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

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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

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The Dell XPS 13 is our current pick for the best Windows 11-ready laptop overall. While the 8-hour battery life is only average compared to the competition, in every other respect the XPS 13 is a great ultraportable. It's powerful enough for most day-to-day work, yet avoids being too chunky and sports a thin-bezelled design that helps the display shine.

What are best Windows 11-ready laptops?

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. 

One of the best value picks goes to the HP Pavilion Aero 13, which can be had for $749, yet still offers a solid specs sheet for every-day computing work. 

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; 1920x1080, 3840x2160, 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

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Battery life could be better
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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.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 on counterbest value

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A compact and light laptop that's still super-fast

Specifications

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1200
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
GPU: AMD Radeon
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 2.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, colorful display
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Clicky keyboard feels satisfying
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Well-priced

Reasons to avoid

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Small deck
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No microSD card slot

One of the more affordable laptops on this list, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is compact and light, yet surprisingly powerful. This means it's a great all-round ultraportable laptop that'll suit pretty much everyone.

A bright display and a clicky keyboard completes the set of compelling features. We'd have liked an SD card reader. But otherwise, for the price there's not a lot to dislike here. It may not be the most flashy of machines, but as a sturdy workhorse the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is ideal.

Read our full HP Pavilion Aero 13 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

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Needs more ports and better webcam
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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

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Bad webcam
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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

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Very expensive
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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

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Cramped keyboard
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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

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Limited ports
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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

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Underwhelming gaming performance
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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

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Bulky, with huge 300W charger
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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

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Performance could be better
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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

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1080p display can't be upgraded
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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

Asus Zenbook 13 OLED review

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Asus proves power, portability and the beauty of OLED can be had for under $900

Specifications

Display: 13-inch, 1920 x 1080, OLED
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
GPU: Integrated Radeon graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stellar battery life
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Beautiful 1080p OLED display
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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Middling sound quality
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Inconsistent webcam

Starting at $799 the Asus Zenbook 13 OLED offers access to excellent display tech for under $1,000, yet doesn't scrimp on performance as one might expect. Under the hood it offers a solid AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

While the speakers aren't amazing and the webcam leaves something to be desired, the fact you can get an OLED display in a rather neat ultraportable laptop that'll run Windows 11 is pretty great at  a sub-$1,000 price point. If you need a speedy little laptop with a great screen that will last you all day long, you can't do better than the OLED-equipped Asus Zenbook 13, at least not at this price.

Read our full Asus Zenbook 13 OLED review

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022)

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This 14-inch gaming laptop delivers a strong combination of performance, endurance and sheer eye candy

Specifications

Display: 14-inch, 2560 x 1600, 120Hz
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6700S - 6800S
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 3.79 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, vibrant 120Hz display
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Compact, elegant chassis
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Comfy keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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720p webcam is bad
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Gaming performance is good but not great

If you want to do some gaming as well as work on the go, then the 2022 version of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is well worth a look. This compact gaming laptop has enough power to run the latest graphically demanding games as well as take care of tasks like video rendering. 

And all that power is packed into a neat chassis that holds a 14-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Unlike its predecessor, the all-AMD machine also fits in a webcam. So not only is it a good pick for a Windows 11 laptop but it's also one of our picks for the best gaming laptops

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Roland Moore-Colyer a Managing Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.