Best laptops and desktops to give as holiday gifts in 2020

Best laptops and desktops to give as holiday gifts in 2020

This is part of the story Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s Gifts picks up with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest technological gifts for you and your family.

Everyone is probably equipped by now working from home or distance education, But it is also likely that some people are pining for an upgrade from any system they are chanting slogans to get. Make someone’s everyday life – and gaming evenings – a little better with an upgrade from their slow or cheerful old faithful. We’ve received holiday gift recommendations from laptops and desktops from brands such as Dell, Apple, Acer, HP, Lenovo, which are bound to illuminate one’s 2021.

Here are our early computer gift picks, which begin at the low end of the price scale. We will be back with regularly updated recommendations for this gift guide, so check back. If you can’t wait, you can check out all of CNET’s laptop reviews and choose your own.

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It is a 10-inch tablet running on Chrome OS equipped with a detachable keyboard and touchpad starting at less than $ 300. It is a bit small, but it makes it a great gift option for young children.

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Dell’s G-Series gaming laptops are cheaper than its Alienware division, but still capable of playing the latest AAA titles. There are three different models that can make the perfect gift for the gamer in your life – the G3, G5 and G7 – available in 15- and 17-inch sizes. The Midrange G5 15 produces an excellent price-to-performance ratio, quality and design. The latest versions start at $ 910, including a special-edition model with AMD’s impressive Ryzen 5 4600H processor.

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For someone on your shopping list who feels comfortable working or schooling on a small laptop, the HP Envy 17 is a premium-feel 17-inch laptop, faster than the bargain model, but very Not too expensive. Read our HP Envy 17 (2020) review.

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HP’s small two-in-one bring all the convenience of variable design without sacrificing applicability. For your favorite workaholic, it has an instant mic mute button, which incorporates other privacy and security features such as an IR camera and fingerprint reader and switches to disable your webcam. Also, it is available with 4G LTE wireless to work anywhere. Read our HP Specter x360 13 (late 2019) review.

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This is our recommendation for those looking for a MacOS laptop for everyday basic use. Apple dropped the entry price back down to $ 1000 – making it much less painful for their cheapest laptop on their wallet – for Apple. But it remains one of the best laptops available for battery life, performance and design. Read our Apple MacBook Air 2020 review.

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This slim, three-pound convertible gift, available regularly for less than $ 750, is a solid choice for the recipient who needs a laptop for the office or the student needs one for schoolwork. The all-metal chassis gives it a premium look and feel and features a comfortable keyboard and responsive, smooth precision touchpad. Also, it has a longer battery life to boot. Read our Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch) review.

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With an improved webcam over previous models, this all-time favorite desktop is preferable to our new remote realities of 2020. And you know that you have at least one Mac-lover on your gift list that needs an upgrade. Read our Apple iMac (27 inch, 2020) review.

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If you’re looking for a great PC gift for someone who needs (or wants) a desktop that’s a little capable of everything, the Envy 32 Sports is a smart, compact design with all the space in one Dedicated to larger, brighter 4K screens and delivers better-than-average power for photo or video editing, a speaker system that’s decent enough for basic audio editing and entertainment. Read our HP Envy 32 all-in-one review.

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