 12 x 8 inches and 3.2 pounds, the X260's durable chassis is small enough to fit on most airline tray tables. 

    Lenovo ThinkPad X260 Review

  • Best Apple Laptop

    Apple MacBook Air (13 inch)

    Editor's Choice

    Although the new 12-inch MacBook is sleeker, the MacBook Air 13-inch is a better deal overall. This 3-pound aluminum ultraportable lasted 14 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which is well above the category average. Although the screen resolution could be sharper (it's just 1,440 x 900p) the Air's comfortable keyboard, superfast flash storage and sub-$1,000 price tag make it one of the best laptops on the market. 

    Apple 13-inch Macbook Air Review

  • Best Business Laptop

    Lenovo ThinkPad T460

    Editor's Choice

    With over 13 hours of battery life, a best-in-class keyboard and strong performance, the 14-inch ThinkPad T460 will make you more comfortable and productive. The laptop's tough-as-nails chassis can take a beating, having passed MIL-SPEC 810G durability tests for extreme temperatures, shocks and vibrations.

    Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Review

  • Best Video/Photo Editing Laptop

    Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW

    Editor's Choice

    As powerful as a MacBook Pro that costs $1,000 more, the 15-inch ZenBook Pro comes packed with the high-end features a creative professional needs. Its 3840 x 2160 UHD touchscreen  is even sharper than the Mac's while a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 960M GPU provide enough oomph for editing 4K videos. Potent performance, good looks and a great price? What's there not to love?

    Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Review

  • Best Gaming Laptop

    MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro

    The MSI GT62VR is ushering in a new era of gaming laptops. Boasting a sleek, but imposing look, the Dominator Pro delivers mind-blowing frame rates, thanks to its new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. In addition to playing traditional games, the system is completely VR ready. All you have to do is attach an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and you'll be ready to take your gaming to the next level.

    MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro Review

  • Best Chromebook

    Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35

    If you're looking for a lightweight laptop with long battery life that won't strain your budget, you need to consider the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35. From its bright, accurate 13.3-inch full-HD display to its 10-plus hours of endurance, the CB35 is practically a steal at $330. Its elegant silver deck looks like it belongs on a much more expensive laptop, and its keyboard will make crunching away on Google Docs and email a breeze.

    Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) Review

    Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) Review
    Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) Review

  • Best Laptop for Kids

    Asus Chromebook C202

    Kids will drop anything and everything, but the 11.6-inch Asus Chromebook C202 will stand up to little butterfingers. The $199 laptop can withstand drops up to 3.9 feet and has a spill-resistant keyboard. The Intel Celeron N3060 processor and up to 4GB of RAM provides more than enough performance for even the most challenging homework.

    Asus Chromebook C202 Review

  • New and Notable

    New 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros

    The new MacBook Pros are thinner, more powerful, and provide a whole new way to get work done, thanks to Apple's new Touch Bar. By replacing the function keys on with a touch-sensitive display, users get contextual menus that can change and adjust to the specific programs they're using. And with screens that are both brighter and more colorful than before, the new MacBooks will please content creators everywhere.