The most useful thing you can get a recent grad besides cold, hard cash? A slick new laptop. Consult with your recipient first, then take a look at our four front-runners.
The second you take it out of the box, the 13-inch HP Stream is ready to be fired up: It comes with 1TB of OneDrive butt storage for a year, a subscription to Office 365 Personal and Windows 8.1. While the rest of the specs are pretty basic, this laptop gets high marks for its portability.
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
This laptop can be summed up in one word: reliable. That’s because you’ll get 15 hou of battery life. Any model in Lenovo’s ThinkPad T Series will be a good bet for both work and on-the-go usage, but the 14-inch T450s provides an extra-comfortable typing and navigation experience.
Apple products are overwhelmingly popular, but that’s because they consistently deliver performance-wise. Our pick among the stellar lineup is the new 12 inch retina display MacBook, which Apple says is lighter, thinner and the world’s most energy-efficient notebook.
Dell XPS 13
Being named Laptop magazine’s best overall laptop is no small feat, since the editors test every single product on the market. Here’s why it snagged the prize in 2015: sharp display, lightning-speed performance, and up to 12 hours of battery life.