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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.
Asus ZenBook 14 OLED front angled view showing display and keyboard.

This sleeper Asus laptop is faster and cheaper than Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 3

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is less expensive than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 at the low end, and a better value overall thanks to a superior OLED display.
Someone typing on the Surface Laptop Studio 2's touchscreen.

Is the MacBook Pro 14 still better than the Surface Laptop Studio 2?

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is a very good laptop with good performance and a ton of flexibility. But the Apple MacBook Pro 14 remains best of class.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 front view showing display and keyboard.

Don’t buy the Surface Laptop Go 3 — here’s what you should get instead

Microsoft priced the budget-oriented Surface Laptop Go 3 at midrange levels. That was a mistake. It simply can't compete at this level.
Dell XPS 15 9530 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.

Against the Dell XPS 15, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 falters

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 seriously ups the performance -- on paper. That makes it a stronger competitor to the excellent Dell XPS 15, at least in theory.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 front view showing display and keyboard.

The Surface Laptop Go 3 is no match for the MacBook Air

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 got a price increase, putting it in competition with two excellent laptops in the Apple MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Air M2.
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.
Photo of an HP Envy 16 laptop.

Does Dell or HP make the best 16-inch laptop? You might be surprised

The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus and the HP Envy 16 are both attractively priced 16-inch powerhouses. But the Envy 16 is a more elegant and configurable laptop.
Acer Swift Edge 16 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

This Acer OLED laptop (almost) beats the MacBook Air 15 — and it’s cheaper

The Acer Swift Edge 16 and Apple MacBook Air 15 are both excellent examples of thin and light laptops with large displays. But the MacBook is more refined.
The System Settings app in macOS Sonoma, with the Screen Saver sub-menu open, allowing a user to choose a video screen saver.

I review laptops for a living, and these are the settings I change on every device

Windows 11 and MacOS have a seemingly endless array of settings to make for the best possible computing experience. Here are the ones I change first.
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.
A bird's eye view of a person working on a laptop.

I review PCs for a living — here are the apps I install on every device

As a reviewer, I use a lot of laptops, not just for reviews, but also for my day-to-day workflow. Here are the apps I install right away.
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.
Keyboard on the Lenovo Slim Pro 9i.

I’m a Windows power user — here are the shortcuts I use the most

Windows 11 provides a plethora of shortcuts that can make your computing more efficient. Here are the ones I use the most.
Photo of an HP Envy 16 laptop.

This midrange HP laptop beats the Dell XPS 15 in one important way

HP's Envy 16 2023 puts up a good fight against the latest Dell XPS 15, but the Dell is a more refined laptop that's more worth its investment.
The MacBook Pro with the default wallpaper, which hides the notch.

The HP Envy 16 costs less, but the mighty MacBook Pro 16 retains its top spot

The HP Envy 16 is as fast as the Apple MacBook Pro 16 and a lot less expensive. But the MacBook Pro 16 remains the more refined laptop.
MSI Modern MD271UL monitor front view showing display and stand.

This 27-inch 4K monitor is an awesome, affordable choice for creators

The MSI Modern MD271UL is confusing to configure, but once you get it right, it provides excellent colors, brightness, and contrast at an affordable price.
The screen of the 2021 MacBook Pro.

The Dell XPS 15 has one major advantage over the MacBook Pro

Both the Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 16 offer exceptional performance, lovely displays, and great build quality, but which of these laptops is the better value?
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

The Acer Swift X 14 provides more value than this other MacBook Pro killer

The Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 14 and Acer Swift X 14 are similar performers with equally bad battery life. But the Acer saves considerably over the Lenovo.
Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved USB-C Monitor front view.

This monster Dell monitor does everything well, except one crucial thing

The Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved USB-C monitor has a long name, but it's worth it with a ton of connectivity and convenience. If only the image quality was better.
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.

The MacBook Pro 14 still obliterates this Windows laptop

The Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 14 tries its hardest to keep up with the class-leading MacBook Pro 14. But poor battery life and an inconsistent display hold it back.
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.
Apple MacBook Pro front view showing display and keyboard..

Why the Dell XPS 17 just can’t keep up with the MacBook Pro

The Dell XPS 17 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 are two of the best large laptops you can buy, but the MacBook Pro 16 has unrivaled performance and battery life.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 rear view showing lid and logo.

This tiny ThinkPad can’t quite keep up with the MacBook Air M2

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 aims directly at the Apple MacBook Air M2 for dominance among 13-inch laptops. But it falls a little short.
The MacBook Pro with the default wallpaper, which hides the notch.

I’m a laptop reviewer, and these are the only laptops creatives should buy in 2023

Buying a laptop for creative work can be a daunting challenge, and so we've broken things down by listing the best machines you can find at various prices.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 front view showing display and keyboard.

Why the Dell XPS 13 Plus still beats the latest competition in little laptops

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 is incredibly light and reasonably thin. But it looks stale compared to the ultra-modern Dell XPS 13 Plus.
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i front view showing display and keyboard.

This powerhouse laptop gives the MacBook Pro an honest run for its money

The Lenovo Slim Pro 9i performs well and costs a lot less than the Apple MacBook Pro 16. But you can't argue with the latter's refinement and battery life.
An opened Macbook Air M1 sitting on a table.

Why the M1 MacBook Air still beats the Dell XPS 13 in 2023

The Apple MacBook Air M1 presents a formidable challenger to the Dell XPS 13, long considered one of the best laptops on the market.
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.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED rear view showing lid and logo.

This Windows laptop costs under $1,000 and handily beats the MacBook Air

The Apple MacBook Air M1 and Asus ZenBook 14 OLED are both great laptops for less than $1,000. But the Asus wins out thanks to its vastly superior display.
Dell XPS 15 9530 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

The one other Windows laptop that could dethrone the Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a better overall laptop than the Lenovo Slim Pro 9i, but the latter is less expensive. If pure performance is the measure, either works.