The Best laptops with Windows Hello facial recognition: Surface Pro 7, Dell XPS 17, and more!
Windows Hello is a great way to make sure no unauthorized person gets access to your Windows 10 PC. Apart from letting you set a secure PIN, Windows Hello also makes use of biometrics-based technology, enabling Windows 10 users to authenticate secure access to their devices, apps, and other confidential data, using a fingerprint, iris scan, or facial recognition. It’s an alternative to passwords and a more user-friendly method to access your Windows machine.
Today we’ll take a look at some of the best laptops that come with Windows Hello, specifically facial recognition, offering a touch-less solution to log into Windows 10. As you’d expect, all of these laptops will be eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade this holiday season.
Navigate this article:
- Best overall laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
- Best display on a laptop: ASUS ZenBook Flip S
- Best gaming laptop: Razer Blade 15
- Best 2-in-1 laptop: HP Spectre x360 14
- Best tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Best business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen-9
- Best 17-inch laptop: Dell XPS 17 9710
- Best tablet on a budget: Microsoft Surface Go 2
Best Overall Laptop with Windows Hello: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Nobody should be surprised to see a Surface device on this list. Microsoft introduced the Surface Laptop 4 earlier this year and it features an IR-based webcam for facial recognition, which works seamlessly. The laptop is available in two different sizes where both the 13.5 inch and 15 inch models can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB of storage. They’re available with both Intel and AMD processor options this time around where you can either opt for the Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake series or custom AMD Ryzen chipsets.
Best Display on a Laptop with Windows Hello: ASUS ZenBook Flip S
A premium offering from ASUS, we recently reviewed the ZenBook Flip S and found face recognition to be quite accurate and snappy. The main highlight feature of the laptop is its bright and vivid 4K OLED touchscreen that can flip back all the way so it can be used in different modes. The ultra-slim notebook can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.
Best Gaming Laptop with Windows Hello: Razer Blade 15
You don’t usually see a Windows Hello facial recognition camera on a gaming laptop, but Razer hasn’t skipped on that. The new 15 inch Razer Blade is probably the best gaming notebook you can get if you care about a seamless way to unlock your PC. The newest model retains the 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, but you can now configure it with up to an RTX 3080 graphics card from NVIDIA and up to a crazy 360Hz refresh rate full-HD panel.
Best 2-in-1 Laptop with Windows Hello: HP Spectre x360 14
We’re recommending the HP Spectre x360 series as one of the best 2-in-1 laptops as it comes with a pretty reliable face recognition camera with Windows Hello. The laptop comes with a 3:2 13.5 inch display that’s available in a standard full-HD resolution with 400 nits of brightness, a 3K2K (3000 x 2000-pixels) OLED panel, or even a 1,000 nit option featuring a special anti-reflective technology for privacy. The laptop is available with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage with 16GB of Intel Optane. The top variant comes with the Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage with 32GB Intel Optane.
Best Convertible with Windows Hello: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Another great Surface device with Windows Hello is the Surface Pro 7. It features an IR camera that can scan and unlock the device fairly quickly. The Surface Pro 7 is also one of the best ultraportables you can put your money on, as it’s technically just a tablet. Currently, it’s available with up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. Note you’re going to need to spend an extra $130 if you want the Surface Type keyboard cover as it’s sold separately.
Best Business Laptop with Windows Hello: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen-9
Business notebooks usually offer advanced security measures to keep users’ data safe. If you are looking for a solid business laptop that features Windows Hello facial recognition, there are many options available. One of them is the 9th-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Apart from the optional IR-based webcam, the laptop also offers a built-in fingerprint reader. You can configure the Thinkpad X1 Carbon with up to an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor, a 14 inch full-HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS anti-glare touchscreen, 16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. There are fast connectivity options on this laptop as well including Wi-Fi 6, optional 4G/5G connectivity, and a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Best 17-inch Laptop with Windows Hello: Dell XPS 17 9710
The Dell XPS 17 is one of the most premium and highly recommended 17 inch laptops around. The latest-gen XPS 17 9710 model comes with the 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-H processor options available with up to an octa-core Core i9-11980HK paired with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and a 4TB PCIe M.2 SSD. For graphics, there’s the option of going for standard Intel UHD or NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB) or an RTX 3060 (6GB). The laptop also features a 720p webcam with infra-red allowing you to use Windows Hello facial recognition.
Best tablet on a budget with Windows Hello: Microsoft Surface Go
The Surface Go 2 is the smallest and lightest tablet hybrid device from Microsoft that comes with Windows Hello face recognition. It’s powered by the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage and there’s a slightly more powerful option with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor. You can pair the tablet with its own Surface Type cover to transform the tablet into a laptop. Other notable features include a 10.5 inch full-HD display, USB-C port, microSD card reader, and a 10 hour battery life.
Overall, our pick would be the new Surface Laptop 4 as it offers excellent build quality and great performance. You do miss out on Thunderbolt 4 here, but the sole USB-C port on the device does support video out as well as a variety of docks.
If you don’t really care about Windows Hello, but want the top-of-the-line features, then check out our list of the best laptops for 2021. We also have a list of some of the best 5G laptops so you can always stay connected. If you’re on a tight budget, check out our list of the best cheap laptops for 2021.