Top Laptops for 2021

The top laptops based on student reviews collected this year.

Want to know what laptops are best for students? So did we. So we asked them. We surveyed students on our Opinion Panel to bring you the best student essentials. Students ranked the hottest laptops on the market out of 10, on things like price, battery life, look, durability and brand trustworthiness. Here are the top laptop recommendations for students, by students.

1. Google Pixelbook Go

Google's Pixelbook Go is the top premium Chromebook on the market, thanks to its incredible battery life, 1080p HD webcam, and state-of-the-art keyboard. You cannot go wrong with one of these.

2. Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13 oozes class. The tiny frame can be deceiving, but don't be put off; with high specs, a decent memory, and a battery that can last you all day, this machine really is as good as it gets.

3. Acer Aspire 5

With decent battery life, good performance and an HD webcam, Acer's Aspire 5 is a solid laptop for students.

4. Apple Macbook Pro 2020

The much-loved Macbook's latest Pro iteration doesn't disappoint. Updates on the last model include higher specs, better SSD capacity, and an improved keyboard.

5. Apple Macbook Air 2020

If the Pro is a bit clunky for your liking, you might want to downsize to a MacBook air. It's cheaper than the other Macbook, with prices starting at £999.

6. Acer Swift 3

This lightweight ultrabook is perfect for students who like to carry their work around with them. It comes with decent specs and a price tag of £679.

7. Asus Chromebook Flip 

The Asus Chromebook Flip is an excellent student's laptop, with a 1080p touchscreen and a top-quality keyboard.

8. Microsoft Surface Laptop Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 is the ultimate tablet PC, with more features than ever before. With a textured magnesium finish, these machines are as slick as they are powerful.

9. HP Envy x360

It’s easy to see why the HP Envy x350 is such a popular laptop for students: It’s sleek, smart and lightweight design is perfect for getting from lecture to lecture, and the speakers are perfect for pre-drinks party playlists.

10. Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet

If you're looking for value, look no further than Lenovo's Chromebook Duet. It features a lightweight design, long battery life, and a massive software library, all for the bargain sum of £279.