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Best Windows 11 laptops to buy in 2021

If you are in the market for a new laptop, in this guide, we share the top five devices you should consider.

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  • Top 5 list of the best laptops to run Windows 11.
  • The best overall is the HP Specter x360 14 because of the convertible design and hardware for the price.
  • The most affordable is the Acer Swift 3 because you get the most for your money with amazing battery life.

Windows 11 laptops are now available, and choosing the best one can sometimes be challenging since new hardware comes out all the time, and the new version of the OS has significantly increased the system requirements.

Also, many other factors may come to play when choosing the best laptop because everyone has different requirements and budgets. Some people need to use their devices for common tasks like everyday web surfing, school work, and paying bills, while others want them for gaming and others to create content and edit videos.

If you are in the market for a new laptop, you likely have a budget, which means that you’re looking for a reasonable price. However, you also want a device that offers good performance, quality display, reliable networking, a comfortable keyboard, and a good design.

In this guide, we will look at the best Windows 11 laptops from different brands that you should consider in 2021.

XPS 13 9310

The Dell XPS 13 9310 strikes almost the right balance between hardware and design. This is a traditional clamshell laptop that comes with a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit display, Intel 11th Gen i5-1135G7 processor and Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive, and Windows 11 Home for the base model.

XPS 13 9310
XPS 13 9310 (Source: Dell)

However, you can customize the hardware configuration up to an Intel 11th Gen Core i7-1195G7 Processor with Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB of memory, 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 13.4-inch (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit display.

While the top configuration will cost over $2000, the base model (starts at $980) has enough performance to tackle everyday tasks. Also, whether you get the most affordable or more expensive model, you will still get the same premium design, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2 x 2), and Bluetooth 5.1 components.

HP Specter x360 14

The HP Specter x360 is perhaps the best laptop choice for most people in 2021. This is a 2-in-1 laptop, which means you can use it as a traditional laptop, tablet, or in tent mode to watch entertainment by folding it with its 360-degree hinge.

Pavilion x360 14
Pavilion x360 14 (Source: HP)

The laptop has Windows 11 Pro preloaded, and it offers premium quality design and components.

The base model comes with an Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 512GB of SSD storage, and 32GB Intel Optane memory (to make storage even faster). Also, it comes with Wi-Fi 6 for wireless networking and a 13.5-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel edge-to-edge touch display.

However, you can get this laptop with up to an Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 processor, Iris Xe graphics, and 16GB of RAM, up to 2TB of NVMe SSD, and a 3K2K 3000 x 2000 OLED touch screen display.

Perhaps the best feature about the Specter x360 laptop is that you can get it with an OLED display that offers improved image quality, deeper blacks, and thinner and lighter form factor. However, the full-HD option also provides a great viewing experience.

In addition, the laptop comes with a Wi-Fi 6 adapter that gives you faster data transfers over a wireless connection, as long as the device is connected to a Wi-Fi 6 compatible access point.

While this device works great for most situations, it’s not a laptop designed for video editing or gaming.

Lenovo Yoga 7i

The Lenovo Yoga 7i laptop is another excellent 2-in-1 option you can use as a laptop or tablet. It comes with Windows 10 Home, but it surpasses the system requirements to run Windows 11, which you can upgrade at no extra cost.

Yoga 7i
Yoga 7i (Source: Lenovo)

The Yoga 7i comes with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, and a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel glossy touchscreen.

This model costs $1100, but you can choose from cheaper models and similar quality.

While this is still not a gaming laptop, it has enough performance for demanding workloads, such as photo editing, light video creation, Microsoft Office, and more.

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED

If you are in the market for the best display, the ASUS ZenBook Flip is the laptop you want in 2021. The ZenBook 2-in-1 offers a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel 4-way NanoEdge bezel OLED display for improved image quality, better contrasts, and deeper blacks.

ZenBook Flip 13 OLED
ZenBook Flip 13 OLED (Source: Asus)

Inside this laptop, you will find up to an Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processor,  Iris Xe Graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of NVMe storage. In addition, it comes with Wi-Fi 6, 11 hours of battery life, and a wide range of ports for easy connectivity.

Acer Swift 3

The Acer Swift 3 is an outstanding laptop that offers everything you need to tackle school and office work. You can get the device with an Intel 11th Gen or AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile processor. Also, you have the choice of 8GB or 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6, and a 14-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel display (touch is optional).

Swift 3
Swift 3 (Source: Acer)

Furthermore, Acer claims up to 16 hours of battery life and fast charging.

If you plan to shop during the Black Friday sales event, you may be able to get them at a discounted price from now until November 26, 2021. Also, consider that pricing may vary per model and manufacturer.