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 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: $1,687.00 - $1,799.00 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: $1,692.00 - $1,799.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best Windows tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Building on the Surface Pro 2 released late last year, the Surface Pro 3 is the "tablet that can replace a laptop."

Price: $1,249.95 - $1,398.00 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 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