Choosing the a new laptop whether for work, home or for school can be tricky, because you’ve never had more choices. You can get a compact, speedy 13-inch ultraportable for not a lot of money, and those who can afford to spend a bit more have access to a smorgasbord of the best laptops from the likes of Apple, Dell, HP and more.
Below are the list of the best laptops for 2022:
1. Best MacBook Air- Apple MacBook Air M2
The latest MacBook Air powered by Apple’s M2 processor. Thanks to a new design, a larger display (13.6 inches versus the former 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. The base model which includes 8GB of memory, 256GB of storage, an 8-core CPU, and 8-core GPU 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 is our first choice if you’re considering an Air and don’t mind spending more.
2. Best laptop for image editing- MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch)
- Display: 14.2 inches; 3024×1964 pixels
- CPU: Apple M1 Pro or Max with 10-core CPU
- GPU: 16-core to 32-core integrated GPU
- RAM: 16GB to 64GB
- Storage: 512GB to 8TB SSD
- Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Amazingly fast
- Beautiful mini-LED display
- Great battery life
- No USB-A port
You may not be able to stop yourself from buying the 14-inch MacBook Pro if you see the Liquid Retina XDR display in it. This mini-LED panel features improved contrast and efficient brightness is gorgeous. And that’s not all, as the new M1 Pro processors are amazingly fast and enable long battery life. But the story of the 2021 MacBook Pro models isn’t just about their speediness and gorgeous display, it’s about all the small things Apple changed along the way.
New Apple silicon, new design, new display, Apple’s bringing back ports to the Pro, for everyone who’s been tired of bringing a USB-C dongle everywhere they go. That means HDMI-out and an SD card reader for when you need to expand your display or use external memory. Also, MagSafe charging is back, though it doesn’t show USB-C charging either.
Apple’s also upgraded its internal webcam to 1080p (from 720p), as we’re all spending far more time on video conferencing calls than ever before. Combined with that great display, improved internal mics and a six-speaker setup that produces stellar sound, the new MacBook Pro will have everything looking and sounding better than before.
3. Best cheap laptop -Acer Swift 3 (Late 2021)
- CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
- GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- RAM: 16GB
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Display: 14-inch, 1080p
- Size: 12.7 x. 8.6 x 0.6 inches
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Herculean performance
- A beastly multitasker
- Clicky keyboard
- Dim display
The Acer Swift 3 has a nice design with some cool chrome accents that gives a touch of flair. It is an ultra-thin, sleek, silver, peppy performer meant to help college-bound students transition to the next level of their education and make life much smoother. You get decent performance out of the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and solid rendering from the Intel Iris Xe GPU.
The Swift 3 is strong and budget-friendly, and a travel partner that won’t slow you down. It’s a tiny workhorse that performed well on a number of our benchmarks. Plus, it has staying power with over 10 hours of battery life. Plus, it’s got premium good looks and a rather comfortable keyboard. The laptop does have one flaw however, its display which isn’t as bright as we would like. But for the price, it’s a minor quibble for a sub-$1,000 laptop.
4. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 – Best Convertible
- Strong performance
- S-Pen support
- Amazing battery life
- Optional 5G
- Not affordable
- No dedicated GPU
- Screen could be brighter
Samsung continues to make great convertible 2-in-1 laptops since its return to the laptop market and this is our new favourite, even though the Galaxy Book Flex 2 is still an amazing option.
The screen could be a bit brighter and there’s no dedicated graphics card here but the excellent design and stylus support make the Book Pro 360 a versatile machine that will cope with a wide range of regular and creative tasks.
Performance is still strong, battery life is formidable and you can even opt for 5G mobile data if you need it. A newer is now available, while the regular Book 2 360 is worth considering if you’re looking for a more affordable option.
How to choose a laptop
At times you can’t just beat a bigger screen, a keyboard and Windows for getting stuff done, and then your only choice is a laptop. There are many different kinds, including hybrids that can be either laptop or tablet, high-end gaming laptops, cheap and cheerful budget models, and even those running macOS rather than Windows 10