The best 13-inch laptops

A woman holds one of the best 13-inch laptops while playing music on a keyboard
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The best 13-inch laptops can be a great choice for flexibility and portability. If these aren't your priority, you're probably going to a larger device that gives your more workspace. But for a laptop that you can easily carry around when you're on the move, and use pretty much anywhere, 13 inches is usually the sweet spot for a device that's not too heavy or bulky but is still comfortable to use.

In the guide below, we round up our own pick of the best 13-inch laptops for a range of uses, from creative work to gaming. We've also included 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrids, which can offer even more flexibility thanks to their touchscreens and are often even lighter. While these might lack workstation power, the best offer enough power for things like drawing and photo editing.

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.

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