The best laptop 2024: top portable picks for all budgets

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best laptop MacBook Air (M2, 2022) with the screen open

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1. The list in brief
2. Best overall: MacBook Air (M3)
3. Best budget: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet
4. Best Windows 11: Dell XPS 14
5. Best student: MacBook Air (M2)
6. Best value: Acer Aspire 5
7. Best working from home: Acer Chromebook Plus 515
8. Best creative: MacBook Pro 16
9. Best 2-in-1: Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
10. Best for gaming: Razer Blade 14
11. Best large screen: Dell XPS 17
12. Best OLED screen: Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro
13. Best cheap gaming: MSI Katana 15
14. How to choose
15. How we test

Looking for the best laptops of 2024? Then we're here to help. Each year, we review a huge amount of laptops across every category, and we're constantly updating this guide to give you the very latest buying advice, no matter what your budget is.

If you want to know what the best laptop you can buy right now is, then our choice is the brand-new MacBook Air (M3), which is available in both 13-inch and 15-inch models. This standout in the best MacBook category merges a sleek, contemporary design with an impressive screen, stellar performance, and exceptional battery life. 

However, if you don't fancy a MacBook, we also have a huge range of other options, from Windows 11-powered laptops, to budget Chromebooks, powerful gaming laptops and everything in between. Every laptop on this page has been fully tested by our experts, so we can give you independent buying advice that you can trust.

Recent updates

This page has been updated as of 12/04/2024 with the new Dell XPS 14 laptop added.

Written by
Matt Hanson
Written by
Matt Hanson

Matt has been reviewing laptops for the best part of 15 years, and has been using them for a lot longer. That means he knows the essential ingredients that make the perfect laptop – long battery lives, dependable performance, solid designs and above all value for money. He’s personally reviewed and used most of the laptops on this page.

The quick list

Want to cut to the chase and find out what the best laptops are? Below, you’ll find a roundup of our choices, and you can jump to a more detailed review of every pick, along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best deals.