Best Laptops for Teachers

Best laptops for teachers
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The best laptops for teachers can help educators become mobile powerhouses of technology that move freely about the school. Crucially, all the setup and saving of class planning can be kept in one place for the quickest start when entering a classroom.

Connect to smart whiteboards, share with student devices, and even run slideshows, quizzes, and AR experiments -- there are so many options available with the right laptop. The key is finding the ideal balance between the features needed and the price. 

Other factors to take into consideration are the look, overall size (for portability), and durability. Are you going to spend more on a tough case or bag? Or do you need a laptop that can be thrown in any bag and still be able to withstand the daily move about the school and beyond?

It's also important to give security some consideration as this could be the home to sensitive student information that you won't want shared. 

So which are the best laptops for teachers? We've narrowed down some of the best, each listed by special skill, to help you pick the ideal laptop for your education needs.

The very best laptops for teachers

1. HP Spectre x360: The best laptop for teachers overall

HP Spectre x360

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HP Spectre x360

Best laptop for teachers overall

Specifications

CPU: 12th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: 13.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Tablet and laptop in one
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Useful stylus
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Gorgeous design and build quality
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Powerful security

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better

The HP Spectre x360 is the best laptop for teachers right now as it does everything, all in one beautifully designed and well-built form. From the 13.3-inch high resolution 4K display, which is touchscreen and works with a stylus, to the two-in-one design that lets you use this as a laptop or tablet – this is perfect for teaching in class or remotely.

The 10th Gen Intel Core processor offers plenty of power and lots of security too, built-in thanks to Windows 10. It also plays well with other devices with great connectivity options including two Thunderbolt 3 and one USB-A ports.

Battery life could be better, although with this much power it's understandable and plenty enough to get a teacher through a full day. It isn't the cheapest laptop on the market, but for something that does it all and is built to last, it is worth the cost.


2. Acer Swift 3: Best laptop for teachers on a budget

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Acer Swift 3

Best laptop for teachers on a budget

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Up to Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 4GB – 8GB
Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS – 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Superb value
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Great keyboard and trackpad
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Decent performance

Reasons to avoid

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Bland look

The Acer Swift 3 is an affordable way to get a laptop that offers plenty of power and a great build from a big brand name, without paying too much. Despite the budget-friendly price, it offers a solidly built keyboard and trackpad that are responsive and durable. The display is large at 15.6-inches and clear at Full HD, yet everything remains compact and portable enough for daily use or when moving between classrooms.

The look might be a little basic for some tastes and the speakers aren't the best, but under that lightweight chassis is plenty of power to handle any teaching task. It is also decent for connectivity with USB 2, USB 3, Thunderbolt 3, and HDMI – covering pretty much everything that could be needed.


3. Google Pixelbook Go: Best powerful Chromebook

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Google Pixelbook Go

Best powerful Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core m3 - Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) or 4K LCD touchscreen
Storage: 128GB - 256GB eMMC

Reasons to buy

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Superb battery life
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Wonderful Hush keyboard
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Gorgeous design
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Lots of processing power

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap
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No biometric logins

The Google Pixelbook Go is a powerful Chromebook that might not be the cheapest but offers a lot for the price. It has a gorgeous design with a durable build quality. But it's the Hush keyboard that's worth shouting about as it offers a near silent typing experience that's ideal for teachers working while the class is busy with an assignment.

The battery life on the Pixelbook Go is superb, easily lasting 12 hours -- more than a full school day! -- without needing a charge. Teachers can carry this portable 13.3-inch Full HD screen laptop about all day without having to tote the extra weight of a charger. 

If your school is already using the Google G Suite for Education system, then a Chromebook makes sense and this is one of the best you can buy right now.


4. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Best laptop for teachers who use Windows

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Best laptop for teachers who use Windows

Specifications

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 9/Vega 11
RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4
Screen: 13.5-inch touchscreen (2256 x 1504)
Storage: 256GB to 1TB SSD
OS: Windows 10

Reasons to buy

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Lots of processing power
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Great looks and design
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life isn't the best

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a very good looking laptop that's as great inside as its looks would suggest. That results in plenty of power for any task, be it simple Word use, video editing, or gaming. This is the ideal model to go for if you're a Windows user as it's essentially up there in terms of quality with the MacBook Pro, only built to be Microsoft-friendly.

The aluminum shell makes this a tough device that's built for being moved around classrooms. Despite that high-quality construction, this manages to remain competitively cheaper than Apple's equivalent models, making it relatively affordable for what you get.

While the battery life could be better, it's going to get you a full day of use in nearly all cases, and with that 13.5-inch screen it's easy on the eyes even when reading through smaller type work. 

You can now also buy the Surface Laptop 4, however, for the jump in price, we're sticking with this as ideal for servicing teacher needs at the right price.


5. Apple M1 MacBook Pro: Best laptop for teachers of graphics and video

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Apple M1 MacBook Pro

Best laptop for teachers of graphics and video

Specifications

CPU: Apple M1 (8-core)
Graphics: Integrate 8-core GPU
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Massive battery life
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Lots of performance power
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Can also run iOS apps
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Magic Keyboard and TouchBar

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Thunderbolt 3 ports only

The Apple M1 MacBook Pro uses the company's own CPU that grants more power than ever before and offers the best battery life yet. In fact, this powerhouse of a laptop can keep going for a whopping 20 hours on a charge, making it one of the best out there right now. So don't worry about carrying your charger with this, even when doing more graphic-intensive tasks.

Want to edit a video for the class? This will have you zipping along effortlessly as the performance keeps up with anything you throw at it. The solid metallic build will help keep this damage-free even if you're moving about classes and tossing it into a bag often. And that 13-inch Retina Display looks great, so it's easy on your eyes too.

The only downside to this laptop, other than price, is the limit to four Thunderbolt ports – but with adapter available even this isn't a deal breaker. The M2 model is available, except for the change in performance versus price, this M1 model will serve most needs perfectly.


6. Acer Chromebook 314: Best affordable Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 314

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Acer Chromebook 314

Best affordable Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition
Storage: 32GB eMMC

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Brilliant battery life
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Crisp, clear display
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Plenty of power

Reasons to avoid

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No touchscreen

The Acer Chromebook 314 is another big brand name at a low price. It features the Chromebook moniker, so it has an OS that gives you a long battery life and lives in a form factor that's light and portable. The fact it also resembles a MacBook Air is just a bonus.

The screen is bright, clear, and crisp as well as plenty big enough at 14 inches. Lots of power gets all the tasks Chrome OS offers done easily. Plus, it is well-built with an impressive keyboard, trackpad, and selection of ports, including two USB-A, two USB-C and a MicroSD card slot. 


7. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6: Best for screen interactions

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8 - 64GB
Screen: 13.3-inch LED
Storage: 256GB - 8TB

Reasons to buy

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Great 16:10 display
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Stylus controls
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Superb battery

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a fantastic option for teachers who don't mind spending a little more. The result is a very powerful device that doubles as a tablet and even comes with a stylus for the touchscreen. And that display is a big part of the appeal thanks to a 16:10 aspect ratio and super rich finish that makes packing in lots of windows while multitasking a viable option, even when mobile. 

Going mobile should be easy thanks to a fantastic battery life that can go all day without the need to carry a power adapter. You also have some excellent connectivity with WiFi, Bluetooth, two USB Type-A ports along with two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-Cs, and an HDMI 2.0. Aside from the lack of card slot this is well-kitted.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.