It is officially the most wonderful time of year to be a student (or parent of a student) going back to school. There are a lot of great deals on Windows laptops as Microsoft and its partners want to help you or someone you know to back to class with the best possible laptops and tablets.
That’s why we’ve done some research and put our years of expertise reviewing Windows devices to use, with this guide on the best Windows 11 laptops for the back-to-school season. Check it out! Do note, though, that we’ll take a separate look at the best Surface devices for back to school. These are all premium, non-Microsoft laptops and tablets. A little money goes a long way!
At the top of our list is a laptop we recently reviewed. It is the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 7620. We’re a big fan of this laptop because it sports a huge 16-inch slim-bezel display, all-day battery life, and support for the optional Dell Active Pen. Intel’s 12th generation P-series chips also make this laptop a good buy, striking the perfect balance between performance as well as battery. Thanks to the Dell Active Pen, you can also ink on the screen, take notes during class, or even draw when you have some downtime.
For students looking for an affordable laptop, the Acer Swift X is a great option. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, and Nvidia RTX 3050Ti graphics. That makes it an excellent laptop for introductory mobile gaming. It also sports an excellent FHD display, meaning battery life will not take a hit. Not to forget that the laptop has a cool two-tone color scheme which will make you look fancy amongst a sea of boring MacBooks. Check out our full review for more!
Third on our list is the Lenovo Yoga 9i. This laptop is a bit expensive compared to the others on our list, but it is also one of the most beautiful. The Lenovo Yoga 9i sports beautiful rounded edges, and a beautiful and vibrant OLED display. This makes it great for movie watching when you’re not studying. Much like the Dell Inspiron at the top of the list, the Intel P-series chips also strike a good balance for day-to-day tasks you might have. Our full review has more on why you might love this laptop.
Rolling down our list, we come to the XPS 13 Plus. While we have yet to review it (we do have a hands-on, though) this is currently one of the best Windows laptops money can buy. The XPS 13 plus features a fantastic edge-to-edge display, meaning whatever you’re working on will feel immersive. It also has a haptic trackpad, just like the ones on a MacBook. Not to forget the new media keys at the top, which are touch-capacitive and only appear when you need them. Of course, we can’t forget the amazing edge-to-edge keyboard, either, which is really spacy and one of the best typing experiences in a windows laptop today.
We haven’t yet reviewed this device yet either, but the Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 is another great Windows 11 device for school. It sports an amazing OLED display that will make your content look life-like. It’s also one of the lightest 2-in-1s on the market. Other features that make this great for school is support for the Samsung Spen for note-taking, the second screen and sharing integrations with Samsung Galaxy devices, and an improved webcam.
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The Windows laptop space is always evolving, and new laptops are being released every few months. We’ve just hit a few highlights and some of the premium devices we’ve had hands-on experience with. For further suggestions, we do suggest you check out Microsoft’s website. There are many factors into what can go into a laptop for students. They might want a laptop for gaming, something for multimedia, something for drawing and inking. You can select each of these categories on Microsoft’s Windows 11 laptops website and find the device that’s right for you!