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The best Windows 11-ready laptops you can buy right now

Windows 11 has arrived, and with it come our picks for the best Windows 11-ready laptops that’ll run Microsoft’s latest operating system without breaking down into a silicon sweat. 

If you have a laptop running an older processor that can meet the security requirements of Windows 11, then you really should consider the laptop below. 

This list has the best Window 11-ready laptops so far based on our testing and reviews. But do bear in mind that new laptops are on the horizon, such as the Dell XPS 13 Plus, so expect this list to grow over time. 

The best Windows 11-ready laptops you can buy right now

Dell’s XPS 13 and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 are our top two picks for the best Windows 11-ready laptops, though there are plenty more on this list that are worth your attention. 

The Razer Blade 14 also gets a shout out for seemingly being able to pull double-duty as a gaming laptop and a workhorse machine for every day use and creator work as well. 

Best Windows 11-ready laptops: Dell XPS 13 OLED

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The best Windows 11-ready laptop overall

Specifications

Display: 13.4 inches; 1920×1080, 3840×2160, or 3.5K OLED

CPU: 11th-Generation Intel Core i3-i7

GPU: Intel UHD to Intel Iris Xe

RAM: 8GB-16GB

Storage: 256GB-2TBGB SSD

Weight: 2.64 pounds

Reasons to buy
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Gorgeous, immersive display 

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Great overall performance

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Slim, attractive chassis

Reasons to avoid

Battery life could be better

Grainy 720p webcam

The Dell XPS 13 has long been one our pick for the best laptop, and the latest model has an 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake processor, meaning it’s more than ready for Windows 11. What’s more, this edition of the XPS 13 is a great laptop, blending a gorgeous display with a small chassis, solid build quality and a very nice keyboard and trackpad. 

There’s also the new Dell XPS 13 OLED model, which takes this stellar ultraportable and makes it even better, albeit at a premium price. Expect about 8 hours for the OLED version and a superb 11 hours for the LCD model. 

Read our full Dell XPS 13 OLED review.

Not interested in OLED? Don’t miss our Dell XPS 13 (2020, 11th Gen) review.

Best Windows 11-ready laptops: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

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Best Windows 11-ready laptop for productivity

Specifications

Display: 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touchscreen

CPU: 11-Gen Intel Core i5/i7 | Ryzen 5/7 4000-series

GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Xe or Radeon graphics

RAM: 8GB to 32GB

Storage: 256GB to 1TB SSD

Weight: 2.79 pounds

Reasons to buy
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Light, slim design

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Great speakers

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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

Needs more ports and better webcam

Thick bezels are an eyesore

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is an excellent Windows 11-ready laptop. It’s a lovely rectangle of industrial design that holds one of the best laptop keyboards around. Plus, it comes in 13- and 15-inch models and offers a choice of the latest Intel and Ryzen mobile processors, both of which are ready for Windows 11. 

The Surface Laptop 4 also benefits from a lovely 3:2 aspect ratio display, which should be a boon for productivity when you’re working in Windows 11. And the solid speakers and nearly 11 hours of battery life are just icing on the ultraportable cake. 

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review.

best windows 11-ready laptops: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review

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Best 2-in-1 Windows 11 laptop

Specifications

Display: 13.3- or 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED

CPU: Intel Core i7

RAM: 8-16 GB

Storage: 512 GB – 1 TB

Weight: 3 pounds

Size: 14 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches

Reasons to buy
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Beautiful 1080p display with thin bezels

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Great battery life

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Comfy S Pen stylus 

Reasons to avoid

Bad webcam

Screen could be brighter

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a superb 2-in-1 that’s fully optimized for Windows 11. It’s a lovely thin and light laptop that works with an S Pen stylus and has an impressive AMOLED display with slim bezels. 11th Gen Intel processors with Xe graphics give it plenty of power ready for Windows 11, as well as for tackling all of your work tasks; just don’t expect to do any intensive gaming on it. 

Other Galaxy Book Pro 360 highlights include a whopping 13.5 hours of battery life and a remarkably thin and sturdy design that weighs just 3 pounds. That’s highly portable for a 15-inch laptop.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review.

Best Windows 11-ready laptops: HP Spectre x360 14

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The sleekest Windows 11-ready laptop

Specifications

Display: 14-inch 1920 x 1280 FHD (as tested) or 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen

CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7

GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics

RAM: 8 GB

Storage: 256GB to 512GB SSD

Size: 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches

Weight: 2.95 pounds

Reasons to buy
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Excellent sound quality

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Stellar display

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Intuitive touchscreen and pen controls

Reasons to avoid

Very expensive

Limited port connectivity on lower-priced models

If you want to go down the convertible route with a Windows 11-ready laptop, then HP’s Spectre x360 laptops are well worth a look. In our HP Spectre x360 14 review, we were impressed by the 2-in-1’s power, display and design, as well as its sound quality and stylus controls. 

Granted, the Spectre x360 14 is not cheap and isn’t flush with ports. But you’re getting a stylish laptop that can pull double duty as a big Windows 11 tablet. Add in more than 12 hours of battery life in our testing and you have a winner.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 14 review

best windows 11-ready laptops: razer blade 14

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The best Windows 11-ready portable gaming laptop

Specifications

Display: 14-inch, up to QHD, 165 Hz

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX

GPU: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 1 TB SSD

Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches

Reasons to buy
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Excellent gaming performance

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Compact design

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Gorgeous screen

Reasons to avoid

Cramped keyboard

Software oddities

The Razer Blade 14 is an ideal laptop if you want a device that’s got enough power to game on, is Windows 11-ready, and it’s still very easy to carry around. 

Sporting a powerful AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and a 165Hz refresh rate display, the Blade 14 is a compact powerhouse laptop that you won’t feel too self-conscious about taking out at a trendy coffee shop to hack out a few emails on. We saw about 6 hours of battery life when web surfing, but expect less endurance when gaming. 

Read our full Razer Blade 14 review.

best windows 11-ready Lenovo Yoga 9i review

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A stellar 2-in-1 laptop for Windows 11

Specifications

Display: 14-inch, 1080p

Processor: Intel Core i7-1185G7

Memory: 16GB of RAM

Storage: 512GB SSD

Size: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches

Weight: 3 pounds

Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A, headphone jack

Reasons to buy
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Long battery life

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Colorful 1080p display

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Hundreds less than competitors

Reasons to avoid

Limited ports

No IR webcam

For its price, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is a great 2-in-1 complete with the latest Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, so it’s ready for Windows 11 and has plenty of RAM and storage space. 

In fact, it’s one of our picks for the best 2-in-1 laptops, offering good battery life, a colorful display, an amazing rotating speaker and fast performance. It’s also an attractive laptop with a solid keyboard and stylus support. The only strikes against this Windows 11-ready system are its thin port selection and a display that could be brighter. 

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i review.

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A 2-in-1 built for Windows 11

Specifications

Display: 13-inch screen, 2880 x 1920

Processor: Intel i5-1135G7, Intel i7-1185G7

Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB

Storage: 512GB, 1TB SSD

Size: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches

Weight: 1.96 pounds

Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, headphone jack, external GPU and HDD support

Reasons to buy
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Large, vibrant display

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Tailor-made for Windows 11

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Sharp webcam

Reasons to avoid

Underwhelming gaming performance

Slim Pen 2 and Signature keyboard sold separately

The Surface Pro 8 not only gets access to the latest Intel laptop-grade chips, which means it’s easily Windows 11-ready, it also gets a fresh design, finally seeing Microsoft move away from the rather long-in-the-tooth 2-in-1 hybrid design. 

As such, the Surface Pro 8 comes with a larger, more vibrant display and an improved Type Cover keyboard accessory. While it’s not cheap and can’t be used as a gaming device, it’s one of the best hybrid devices around and has pretty much been built for Windows 11. 

Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review

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Powerful and fairly priced and ready for Windows 1

Specifications

Display: 16-inch IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600, 165Hz

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, Ryzen 7 5800H

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060, RTX 307

Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB

Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD

Size: 14 x 10.4 x 0.86-1.1 inches

Weight: 5.4 pounds

Ports: USB-C 3.2, 4x USB Type-A, HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, headphone jack

Reasons to buy
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Plenty of power

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Understated aesthetic

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Big 16-inch display with 165Hz refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

Bulky, with huge 300W charger

Keyboard feels mushy

If you want a well-equipped and designed gaming laptop that’ll run Windows 11 then the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is well worth a look. It can be configured with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 to really give it plenty of gaming power at 1440p resolution.

And unlike a lot of gaming-grade laptops, it looks rather understated meaning it could pull double duty as a machine for creative work, such as video editing. You’ll need space in your backpack for the 300W charger that’s a tad bulky, but otherwise the Legion 5 Pro offers a lot for a price that starts as low as $1,300. 

Read our full Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio on table

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The best Windows 11 laptop

Specifications

Display: 14.4-inch 120Hz touchscreen (2400 x 1600 pixels)

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 | Intel Core i7

GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU

RAM: 16GB | 32 GB

Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD

Weight: 3.8 – 4.0 pounds

Reasons to buy
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Versatile sliding hinged display

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Great speakers

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Bright, vibrant screen

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Slim Pen 2 stylus works well

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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

Performance could be better

Ports are sparse and inconveniently placed

if you want a Windows 11 laptop that’s a little differnet from a lot of other machines on the marker, then look no further than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. It’s basically a Surface Book reimagined to be a MacBook Pro-like machine when in its normal orientation and then an digital easel when used in its tablet form. 

The idea here is the Surface Laptop Studio is a one stop shop for productivity, creativity and entertainment; for the most part, it is all that. The machine’s 11th Gen Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM gives you enough power to tackle most work, And if you opt for a model with the discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, the Surface Laptop Studio also doubles as a decent machine for gaming or video editing on the go. It’s pricey but few other laptops can match its intriguing sliding hinged display of the Surface Laptop Studio. 

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review.

Alienware x14 on a desk showing a game being played

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Style and substance in one ultra-thin package

Specifications

Display: 14-inch 144Hz, 1920 x 1080

CPU: Intel Core i7-12900HK

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

Weight: 4.1 pounds

Reasons to buy
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Great 14-inch display

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Slick, futuristic design

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Impressive performance for size

Reasons to avoid

1080p display can’t be upgraded

Middling performance vs bigger gaming laptops

Somewhat treading the line between gaming laptops and almost-ultraportable design, the Alienware X14 offers a lot of power in a compact frame, meaning it’s more than ready to handle gaming on Windows 11. 

A little more flexibility when it comes to specs might have been our preferences, but the Alienware X14 still offers plenty, especially as it fits in a 144Hz display and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics power. We also rather like its clean but standout design. 

Read our full Alienware X14 review