Looking for a Windows laptop? There’s a wide variety available, so we'll help you choose by running through what you need to know about Windows laptops, and make some recommendations for the best Windows laptops for different budgets.
Microsoft’s operating system is the most widely used computer software on the planet. This means there’s a huge variety of devices to choose from, ranging from budget netbooks to high-end multimedia laptops.
Windows 11 is the very latest version of Microsoft's familiar operating system. While it's still possible to find some Windows 10 laptops available, the vast majority will now be on Windows 11.
If you're buying a new Windows 10 laptop from a major retailer, it's likely your computer will work with Windows 11 and will be eligible for a free upgrade. But if you're buying used or refurbished, it could be that your device won't work with Windows 11. To know for sure, use our Windows 11 requirements checker tool and guide to find out whether your device will be compatible.
On this page we've only featured the best Windows laptops that either run Windows 11 from new or are likely to be able to upgrade to Windows 11.
Not necessarily wedded to a Windows laptop? See our pick of the best laptops.
Below we've picked out some Windows 10 and 11 laptops that we think are particularly good for the money. They aren't necessarily the very best we've tested - you can see a full list of all our Windows laptops reviews - but each one we've selected below manages to excel for its given price point.
Now compare all tested models with our independently lab tested laptop reviews.
How much should I spend on a Windows laptop?
Less than £200 – Intel Celeron or Atom processors, 4GB of Ram and 32GB of storage. Won’t be particularly fast, but fine for very light note taking and browsing the internet. Avoid anything with less than 4GB of Ram.
Less than £300 – Newer Intel Celeron processors, 4GB of Ram and up to 64GB of storage. Again, won't be hugely fast but offers a better level of performance for lightweight tasks.
Less than £500 – Intel Pentium, Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3, 128GB of storage and 4GB Ram. Fast enough for web browsing and research work. Aim for a Full HD screen and an SSD if you can. Read more on this in our guide to the best laptops under £500.
Less than £600 – Intel Core i5, i7, AMD Ryzen 5, 7, 256GB of storage and 8GB of Ram. Should be ideal for photo editing and some light video work. Look for a thin and light design, a Full HD screen and an SSD.
Less than £800 – As above, but in increasingly high-end designs. Look for great battery life on premium ultrabooks and perhaps 512GB of SSD storage.
More than £800 – Some stunning designs, great screens and good speakers. High-end laptops will suit more intensive tasks, such as video editing or playing games. You can buy Apple MacBooks from £899 and above.
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Because Which? is independent and does not accept advertising or freebies, you can trust our reviews to give you the full, honest and impartial truth about a product.
We use a vast combination of objective and subjective examinations to ensure that the laptops we recommend truly are the best. As well as using light-monitoring equipment to evaluate screen quality, for example, we also have a panel of experts to see how each laptop's screen looks in various environments, and whether it suffers from distracting reflections.
From battery life to the sound you'll get from the speakers, we test every nook and cranny. Find out which machines flew through our in-depth tests by discovering all our Best Buy laptops