Back to School 2021: The Best Laptops for Students

Your student needs the right balance of power and price, size and features. We’ll help you hit the sweet spot.

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The 2021 school year is here and once again, laptops are in the spotlight. Students have always appreciated the mobility of a laptop, but pandemic-driven remote learning and hybrid schooling have made them essential.

This year, there are more choices than ever as well as new twists to consider. AMD Ryzen mobile processors are competing with Intel, and Apple has new MacBook models powered by its M1 chip.. To help you make the right choice, we’ve narrowed the field down to 10 of the best laptops for students in 2021.

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Brad Moon
Contributing Writer,

Brad Moon is a tech industry veteran who contributes to a range of publications including Forbes, InvestorPlace and MSN Money and is an original member of the award-winning GeekDad blog. Over the past decade, he has also written about technology for Wired, Gizmodo, Shaw Media,, The Winnipeg Free Press and others.