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The Best Laptops Your First Vacation

Trying to choose between devices, brands, and styles can cause headaches. Worry not.

When planning your first vacation, you may be conflicted as to whether a tablet or laptop would be best suited for your needs. Though there is much to be said for the convenience of a tablet, many travelers still prefer bringing a traditional laptop along on trips.

Not only are laptops a great way to catch up on work emails from whichever corner of the world you find yourself in—but with top-notch sound and graphics, they also make an ideal way to stream content, play games, or even just browse the internet. And because many laptops nowadays are just slightly larger than tablets, they fit neatly into a carry-on or purse.

Gateway 14.1
When you need to check emails, even at the resort pool, you'll have to be prepared. | Gateway

For those who may need to check in with work or participate in a class on vacation, look no further than this Zoom-ready laptop perfect for students and professionals. An auto-focus camera and array microphone will ensure that you're seen and heard in any setting.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop
These things have come a long way in terms of shape and size, so don't worry about it filling up your carryon. | Acer

Stream and surf larger than life with a 15.6-inch full HD widescreen LED-backlit display, featuring Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics. The backlit keyboard ensures clarity in any lighting, even when taking in a sunset.

ASUS VivoBook S13 Thin and Light Laptop
At least if it turns up missing, no one will be able to access what's inside. | ASUS

The discerning laptop user will love this sleek design that features a textured metal chassis with diamond-cut edges, a bezel display boasting an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a color-blocking Enter key. The ergonomic backlit keyboard activates using a fingerprint sensor as soon as you boot up the machine.

HP ProBook 430 G2 Laptop
As long as your tasks are accomplished, bringing your most important device is validated. | HP ProBook

If you've already exhausted your vacation budget, consider saving money by choosing a laptop that has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear. This model with an anti-glare screen is particularly adept for working in any environment or lighting condition.

Lenovo IdeaPad
Zoom meetings, Slack chats, or simply just meeting deadlines, pick one that handles it all. | Lenovo

Power through any task in style with a thinner and lighter laptop that has narrow bezels to allow for broader viewing. You'll find thoughtful design elements throughout, including a webcam shutter for optimal privacy.