As we head into the height of the holiday season, you might be in search of a new Windows 11 PC as a gift for your loved ones – or even for yourself. Luckily, there’s plenty of choices out there for you, but we’ve curated a few to give you a jump start on your shopping, with devices aimed at delivering the best ways to work and play wherever you are. And once you have it, you’ll find plenty you can do with it thanks to the most recent update on the operating system, such as snap layouts, Focus sessions and Clipchamp. (We made a cheat sheet of tips for you if you need help making the most out of Windows 11.)
The Acer Aspire 3 is a budget-friendly laptop series powered by new AMD Ryzen 7020 series processors, AMD Radeon graphics and Windows 11. It’s been designed to deliver the essentials for everyday use: doing homework, working with productivity apps, online shopping, social media and more – all with long battery life. It’s also thinner and lighter than the prior generation at just 0.74 inches and 3.92 lbs. The 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p display features narrow bezels, and the IPS panel supports sharp visuals at wide viewing angles to showcase more content with less scrolling. BlueLightShield, which is included, filters blue light to help prevent eye fatigue. The new series will be available at leading retailers in the U.S. and Canada this month starting at $399.99.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a Windows 11 laptop for gamers looking for lots of power in an ultraportable design. It has up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, up to an AMD Radeon RX 6800S Mobile GPU and a MUX Switch to deliver better performance. High-speed DDR5 4800 MHz RAM and a 1 TB PCIe SSD enable responsive multitasking across the system and fast load times in-game. The G14 was also one of the first ROG laptops to feature the brand-new Nebula Display, which offers a 120 Hz refresh rate at QHD with a 3 ms response time and Adaptive-Sync for smooth, tear-free gaming. For those who like to make their PC even more personal, the G14 comes with more LEDs on its lid for users to customize. It starts at $1,299.
The HP Envy x360 is a 2-in-1 Windows 11 PC laptop for creators juggling a hybrid environment. With up to AMD Ryzen 7 processors, intelligent power management features and displays to fit a variety of creative flows, this is perfect for sketching, animating and streaming, with no need to recharge for most of the day. The 15.6-inch device is available at HP.com, BestBuy.com and select Best Buy retail locations starting at $629.99. Find out more at HP’s Press Center.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, announced in February and available in the U.S. since July, is the first laptop powered by a collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform and running up to Windows 11 Pro. The platform integrates a Computer Vision processor featuring major user experience improvements, from smarter human presence detection for a more convenient user authentication experience to added security, privacy and power saving by automatically turning off or dimming the display when the user looks away. At 2.35 pounds, this ultra-slim and ultra-light fan-less laptop should appeal to hybrid workers, global travelers, field technicians and front-line workers. They’ll also appreciate the long battery life and lack of connectivity issues as they roam between work-from-anywhere locations. It’s available at Verizon and AT&T.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the company’s highest performing flagship 13-inch laptop, a minimalist design with big power underneath: 12th Gen Intel core processors. Other key features include a new capacitive row of touch functions and a seamless glass touchpad with haptics and zero-lattice keyboard. A four-sided InfinityEdge display and quad speakers bring content you’re creating or consuming to life, while up to 13 hours of battery life helps you stay in your work or play zone longer without interruptions. You can also log in faster with Windows Hello. It’s available starting at $1,299.
With the Samsung Galaxy Book2 360, you can create and collaborate from anywhere with the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors, while also feeling safe from cyber threats. To keep people protected, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series is the first consumer PC lineup meeting Microsoft’s secured-core PC requirements, which was previously designed for enterprise PCs in high-security industries such as finance, healthcare and government. Galaxy Book2 Pro series’ delivers the highest level of protection on Windows 11 and features deeply integrated hardware, firmware and software to enhance protection against potential cyber-attacks. Now, everyone can enjoy enterprise-grade security for enhanced peace of mind. And when you’re on a Microsoft Teams video call, you’ll be able to tap into Studio Mode, Auto Framing and Background Effects to best tailor your environment and look when you’re on-camera. This laptop is also able to sync with smartphone apps through Link to Windows. It’s available at Samsung.com starting at $949.99.