Skip to main content

Laptop Reviews

The ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 on a table outside.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 review: late to the game

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 is an excellent laptop. But it's not quite the standout machine it was when its first generation hit the streets.
Acer Swift X 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

Acer Swift X 16 review: the anti-MacBook Pro

The Acer Swift X 16 offers enough performance to compete with other relatively affordable creative workstations, with an OLED display to match.
The HP Omen 16 gaming laptop on a desk.

The HP Omen 16 is an unfortunate pricing mishap

The HP Omen 16 is a solid performer, but it doesn't manage to balance premium price with equally premium features.
HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

This HP laptop almost does it all for under $1,000

The 2023 HP Pavilion Plus 14 uses fast, efficient AMD processors and offers a spectacular OLED display. Buy it from the right place and it's a great value, too.
Asus Zenbook 14X front view showing display and keyboard.

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED is almost everything you could need in a laptop

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED is another great value, with strong performance, a solid build, and a spectacular OLED display. But battery life suffers.
Lenovo Legion 9i front view showing RGB lighting.

Lenovo’s Legion 9i is a 10. Here’s why it beats every other gaming laptop

The Lenovo Legion 9i manages to nail almost every aspect of being a desktop replacement, all without sacrificing being a solid laptop.
HP Spectre Foldable PC top down view showing keyboard and dual display.

The HP Spectre Foldable perfects the formula of the foldable PC — almost

The HP Spectre Foldable PC is one of the most innovative laptops around, with a quality build and great attention to detail. But it's incredibly expensive.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 sitting on a table.

Surface Laptop Studio 2 review: Microsoft’s latest is faster, but is it better?

Microsoft's updated Surface Laptop Studio 2 boasts better specs and performance, but it isn't the update we've waited nearly two years for.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 front view showing display and keyboard.

Outclassed and overpriced, the Surface Laptop Go 3 can’t play with the big boys

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go started out as an attractive budget laptop. In its third generation, its price has creeped up and it's largely lost its appeal.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 6 front view showing display and keyboard.

How much is too much? Lenovo’s spendy workstation can’t make the math work

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 6 is an incredibly expensive portable workstation that doesn't offer much compared to laptops costing thousands of dollars less.
The Asus ROG Strix G17 playing Forza Horizon 5.

You can’t buy more gaming muscle for the dollar than this sleeper Asus laptop

The Asus ROG Strix G17 shouldn't be among the best gaming laptops, but one configuration stands out as a supreme value.
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus front view showing display and keyboard.

Dell’s Inspiron 16 Plus lacks what creators want the most

The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus is priced like a premium laptop but built like a midrange machine. It provides good performance, but its display leaves me wanting.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 4 front view showing display and keyboard.

An e-ink screen display is both this laptop’s superpower, and its Achilles’ heel

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 4 is a highly innovative laptop that will appeal only to a select group of users -- and it's incredibly expensive.
Acer Swift Edge 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

Acer Swift Edge 16 review: a big display without the bulk

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is a fast 16-inch laptop for productivity users with a beautiful OLED display. It's incredibly thin and light, and it's nicely priced.
Doom Eternal running on an Alienware x14 R2.

Alienware’s x14 R2 might be my new favorite gaming laptop

The Alienware x14 R2 might be a somewhat iterative update to the company's highly portable gaming laptop, but it still clobbers the competition.
HP Envy x360 15.6 2023 front view showing display and keyboard.

With a big OLED screen, but low resolution, this HP 2-in-1 is an odd duck

The Envy x360 15.6 is an OK laptop with decent performance and battery life. But its old-school 16:9 OLED display isn't sharp enough. It just doesn't stand out.
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 14 review: We’re going to need more from mini-LED

The Lenovo Slim 9i 14 is a portable powerhouse with an elegant and solid design. But its mini-LED display is disappointing, as is its very poor battery life.
The ThinkPad X1 Nano on a table.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 review: tiny — and a little stale

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 is largely unchanged, with just an update to Intel 13th-gen CPUs. It retains its lightweight chassis, which is feeling dated.
lenovo slim pro 9i review

Lenovo Slim Pro 9i review: upsized and powered up

The Lenovo Slim Pro 9i takes what's best about the Slim 9i and beefs it up, with a superfast CPU, a competent GPU, and a Mini-LED display great for creators.
dell inspiron 14 2 in 1 2023 review p1016531

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is another budget laptop that falls short

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 provides competent productivity performance and great battery life, but its build and display quality fall short of the competition.
The IdeaPad 14 on a table with the screen on.

The Lenovo Flex 5i falls into the common cheap laptop pitfalls

The Lenovo Flex 5i 14 has an attractive entry-level price when on sale. But in the reviewed configuration, its battery life, display, and build hold it back.
Alienware x16 hanging out of the backpack.

The Alienware x16 is almost my favorite gaming laptop. Here’s why it’s not

The Alienware x16 performs like a full desktop replacement, and it's compact enough that you could fit it in a backpack. But it still has some rough edges.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air placed on a desk.

Apple MacBook Air 15-inch review: it’s not what you think

The 15-inch MacBook Air might have a small target demographic, but it's nearly the perfect laptop for them.
A top down view of the Dell XPS 13 Plus' keyboard.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: extra, in a good way

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the kind of laptop that'll cause head turns and double-takes, but is it a laptop you should actually buy?
Acer Swift X 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Acer Swift X 14 review: fast but not long-lasting

The Acer Swift X 14 is easy to recommend thanks to its fast performance, particularly for creators. Its battery life is a negative, though.
The Origin EON14-S sitting on a coffee table.

Is this little-known gaming laptop a Razer Blade 14 killer?

The Origin EON14-S looks like a mighty attractive laptop on paper, but it disappoints once it's in your hands.
HP Envy 16 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

HP Envy 16 (2023) review: a cheaper MacBook Pro alternative

The 2023 HP Envy 16 significantly increases performance for gamers and creators. Everyone else can stick with the previous year's model and save some cash.
Razer Blade 14 sitting on a coffee table.

Razer Blade 14 (2023) review: making the best better — and more expensive

Razer's updated Blade 14 didn't need to change anything, but the laptop updates some core issues of the original design in a big way.
MSI Prestige 16 Studio front view showing display and keyboard deck.

MSI’s attempt at a MacBook Pro killer is a disaster. What went wrong?

The MSI Prestige 16 Studio has some high-end components, but its performance was inconsistent and unstable. And its Mini-LED display disappoints.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review: outstanding screen, outrageous value

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED somehow manages to pack solid performance, excellent battery life, and an OLED display into a near-budget price. It's a true bargain.
Dell XPS 17 9370 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Dell XPS 17 (2023) review: still great, but going a bit gray

The XPS 17 9730 isn't any faster than its predecessor unless you're gaming, and its design remains the same. It's a good laptop, but it's no longer a leader.
Lenovo Legion Pro 5 on table

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 is the next-gen gaming laptop I’ve been waiting for

Next-gen gaming laptops up to this point have been expensive behemoths, but the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 bucks that trend by packing in the value.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i front view showing dual displays.

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i review: dual-screen experiment succeeds

The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i takes the dual-display concept and makes it work. There are a few glitches, but for the most part, there's a ton of useful flexibility.
Acer Swift Go 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Acer Swift Go 14 review: a solid value, with one flaw

The Acer Swift Go 14 is an affordable laptop with excellent performance and an OLED display. Only an issue with color accuracy held it back from a higher score.
Senior Editor, Computing

Luke Larsen is a Senior Editor at Digital Trends and manages all content covering laptops, monitors, PC hardware, and everything else that plugs into a computer. Luke joined Digital Trends in 2017 as a native Portlander, happy to join a media company that called his city home. His obsession with technology is in observing the ebb and flow of how technological advancement and product design intersects with our day-to-day experience of it. From digging into the minute details to stepping back and seeing the wider trends, Luke revels in telling stories with tech.

Before working at DT, he worked as Tech Editor at Paste Magazine for over four years and has bylines at publications such as IGN and The Oregonian. When he’s not obsessing over what the best laptop is or how Apple can fix the Mac, Luke spends his time playing designer board games, quoting obscure Star Wars lines, and hanging with his family.