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Best laptops to give as holiday gifts this season

With options from Apple, Dell, Google, HP, and more, you'll find the best laptop to fit your gift-giving needs.

The holidays are here once again, and that means it's time to start shopping for gifts. With so many people working from home, you might consider getting your loved one a new laptop to make their workday smoother, or maybe you want to get that gamer in your life an updated PC. Whether you're buying for a Linux lover, Apple aficionado, Chromebook connoisseur, or Windows whiz, this gift guide can help you figure out the perfect laptop to buy this holiday season. Be sure to check out all of TechRepublic's holiday gift guides

Dell Latitude 14" 9410 Business 2-in-1

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Dell Latitude 9410 Business 2-in-1
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The Dell Latitude Business 2-in-1 laptop is a great choice for those working from home or who have to travel a lot for work. The Latitude runs on Windows 10 Pro and is the world's smallest 2-in-1. It features a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 SSD storage, and a 14" FHD touch anti-reflective, anti-smudge touch display, and has the first-of-its-kind Dell Optimizer that uses artificial intelligence to learn how the user works, according to the manufacturer. Pricing starts at $1,829. 

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HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop

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HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop
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This HP convertible laptop features a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB memory (onboard) and 256 GB SSD storage, has a 13.3" diagonal FHD display, and runs on Windows 10 Home 64. Pricing for the HP Spectre x360 starts at $1,049.99, with upgrade options available. 

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Acer Swift 3

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Acer Swift 3
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Acer's Swift 3 won PC World's Editors' Choice Award in 2020. With an ultra-thin design (it's only 0.63 inches thick and weighs 2.6 lbs), 8 GB of RAM, a 512 GB NVMe SSD hard drive, 14" 16:9 FHD IPS screen, long-lasting battery (up to 11.5 hours), and Alexa built in, this laptop is perfect for business or personal use. It also includes Windows 10 Home and features two built-in microphones as well as an HD webcam with Super High Dynamic Range to help make video conferencing as clear as possible.    

$680 at Amazon

Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch)

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Apple MacBook Pro with M1
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Apple's newest MacBook Pro hit the market on Nov. 17, 2020 and includes the new M1 system on a chip for faster CPU performance, a 13.3-inch screen, 8 GB of unified memory (configurable up to 16 GB), 256 GB or 512 GB of storage (configurable up to 2 TB), and up to 20 hours of battery life, according to the company. Apple's website also states that the new MacBook Pro features macOS Big Sur and can run iPhone and iPad apps for the largest collection of apps ever for Mac. Pricing starts at $1,299 for the 256 GB model and $1,499 for the 512 GB model.

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Apple MacBook Air 2020

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Apple MacBook Air 2020
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The MacBook Air 2020 brings all the things Apple lovers enjoy, while adding some new features. This MacBook Air model has a 2 TB SSD hard drive, 13.3" high-resolution Retina display, and is very lightweight and thin. New features include faster graphics, extra storage capacity, the Magic Keyboard, a 20% larger Force Touch trackpad to allow more room for multi-touch gestures, stereo speaker improvements, and more. Pricing starts at $999.

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
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The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu Linux 20.04 pre-installed and is one of the best ultrabooks on the market. The 13" laptop is perfect for any user, but open source enthusiasts in particular will love it. This laptop comes with an 11th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB NVMe SSD hard drive. Pricing starts at $1,049, but if you want to add features, several upgrades are available from Dell. 

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Google Pixelbook Go

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Google Pixelbook Go
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The 13.3" Google Pixelbook Go with touchscreen features an Intel Core m3 processor, 8 GB memory, a 64 GB SSD hard drive, and built-in virus protection and Google Assistant. This laptop is also lightweight and versatile making it ideal for anyone on your list. Pricing starts at $649. 

$649 at Best Buy

Acer Chromebook 714

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Acer Chromebook 714
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Acer's Chromebook 714 features an 8th Generation Intel Core i3, a 14" Full HD Touchscreen, 8 GB of RAM, Bluetooth, standard Google apps (with more available from the Google Play Store), built-in virus protection and Google Assistant (internet connection required), and a long-lasting battery (up to 12 hours), according to the manufacturer. For the price, it's definitely a good option for your gift list.

$640 at Amazon

Dell G5 Special Edition Gaming Laptop

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Dell G5 Special Edition Gaming Laptop
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The Dell special edition gaming laptop features a 15" screen, Next Generation AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors, AMD Radeon graphics, dual-fan cooling, up to 1 TB NVMe SSD, and much more. This laptop might be just the thing you need for the PC gamers in your life. Pricing starts at $870. 

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