Best Laptops with Bright Screens 2021: Great for Outdoor Use Windows Central 2021

The best thing about laptops is that they can go anywhere, including outside. Sometimes it's nice to get some fresh air while you work, and the portability of laptops provides you with the freedom needed to achieve this. That being said, not all laptops have screens that are bright enough to counter sun glare, and even some of the best Windows laptops out there aren't suited for the outdoors. Therefore, we put together a list of the best laptops available right now with bright screens that effectively nullify glare.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

Maximum brightness: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3" QLED

Staff Pick

Samsung's Galaxy Book Flex is a powerful, well-rounded convertible that features Samsung's superb outdoor mode that allows you to boost the display to up to 600 nits of brightness, making it our top choice.

Samsung Galaxy Book S

Budget-friendly clamshell: Samsung Galaxy Book S 13.3" FHD Touchscreen

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is ideal for folks who want a clamshell device with Samsung's outdoor mode at a budget-friendly price. It's excellent value for the money.

Dell XPS 13

Elite option: Dell XPS 13 (9310) 13.4"

The Dell XPS 13 is arguably the best laptop in the world, featuring excellent specs, a premium design, and a killer display that, while not as bright as Samsung's outdoor mode, is still quite bright.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Stellar convertible: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9310) 13.3"

If you prefer 2-in-1s and want the best of the best, we recommend the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. It's essentially everything that makes the Dell XPS 13 great (including the bright screen) in a convertible design.

Dell XPS 13

Highly-configurable option: Dell XPS 15 (9500) 15.6"

The Dell XPS features a similar display to the Dell XPS 13, and also it has tons of configuration options. This makes it great for people who are highly specific about the specs they want.

Dell XPS 17 9700

17-inch king: Dell XPS 17 (9700) 17"

The Dell XPS 17 is a beast of a laptop with quality specs, Dell's stellar laptop design, and a huge, bright display that nullifies glare effectively.

Gigabyte Aero 17

Gaming-focused option: Gigabyte Aero 17 17.3" 300Hz

With its NVIDIA RTX graphics and powerful Intel CPU options, the Aero 17 is one of the best gaming-focused laptops available today. It also has an extremely bright display that effectively counters glare.

If we had to choose

All of these laptops are excellent, but if we had to choose just one, it would be the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex. With its dependable and capable specs, fair price, and the inclusion of Samsung's special brightness mode that boosts the display to 600 nits, it's the best overall option on the market for something reliable to use while outside.

If you want to take advantage of Samsung's special outdoor mode without spending quite as much as you'd have to by going with the Ion, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which cuts down on the price considerably while still offering solid performance. You won't find any other device at the Galaxy Book S price point that can turbo up to 600 nits, giving it some excellent value.

Finally, if you'd prefer something that delivers stronger performance while still offering a bright screen, the Dell XPS 13 is for you. In our review, we said that it's a perfect 13-inch ultrabook thanks to its exceptional specs, superb physical design, and its amazing-looking display that, while not capable of reaching 600 nits, is still very bright.

If the laptops in this roundup don't appeal to you, make sure you check out our list of the best Windows laptops for more great options.

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