How to choose the right Windows 11 compatible laptop

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  • Choosing a new laptop or PC can be hard for some users that lack technological understanding.
  • However, picking the right device for running Windows 11 is not as hard as you might think.
  • When browsing for a new laptop, make sure to take the necessary requirements into consideration. 
  • Microsoft can also lend a hand when it comes to deciding on a new, Windows 11 compatible laptop.
Windows 11 compatible laptop

Across various social media platforms and forums, current Windows OS users keep inquiring about their choices, when comes to upgrading to a Windows 11 supported laptop.

As you most likely remember, when Microsoft announced the new operating system, the company also published a list of mandatory requirements for the devices on which users plan to run Windows 11.

So, if you are still wondering what criteria you should keep in mind while choosing your new laptop, we got some tips for you.

How do I choose a Windows 11 compatible laptop?

Let’s get one thing straight from the very beginning, which is that most of the newer models of laptops are surely compatible with Microsoft’s new OS.

The model you choose is more of a personal preference, as long as the device itself meets the required parameters for running Windows 11, some of which are:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores
  • System memory: 4 GB minimum
  • Storage: 64 GB minimum
  • System firmware: UEFI
  • Security: TPM 2.0 required, UEFI Secure Boot
  • Display: 9-inch minimum in diagonal, High definition (720p), 8 bits per color channel
  • Graphics: DirectX 12 API, WDDM 2.0
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth (excluding desktop PC), Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection
  • Digitizer: Precision Touchpad (if touchpad is present)
  • Hardware buttons: Power button and volume up and down buttons required
  • Ports: USB ports (at least one), video output required

Microsoft is strict towards the devices the users will decide to install the upcoming operating system on and made a few blunt statements about some deciding factors.

For example, as you might remember, the laptop on which you choose to install Windows 11 will need to have a webcam, and also Precision Touchpad and Bluetooth.

Another factor you should keep in mind while browsing for your new laptop, and this one is quite important, is 5G support.

To put your mind at ease, most of the new models of laptops already have the TPM 2.0 security chips installed, so you won’t have to worry about this either. Also, you can check our list the best Windows 11-ready laptops.

A lot of brands and models to choose from

The most time-consuming aspect of purchasing a new laptop is the fact that there are, literally, hundreds of models, from different brands, to choose from.

And while some look awesome, some have better specs, while others have both, plus a certain feature that separates them from the rest.

It all comes down to budget, mostly. We are each going make our choice depending on needs, and the amount of money we are willing to spend on this new gadget.

If you are looking to get your hands on a brand new Asus laptop, these are the models that support Windows 11, from which you can choose.

As far as HP laptops go, an official list hasn’t yet been released, but the company states that the devices that fall under the HP Spectre, HP ENVY, and HP Pavilion categories, will support Windows 11.

Dell hasn’t revealed a list of devices that are compatible with Windows 11 yet either but said that most of their laptops will run the new OS without any issues.

Motherboards and graphic cards manufacturer Gygabite announced that Windows 11 compatible motherboards include Intel’s X299, C621, C232, C236, C246, 200, 300, 400, 500 lineups, as well as AMD’s TRX40, 300, 400, 500 motherboards.

If you are interested in purchasing a Microsoft-designed device, for running the new operating system on, check out our article about which Surface devices are compatible.

Microsoft can help you choose your new laptop

If you simply can’t make up your mind or don’t really know much about all the technology that powers these devices, you can turn to Microsoft for a helping hand.

The Redmond tech company will offer you assistance in picking a new device, on their dedicated web page.

They will provide quite a number of choices, which include both desktops and laptops, which you can browse based on your preferences and desired specs.

The silver lining here is that, by choosing a device that Microsoft recommends, you have the absolute guarantee that Windows 11 will run on it.

However, you shouldn’t let the tech giant totally influence your pick, just rely on their basic guidelines, while still choosing the model of laptop you want.

Whether it will be a Lenovo, an Asus, or a Razer laptop, the multiple choices listed on Microsoft’s help page are, as we said, guaranteed to support the upcoming OS.

All that remains is for you to set your sights on the desired model and start enjoying everything that Windows 11 has to offer.

Which laptop model did you choose for running Windows 11 on? Let us know in the comments section below.

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