Make someone’s work, school or gaming life a little brighter for 2021.
With so many people working from home or remote learning, this is a good year to give the incredibly thoughtful gift of upgrading a loved one’s slow or clunky old system. Our picks for the best laptops and desktops to buy for the holidays include brands like Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and more.
Giving someone a computer gift can be challenging unless you know how they’re most likely to use it. For example, a student who is using their device for word processing or streaming has way different needs and expectations than a PC gamer. Our recommendations take many different computer uses into account, and is designed to help make your decision easier.
HP Envy 17
For someone on your shopping list who’s feeling cramped working or schooling on a small laptop, the HP Envy 17 is a premium-feeling 17-inch laptop that’s faster than a bargain model but not insanely expensive, either. Price – ₦650,000
HP Spectre x360 13
HP’s small two-in-one brings all the convenience of the convertible design without sacrificing usability. For your favorite workaholic, it has an instant mic mute button, which joins other privacy and security features like an IR camera, a fingerprint reader and a switch to disable its webcam. Plus, it’s available with 4G LTE wireless to let them work anywhere. Price – ₦595,000
Apple MacBook Air
This is our go-to recommendation for those in search of a MacOS laptop for everyday basic use. It’s one of Apple’s most affordable laptop a lot less painful on your wallet. But it remains one of the best laptops available for battery life, performance and design. Keep in mind that Apple just released versions of the Air which incorporate its own M1 processor rather than Intel chips. We found their performance pretty impressive, but there are still software issues, so tread carefully before buying. Price – ₦685,000
Lenovo Yoga C740
This laptop is available for ₦430,000, this thin, three-pound convertible is a solid choice for a gift recipient who needs a laptop for the office or a student who needs one for schoolwork. The all-metal chassis gives it a premium look and feel, and it has a comfortable keyboard and responsive, smooth precision touchpad. Plus, it has a long battery life to boot.