Buying a new laptop is a big decision. Sure, you'll likely be safe going with a high-profile device, but prices don't always agree with your wallet. If you have about $600 to spend on new hardware, I've rounded up some of the best laptops you can find in that range.

Premium 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft's smallest 2-in-1 makes it easy to take a laptop with you just about anywhere. It's built to the same high standard as other Surface devices, with a magnesium body, built-in kickstand, and high-res 10-inch touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Add a Surface Pen and Type Cover to complete the setup, and if you have an extra $79, add LTE connectivity to stay connected everywhere.

$399+ at Microsoft

Focus on business

Lenovo ThinkPad L380

This 13-inch ThinkPad has a ton of customization options so that you can get the right model, and it also has upgradeable RAM and a solid-state drive (SSD) to keep it relevant longer. You get ThinkPad durability, a comfortable keyboard and touchpad complete with TrackPoint system, and a battery that won't need charging until the workday is done.

$547+ at Lenovo

17-inch display

HP 17t

Those who need plenty of screen real estate can benefit from HP's 17-inch notebook that comes complete with 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The display has a 1600x900 resolution but can be upgraded to FHD for about $80 more, and there are plenty of storage options available.

$600+ at HP

AMD hardware

Dell Inspiron 15 5575

You can buy Dell's Inspiron 15 5575 with Intel hardware, but you can save money by going with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU and integrated Radeon Vega8 graphics. A 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD) and 8GB of RAM is included, and there's no skimping on the 15.6-inch FHD display. A fingerprint reader allows for sign-ins through Windows Hello, and there's a decent mix of ports to connect your accessories.

$530+ at Dell

Dedicated graphics

Acer Aspire E 15

Buying a sub-$600 laptop generally means you're dealing with integrated graphics, but not here. The Acer Aspire E 15 delivers dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics for a decent performance boost, and it's complimented by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The display, which is a full 15.6 inches, has an FHD resolution.

$599 at Amazon

Great port selection

ASUS VivoBook

The 15.6-inch ASUS VivoBook has an FHD display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, and 8GB of RAM for solid performance, all contained in a body that's just 0.8 inches thick. Despite the size, you get a lot of ports, including USB-C 3.1, USB-A 3.0, two USB-A 2.0, HDMI, and an SD card reader. To boost security, it also has a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.

$510 at Amazon

If we're making a suggestion

While you'll spend less or about $600 for all of the above laptops, we can't help but recommend picking up the Surface Go (or at least seriously considering it) before any of the other options. It's not the biggest or most powerful device here, but it does have the finest build quality, battery life that lasts all day and well into the night, and a knockout display that supports inking with the Surface Pen. If you don't mind spending a bit more than $600, you also have the option for built-in LTE connectivity, allowing you to stay connected just about everywhere.

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