The 7 Best Looking Laptops of 2021

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Laptops look great by design. Sleek, curvy and sharp – a laptop can be the centerpiece, a minimalist oeuvre d’ art on an otherwise mundane desk.

Bezels and batteries are slimming down fast, cutting the minimal thickness imaginable for a laptop. Although we are moving quickly towards tablets that will essentially replace workstations along with wireless keyboards, laptops will only replace desktops as the quintessential PC.

Till then, enjoy these gorgeous devices designed to impress and perform.

Best Looking Laptops To Buy in 2021

7. Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop 3

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is sleeker than its engaging predecessor. Few laptops can render the same amount of simple beauty.

While some prefer the Alcantara only feel of the 2nd generation Surface laptop, we welcome the aluminum options as well. This new Surface Laptop comes with 2 basic body options and 2 color choices with each. You can either get a black or sandstone aluminum build or choose between the cobalt blue Alcantara or the platinum. And all of them are mesmerizing.

The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s vision of what a traditional work laptop should be. It’s not meant to dazzle, and instead, look well-cut and shaped while doing the general office tasks.

Open it up to be welcomed by the brilliant 13.5-inch touch capacitive display. This is one of the best touchscreen displays you can buy today, and the picture quality does shine through.

Thin bezels are well completed by short keys and a large trackpad. Surface Laptop 3 does a lot without doing anything, just what makes this one of the best looking laptops you can buy today.

Pros

  • USB-C finally added
  • Even better touchscreen display
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Best-in-class keyboard

Cons

  • Below-par processing power
  • Undermining graphics processing
  • Expensive

6. Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17
Razor Blade Pro 17 Laptop

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If there was ever a laptop that could look good with just a logo and an all-black avatar, it’s this. The Razer Blade 15 is a beast of a gaming laptop, powerful, vibrant, and sheer branding at its best.

All black and all-metal with sharp edges, no one can get it wrong with these basics. But put the Razer logo in gamer’s green smack on the middle of the top and you have one of the coolest looking laptops around already.

Open it up and you will find a big 17-inch screen, almost bezel-free. Stretching between the edges, the display is immersive, to say the least. Performance is off the charts, delivering 300 Hz refresh rates and better display quality than the previous Razer Blade 15.

The touchpad is huge, stretching all the way to the edge to give that maxed out vibe. If you’re wondering whether the hashed patches stretching around the keyboard are speakers, they are. There is no Numpad and the shift key finally stretches above the arrow keys, a welcome change from previous generations.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 matches simplicity with benchmarking performance. It’s the aura that does the trick, definitely one of the best looking laptops around.

Pros

  • NVIDIA GTX 2080 Super
  • Immersive thin-bezel 300 Hz 17-inch display
  • Top-of-the-line gaming performance
  • Improved cooling system
  • Next-gen connectivity options

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Poor battery life
  • Insanely expensive

5. Asus ZenBook 15

Asus ZenBook 15

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ASUS has upgraded its line-up with some of the best laptops we have seen over the last few years. This new ASUS ZenBook 15 is a testament to their progress in design, performance, and competitive pricing.

This ASUS ZenBook 15 is one of the best looking Windows laptops you can buy now. The suave royal blue or rose gold top is subtly chiseled with ASUS’s concentric circles immediately grabs the eyeballs. ASUS even accents their logo in a matte gold right on the lid, a perfect addition. The lid is a fingerprint magnet though.

When you open it, the laptop will sit with a bit of slant, branded by ASUS as ErgoLift. This does help with the typing and it also makes this one of the coolest looking laptops to work on.

The NanoEdge display has really thin bezels, second only to the InfinityEdge display on the Dell XPS 15 (Check it Out Here!) It is FHD but one of the best 14-inch FHDs you can buy today. You get a full-sized keyboard, but the key takeaway is the touchpad, the Screenpad 2.0.

Imagine a touchpad that can neatly work as a second display. That’s the Screenpad 2.0, now with more utility over its predecessor. This is one of the niftiest pieces of laptop tech innovation we have come across for some time. An LCD touchpad that can accompany your main display to churn out more functions at 60 Hz, it’s brilliant.

All in all, you get one of the best looking laptops around with excellent additions and a discrete GPU as well, priced just above the $1000 mark. We recommend much more than gawking.

Pros

  • Gorgeous design
  • ScreenPad 2.0
  • Beautiful display
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650
  • Price-to-performance ratio

Cons

  • Jack of all trades. Master of none.
  • ScreenPad 2.0 does not help with typing

4. HP Envy x360 15 (2020)

HP Envy x360 15 (2020)

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We simply had to include an HP in this list. But it’s not the 2020 HP Omen gaming laptop that wowed us. Instead, it’s the splendidly ergonomic HP Envy x360 that makes it and deservedly so.

There are a couple of 2-in-1 convertible laptops on the market. We did like the Lenovo Flex, but we loved this. The Envy x360 is compactly perfect, with rounded edges towards the lid and the perfectly curved bottom end. Get it in matte black and you have a beautiful piece of smart hardware sitting on your desk.

Open it and the chunky chiclet keys will implore you to get to work asap. No Numpad but that’s understandable given the dimensions. However, you do get a fingerprint scanner on it.

The display is what does the deal. Notice the hinges are quite different from other laptops. The fact that HP does not think twice before flaunting them only makes it look even better. Twist the screen all the way and enjoy the touch controls across the thin-bezel display.

The HP Envy x360 impresses with its flexibility and its sweetly edged contours. This is one of the prettiest laptops around, and it’s one of the best laptops under $1000 for work as well!

Pros

  • Excellent 2-in-1 design
  • Durable build quality
  • Great keyboard
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • AMD Ryzen 5 and optional Ryzen 7
  • Value-for-money

Cons

  • 16:9 screen aspect ratio
  • Limited connectivity options
  • Small touchpad

3. Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

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Dell is not one for stylistics but with laptops quickly becoming a personal and professional statement, they are catching up. This Dell XPS 15 is the best-looking laptop in their lineup with plenty of attention to detail as a worthy entrant to this list.

The Dell XPS 15 is big and daunting at first glance. A closer inspection will however show why this is truly an aesthetic laptop. The matte aluminum top is tapered precisely at its edges. The underside is well-shaped, almost as an inverted dome, gorgeously merging edges and curves.

Yet, it’s the display that helps the Dell XPS 15 make it on this list. Dell’s InfinityEdge displays are a technological marvel. It would be unfair to call the display borders bezels – these are the thinnest you can get on almost any laptop. To top it off, it’s a touch display as well. Coupled with excellent graphics quality, this is one of the best looking laptops once opened.

The trackpad is big and almost blends in with the body. The keyboard is rated among the better ones from Dell, finally shelving loud and inelegant keys for a premium touch and feel. Moving speakers to the top of the body will soon be a norm for all laptops. Speakers in this Dell are placed on either side of the trackpad adding to the overall aesthetics.

The Dell XPS 15 impresses with its shapely design and its outrageously thin display bezels. This is a welcome change from Dell, and we can see similar design elements trickled down to more budget options such as this new Dell Inspiron 15.

Pros

  • Best touchscreen money can buy
  • Style and durability
  • Above-par audio performance
  • Improved keyboard
  • Frugal performance

Cons

  • Under-performing NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti
  • Unresolved heating issues

2. MacBook Pro 2020

MacBook Pro 2020
Apple MacBook Pro 2020

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Let’s step aside from whether this new MacBook Pro does live up to performance expectations. Instead, let’s take a moment to just look at it. Apple did always get the design right and they hit the right notes spot on with this MacBook Pro 2020.

Few laptops carry their design oomph with such splendor as this new MacBook Pro. This is an aesthetic laptop where straight lines, perfectly rounded-off edges, and shaped planes exist perfectly. Place it on the table and the MacBook Pro floats a few mm over the plane.

The chiseled body is carved out as if from a single chunk of metal with sculpted round edges. Apple’s Magic Keyboard looks beautiful at its minimalist best. And where it ends, the large trackpad begins to finish off a design statement of simple elegance.

Turn on the MacBook Pro and Apple’s class-leading Retina Display enamors you with the liveliest of colors. Bezels are not as thin as Dell’s InfinityEdge but for some reason, you will not mind. The Apple TouchBar is not the most popular feature among users, but it does separate it from the rest. Notice the slit at the top of the lid as well.

The MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air as well are perfectly crafted pieces of computing technology, definitely, among the best looking laptops you can buy in 2021.

Pros

  • Powerful and efficient M1 chipset
  • Brilliant Retina Display
  • Cheaper 13-inch options
  • Peerless craftsmanship

Cons

  • TouchID
  • No touchscreen

1. ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo

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There are beautiful laptops with perfectly sculpted edges, slim dimensions, excellent displays, and whatnot. Then there’s this, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, a laptop that is nothing short of a technological marvel and a designer’s triumph. Without a doubt, this is the best-looking dual-screen laptop around and it takes the prize by a light year.

This is a laptop straight from the future, decked up with top-of-the-line configurations and the piece de resistance – a secondary display. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo looks great as well but the touchpad placement and the fact that it is a gaming laptop does not add up.

With the ZenBook Pro Duo, however, that’s not the case. Dual-screen laptops are not gimmicks and do offer excellent productivity, just as a dual-monitor desktop setup does over a single display. ASUS takes these basics and adds touches of design brilliance.

From up top, there’s not much that makes this stand out from any other ASUS laptop. Open it up and the idea of what a laptop can be is redefined. The secondary display is magnificent, placed right on the body. It sits majestically above a premium looking keyboard pushed to the left by the touchpad Numpad (you read that right.)

Branded as the ScreenPad Plus, this secondary display is the best yet on any dual-screen laptop. Both displays are 4K and the cumulative number of pixels is bedazzling. The laptop even sits up a bit thanks to the ErgoLift and it will make you take notice.

In short, this ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo is nothing like anything. This is the best-looking laptop around hands down.

Pros

  • ScreenPad Plus
  • Unparalleled design aesthetics
  • Benchmarking performance
  • Excellent primary display
  • Great keyboard

Cons

  • Touchpad placement and size
  • Heating
  • Too expensive

Conclusion

We think these are the best looking laptops around. True that some of them are just priced out but we are yet to see design standards applying as a norm for budget devices. That will soon change, primarily thanks to Surface laptops and MacBooks. The ASUS ZenBook has managed two entries into the list as well. If you have the bank, get a beauty with the brain.

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