These are the best laptops that support Windows Hello

Which laptops with Windows Hello should I consider buying?

Windows Hello is a biometric security system that uses either a biometrically-enabled camera or a fingerprint reader to log you into your Windows 10 device. Windows Hello is easy to set up when you have the correct hardware — here's a list of the best laptops that support Windows Hello with either a camera or a fingerprint reader.

The best laptops with Windows Hello

The list of laptops compatible with Windows Hello continues to grow. Here are some of the overall best based on whether or not they're using a compatible camera or a fingerprint reader.

Looking for more laptops that support Windows Hello? Check out our complete list.

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Windows Hello facial recognition

Facial recognition

  • Alienware 15 — Real desktop gaming performance with up to an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU and an overclocked Core i7-7820HK CPU.
  • HP Spectre x2 — A true Surface Pro competitor with a 2-in-1 design, 3,000 x 2,000 resolution screen, and powerful hardware inside.
  • HP Spectre x360 13 — If you love the idea of a 13-inch convertible laptop, you can't go wrong here. Seventh-gen Intel CPU, plenty of RAM, and a stunning touch display.
  • HP Spectre x360 15 — This convertible laptop might be the best 15-inch device available.
  • Microsoft Surface Book — Microsoft's 2-in-1 has desktop performance and a beautiful design.
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop — The newest addition to the Surface line, this is a laptop for lovers of a strict notebook design.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro — Whether you'd like a tablet or a notebook, this versatile device is a worldwide favorite.

Windows Hello fingerprint reader

Surface Pro 4 fingerprint reader

  • Dell XPS 13 — One of the best laptops for anyone who loves a standard 13-inch notebook.
  • Dell XPS 15 — Like the smaller XPS 13, this 15-inch laptop has a beautiful, slim design and powerful hardware inside.
  • Huawei MateBook — Tablet with a 1440p display and a fingerprint reader built right in.
  • Huawei MateBook X — Almost unbelievably thin with a 1440p display and powerful hardware within.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T470 — One of the best business laptops made today.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon — Thin, light, and ThinkPad.
  • Lenovo Yoga 720 15 — A GTX 1050 GPU, Core i7-7700HQ CPU, and a 15.6-inch touch display to go along with the convertible design.
  • Samsung Notebook 9 15 — Underrated Ultrabook that's slim and light without sacrificing performance.

Standalone Intel RealSense camera

RealSense SR300

If you already have a laptop that doesn't support Windows Hello and you don't plan on upgrading anytime soon, you're not entirely out of luck.

Intel offers a developer kit that includes an excellent RealSense camera that fully supports Windows Hello facial recognition. This kit starts at about $100.

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Razer Stargazer

Razer Stargazer

Gamers who want a few more features on their camera will want to check out the Razer Stargazer. It allows you to remove or switch the background while you stream at 60FPS without using a green screen backdrop. This camera starts at about $150.

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Logitech BRIO 4K webcam

Logitech BRIO 4K webcam

The latest compatible webcam to hit the market, the BRIO 4K from Logitech is a fantastic camera — if you can afford it at about $160. It will do pretty much everything you want, including recording 4K footage and virtual removal of backgrounds.

If you're interested in owning one of the best webcams out there, make sure you head over and check out our full review of the BRIO 4K.

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Mouse webcam

Mouse

If you're interested in adding Windows Hello facial recognition to your laptop for relatively cheap, the Mouse camera (about $70) is a solid option. It can record up to a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30FPS, but the real attraction is, of course, the IR camera for fast, hands-free logins. For more information, be sure to read our review.

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For more great webcams, both compatible with Windows Hello and not, check out our picks for the best Windows 10 webcams.

See our pick for the best Windows 10 webcam

Best fingerprint scanners compatible with Windows Hello

Eikon Mini fingerprint reader

If you'd rather use a fingerprint scanner on a laptop that doesn't come with one built in, we've already chosen the best option money can buy. There are a bunch of other options available as well if our opinion of the best doesn't quite match yours.

See our pick for the best fingerprint scanner available now

Updated September 3, 2017: We've refreshed this list to include a bunch of new laptops, updated versions of existing laptops, and some new standalone options when it comes to Hello-compatible cameras.