The best laptops of 2017: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more


With a new year comes fresh laptop updates—companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus have already begun to launch revamped versions of popular notebooks and spin-offs of existing lines.

These new additions to the scene (like Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1) just keep adding to the wide and varied options already out there. Expect to keep seeing even more convertibles, 2-in-1s, and traditional clamshells as the months roll by, and also keep an eye peeled for more laptops with discrete graphics. In January, Nvidia expanded its game-changing Pascal GPU lineup to include a mobile version of its budget-minded GTX 1050, and it’s already rolling out as an option in larger thin-and-light systems.

Given what a great year 2016 was, it’s no surprise that 2017 has been an equally fantastic year to buy a new system so far, no matter what you’re hunting for. To help you with your decision, we’re hard at work evaluating more laptops—our latest reviews include HP’s spring refresh of its 13-inch Spectre x360. No shuffling of our category winners yet—the current rulers are maintaining iron grips on their crowns.