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Laptop buying guide

When it comes to power and speed, Windows laptops give you performance on the go. From i7 convertible laptops to gaming laptops and 2-in-1s, find the best device for your digital life.


Back up and transfer your data with OneDrive

Bring your files, photos and videos from your old laptop to your new one with cloud storage platform OneDrive. Access files from any device, including your new PC, and know your files are protected against malware and hackers. To access cloud storage on your new laptop, simply set up OneDrive on both devices, upload your files, and sync.


Set up an appointment for help

Make an appointment online with one of our Microsoft tech experts and get your questions answered. We can help with any and all of the following:

  • Personal shopping. Before you buy, we can answer lingering questions about price, tech specs and placing an order.
  • Setting up your new PC. We’ll guide you through the set-up process and help you personalise your computer.
  • Learning how to use your new computer. We’ll teach you how to make the most of your business or personal laptop.


Recycle your old computer

You can find information on how to recycle your old PC responsibly with our end-of-life management and recycling initiatives.

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Find your new Windows PC

Use our Help Me Choose tool and get advice on the perfect laptop for you by answering a few simple questions.

Why choose a Windows laptop?

Write, design, start a business, finish a game. Your beautiful mind has a lot going on. Your great ideas need to be seen by the world. Windows 11 can help make that happen. So, whether you’re looking for inspiration, organisation, or just some relaxation, Windows 11 provides the power and multitasking tools that can help you get more done in less time.

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Tools worthy of your talents

Creativity apps for effortless expression, Microsoft Phone Link to access your phone from your PC, and snap layouts to keep it all neat on screen—Windows 11 has what you need to get it done with style and speed.

  • Snap can get your whole project on one screen
  • Phone Link lets you use your iPhone® or Android™ phone from your PC—no need to divide your attention between two devices1
  • Creativity apps like Photos app and Clipchamp give you more ways to express yourself
  • Balance work with PC gaming

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Laptops for daily use

Looking for a basic laptop for casual, everyday use? These devices are equipped with the essentials:

  • Smaller screen and laptop size (12”-14”)
  • Basic features for browsing the web, checking email and other tasks
  • Security measures to protect hardware
  • User-friendly interface
  • Basic display features

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Laptops for professionals

Whether you commute to the office or work from home, it’s important to have the tech you need to get your work done quickly and efficiently. Laptops for professionals are available with the following features:

  • Smaller size for commuting, larger size for working from home
  • Longer battery life
  • Hardware security features
  • Multitasking capabilities
  • Photo and video editing
  • Additional storage

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Laptops for gamers

Laptops for gaming should have high performance and graphics capabilities to deliver a smooth gaming experience. The best laptops for gaming have some of these features:

  • Larger, high refresh rate screen for gaming (15”-18”)
  • Larger battery capacity
  • Dedicated GPU for advanced graphics
  • Native security features
  • Additional storage

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Tips to save on laptops

  • Install Microsoft Edge Shopping extensions for coupons, discounts and cash-back offers on your purchases.
  • If you’re a primary, secondary or higher education student, parent, or faculty member, purchase a Windows laptop through the Microsoft Education Store to get a student discount of up to 10% off selected products, including Surface devices.

Laptop hardware considerations

Display, central processing unit (CPU), internal storage capabilities, RAM and battery life are all important hardware factors when deciding on a laptop.

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Resolution refers to the number of pixels a laptop screen contains. Higher resolutions allow for sharper, more detailed images. Here is the range of resolutions:

  • HD (1366 x 768)
  • HD+ (1600 x 900)
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200)
  • QHD (2560 x 1440) or QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
  • 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 or 3840 x 2560)


Intel and AMD information



  • Known for high performance, reliability and stability.
  • Known for excellent performance, with high core counts, clock speeds, resolution and refresh rates.
  • High connectivity speeds10, large caches and advanced instruction sets allow laptops to process data quickly and efficiently.
  • Ideal for data-intensive tasks like rendering and multitasking with Windows 11 tools like Snap layouts.
  • Designed for multitasking and running multiple apps at once without impacting performance.
  • Smart power management features provide incredible efficiency for cool, quiet performance and long-lasting battery life that won’t interrupt gaming.
  • Intelligent collaboration features support Microsoft Teams, Zoom and more with minimal impact on battery life.
  • A great option for budget-conscious buyers.
  • i9, i7, i5, i3 or Pentium CPU available.
  • Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 3 CPUs available.


Hard drives and solid state drives
Hard disk drives (HDD) Solid state drives (SSD)
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Types of RAM
  • Lower maximum data transfer rate
  • Higher power consumption and heat generation
  • Higher maximum data transfer rate
  • Operates at efficient voltage (1.2V)
  • Newest generation of RAM
  • Highest maximum data transfer rate
  • Operates at lower voltage (1.1V)


Battery features
30-69 Watt Hours (Whr) 70-99.9 Watt Hours (Whr)
  • Lightweight
  • Less expensive
  • General computer use
  • Higher capacity
  • Holds more charge for longer battery life
  • Ideal for gaming and video editing

Although battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors, your laptop battery should last for eight-plus hours of video playback on average.

Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors, but your laptop battery should last for eight-plus hours of video playback time. Depending on your device, you can customise your laptop’s settings to save battery life with options like low power mode.

Use Energy recommendations to set different power and display settings. Learn how to properly care for the battery on your Windows laptop.

Form factors and functionality

Detachable keyboard, surround sound speakers, anti-glare display, and more. Learn about all the form factors available that feature Windows 11 to find the right fit for your everyday.

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Convertible laptops come with touchscreens and an attached keyboard. With a Windows 11 convertible laptop, simply fold the screen back to experience tablet functionality while enjoying the sturdiness of a traditional laptop. In a convertible laptop, the keyboard can’t be removed, but you can use it as a kickstand while you watch your favourite TV programmes or films.

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2-in-1 detachable laptops are touchscreens that can be paired with a removable keyboard. For projects, gaming or multitasking, enjoy full laptop functionality by attaching the keyboard with ease. Remove the keyboard and transform your device into a tablet, allowing for even more portability. You can also get creative and jot down quick ideas with a digital pen on the touchscreen while you’re computing on the go. 2-in-1 detachable laptops offer a lightweight, portable option that doesn’t sacrifice performance.

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Tablets feature a standalone touchscreen and are the most portable option. If you’re looking for a simple device for entertainment and don’t need much computing power, tablets are a great choice.

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  • HDMI: High Definition Multimedia Interface, most commonly used for transferring audio and visual information from one device to another.
  • USB Type-A: What comes to mind most readily when people think about USB ports.
  • USB-C®: An upgrade from USB-A ports and features more power and quicker data transfer.
  • USB-C® with USB 4.0/ Thunderbolt™ 4: An oval-shaped port that can support data transfers from Thunderbolt™ 4 and USB-C® cables.
  • MicroSD card reader: Allows your device to read data stored on MicroSD cards, which are used to expand the storage on smartphones, cameras and gaming devices.
  • Nano SIM: Nano SIM cards are most commonly used in smartphones but can also be used to help your device connect to Wi-Fi.

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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Wi-Fi 6 technology: Creates a faster connection from your device to your router.
  • WPA3 compatible: A series of security protocols for safer online activity.

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Display options

  • LCD: Flat panel displays with fluorescent backlights.
  • LED: Flat panel displays with LED backlights.
  • IPS: In-plane switching displays are characterised as having the best colour and viewing angles.
  • Anti-Glare: Allows you to use your device in bright light settings without a noticeable reflection.
  • Infinity-Edge: A nearly borderless display that maximises screen space.
  • OLED: Capable of displaying over 60 times more colours than most LCD displays.

  • Screens simulated. Features and app availability may vary by region.
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  • 1 Phone Link experience comes pre-installed on your PC with Windows 10 (running Windows 10, May 2019 Update at the least) or Windows 11. To experience the full functionality, Android phones must be running Android 7.0 or later. Phone Link for iOS requires iPhone with iOS 14 or higher, Windows 11 device, Bluetooth connection and the latest version of the Phone Link app. Not available for iPad (iPadOS) or MacOS. Device compatibility may vary. Regional restrictions may apply.
  • 2 Requires a PC with touchscreen capability.
  • 3 Pen-capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately.
  • 4 Hardware dependent. Requires Windows PC with microphone capability.
  • 5 For supported devices with latest security updates installed.
  • 6 Subscription sold separately.
  • 7 Available in United States only.
  • 8 Windows 11 upgrade is available for eligible PCs that meet minimum device specifications. Upgrade timing may vary by device. Internet service fees may apply. Features and app availability may vary by region. Certain features require specific hardware (see Windows 11 Specifications).
  • 9 Certain features require specific hardware, see Windows 11 Specifications.
  • 10 Versus standard Wi-Fi. Subject to router requirements and available signal. Details at Intel Product Performance.