Best 15-inch laptop 2022

Dell Xps 15 9500
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The best 15-inch laptops are perfectly sized and configured for those who want a bit of extra screen real estate and, in many cases, some extra performance. The Dell XPS 15 is our top overall pick and one of the best Windows laptop options available today. The latest 9520 model has 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU, and OLED display, plus there are still 9510 models available for less money. If you'd like something a bit different, we've rounded up a bunch of other great 15-inch laptops right here.

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Dell XPS 15 (9520)

Best overall

Reasons to buy

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16:10 aspect ratio displays, now with OLED
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Powerful Intel 12th Gen CPU options
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Dedicated NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU
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Premium aluminum chassis
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Huge 86Wh battery

Reasons to avoid

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Not as versatile as a convertible
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Less expensive options available

The newest Dell XPS 15 (9520) comes with 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12500H, i7-12700H, and i9-12900HK CPUs, as well as up to an NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPU with 4GB of VRAM. You can deck it out with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800MHz RAM and a 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. The XPS 15 now has ray tracing and DLSS capabilities thanks to the discrete GPU, but you'll still want to check out the best gaming laptops for a true gaming machine.

The previous 9510 model saw the two Thunderbolt 3 ports move up to Thunderbolt 4, and there's still the awesome 3.5K OLED touch display option with an anti-reflective finish and 400 nits brightness available with the 9520 model. There are also FHD+ non-touch and UHD+ touch displays with Dolby Vision support.

The 9520 model is physically identical to the 9510 and 9500 models; this is mainly a performance upgrade. Check out our comparison if you'd like to see some of the major design changes between the 9500 and 9570 versions that have carried over to the latest 9510 and 9520 models. In his Dell XPS 15 9500 review, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino says that the laptop "is perfect for those who want a great multimedia machine and need performance."

Dell is still selling the XPS 15 9510 models, albeit with limited stock. If you don't mind going with older processors and slower RAM, you might be able to get a good deal. Be sure to have a look at the best accessories for the XPS 15 if you'd like to get everything set up properly right away.

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Razer Blade 15

Best for gaming

Reasons to buy

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Unreal FHD, QHD, and UHD displays
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Outstanding audio
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Excellent gaming performance
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Premium build quality
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RGB keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Keyboard has short travel
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Very expensive

The Razer Blade 15 should not disappoint those who love portable PC gaming, and the laptops are now even more powerful than before. Razer announced new Blade 15 models at CES 2022, and they've now launched with up to 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series CPUs, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU, DDR5-4800MHz RAM, and PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD storage.

Displays have also been refreshed, with three options from which to choose. The FHD model has a 360Hz refresh rate, the QHD model has a 240Hz refresh rate, and the UHD model has a whopping 144Hz refresh rate. All have excellent color reproduction, with a thin bezel for a modern look.

All of this is contained in a symmetrical metal chassis with squared edges and an overall thin design. It's one of the best-looking laptops out there, and it's built to withstand daily use. The keyboard has RGB lighting, and the enormous Precision touchpad is ideal when not using one of the best PC gaming mice plugged into one of the many ports.

Have a look at our 2019 Razer Blade 15 Advanced review for more information about this gaming laptop. There are still plenty of older 11th Gen Intel (and even 10th Gen Intel) models available, which deliver an awesome gaming experience and are generally more affordable now that the new models are available.

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Surface Laptop 4 15

Best design

Reasons to buy

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Stunning design and craftsmanship
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Wi-Fi 6 and Instant-On
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Comfy keyboard and touchpad
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11th Gen Intel and Ryzen 4000 CPUs
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High-res touch display with inking

Reasons to avoid

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No Alcantara finish
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Ports still limited

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is available in a 15-inch form factor with either AMD or Intel hardware working behind the scenes. This was a rather mild refresh, focusing on internal performance rather than design changes. Executive Editor Daniel Rubino said in his Surface Laptop 4 review that the Surface Laptop's special ingredient is Microsoft's attention to detail. This is especially true here; the PC might not yet have realized its full potential, but it's still a killer laptop.

The Surface Laptop 4 moves up to Intel 11th Gen or AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile CPUs, as well as Iris Xe or Radeon graphics. There's no more 128GB SSD option, with models starting instead at 256GB. New Dolby Atmos spatial audio improves the laptop's speakers, ideal for those who don't often use a headset. Battery life has also been improved.

Like the Laptop 3, there's no Alcantara finish option for the 15-inch version. You're looking at either Platinum or Matte Black colors. As always, the 15-inch touch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2496x1664 resolution with Surface Pen compatibility. New Surface Laptop 4 models come preloaded with Windows 11, and older models get a free upgrade to Windows 11. If you're looking for a different Surface product that's just a bit newer, ships with Windows 11, and has a unique new design, check out the Surface Laptop Studio.

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Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360

Best for media

Reasons to buy

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Improved AMOLED display
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Excellent inking experience
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Thin and light with top performance
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Decent battery life
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Better camera and speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Still using 16:9 aspect ratio

In his Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino made it clear that the laptop filled a gap in the convertible market. Its successor, the Book2 Pro 360, is taking things further with an improved camera, louder speakers, brighter display with HDR, and new performance hardware.

The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is still super lightweight and thin, but its 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and DDR5 RAM push power to the next level. Battery life is excellent, allowing you to work longer without a charge. The AMOLED screen is also absolutely stunning, with VESA DisplayHDR 500 and up to 400 nits brightness. An included Samsung S Pen makes for a quality inking experience, and Samsung's suite of apps only helps on this front.

You can expect strong performance from 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, Intel Evo certification, and DDR5 RAM, plus the battery is going to last more than 10 hours with regular use. The original Book Pro 360 is still available if you don't mind using slightly older hardware; it's also considerably cheaper as Samsung gets rid of stock.

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ASUS VivoBook 15

Best budget

Reasons to buy

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Lots of ports
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Lightweight build
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Fingerprint reader
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Backlit keyboard with numpad
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Decent performance from Core i3

Reasons to avoid

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Display isn't overly colorful
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Battery life doesn't impress
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Speakers on the quiet side
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Slow SSD

In my ASUS VivoBook 15 review, I call it one of the best budget Windows laptops available. That still holds true. It won't stand up in a direct comparison to the other laptops on this list, but that's OK. It costs far less, and it can still deliver quite a few positive features.

It has plenty of ports — including USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and a microSD card reader, and the keyboard with a full number pad is comfortable for typing thanks to 1.4mm key travel. The 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU isn't particularly powerful, but it can still handle standard productivity work. This is an excellent laptop for your kid's homework or for answering emails and browsing the web.

A fingerprint reader adds some security through Windows Hello, and the front-facing 720p camera is surprisingly good. The RAM and SSD can both be upgraded to keep the laptop running longer if required. If you're on a tight budget, this is one of the best 15-inch laptops out there.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 4)

Best business

Reasons to buy

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New 16-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio
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Thunderbolt 4, 5G LTE
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Top-firing speakers, Dolby Atmos
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Best keyboard
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1080p camera, IR sensor

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Battery life suffers
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Chassis picks up fingerprints
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Some display light bleed

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 4) comes with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11950H CPU. This chip puts out some serious performance, and it only gets better with up to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 laptop GPU with 16GB of VRAM. Add up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, and you have a laptop ready for a heavy workload. Like all ThinkPads, it's designed and tested to ensure it'll put up with a hard life. This is one of the best Lenovo laptops available, especially if you're looking for a business partner.

In my Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 4) review I called the new 16-inch 16:10 aspect ratio one of the X1 Extreme's most significant upgrades. No, it's not 15 inches, but it remains an honorary member of this list. The screen comes in a few different versions depending on your preference. There's standard QHD+, UHD+ with Dolby Vision HDR 400 and 600 nits brightness, or UHD+ touch with Dolby Vision HDR 400, 600 nits brightness, and anti-reflective finish.

An FHD webcam with a privacy shutter sits above the screen, and you can add an IR camera for extra security. You also get a fingerprint reader, FIDO authentication, and a Kensington lock slot for further security. The body measures just 0.70 inches thin, weighing in at about 3.99 pounds (1.81kg). It has a lot of power, but it remains relatively portable. Ports include two Thunderbolt 4, SD card reader, HDMI 2.1, two USB-A 3.2, SIM slot, and 3.5mm audio jack. Wi-Fi 6 is included, and you can add a 5G adapter for wireless connectivity everywhere.

Note that a refreshed ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 5) was announced at MWC 2022. It launched in June 2022, so it might be worth checking out if you want the latest. It has 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series CPUs, DDR5 RAM, PCIe 4.0 SSD storage, up to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti GPU, and a new 165Hz FHD+ display option.

Bottom line

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Smaller 13- and 14-inch laptops might be more popular, but that doesn't mean there aren't many great 15-inch laptops available right now. Any of the options rounded up above should please, but if you're looking for a well-rounded option for any task, we recommend checking out the Dell XPS 15 9520. It's a great 15-inch laptop, and it's also one of the overall best Windows laptop options available today.

The new models have been upgraded with 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series CPUs, DDR5 RAM, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPU, and Thunderbolt 4 ports, and there's a 3.5K OLED touch display option. It's all wrapped up in a compact, light chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber, making it easy to take with you wherever you go. An enormous 86Wh battery keeps going through the day, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity allows for fast wireless speeds.

A lot of popular 15-inch laptops are now moving to a slightly larger display. If that's something you might want, be sure to have a look at our roundup of the best 16-inch laptops.