These are the best laptops you can get at Best Buy: HP, Dell, and more

These are the best laptops you can get at Best Buy: HP, Dell, and more

Best Buy is one of the best places to go if you’re looking to buy any kind of electronic device. Not only does the company offer a huge selection of products, but its Price Match Guarantee makes things that much more compelling. If you find a product at another retailer that’s cheaper than it is at Best Buy (at the time of sale), Best Buy will match that price. There are some exceptions to that, but regardless, this makes Best Buy a compelling place to visit if you want to get the best deal on a new laptop. Not only are you getting them from a reputable retailer, but you can also get them at one of the lowest prices available on the market.

While Best Buy does have a large selection of products, not every laptop on our “best laptops” list is available there. Generally, it’s the more business-oriented products that may not show up there. For one reason or another, there isn’t a limitless selection, so in this round-up, we’ve gathered the best laptops you can buy at Best Buy.

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Best overall: Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 9310 product image

The Dell XPS family has been an incredibly popular choice among Windows laptops for a few years now, and there’s a good reason for that. In addition to being at the top end in terms of performance with an Intel Core i7-1185G7, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, it has a very sleek design, too. Dell’s InfinityEdge display means you get a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and there’s almost no bezel around the screen. That in turn means that this 13 inch laptop is smaller than many others with similar display sizes. You can more easily slip this into a backpack or travel bag.

Speaking of the display, the Dell XPS 13 comes with up to UHD+ (3840 x 2400) resolution, so you’re not going to find a sharper display than this. It also has touch support if you find that to be more intuitive.  Above the display, Dell is using a tiny 2.25mm camera, which admittedly doesn’t have the greatest image quality, but it’s a compromise you have to make for those tiny bezels. As for sound, you get two 2.5W speakers for stereo sound. Finally, the Dell XPS 13 has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and thanks to a great decision by Dell, there’s one on each side. You can charge the laptop on whichever side you prefer, so you don’t have to worry about stretching and bending your charging cable.

This is truly one of the best laptops out there, and you can find it at Best Buy using the link below.

    Dell XPS 13
    The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most well-known Windows laptops out there, thanks to its ultra-compact design and tiny bezels. It still packs a lot of power, though, with an Intel Core i7 and a 4K display.

Best 15-inch laptop: HP Spectre x360 15

HP Spectre x360 15t

If, like me, you find 13 inch displays a little too small, the HP Spectre x360 15 is the way to go for a 15 inch laptop at Best Buy. The Spectre lineup is a fantastic choice among Windows laptops, partly thanks to having one of the most unique designs out there. The dual-tone bronze and black look is a nice change of pace from all the silver laptops you can find, and the cut-off corners also make it more visually distinct.

In terms of performance, the HP Spectre x360 115 doesn’t leave much to be desired, either. It comes with up to an Intel Core i7 -1165G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That SSD is accelerated with 32GB of Intel Optane storage, too. The display is 4K here too and, as a bonus, this is a convertible laptop so you can rotate the display around and use it for handwritten notes or just browse the web using the touchscreen. Unlike the Dell XPS 13, this one has more space for the webcam, so because of that, you get Windows Hello facial recognition support.

There are other goodies here, too. The keyboard includes a full number pad, there’s a fingerprint sensor, and once again, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, though they’re both on the same side here.

    HP Spectre x360 15
    With a 4K 15.6-inch display, a top-notch Intel processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, the HP Spectre x360 15 is a fantastic laptop for fans of bigger screens. It's even a convertible, so you can use it as a tablet if you'd like.

Best 17-inch laptop at Best Buy: LG gram 17

LG Gram 17 2021

There are quite a few thin-and-light laptops out there, but none are quite as prominent as the LG gram 17. LG was one of the first companies to push for ultra-light laptops with its gram lineup, and it’s still pretty much the only one making a thin-and-light 17 inch laptop. Because of that, the LG gram 17 is easily one of the best 17 inch laptops you can buy. Consider this — it’s a laptop that weighs under 3lbs, but it still comes with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD, on top of having a 17 inch Quad HD+ display.

There’s even more, too. The keyboard is still backlit, plus you get arrow keys in an inverted T shape instead of cramming them all together as most laptops do. There’s a full number pad, a fingerprint reader built into the power button, and plenty of ports. You get two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, a dedicated HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. For its size alone, that’s not too impressive, but when you consider its weight, it’s spectacular. Oh, and you also get an 80Whr battery that promises up to 19.5 hours of battery life. What more could you want?

    LG gram 17
    The LG gram 17 is an impressive 17 inch laptop that offers top-notch specs across the board. With a sharp display and high-performance components, it's crazy it still weighs less than 3lbs.

Best convertible at Best Buy: HP Spectre x360 14

HP Spectre X360 14

Yes, this sounds incredibly similar to the HP Spectre x360 15 we just mentioned, but this 14 inch model has enough merit to make the list, too. Of course, it comes with a powerful Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor like its bigger brother, and you can get it with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. You also get the same classy, yet distinct dual-tone look, angular sides, and cut-off corners. You lose the fingerprint reader, but when you have facial recognition, there’s very little reason to use a fingerprint reader anyway.

So what’s the difference? It’s all about the display. Instead of using a 16:9 aspect ratio like the rest of the Spectre family, the Spectre x360 14 has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3K2K resolution (3000 x 2000). That’s not only incredibly sharp, but the 3:2 aspect ratio makes this a phenomenal choice for productivity. That’s even slightly taller than the 16:10 aspect ratio of the LG gram 17, and the extra height means more space for content, specifically text. If you’re reading an article or writing a document, you get that much more room for what you’re working on.

Another benefit of this model is it’s a little more portable. Sure, you can use the Spectre x360 15 as a tablet, but it’s a little too heavy to hold comfortably in your hands. This is a bit more manageable, since it’s as wide as a 13 inch laptop. If you want a great convertible laptop to work on, this is one of the best you can buy.

    HP Spectre x360 14
    The HP Spectre x360 is a fantastic Windows convertible with just about everything you could ask for. It has the latest Intel processors, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a fantastic 3:2 display that's great for viewing content.

Best business laptop at Best Buy: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga green background

Not a lot of business laptops are available at Best Buy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. The one we have here is fantastic if you’re a fan of Lenovo’s ThinkPad family. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga blends some of the classic ThinkPad elements like the red nub for controlling the mouse, but puts them in a more modern package. For one thing, this is a convertible, so you can rotate the display around and use it as a tablet on demand. Plus, that display comes in the fancy 3:2 aspect ratio, which is perfect for a business laptop, and a super sharp 2256 x 1504 resolution.

The model available at Best Buy comes with an Intel Core i5-1130G7 (though Best Buy has it mislabeled as a 10th-generation processor), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which are solid specs, too. Because it’s a business laptop, it comes with Windows 10 Pro, and as a bonus, you get a three year limited warranty, instead of the usual single year most devices get you. That way, you can be sure the laptop will last you for years to come, and it has the performance to back that up.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is an outstanding business convertible, powered by an Intel Core i7-1130G7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. As a professional laptop, it includes Windows 10 Pro and extended waranty, too.

Best for gaming: Dell Alienware X15

Dell Alienware X15

If you’re looking for a gaming rig, look no further than Dell’s spectacular Alienware X15. This one launched recently and it’s amazing how much power the company put into a chassis that’s less than 16mm thin. First off, there’s an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, which is backed by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. For graphics, you get an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GOU with 110W of power, which is no small feat for a laptop this thin. Dell is using a new thermal interface material and four cooling fans inside this thin chassis to keep everything running smoothly.

It wouldn’t be a gaming laptop without a high-refresh-rate display though. The Alienware X15 comes with a Full HD display at 360Hz, and that’s as fast as it gets for any laptop. If you need the smoothest of gaming experience, this is it. Of course, you get some gamer flair, too. A per-key RGB backlit keyboard with 1.5mm of key travel lets you game comfortably while matching your preferred style. And over on the back, 90 micro-LEDs make up an RGB zone that you can fully customize, too. All the ports on this laptop are on the back, so you don’t have to worry as much about where your devices are relative to the laptop. Plus, the cables are less likely to get in the way of your mouse while gaming.

    Dell Alienware X15
    The Dell Alienware X15 is a gaming powerhouse that somehow fits in a chassis less than 16mm thin. It has high-end Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics, plus some RGB flair if that's your thing.

Best detachable laptop at Best Buy: Surface Pro X

Surface Pro x

When it comes to Microsoft’s Surface family, the Surface Pro X is definitely one of the most unique devices. Most of the current iterations of Surface devices have looked the same for years, and because of that, their design is getting a little long in the tooth. The Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s thinnest Surface, plus it has a bigger screen and smaller bezels than the Surface Pro 7.

Part of the reason that’s possible is this is using an ARM-based processor, the Microsoft SQ2. You can argue this processor isn’t quite as powerful as an Intel Core i7, but in return, you get this thin design and excellent battery life. In fact, even though the Surface Pro X is thinner than the Pro 7, it promises up to 15 hours of battery life, compared to the 10.5 hours of the Pro 7. Another big benefit of having an ARM processor is that LTE support comes by default, so you can just pop a SIM card in (or use an eSIM) and use your data plan to stay connected wherever you go. It doesn’t support 5G, but we have a list of 5G laptops you can take a look at if that’s a necessity for you.

You also still get features like Windows Hello facial recognition, and the rear-facing camera is 10MP and supports 4K video, which is higher than what you’d get on the Pro 7. Like the Surface Pro 7, you’ll probably want to buy a Surface Pro X Keyboard if you want to use this as a traditional laptop, but you don’t have to.

    Surface Pro X
    The Surface Pro X is an extremely thin and light tablet that still offers solid performance and great battery life. It also includes LTE support by default.

Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 product image

Almost any time we make Chromebook recommendations, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is consistently brought up, and it’s evident why. It starts with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, which includes Intel Iris Xe graphics. Then you add 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and you already have one of the most powerful Chromebooks out there. It even includes Thunderbolt 4 support for charging and connecting peripherals, including external displays.

On top of that, this is a convertible, so you can rotate the screen all around and use it as a tablet. The 13.5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, making it a 3:2 aspect ratio, a rarity at this price. The Chromebook Spin 713 also has a very premium build with an all-aluminum chassis and Corning Gorilla Glass protecting the screen. It meets the MIL-STD-810H standard for durability, too. At this price, you can’t find anything this well-rounded in the Windows space, and even other Chromebooks are rarely this good. It’s a no-brainer.

    Acer Chromebook Spin 713
    When it comes to premium Chromebooks, it doesn't get much better than the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. A fast Intel Tiger Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a super sharp touchscreen, and a premium build make this an amazing deal for $699.

That gives you a few fantastic options if you’re shopping for a laptop at Best Buy. All of these are high-end, premium devices that will give you a great experience. In the case of the Windows laptops, they’re all set to get updated to Windows 11 when it releases later this year. If you’re looking for a personal recommendation from this list, I’d have to go with the HP Spectre x360 14. I love convertible laptops, and you might not think a 3:2 display makes a big difference, but it’s really great.

Of course, there are options for all kinds of tastes here, unless you specifically want an AMD Ryzen laptop, in which case we have a separate list of great laptops just for you.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Writer at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.