The Microsoft Surface Book's unique display and multiple configurations with powerful chips make it the best laptop you can buy for over $2000.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

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The new Surface Book with Performance Base takes everything you love about the Surface Book and makes it better. The battery now lasts longer, and inside you get an NVIDIA GTX 965M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. A 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM ensure you can use your Surface Book for pretty much everything, and the 13.5-inch display is still one of the best around. Configurations start at about $2400.

Bottom line: For the best overall laptop over $2000, consider the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base.

One more thing: The 2-in-1 design lets you remove the keyboard and touchpad for a real tablet experience.

Why the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base is the best laptop over $2000

More power? Check. Better battery? Yep. The same design you love? Absolutely.

Microsoft's refreshed Surface Book, which they labeled as having a Performance Base, has kept the same design you love while managing to add better hardware and a longer-lasting battery.

The beautiful, 13.5-inch touch display has the same unique 3:2 aspect ratio with a 3000x2000 resolution, and you still get the Surface Pen for precision drawing and writing. The pen becomes especially useful when you remove the display from the keyboard and touchpad and use the Surface Book as a tablet.

When attached and used as a single device, the package weighs in at 3.63 pounds (1.64kg) and is 0.89 inches (2.28cm) thick — both these specs are slightly bigger than the older Surface Book, but this is still one of the most powerful devices at this size.

The upgraded GPU is an NVIDIA GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, about twice as much power as you were previously getting. Perhaps the most impressive part of the new Surface Book is the battery, which will now last up to about 16 hours on a single charge. You are getting the same 6th-generation Intel Core processor, and can still choose from either 8GB or 16GB of RAM.

This is the laptop everyone, from gamers to professionals, will love, but it doesn't come cheap. Configurations start at about $2400 and run up to about $3300.

Best gaming

Razer Blade Pro

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What we have here is a laptop with a full NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM — yes, this is a laptop, and it's only 0.88 inches (2.2cm) thick. Not enough to sway you? How about the 4K, 17.3-inch display with NVIDIA G-SYNC tech built right in to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. Rounding out this incredible gaming laptop's hardware is an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and two 1TB PCIe solid-state drives. Yeah, this thing is a beast. Configurations start well over $2000.

Bottom line: For the best gaming laptop over $2000, you have to check out the Razer Blade Pro.

One more thing: The backlit keyboard has over 16.8 million colors, and the touchpad is located to the side of the keyboard rather than beneath it.

Best for photography

Dell XPS 15

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Photographers crave a laptop with a 4K display, and the Dell XPS 15 delivers. The 15.6-inch touch display is powered by an NVIDIA GTX 960M with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM that will handle multimedia editing without a problem, and it is backed up by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The 1TB PCIe solid-state drive provides plenty of space for your images and videos, and you won't mind carrying the laptop around with you — it weighs just over four pounds (1.99kg). This configuration starts at about $2550.

Bottom line: The best laptop for photographers, thanks to its 4K display and powerful hardware, is the Dell XPS 15.

One more thing: Utilize plenty of ports, including an SD card reader, two USB 3.0, one HDMI, and one Thunderbolt 3, to connect all your devices.

Best business

Lenovo ThinkPad P70

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The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is advertised as a mobile workstation, and for good reason. Take advantage of the Intel Xeon E3 v5 processor with a clock speed up to 3.7GHz, an NVIDIA Quadro M5000M graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to four different PCIe solid-state storage devices topping out at 1TB each. If you top out the specs on a ThinkPad P70, you're not going to need any other device. Use it for multimedia editing thanks to the 4K, 17.3-inch display, or take it with you into the field — it's endured some grueling durability testing to ensure it can take a beating. Configurations run up to about $4260.

Bottom line: For a business laptop that trumps all others, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad P70.

One more thing: A ton of ports, including four USB 3.0, one HDMI, one Mini DisplayPort, two Thunderbolt 3, one Ethernet, and one SD card reader, as well as LTE-A connectivity, mean you'll never worry about staying connected.

Conclusion

Looking for a beast of a gaming laptop and don't mind spending top dollar? The Razer Blade Pro should be your first choice. If you need a business partner that can take care of literally anything, the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is your best bet. Photographers will love the Dell XPS 15 for its 4K touch display, but for the best overall laptop over $2000, have a look at the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

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The new Surface Book with Performance Base takes everything you love about the Surface Book and makes it better. The battery now lasts longer, and inside you get an NVIDIA GTX 965M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. A 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM ensure you can use your Surface Book for pretty much everything, and the 13.5-inch display is still one of the best around. Configurations start at about $2400.

Bottom line: For the best overall laptop over $2000, consider the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base.

One more thing: The 2-in-1 design lets you remove the keyboard and touchpad for a real tablet experience.