Laptop Gift Guide

Laptop Gift Guide

Thinking about gifting a laptop this holiday season? Great idea! We've collected the best of the best to help remove some of the guesswork. With devices in all price ranges, you're sure to find something everyone will be excited about.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft's Surface Book 2, available in 13- and 15-inch configurations, has the performance hardware inside to tackle pretty much any job you throw at it. The display and keyboard come apart for a tablet experience, and full compatibility with the Surface Pen and Surface Dial make this a truly versatile tool.

From $1,500 Buy Now

Surface Laptop display

Surface Laptop display

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Love the Surface line and need a notebook? The Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch touch display, plenty of powerful hardware options, and a beautiful Alcantara fabric finish around the keyboard. Windows 10 S makes this a great option for any students headed back to school after the holiday break.

From $799 Buy Now

Microsoft Surface Pro

The Surface Pro is the best Surface device for those on the go. The 12.3-inch touch display gets even better with a Surface Pen, especially when you remove the Type Cover for a tablet experience. With powerful hardware options available, the Surface Pro is a capable 2-in-1 for pretty much anyone.

From $799 Buy Now

HP Spectre x360

HP's Spectre x360 is a strong competitor for best laptop on the market thanks to a gorgeous convertible design, stunning touch display, and powerful hardware, including eighth-generation Intel processors, that can handle a wide variety of tasks.

From $1,149 Buy Now

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Dell XPS 13

Beautifully crafted and featuring a 13.3-inch display with nearly no bezel, the XPS 13 from Dell is truly impressive. Available in plenty of configurations, including eighth-generation Intel processors, this laptop has the power and battery to get you through a workday.

From $800 Buy Now

Samsung Notebook 9

The Notebook 9 is one of the most underrated laptops on the market. It's thin, it's light, the 15-inch display is outstanding, and the keyboard and touchpad are some of the best we've used. Impressive battery life rounds out the powerful performance hardware.

From $1,298 Buy Now

Lenovo Yoga 920

The watchband hinge on this convertible laptop is arguably its most striking feature, but the 4K touch display takes a close second. An eighth-generation Intel processor delivers four cores of power, and an Active Pen 2 is available for a satisfying inking experience.

From $1,263 Buy Now

Razer Blade

Gamers take note: The 14-inch Razer Blade is a powerhouse PC contained in a slim chassis. The NVIDIA GTX 1060 takes care of graphics, and a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor is more than enough to handle gaming tasks. It's pricey, but it delivers an incredible gaming experience.

From $1,600 Buy Now

Alienware 15

With plenty of configuration options available, including eighth-generation Intel processors, you're sure to find an Alienware 15 laptop that's suited to your needs. The 15.6-inch display is G-SYNC-enabled for a smooth picture, and plenty of ports help make this device VR-ready.

From $1,250 Buy Now

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

Featuring a slim body, beautiful 15.6-inch display, and powerful hardware inside, this laptop from MSI is ready to tackle VR duties. Get inside up to an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card, and even go with a 4K display if you love something high-res.

From $1,680 Buy Now

ASUS ROG Strix GL702

Less than an inch thick, this ASUS gaming laptop has inside a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060. It's great for standard gaming, but it also has the ports necessary for a satisfying VR experience.

From $1,275 Buy Now

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Dell's refreshed Inspiron gaming lineup is bringing some impressive hardware for a lower price. Get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, powerful enough to handle most modern games.

From $750 Buy Now

Lenovo Legion Y520

Another gaming laptop on the budget end, the Lenovo Y520 nevertheless offers some impressive hardware. Get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card inside, and enjoy the aggressive design and 15.6-inch display.

From $700 Buy Now

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The X1 Carbon delivers ThinkPad quality, durability, and design in an incredibly light and thin package. With up to a 14-inch 1440p display, a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and the security features you love, this is one of the best business laptops on the market.

From $999 Buy Now

Huawei MateBook X

Featuring a thin body, outstanding display, and performance hardware inside, the MateBook X is an all-around great laptop perfect for the business crowd (as well as pretty much anyone who's regularly on the go). There is hardly any bezel around the screen, the speakers deliver quality sound, and a fingerprint reader adds an extra layer of security.

From $1,299 Buy Now

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

The T470 comes at you with a wide variety of ports, including USB-C Thunderbolt 3 and Ethernet, plus it has plenty of configuration options so that you can get the hardware you need. This is true ThinkPad durability and design and, yes, the TrackPoint system is here in all its glory.

From $783 Buy Now

Huawei MateBook

Anyone looking for a great tablet experience should take note of the Huawei MateBook. It weighs just 1.4 pounds and is well under a half-inch thick, yet it has a 12-inch, 1440p display, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. The Intel Core m5 processor has the power to handle productivity tasks, and a fingerprint reader adds an extra layer of security.

From $499 Buy Now

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CHUWI 14.1 LapBook

CHUWI's LapBook, with a 14.1-inch 1080p display, might just be the best laptop for less than $300. The keyboard is comfortable, you have a decent selection of ports, and the hardware is powerful enough to handle productivity tasks.

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Acer Aspire E 15

If you're looking for something with a 15.6-inch display, the Aspire E 15 comes in at 1080p and also has impressive hardware for the price you're paying. Get a seventh-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard drive, and enjoy the full keyboard that includes a number pad.

From $350 Buy Now

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

Dell's Inspiron 11 line brings us small laptops at an affordable price. The 3000 2-in-1 has up to a seventh-generation Intel m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive, plus the screen can be rotated around 360 degrees for a tablet experience. This is a great device for both productivity and recreation.

From $230 Buy Now

NuVision tablet

Considering the sub-$100 price, this tablet from NuVision offers quite a bit. Get an eight-inch 1080p display, an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, and 2GB of RAM. This is a great device for watching movies, plus it has a Micro HDMI port if you'd like to connect it to a larger screen.

From $88 Buy Now

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.