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Best High-End Laptops in 2022

Microsoft Surface Book 2
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Why the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the best laptop between $1,500 and $2,000

The Surface Book 2's modular design allows you to remove the 13.5-inch touch display and use it as a tablet alongside the Surface Pen (opens in new tab), plus it can be set back onto the keyboard backwards to sit flat as one unit. It has a crisp 3,000 x 2,000 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which isn't something you find on a lot of laptops.

If you don't need dedicated graphics or a Core i7 CPU, you can save about $500 and grab a model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD. If you don't mind hitting the upper limit of the price range, however, you can upgrade to an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and a dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU. This is enough power to run Windows Mixed Reality (WMR).

Expect about 11 hours of battery life from a single charge, more than enough to get you through a workday. As for an extra touch of security, an IR camera for Windows Hello sits above the display.

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Most of our favorite overall laptops have plenty of configuration options, including those that sit somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000. For the best, though, Microsoft's Surface Book 2 still sits at the top of the stack. Have a look at our overall best Windows laptop picks for more options.

Updated May 16, 2018: We refreshed this list with a bunch of new laptops, including the Surface Book 2 and LG gram 15Z980, to ensure you're still getting the absolute best laptops between $1,500 and $2,000.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.