This list of the best laptops of 2021 is just my personal selection of models available for sale today with certain specifications and for certain tasks. It should not be taken as objective, it is a subjective rating based on experience with various brands, a combination of characteristics, my preferences (Intel), owner reviews and laptop reviews in Russian and English sources.
In the first part of the review – about the main, again, first of all for me personally, as a buyer and user, the characteristics that you should pay attention to when buying a laptop this year. In the second – the best laptops of 2021 according to the author for various tasks, and in the last – a selection of relatively inexpensive and good laptops of various price ranges (up to 60,000 and 50,000 rubles, up to 30,000 and 20,000 rubles and within other budgets) from those that are already now available for purchase in stores.
Features to look out for when buying a laptop
First, about the general hardware specifications, which, in my opinion, are important if you decide to buy a new laptop in 2021. Once again, I remind you that this is the personal opinion of the author and I report on the characteristics that are important to me.
Today it is wise to purchase laptops with 11th, 10th or 9th generation Intel processors. Acquiring on the basis of earlier generations is not justified, even if there is an attractive price. Additionally: in the article you will not find laptops based on AMD, but the reason is not in any shortcomings, but only in the fact that I personally would not buy a laptop on AMD, although for someone such a choice may be quite justified.
As of this year, you should not buy a laptop with less than 8 GB of RAM, and I would not do this even with a limited budget. If you have serious work and modern games, I recommend focusing on at least 16 GB of RAM or the ability to increase the amount of RAM. Keep in mind that in recent years, many laptops have limited this possibility (for example, there is only one slot, in addition to soldered memory) – if a RAM upgrade is in the plans, check this information.
When buying a laptop with a discrete graphics card for gaming or work, you should look for GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards on a budget and RTX 20XX, or even better RTX 30XX if you have the funds. Often, users, when choosing a laptop according to its characteristics, pay attention to entry-level discrete graphics
like the NVIDIA MX230 or MX330. Often, a discrete video card of this kind is simply not needed (and increases the price of a laptop): these adapters do not differ much from modern Intel integrated graphics in terms of speed, especially when it comes to Iris Xu Graphics, Iris Plus G4 and Iris Plus G7, where integrated graphics can be faster than specified discrete solutions from NVIDIA even in some games.
If there are no games, video editing, 3D graphics and other tasks that require a discrete graphics card in the plans, the choice of a laptop with integrated Intel graphics may be justified – they are more than suitable for “normal” work, you can also win in battery life, price and the silence of the laptop at work.
An SSD solid state drive or the ability to install it, the presence of free M.2 slots (most manufacturers began to abandon SATA) are excellent (speed, energy efficiency, less susceptibility to physical damage). At the same time, I recommend avoiding laptops that advertise 64 or 32 GB SSD (or eMMC).
The presence of a USB Type-C connector with the ability to charge (Power Delivery) and display an image on a monitor via the Display Port interface, and ideally, the Thunderbolt interface is very desirable. An increasing number of peripheral equipment are equipped with such connection interfaces, it is also very convenient to use such connectors to connect a laptop to a monitor while simultaneously charging with an external keyboard and mouse (and all with one cable).
If you have a significant budget, you should pay attention to modifications of laptops with a 4K screen. Such a resolution may seem excessive, especially on compact laptops, but as a rule, 4K matrices win not only in resolution: they are noticeably brighter and have better color reproduction (in the case when we compare one laptop model with a Full HD and 4K screen).
If you belong to the group of users who, immediately after buying a laptop, format a disk with pre-installed licensed Windows 10, when purchasing a laptop, I recommend that you look: but there is no the same model, but without a pre-installed OS (or with Linux, Free DOS and similar systems), so that do not overpay for a pre-installed license.
It seems that I haven’t forgotten anything, I’m going directly to the good laptop models today.
The best laptops for every task in 2022
The laptops in this section should be suitable for almost any purpose: graphics or development programs that require high performance, modern games with a sufficient FPS level, as well as for general tasks with documents, photos, the Internet during the working day on battery power.
All of the laptops on this list have quality screens, and many of them are available in different resolutions and manufacturing technologies, are relatively light and compact, have good battery capacity and excellent build quality.
Dell XPS 15 9500
Dell XPS 17 9700
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G3T
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED
ASUS eBook Pro Duo
Acer Concept D7
MSI Creator 15 and Creator 17
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
Each of the above laptops is available in various modifications that differ in terms of characteristics and, accordingly, prices, but any of them has sufficient performance, in addition, for most models there is an upgrade option (with the exception of the Concept 7 – this will not be so easy to do here ).