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Best Windows 10 laptops for 2020

By Michael Passingham

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Windows 10 is still the operating system that most people are familiar with, and there’s a wide variety of options available. We run through what you need to know about Windows 10 laptops, then make some recommendations for laptops at different budgets and use cases.

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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.

If you’re currently using a computer that’s running an older version of Windows – such as XP, 7 or 8, the basic concepts of Windows remain the same, with some added polish and features. If you want a new Windows laptop, you don’t have any other choices beyond Windows 10, especially since the older versions of Windows will soon no longer be supported by Microsoft and will stop receiving essential security updates.

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How much should I spend on a Windows laptop? 

  • Less than £200 – Intel Celeron or Atom processors, 2GB of Ram and 32GB of storage. Won’t be particularly fast, but fine for note taking and browsing the internet. 
  • Less than £400 – Intel Pentium, Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3 and 4GB Ram. Fast enough for web browsing and research work. Aim for a Full HD screen and an SSD if you can. 
  • Less than £600 – Intel Core i5, i7, AMD Ryzen 5, 7 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 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.

Find out more about the best laptop and what to look for in our laptop buying guide.

What type of Windows 10 laptop should I buy? 

To point you in the direct direction, the table below gives you five top Windows 10 laptop options from five different categories and price points, depending on what you’re looking for. Each month we'll pick one laptop from each of the following categories:

  • Just the basics - a laptop that can handle general, day-to-day tasks
  • Mid-range Ultrabook - Ultrabooks are thin, light and powerful laptops, and the cheaper models can offer exceptional value for money
  • 2-in-1 convertible - 360-degree hinges are the order of the day, allowing to use your laptop in various modes, including as a tablet. Great for watching videos or making notes with a stylus.
  • Premium Ultrabook - The ultimate in thin and light computing: These machines can do almost everything, and that’s reflected in the price.
  • Multimedia laptop - Top-spec, larger laptops with more powerful processors, powerful graphics hardware and better-quality screens. Battery life can sometimes suffer.

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Best Windows 10 laptops


This is a fantastic, high-end Windows 10 laptop with a very thin and light design, and fast performance. You pay for the privilege, but it's undeniably a great choice if you have the money to spend.


This absolute cracker of a Windows laptop sets the standard for devices running on Microsoft's software. Its excellent screen, lovely speakers and fast performance mean it ticks practically every box you can imagine, and starts from under a grand.


Multimedia This is one of the most desirable Windows laptops around thanks to its premium build quality, powerful processor and great screen. It rivals the likes of the MacBook Pro for performance, too. If you’re after a laptop for work and games, this could be a great choice. Read our full review to find out whether this is the right laptop for you.


This is a fantastic 2-in-1 laptop, with a great screen, stylish design and good battery life. Oh, and its really fast as well, and light enough to carry around with you all day. Our only complaint is that the privacy filter over the screen means its viewing angles are very narrow.


This is a fast, thin and light laptop at a great price. It might not match the likes of the Surface Laptop for all-round quality but its speed and battery life are impressive.


If you’re looking for a laptop for less than £400, look no further than this one. It has a thin and lightweight design, a Full HD screen and performance that’s good enough for all your daily computing tasks. What’s more, it’s the cheapest Best Buy we’ve tested in almost three years. Read our full review for the verdict on this budget machine.


For the money, there’s not much better than this laptop that can deliver this level of speed along with a decent screen and solid keyboard and touchpad. For the money, this is one of our favourites.


2-in-1 convertible This isn't the top-performing laptop we've tested, but it represents a decent mid-range option and is one of the better 2-in-1s we've tested recently at this price.

Last updated: July 2020. 

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Windows 10 S – The next big thing? 

Windows 10 ‘S Mode’ is on its way to more laptops. “S Mode” is Microsoft’s answer to the Google Chromebook, with measures in place to prevent you from installing applications from anywhere outside the built-in Windows Store. This means that the apps available to you have, been vetted by Microsoft and, in theory, should be more secure, easier to update and more respectful of your privacy.

By its nature, the Windows Store has fewer apps than the wide open internet – and you’re currently limited to using the Microsoft Edge web browser – but the upshots are that, Microsoft claims, your PC should feel as fresh and fast after a year as it did on the day you bought it.

But Windows isn’t your only choice. Our guide to Windows, MacOS and Chrome OS reveals that you have more options than you might think.

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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.

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