Choosing the best laptop in 2022, whether it’s for work, home or school isn’t an easy decision. There are a lot of decent laptops on the market that offer reliable performance, but how do you separate the good from the standouts?
Well, Dailynubs’ list of the best laptops for 2022 is a great place to start, with our top picks across brands, operating systems, budgets, and categories. Many of the models from 2021 have been updated for 2022 with the latest chips from Intel, AMD, and Apple’s new M2 chips.
The Apple MacBook Air M2 currently tops our list of the best laptops 2022 has to offer because it is a solid choice for most people. It offers a great combination of everything we look for when we’re testing: reliable everyday performance, long battery life, and a design that works for a broad range of users.
The latest MacBook Air starts at $1,199, which is why we still recommend the 2020 MacBook Air M1 as a lower-cost alternative to the newest Air model, as it’s still an all-around excellent laptop.
For those looking for a more value-oriented option, HP’s Pavilion Aero 13 is an excellent small and light laptop starting at $550 but even fully loaded it’s a reasonable $900.
Best laptops 2022
Apple MacBook Air M2
Thanks to a new design, a larger display (13.6 inches versus the previous 13.3 inches), a faster M2 chip and a long-awaited upgrade to a higher-res webcam, the 2022 version of the MacBook Air remains our top choice for the most universally useful laptop in Apple’s lineup, with one caveat. At $1,199, the $200 increase over the traditional $999 MacBook Air starting price is a disappointment. That’s why you’ll still find the M1 version of the Air retains a spot on our best laptop list. Still, we like everything else about it and it’s our first choice if you’re considering an Air and don’t mind spending more.
Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is a perennial favorite for its size, weight, performance, and just overall good looks. For 2022, Dell made the XPS 13 even smaller and lighter, kept its sub-$999 starting price the same, and dropped in the latest 12th-gen Intel processors. The design is still great (though there’s no headphone jack; a USB-C adapter is included instead) and the battery life is long.
HP Pavilion Aero 13
HP packed a lot of value into the Aero 13: Eye-pleasing magnesium-aluminum chassis, strong processing performance, long battery life, a bright, colorful display, and a weight of just 2 pounds (0.94 kilograms). Amazingly, with all that it offers though, it has a regular starting price of less than $700.
Apple MacBook Air M1 2020
Despite the availability of the new bigger and better M2 MacBook Air, the M1 MacBook Air (one of the first to switch from Intel to Apple silicon) is staying around and that’s a good thing. As Apple’s entry-level laptop, it is still our go-to recommendation for a macOS laptop for basic everyday use. It has great performance and long battery life of up to 18 hours and is a solid choice for school or work
Acer Chromebook Spin 7
Acer had one of the best Chromebooks available in 2021 with the Spin 713, and now it’s repeated that success with the Chromebook Spin 714. The premium two-in-one doesn’t stray far from its predecessor in terms of what it offers, but Acer did make some changes to keep it competitive, like including a USI pen that stores and charges in the 714’s body. There are less expensive options, but if you want a Chromebook that’ll last for years, this is it. Keep an eye out for a sale on this one: Its normal price is $729 but is frequently on sale for $579.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7
Lenovo launched the Yoga line 10 years ago with Windows 8 and now, with Windows 11, the flexibility of the design has only gotten better.
The company’s flagship 14-inch Yoga 9i Gen 7 has an updated look with comfortable, rounded edges and 12th-gen Intel processors that give it a big multi-core performance jump.
A beautiful OLED display and improved audio make it excellent for work, video conferences, and entertainment. Lenovo includes an active pen and a laptop sleeve to complete the premium package.
The powerful speakers do add some vibration to the palm rests when turned up and Lenovo has cluttered the laptop with pitches for optional services and software. But, overall, the latest Yoga 9i is the two-in-one convertible laptop to beat.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360
Samsung’s latest big-screen two-in-one doesn’t look all too different from its predecessor, but inside is a new, 12th-gen Intel processor that gives it a sizable multi-core performance bump.
Plus, the other, smaller updates Samsung made to the Pro 360 improve the overall user experience, making it one of the best two-in-ones available right now.
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus
The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus’ 16-inch display is a great size since the laptop is barely bigger than a 15.6-inch model, but you get more room to work and a roomier keyboard and touchpad along with it. For this Inspiron, Dell is packed with performance parts including a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and Nvidia discrete graphics and the display covers 100% sRGB color gamut, which is good enough if you’re getting started with creating web content. Also, the laptop has a more premium fit and finish than we’re used to seeing in the Inspiron line.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Although this Microsoft Surface laptop is not the Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro continues to hit all the right notes if you’re looking for a do-it-all Windows tablet that doubles as a Windows laptop. Microsoft recently updated it for the Surface Pro 9, but little has changed beyond a processor upgrade from 11th-gen Intel Core processors to 12th-gen chips as well as an option for a Microsoft SQ 3 processor with 5G wireless. If you were contemplating a Pro 8, it’s still around, but now with a lower price, and is our go-to choice until we see how the Surface Pro 9 tests.
Razer Blade 14
There’s a lot to love with the Razer Blade 14, which incorporates one of the fastest mobile CPUs available (for now, at least), the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, and top-end mobile graphics. Its display can go pixel-to-pixel with the MacBook’s. And its high-quality build is up there with the best MacBooks, but, like an Apple, it’s not necessarily the best laptop deal, even compared to other premium laptops.