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  • HP Spectre x360 14t (2020)

  • Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)

  • HP Envy x360 15z

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

  • MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Intel 11th Gen)

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HP Spectre x360 14t (2020)

For a luxurious PC laptop experience, look no further than the HP Spectre 14t. Its brilliant design, excellent battery life, and exceptionally snappy speed rise it to the creme de la creme of premium 2-in-1 laptops on the market. What sets it apart from its competitors is its bezel-free 3:2 screen, which gives you plenty of screen real estate for web pages, documents, spreadsheets, and more without the added weight and dead space around the screen.

While its performance isn't as breathtaking as some non-touchscreen models, it's still among the fastest laptops we've tested. For light video editing, office work, and casual games, the Spectre 14t will sing. There's some formidable competition, but the Spectre is the laptop to choose if you're after stunning aesthetics with solid power for a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Compact

  • Fast processor

  • Amazing battery life

Cons

  • No HDMI port

  • Webcam isn't great

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Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)

Best-in-class keyboard? Check. 4K OLED touch screen? Check. High-end performance? Check. The Dell XPS 13 9310 is once again a standout laptop for those on the go.

It is one of the more expensive ultraportable laptops, but its attention to detail justifies it. The brilliant screen and Intel Core i7 processor make the Dell XPS 13 a great pick for serious workloads, while its sleek aluminum body is easy to slip into your backpack and use in a meeting. Its 16:10 body ratio gives a surprising amount of room for the keyboard and trackpad so your fingers can keep going.

Sadly, its small body limits its port selection. With only two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack, you'll need to carry a couple of dongles if you need a USB-A or Ethernet port. The eight-hour battery life might get you through the day, but you may want to use it on a desk, as the Dell XPS 13 tends to run hot.

Pros

  • Spectacular OLED display

  • Luxurious, robust design

  • Great keyboard and touchpad

Cons

  • No USB-A or Ethernet ports

  • Can run a bit hot

  • Battery life is just ok

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HP Envy x360 15z

Fast, beautiful, and affordable, the 15-inch HP Envy x360 is a dream for those in need of a larger laptop that won't break the bank. Inside its beautiful body, the 15-inch Envy packs an AMD Ryzen 5 processor that trades blows with laptops twice its price—perfect for photo editing, light gaming, and even a bit of video editing.

The HP Envy’s 15-inch display is nothing short of glorious. It’s huge, it’s bright, it’s vibrant, and it’s touch-enabled. While the laptop is a little bulky for tablet use in 2-in-1 mode, it’s nice to have the ability to tent your laptop. What's even more impressive is that it can hit all the marks while still delivering almost seven hours of battery life. It's undoubtedly one of the best 15-inch laptops in its price range, and we doubt we'll see a worthy contender for its crown anytime soon.

Pros

  • Excellent performance

  • A beautiful design

  • Sturdy 2-in-1 hinges

Cons

  • So-so battery life

  • Heavy

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

If you spend all day typing away, you will adore the Surface Laptop 4’s gentle but tactile keyboard. It’s just about perfect for typing quickly and accurately without all that finger fatigue. Meanwhile, its 3:2 screen ratio is crisp and vibrant, with plenty of vertical space to get work done.

We tested the Intel Core i7 model, which was one of the fastest Intel laptops we’ve reviewed, but there is also an AMD Ryzen model available with even better performance and battery life. We only managed to squeeze eight hours of battery life from our unit, but many users claim they can get north of ten hours or more. This inconsistency holds it back from being the best Windows laptop we’ve tested, but it’s still a darn good laptop.

Pros

  • Beautiful stylus-enabled touchscreen

  • Incredible keyboard and trackpad

  • Strong performance

Cons

  • Configuration options are limited

  • Battery life shorter than advertised

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MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Intel 11th Gen)

The MSI Summit Flip 13 Evo is a stellar 2-in-1 that's greater than the sum of its parts. With excellent performance, a responsive and vibrant touchscreen, hardy aluminum construction, and eight-hour battery life, this laptop makes a great companion for students and professionals always on the move.

It can come with up to 32GB of RAM, which is unusual in the 2-in-1 space, and its Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics is ideal for heavy multitasking, film editing, and graphic design and illustration work. Artists and notetakers, in particular, will enjoy the MSI Pen, a Surface pen-like pressure-sensitive stylus that's included with the Summit Flip 13.

Just about our only qualm with this laptop is its keyboard, which lacks tactile feedback and makes it hard to tell if you've pressed a key if you're a light typist. Its touchpad, on the other hand, is glossy smooth and recognizes finger gestures without a problem. The Summit Flip 13’s display is bright and vibrant, able to adapt to bright coffee shops and dark bedrooms with ease. All of the Summit Flip 13’s standout features, from its excellent touchscreen to its premium construction, help it stand tall among the fierce competition.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality

  • Phenomenal pressure-sensitive screen

  • MSI Pen stylus included

Cons

  • Runs hot

  • Mediocre keyboard

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

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TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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Joanna Nelius

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Joanna specializes in anything and everything gaming-related and loves nerding out over graphics cards, processors, and chip architecture. Previously she was a staff writer for Gizmodo, PC Gamer, and Maximum PC.

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