Here are some of the best looking laptops you'll see on a college or university campus this year.

Laptop designs have continued to be refined over the years with companies now offering more sleek-looking notebooks that are not only light and portable but thin and made of quality materials. Heading to campus armed with such a companion makes the course work a little bit more bearable. We've compiled a short list of some of the most attractive notebooks available on the market.

Best Windows Laptops

Surface Laptop

Surface Book

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop (see our review) packs some of the company's finest work when it comes to the Surface family of PCs. Measuring in at just 14.47mm thick, the 13-inch laptop features a glorious 2256 x 1504 display with ample amounts of power to get any student through the day. Not only is the display fantastic for productivity, but it brings media and other content to life after those long sessions of studying.

Other specifications that are noteworthy include a whopping 512GB solid state drive (SSD), 16GB of RAM, and the latest in Intel processing (all the way up to Core i7, depending on configuration). And if you're more of a creative genius in the classroom, the Surface Laptop works just fine with the Surface Pen. Pricing starts at around $1,000 ($899.10 for eligible students), which isn't cheap, but it's well worth it.

It's one of the best looking laptops around and is the best notebook for students heading back to school.

Buy the Surface Laptop at Microsoft

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13 by Dell is absolutely stunning. Sporting one of the best looking designs of any laptop, the company managed to work in some magic with this latest iteration. A 13-inch display has been installed inside a chassis that one would expect to house an 11-inch variant, which means you'll be able to focus on documents and other content without having to take in massive bezels. The screen almost appears to blend in with the surroundings.

Hardware configurations make it possible to select between a touch-enabled or standard 1080p display, Intel processors up to seventh-gen Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and even a 1TB PCIe SSD for blazing fast performance. Starting at $799 also means this notebook won't destroy the available budget. As an added bonus, there's even a convertible 2-in-1 model available.

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Razer Blade

Razer Blade

Should you do a little gaming in your spare time and wish to remain active while on campus, you'll want to go for a laptop with a little more power in the GPU department. This is where the Razer Blade comes into play. This 14-inch notebook packs a capable Nvidia GTX 1060 that can power even more demanding titles with ease, thanks to solid processing power and 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

As for the rest of the specifications list, the Razer Blade also sports an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. The 1080p display is a joy to use, allowing the GTX 1060 to really come to life without having to tone down in-game settings too heavily. And in case the sleek black design of the laptop wasn't enough already, the company implemented a fully connected Chroma keyboard.

Configurations of the Razer Blade commence at around $1,900.

Buy the Razer Blade at Microsoft

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360

HP's Spectre x360 screams premium from the get go. Just looking at the quality design gives off the impression that this is a serious notebook, as noted in our review. Coming in at just 13.7mm thick, it's also incredibly slim for a 2-in-1 convertible. We're talking about a 13.3-inch touch-enabled display, which works well in tablet, stand or tent modes, and the keyboard and touchpad combo is solid for traditional notebook use.

Much like other laptops on this list, the Spectre x360 packs inside the latest from Intel with a Core i7-7500U processor. Joining the powerful CPU is 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The cheaper models come with a 1080p screen, but there is a 4K option available that adds around $300 to the overall cost. Configurations start at around $1,200, so this isn't an affordable notebook by any means.

Buy the HP Spectre x360 at Microsoft

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA

The ZenBook notebooks by ASUS are stunning pieces of kit. Sporting an iconic design, which consists of a solid aluminum build, the UX330 is unique in that it has both the design and dimensions to draw attention for all the right reasons. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. On paper, this isn't the most powerful laptop available. That said, it'll be more than capable of powering through studies.

Other handy features include a fingerprint reader and USB 3.1 Type-C. For the price, and we're only talking $699 here, this is a steal of a laptop. When it comes to battery life, it's possible to hit 10 hours with light use (web browsing or using Word), which is ideal for use in coffee shops and other locations.

Buy ASUS ZenBook UX33UA at Amazon

MSI GS63VR

MSI GS63VR

The GS63VR matches the Razer Blade in terms of performance, sporting an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1060 dedicated GPU. What sets this laptop apart is the design. Sure, it remains to be a black slab, but what MSI has done is work in some stunning brushed aluminum effects on the chassis, not to mention adding in a LED-backlit keyboard backed by SteelSeries Engine software.

Anyone who may happen to glance at the GS63VR will immediately know this thing holds some serious horsepower. Prices actually undercut the Razer Blade, too, starting at around $1,349 (with a GTX 1050) but configurations can easily near the $2,000 mark.

Buy MSI GS63VR on Amazon

Samsung Notebook 9 15

Samsung Notebook 9 15

The Notebook 9 Ext is ideal for people who write a lot, use a laptop for productivity, enjoy browsing the web and watching movies, or for those who just need an ultra-light, high-performance laptop. In a nutshell, this laptop is perfect for students who require a machine for typing hours on end. Solid specifications include an Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX, but more improtantly Samsung opted to include Windows Hello support.

The configuration we believe you'll want will set you back $1,397, but this includes the 7seventh-gen processor, 16GB of RAM, and Samsung's own 256GB 960 EVO PCIe NVMe SSD. Not only does this notebook look seriously good, but it is also more than capable at taking on intense workloads.

Buy Samsung Notebook 9 15 at Amazon

Only the best will do

Sometimes looks aren't always the most important feature of a laptop. Should you demand the best in specifications or perhaps connectivity, you'll want to check out our best laptop guide for only the best Windows notebooks.

Best Windows Laptops

Updated August 25, 2017: We threw in the GS63VR by MSI as a more aggressive and outlandish-looking gaming laptop, compared to the already listed and more subtle Razer Blade. Also, say hello to the Samsung Notebook 9 15, a gorgeous thin and lightweight notebook.