3 reasons 2022 is a great year to buy a new laptop


2022 is shaping up to be the best year to buy a new laptop in recent memory.

Although marketing departments would like you to think that each yearly product launch brings massive upgrades, the truth is that obvious performance jumps only arrive a few times a decade, and it’s even rarer for these performance gains to coincide among several manufacturers. But if product announcements at CES 2022 and other recent events are anything to go by, this year is shaping up to have some of the most interesting lineup of new laptop hardware in recent memory.

Look, I’m not saying you should buy a new laptop — chances are your old clunker works just fine for your day-to-day work. But if you are in the market for a new laptop, it’s hard to imagine a better year to get one than 2022.

Apple’s M1 chips changed the game

As a lifelong Windows guy, I kind of hate to admit it, but Apple really changed the game for laptop performance with the M1 chip. In 2020, M1 showed that a laptop could be light and efficient and still have impressive performance, and then late last year, the M1 Max and Pro showed that a laptop could achieve wild performance gains while maintaining serious efficiency too.