The best Windows laptop

A person drawing on a Asus ZenBook Duo 14 laptop
(Image credit: Asus)

Buying the best Window laptop doesn't have to cost a fortune. It's all about knowing what you're looking for. 

Our long experience testing laptops has taught us that, in general, the pricier a Windows laptop, the faster it is. So right now, if you're a hardcore gamer or using powerful creative software like Photoshop or Maya, you'll be looking at an expensive model with a processor like an Intel Core i7-i9, along with a high-end graphics card such as NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. Yet for lightweight tasks like typing in Word, creating spreadsheets, surfing the web and watching movies, a mid-range laptop will probably plenty fast enough.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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