Best Laptop By Touchpad

If you're looking for a laptop with the best touchpad, the Microsoft Surface Book should be your first choice.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book

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Microsoft really took their time honing the Precision touchpad on the Surface Book, and the result is an amazing laptop with an equally amazing touchpad. Take advantage of all Windows 10 Precision gestures, and enjoy the glide of the smooth glass finish. The touchpad is a single piece without visible buttons, adding to the overall sleek design of the Surface Book. Configurations start at about $1350.

Bottom line: Choose the Microsoft Surface Book if you want to pick up the laptop with the best touchpad.

One more thing: Looking for more power and battery life? Have a look at the new Surface Book with Performance Base.

Why the Surface Book has the best touchpad

Precision gestures are a big part of Windows — they act as shortcuts, adding to your overall productivity and the device's overall ease-of-use. While many laptops cannot take advantage of Precision gestures, Microsoft took full advantage and the result is a beautiful touchpad that is a joy to use.

It is a single piece with no visible buttons, and it has a layer of glass on the top for a premium user experience. Your fingers will glide over without resistance while remaining responsive — the touchpad senses up to five points of touch at a time.

Attached to the touchpad and keyboard is a beautiful 13.5-inch touch display with a 3000x2000 resolution. Inside the chassis is up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive — this is a laptop that thinks it's a desktop.

The Surface Book has a 2-in-1 design, so you'll be able to remove the tablet from the keyboard and use the Surface Pen for drawing or writing. Toss in support for Windows Hello and a great battery, and you have one of the best overall laptops you can buy right now.

Best ultrabook

Dell XPS 13

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If you prefer a laptop with a great touchpad and an ultrabook design, the XPS 13 delivers. The touchpad has sort of a rubbery coating and is black in color, which matches the carbon fiber coating around the keyboard and on the palm rests. The XPS 13 also takes advantage of all Precision gestures, so you'll be able to get more done in less time. Enjoy a 7th-generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB solid-state drive. The 13.3-inch display comes in both touch and non-touch variations — the former is set at 1800p, while the latter is set at 1080p. Configurations start at about $800.

Bottom line: For an ultrabook with a great Precision touchpad, check out the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: For the same great XPS build with a 15-inch screen, check out the XPS 15.

Best business

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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While the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's touchpad doesn't take advantage of Precision gestures, it is still amazing hardware and has the software to back it up. Lenovo has their own UltraNav settings you can tweak to make your touchpad work for you, and you can use the TrackPoint (the small knob in the middle of the keyboard) and triple-button setup that is synonymous with the ThinkPad line if you're sick of a touchpad. Inside the durable chassis is an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive. Configurations start at about $950.

Bottom line: The best business laptop that also has a great touchpad is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

One more thing: Get LTE-A connectivity to stay connected at all times, and employ the fingerprint reader for extra security.

Best wide touchpad

HP Spectre x360

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Although the HP Spectre x360 doesn't have a Precision touchpad, its extra-wide size and slick feel still make it one of the best touchpads out there. It is made from a single piece and has no visible buttons, which only adds to the Spectre x360's luxurious look. The convertible design means you can use the laptop in stand, tent, tablet, and notebook modes, and the 13.3-inch touch display at 1080p is a joy to use. Inside is a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe solid-state drive. This configuration starts at about $1160.

Bottom line: For a convertible laptop with an extra-wide touchpad, go with the HP Spectre x360.

One more thing: Four speakers from Bang & Olufsen give an above-average listening experience.

Best mobility

Samsung Notebook 9

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This slim, light laptop is one of our favorites due to its performance and overall design, and it also happens to come with a Precision touchpad. This thing is super smooth and responds accurately to touch. It is made from a single piece with no visible buttons, and is centered beneath the keyboard. This laptop weighs only 1.85 pounds (0.83kg), but has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive inside. The 13.3-inch display is the quality screen you'd expect from Samsung — great color and contrast. This configuration starts at about $900.

Bottom line: For a slim, light ultrabook with a great Precision touchpad, check out the Samsung Notebook 9.

One more thing: A great battery that will last up to about eight hours will get you through a workday on a single charge.

Conclusion

For the best touchpad experience on a laptop, go with the Microsoft Surface Book. Other laptops with a great Precision touchpad include the Samsung Notebook 9 and the Dell XPS 13. For an extra-wide touchpad, have a look at the HP Spectre x360, and if you want something for business, go with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book

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Microsoft really took their time honing the Precision touchpad on the Surface Book, and the result is an amazing laptop with an equally amazing touchpad. Take advantage of all Windows 10 Precision gestures, and enjoy the glide of the smooth glass finish. The touchpad is a single piece without visible buttons, adding to the overall sleek design of the Surface Book. Configurations start at about $1350.

Bottom line: Choose the Microsoft Surface Book if you want to pick up the laptop with the best touchpad.

One more thing: Looking for more power and battery life? Have a look at the new Surface Book with Performance Base.