The perfect college laptop is a mysterious beast. Somewhere between form factor, specs, and price lies a machine that makes both students and parents happy. We review dozens of laptops and tablets, and the machines below are our favorite picks for students headed back to school this year. Whether you’re a STEM major needing a powerful, easy-to-upgrade machine, or are still undecided and confused about what you want to be when you grow up, there’s something here for every budget and student.

Be sure to check out our many otherbuying guides, including more options for picking agreat laptop,tablet, orbackpack.

Updated for Fall 2019: We’ve updated Apple picks to reflect the latest models release this year. We also updated the Dell XPS 13 to reflect changes in the 2019 model, added a Chromebook, the Raspberry Pi 4, and some buying advice.

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