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The best 14-inch laptops for 2021

The 14-inch laptop has a small — but noticeable — screen size upgrade over even the best 13-inch laptops, making them better choices for entertainment, gaming, or professional design, while still being slim and portable enough to carry anywhere with you.

If this seems like a good fit for your busy life, we have the best 14-inch laptops you should check out, beginning with the excellent all-rounder Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Its 2020 model has all the latest features and a fantastic array of component choices. We also have picks for gaming, extra power, and affordability, so there should be something for everyone.

The best 14-inch laptops at a glance

The best 14-inch laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Eighth Generation)

The latest version of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 line offers plenty of portable power with a laptop that’s a good fit, no matter what tasks you have in mind! In addition to the 14-inch HD screen, the base model comes with a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor (up to 4.20GHz with Turbo Boost), 5GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. Ports include HDMI, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, and two USB-A 3.2 ports. The battery is rated for up to 13.5 hours of typical activity. We also like the slim, spill-resistant keyboard with backlighting.

While you can upgrade a few different specs, including RAM and storage (new versions also include brightness and resolution upgrades), the base model of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon makes for an ideal 14-inch laptop that’s ready for the long haul. However, the integrated graphics card is somewhat limited, and gamers, in particular, may want to look for something a little more specialized.

The most powerful 14-inch laptop: Asus ExpertBook B9450

Can you have a lot of power without giving up the slim and portable nature of 14-inch laptops? Asus thinks so, and this ExpertBook is proof. Inside, you’ll find a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. This is all housed in a slender frame that includes military-grade durability and a touchpad that can double as a touch-based numeric keypad.

For connections, you have a USB-A, a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, and HDMI, as well as a microSD card reader. Asus also reports that, with optimal settings, the battery can last up to 24 hours. All this on a laptop that weighs about 2.2 pounds. The Asus ExpertBook B9450 is a great pick for designers and video editors on the go or anyone who wants to push the power possibilities for a laptop of this size.

The best 14-inch gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The Zephyrus G14 is up for the task of tackling even the most taxing of modern games, with a third-gen AMD Ryzen 9 processor and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. You also get 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD to handle all of your gaming library. On its 1080p display, this laptop manages to render even intensive games like Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey at over 60 fps at high detail settings and almost 120 fps in Fortnite. With a 120Hz refresh rate, you can really take advantage of that in competitive games for reduced input lag.

With such impressive specifications, you might expect that the G14’s battery would suffer, but it’s one of the best in its class. In our web browsing test, it managed six hours, and over 10 hours in our video playback test — easily beating out competition like Dell’s G7 and the Alienware M15.

There’s no USB-C on the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, but you do get 2 USB-A and an HDMI port for connecting a bigger display when you’re at home.

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

The best budget 14-inch laptop: Lenovo Flex 14 (2020)

Lenovo Flex 14

The Flex 14 is an ideal option if you want a laptop in the under $500 price range. It’s a performing 14-inch laptop you can use for school or work. It comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 5405U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Ports include 2 USB-A 3.2 and a USB-C, along with HDMI.

There are two important things to note about the Lenovo Flex 14. First, as the name suggests, this is a 2-in-1 model like the Yoga series that can fold into a tablet form when necessary. Some features, such as taking notes on your screen or sketching, require a Lenovo stylus. You will have to purchase this accessory separately. Battery life isn’t stellar, but eight hours should be enough for most tasks between charging. It also features quick-charge capabilities to fuel your next outing quickly.

The best 14-inch business laptop: HP EliteBook 840 G7

HP’s latest 14-inch EliteBook 840 series will fit your business needs for those looking for a professional laptop. Security is a high priority on this device; HP’s security software suite comes included. Other essential features include NFC compatibility, which ultimately helps your files transfer efficiently and it includes multiple ports. The 840 series comes with two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, two USB-C ports, a charging port for your accessories, and an HDMI connection.

The laptop’s interior is decked with some high-quality tech. You’ll find a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and two memory slots for expansion. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, HP also has an EliteBook with a touchscreen display. Currently, HP rates the EliteBook 840 G7‘s battery at up to 23 hours of activity with the right settings. That larger capacity means your computer won’t shut down right in the middle of a crucial business meeting.

If this laptop seems like the right fit for you, you can pick one up now, or you can try to save some money during Black Friday laptop deals.

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