Best laptops of 2015


You can dive into the various subcategories here for detailed suggestions for every need and budget, but on this page, we present the current laptops that are our personal favorites, because of style, power, value, or just because we like them.

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Best hybrid

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.

4 stars Excellent

Best battery life

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2015)

While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has all the buzz, this 13-inch system gets a handful of updates to remain a top choice for combining power and portability.

Price: $1,749.00 - $1,999.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best ultraportable laptop

Apple MacBook (2015)

If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.

Price: $1,799.00 - $1,998.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best 13-inch Windows laptop

Dell XPS 13 Non-touch (2015)

Taking a second look at the new XPS 13, this lower-end version costs less and has better battery life, but isn't as tightly designed.

4 stars Excellent

Best full-time laptop, part-time tablet

Microsoft Surface Book

While it's not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft's Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first.

4 stars Excellent

Best lightweight laptop

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

Despite a few design quirks that make it feel less than premium, the Lenovo LaVie Z can't be beat for a combination of light weight and processor power.

4 stars Excellent