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The best Windows 11-ready laptops so far

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The best Windows 11-ready laptops will make sure you're ready for Windows 11 when it arrives October 5. All of these recommendations exceed Microsoft's Windows 11 requirements, so you should have no issues running the new operating system. 

If you have an older Windows 10 laptop, it might be game over, as the security requirements of Windows 11 means the OS needs certain processor features found in the likes of the Intel Tiger Lake chips. So you may need a new laptop, and we're here to help. 

We've pulled together a list of the best Window 11-ready laptops so far based on our testing and reviews. So if you need a new laptop for Windows 11 — or simply want to take this opportunity to buy one — take a look at the machines below. 

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

Best Windows 11-ready laptops: Dell XPS 13 OLED

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1. Dell XPS 13

The best Windows 11-ready laptop overall

Display: 13.4 inches; 1920x1080, 3840x2160, or 3.5K OLED
CPU: 11th-Generation Intel Core i3-i7
GPU: Intel UHD to Intel Iris Xe
Storage: 256GB-2TBGB SSD
Weight: 2.64 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous, immersive display +Great overall performance+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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2. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Best Windows 11-ready laptop for productivity

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
+Light, slim design+Great speakers+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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3. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

Best 2-in-1 Windows 11 laptop

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
+Beautiful 1080p display with thin bezels+Great battery life+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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4. HP Spectre x360 14

The sleekest Windows 11-ready laptop

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
Storage: 256GB to 512GB SSD
Size: 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 2.95 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Excellent sound quality+Stellar display+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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5. Razer Blade 14

The best Windows 11-ready portable gaming laptop

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
+Excellent gaming performance+Compact design+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 (2021) review.

best windows 11-ready Lenovo Yoga 9i review

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6. Lenovo Yoga 9i

A stellar 2-in-1 laptop for Windows 11

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
+Long battery life+Colorful 1080p display+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.

Roland Moore-Colyer

Roland Moore-Colyer is U.K. 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.