Best laptops and hybrids of 2017

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From budget convertibles to high-performance portables, we've selected the best laptops for a wide range of needs.

Laptops come in a huge range of sizes, form factors, specifications, options and prices – and trying to balance all these factors and choose the right one for your needs can be a minefield. To help you make your decision, we’ve selected the best laptops that we’ve reviewed over the past year or so.

Here you’ll find just about every type of laptop there is – including ultraportable laptops, high-performance 15in laptops and 2-in-1 hybrids.

These are by no means the only good laptops available, however. You should definitely shop around and do your homework to ensure you choose the right one for your needs – considering how and where you want to use the device, what applications you run and, of course, your budget.

So, at the end of this feature we’ve included a buyer’s guide to the features that you need to consider, and specifications that you need to understand, before shelling out your hard-earned. First, however, here are the key specs of our recommended laptops.

Best laptops at a glance

  Price Weight and form factor Display Processor Storage and RAM OS
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch $1,899 – $2,999+ 1.37kg clamshell laptop 13.3in, 2560 x 1600 pixels non-touch Intel Core i5-7360U, i5-7267U, i5-7287U, i7-7660U or i7-7567U 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB RAM macOS Sierra
Dell XPS 13 $2,299 – $2,999 1.29kg clamshell laptop 13.3in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch or 3200 x 1800 touch Intel Core i7-7560U 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB RAM Windows 10 Home or Pro
Asus ZenBook UX330UA $1,499 1.2kg clamshell laptop 13.3in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch Intel Core i7-7500U 256GB SATA3 SSD; ; 8GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
Lenovo X1 Carbon $2,099 – $2,599+ 1.1kg clamshell laptop 14in, 1920 x 1080 or 2560 x 1440 non-touch Intel Core i5-7200U, i5-7300U, i7-7500U or i7-7600U 256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB RAM Windows 10 Home or Pro
Apple MacBook $1,899 – $2,349+ 0.92kg clamshell laptop 12in, 2304 x 1440 non-touch Intel Core m3-7Y32, i5-7Y54 or i7-7Y75 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD;  8GB or 16GB RAM macOS Sierra
Asus Zenbook 3 $1,999  0.91kg clamshell laptop 12.5in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch Intel Core i7 7500U 512GB SATA3 SSD; 8GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
Asus ZenBook UX330UA $1,499 1.2 clamshell laptop 13.3in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch Intel Core i7 7500U Processor 256GB SATA3 SSD; 8GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
HP Stream 11 Pro G3 $499 1.18kg clamshell laptop 11.6in 1366 x 768 non-touch Intel Celeron N3060 64GB eMMC Windows 10 Pro
Dell XPS 15 $2,499 – $3,699+ 2kg clamshell laptop 15.6in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch or 3840 x 2160 touch Intel Core i7-7700HQ 256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD; 8GB – 32GB RAM Windows 10 Home or Pro
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch $3,499 – $4,099+ 1.83kg clamshell laptop 15.4in, 2880 x 1800 non-touch Intel Core i7-7700HQ,  i7-7820HQ or i7-7920HQ 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB PCIe SSD; 16GB RAM macOS Sierra
Dell Precision 5520 $5,578 – $7,180+ 1.78kg clamshell laptop 15.6in, 1920 x 1080 non-touch or 3840 x 2160 touch Intel Core i5-7300HQ, i5-7440HQ, i7-7820HQ, Xeon E3-1505M v5 or Xeon E3-1505M v6 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SATA or PCIe SSD; 8GB – 32GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro $1,199 – $3,999 784g detachable hybrid 12.3in, 2736 x 1824 touch Intel Core m3-7Y30, i5-7300U or i7-7660U  128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD; 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
HP Elitebook X360 $1,999 – $3,499 1.28kg flip-over hybrid 13.3in, 1920 x 1080 touch Intel Core i5-7200U, i5-7300U or i7-7600U 128GB SATA SSD or 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB RAM Windows 10 Home or Pro
Toshiba Portégé X20 $2,145 – $2,915 1.12kg flip-over hybrid 12.5in, 1920 x 1080 touch Intel Core i5-7200U, i5-7300U, Core i7-7500U, i7-7600U 256GB or 512GB SATA or PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB RAM Windows 10 Pro
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 $2,299 – $2,799  1.24kg flip-over hybrid 13.3in, 1920 x 1080 or 3200 x 1800 touch Intel Core i5-7Y54 or  i7-7Y75 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD; 8GB or 16GB SSD  Windows 10 Home or Pro
Lenovo Yoga Book $699 (Android) or $899 (Windows) 690g flip-over hybrid 10.1in, 1920 x 1200 touch Intel Atom x5-Z8550 64GB; 4GB RAM Android 6.0 or Windows 10 Home
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 $399 – $699 1.39kg flip-over hybrid 11.6in 1366 x 768 touch Intel Celeron N3060, Pentium N3710 or Core m3-7Y30 32GB eMMC or 128GB SATA SSD; 4GB RAM Windows 10 Home
Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 $864.60 – $969.10  1.43kg flip-over hybrid 11.6in 1366 x 768 touch Intel Celeron N3060 16GB, 32GB or 64GB SSD; 4GB RAM Chrome OS

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