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All our picks for the very best laptops with USB-C ports

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Best
USB-C Laptops
Windows Central
2021

Looking for a new laptop that has USB-C ports? Perhaps you need Thunderbolt 3. Maybe Thunderbolt 3 isn’t a requirement for you, and you just want your laptop to be future-proofed. Either way, we’ve rounded up what we think are the best USB-C laptops available to buy today. We’ve got everything from beautifully designed to those with all-out power, making each and every one of these among the best Windows laptop options available.


Dell XPS 13 9300

Stunningly small:
Dell XPS 13


Staff Pick

Dell’s latest XPS 13 features Intel’s 10th-generation processors, along with two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports for super-fast file transfer and power to external USB-C accessories such as eGPUs. This is a great convertible laptop designed for people who work on the go, need a touchscreen, and an excellent typing experience in a thin design.

From $999 at Dell


Dell XPS 15 9500

All-round powerhouse:
Dell XPS 15

Featuring up to a 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, a GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card, and a 1TB SSD, this laptop should be able to do everything you need it to. It also features three USB-C ports, with Thunderbolt 3 for fast file transfer, power, and even external GPU support.

From $1,149 at Dell


Surface Book 2

Unique design:
Microsoft Surface Book 3

The Surface Book 3 is Microsoft’s flagship laptop, featuring most of the bells and whistles you’d come to expect on a premium laptop. It rocks 10th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 32GB RAM, 2TB of storage, and a beautiful 4K display. It has just one USB-C port, however, and it’s not Thunderbolt 3-enabled. It’s still great for file transfers, though.

From $1,299 at Microsoft Store


Surface Laptop 3

Slim and modern:
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3


Staff pick

The Surface Laptop 3 13.5 is a worthy follow-up to last year’s model. While there are no massive changes, the new Intel 10th Gen processor, Instant On, a faster solid-state drive (SSD), Type-C 3.1 port, and huge trackpad make it even better than ever. Battery life is good, and features like Wi-Fi 6 help add some future-proofing. Users can also save money and do a DIY upgrade of storage if they want.

From $799 at Microsoft Store


Surface Pro 7

Sleek tablet:

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

While the Surface Pro 7’s exterior looks like last year’s model (and the year before that), the new 10th Gen Intel processor and Iris Plus graphics bring some serious horsepower to one of the coolest 2-in-1s around. The new USB Type-C port greatly expands its abilities, and switching to Intel for Wi-Fi goes a long way to perfecting this already great convertible.

From $749 at Microsoft Store


Razer Book 13 Press

Sleek for gaming:
Razer Book

Featuring the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB RAM, a 13.4-inch Full HD or 4K touch-enabled display, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, this laptop was designed by gamers but built for people who needs to get work done too. It has two Thunderbolt 4-powered USB-C port, two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, HDMI 2.0, and a microSD slot. Attach an external GPU, and you’ll be way on your way to a good gaming session.

From $1,499 at Razer


Surface Pro X render

Future pro:
Microsoft Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is a redesign of the Pro form-factor we know and love, featuring two USB-C ports and a new Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 ARM processor on the inside. This is Microsoft’s first ARM Surface since the Surface 2 in 2013, and it has super thin bezels around the display for a more modern look. It also features fast charging and up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

From $999 at Microsoft Store


LG Gram 17

Super lightweight:
LG Gram

If lightweight is your thing, the 2.5-pound (1.15kg) LG Gram is for you. It comes with an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 512GB SSD, 17-inch 2K touch display, and integrated graphics. It has one USB-C 3.1 port, which isn’t Thunderbolt 3-enabled, so you can’t use it for external graphics power, but it’s still great for fast file transfers.

$1,700 at Amazon


The Lenovo Yoga C940.

Business in the front:
Lenovo Yoga C940

If you’re looking for something for the workplace, the Lenovo Yoga C940 is your best buy. Featuring two USB-C ports, there’s a lot of room for all your USB-C accessories. It’s available in two colors, with 10th Generation Intel processors, 14-inch 1080p or 4K display, and more.

From $880 at Lenovo

If we’re making some suggestions

USB-C is a universal USB port that works with many different external peripherals ranging from USB drives, external GPUs, webcams, and much more. There are different kinds of USB-C, but they all use the same connector. Not all USB-C ports support external GPUs, for example, since that requires Thunderbolt 3 powered by four PCIe lanes, so make sure you pick correctly depending on what you need. If you absolutely need Thunderbolt 3 ports, you’ll want to look at a different laptop list. If you want to take a gander at just overall great laptops, we have a list for that too.

Whether you’re looking for a USB-C enabled laptop that puts emphasis on design like the Surface Pro X, or something with all the power and all the ports, like the Lenovo Yoga C940, there’s something for everyone in the world of USB-C laptops.

I personally love the Surface Laptop 3 as it feels like the all-round best laptop you can get for great price. It’s super slim, with a USB-A and USB-C port for versatility and fast charging support so that you can stay topped up in a pinch. It also has a beautiful 13.5-inch or 15-inch display in the 3:2 aspect ratio.

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This post was written by Zac Bowden and was first posted to WindowsCentral



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