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    Best Laptops of 2023

    Whether you're looking for portability, performance, or a low price, one of these computers should fit the bill

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    If you’re about to go shopping for a new laptop in time for the new school year, it’s not hard to find something that truly meets your needs.

    Want a model that’s ultralight, with battery life to spare? Try the LG Gram.

    A big screen that makes streaming video a delight? Brands like Dell, HP, and MSI have you covered.

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    How about a laptop that can breeze through your next video editing project? Apple’s MacBook Pro, with an M2 Pro or M2 Max processor, will make easy work of the task.

    And if you’d rather not spend $1,000 on a laptop, that’s okay, too. You can walk into just about any electronics retailer and walk out with a perfectly capable laptop for under $500, especially if you’re willing to consider a Chromebook.

    We’re happy to help you sort through the options. We test dozens of new models every year, evaluating them for ergonomics, battery life, display quality, and portability so that you don’t waste your money on a clunker. We buy all the products we test—from headphones to SUVs—at retail, because samples sent directly from a manufacturer may be tweaked to perform better for a reviewer. 

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    Below you’ll find some of the best-performing laptops in our ratings, organized by task and purpose.

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    We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.