BEST SSD LAPTOP RECOMMENDATIONS
– TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR LAPTOP SSD GAME
The increasing power of technology has made us accustomed to nearly instant gratification. The speed of our devices is one of the most important qualities we look for. No one wants to wait forever for that application to open up, we want to look at that file now! So, to help speed things along with your laptop, you’ll definitely want to consider an SSD, or solid state drive.
SSDs don’t rely on moving parts or magnetic media to store data, unlike HDDs or hard disk drives. They can access stored data much more quickly than HDD. So that one program that always takes forever to load on your current HDD computer? It will load much faster on a new laptop with a SSD installed. Boot times when you start your computer up are also greatly improved by SSD.
If it’s so much better than HDD, why do we even still have HDDs at all? Well, SSDs are much more expensive, and generally have much less storage space. You can go out and get a 1TB SSD for a pretty penny, or you can get twice the space for a fraction of the price on a HDD. It all depends on your priorities. That being said, there’s plenty of other options out there to offset the smaller storage space of SSD, and still let you get the better speeds.
For now, we’ll take a look at some of the best SSD laptops on the market. Later, we’ll go into ways you can supplement your SSD for those larger files.
TOP 12 BEST LAPTOPS WITH SSD
HP Spectre x360 15t
Winner: Best Laptop with SSD (Editor’s Choice)
Intel i7 Quad Core 10th Gen – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – 15.6″ 4K UHD Touchscreen Convertible
HP’s Spectre x360 15t is a great 2-in-1 convertible SSD laptop and touchscreen tablet. It gives you power, versatility, and value all in one package. Not to mention its super beautiful to look at with the super slim profiles and gold siding.
The Spectre x360 15t has an amazing 4K ultra high definition touchscreen display. You’ll get an absolutely stunning view, perfect for when you’re using it as a laptop or as a tablet. This makes it absolutely perfect for visual artists or videographers. Plus, it comes with an HP Active Stylus Pen, so you’ll be ready to draw or write in style right out of the box.
Included in the box you get 16GB of RAM, which is perfect for just about any activity or project. The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card will allow you to play just about any game on low settings, and many on medium settings or higher. For a laptop that isn’t specifically tailored with gaming in mind, this is pretty good! Less graphically demanding games like Fortnite and Rocket League will run beautifully on this laptop.
The Spectre x360 15t has some great connectivity options and included hardware. While it doesn’t have an internal optical drive, if you really must read DVDs or BluRay you can always buy an external one and connect it through USB. It comes with one USB 3.1 Type C port, one USB 3.1 USB port, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and an HDMI port as well. You’ll have no shortage of fast connectivity options. The Spectre x360 15t also has a front facing wide vision camera with dual array digital microphone.
Packed with features and great hardware at a great price for everything included, there’s not much you can’t do with HP’s Spectre x360 15t. This laptop is powerfully upgraded to give you a hugely versatile machine at an excellent price.
SSD: 256GB up to 2TB SSD (Solid-State Drive)
DISPLAY: 15.6" 4K UHD WLED Backlit Touchscreen (3840 x 2160)
PROCESSOR: 10th Gen Intel Quad Core i7 (1.8 GHz to 4.9 GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5 Dedicated)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 Pro / Home
PORTS: Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1, USB 3.1, HDMI
FEATURES: 2-in-1 Convertible - Stylus Pen - FHD IR Camera
Dell XPS 15 OLED
Winner: Best SSD Laptop (Premium Pick)
Intel i7 Core 9th Gen (6 Cores) – 32GB Ram – 2TB SSD – 15.6″ 4K OLED Touchscreen – Fingerprint Reader
Dell’s XPS 15 is a premium level SSD laptop. It is absolutely filled to the brim with amazing features and hardware to give you the absolute best performance.
The XPS 15 has a beautiful 4K OLED 15.6” touchscreen display. It also boasts the ultra slim infinity edge, making it more compact than other laptops with the same display size. It’s all business with a powerful, functional, and prominent screen. Everything will look absolutely stunning on this laptop.
You may have noticed in your search that many SSD laptops don’t have much internal storage. Solid State Drives are amazing, but also tend to be fairly pricey if you want more than 256GB or maybe 512GB. So you’ll be very pleased to know that Dell’s XPS 15 hasn’t skimped in this regard: it comes with a spacious 2TB SSD. A seriously impressive amount of storage, especially on such a compact device.
Its 32GB of RAM and quad core i7-9750H CPU let it run at lightning speeds, especially with that SSD. Add to that the NVIDIA GeForce 1050Ti 4GB dedicated graphics card and you have super beefy laptop. You’ll be able to play almost any game at medium to high settings, and some on ultra. Plus, with the beautiful display, this laptop is also great for graphic designers, artists, and videographers. Business or pleasure, the XPS 15 can handle it all.
If you have lots of peripherals to attach, this laptop has you covered. It has 3 USB ports, as well as an HDMI port. It also supports bluetooth, and has a standard audio jack. All the basics, and a little more.
Overall Dell’s XPS 15 is a powerful beast. It can handle pretty much any task you give it, and with style to boot. This high-end SSD laptop has a price to match, but once you see what it can do yourself you’ll have zero regrets.
SSD: 2TB SSD (Solid-State Drive)
DISPLAY: 15.6" 4K Ultra OLED Infinity Edge Touchscreen (3840 x 2160)
PROCESSOR: 9th Gen Intel Core i7 (up to 4.5 GHz 12 Threads)
RAM: 32GB DDR4
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB GDDR5 Dedicated)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 Pro
PORTS: Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (x2), HDMI 2.0, SD Card
FEATURES: Fingerprint Reader - HD Webcam - Bluetooth 4.2
Acer Aspire 5
Winner: Best Laptop with SSD (Best Value)
10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 8GB Ram – 512GB SSD – 15.6″ Full HD IPS
The Acer Aspire 5 easily tops the list of affordable laptops with SSD. We suggest this SSD laptop for those seeking an affordable Ultrabook that still packs a punch. This laptop is perfect for buyers on a budget!
Just one of the many Acer laptops with SSD that made our list, this one will not disappoint. How can it? People have already been calling it one of the greatest Ultrabooks given its price point – something we also found to be very true. It is the very best of our low-priced recommendations, so it’ll be tough to find a better deal out there.
You should also know that this SSD laptop does not have an anti-glare display, so you will have to keep this in mind when working on brightly lit days. It may be tough to see your screen if you work in direct sunlight. Working in the shade will help, but your screen may still look slightly darker than if you were inside. You’ve likely experienced this with your mobile phone at some point or another when you were left squinting trying to read a text message. Of course, as you know that’s a simple problem to work around. It’s very unlikely to affect your day to day use of this laptop, and not really worth fretting over.
Beyond that, the Acer Aspire 5 will not let you down. When using basic, low power applications, this laptop will last you the entire work day and even more. Of course, you can optimize your system and usage to suit your needs.
You are surely not restricted to simple apps on this laptop. In fact, users have said that photo editing apps run smoothly on this specific model. Not only that, but most users have reported that popular games will run fine. Between the solid state drive and 8GB RAM, you won’t have to worry about a thing… or even wait for anything!
Overall, you’re getting a capable laptop at a shockingly reasonable price. Decent RAM, a good-sized display, and all the speed and power of an SSD at a great price? The Acer Aspire 5 is everything you want at a price you can afford.
SSD: 512GB SSD (Solid-State Drive)
DISPLAY: 15.6" Full HD Widescreen IPS (1920 x 1080)
PROCESSOR: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (up to 3.66 GHz)
RAM: 8GB Dual Channel
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (2GB GDDR5 Dedicated)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 Home
PORTS: USB-C 3.1, USB 3.1 (x2), USB 2.0, HDMI
FEATURES: WiFi 6, HD Webcam, Up to 15hrs Battery
Apple MacBook Pro
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
Intel 8-Core i9 – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – 16″ Retina Display with True Tone
If there’s a top SSD laptop list, then it just wouldn’t be complete without some advice for buying a MacBook Pro. A top pick for power users.
Converting PC users by the minute, this MacBook Pro has it all. From its Retina Display to the classic sleek, yet solid shell of an Apple laptop. You’ll have never seen such a vivid viewing experience compared to the graphics on this SSD laptop.
The MacBook Pros tend to be a power user’s first choice when it comes to Apple laptops. An incredible 8-core Intel i9 processor, paired with 16GB of RAM, this laptop can handle it all. Power power power.
Keep in mind that this model also comes with a slightly larger screen than most laptops in this list. Though it is still very lightweight weighing only about a pound and a half. So not an issue to throw into a bag and go portable. Plus the battery will last through an entire day of working too!
Ultrafast 1TB SSD storage. You can’t beat that! Speed and size.
As always, you’ve got to get used to the Mac keyboards if you haven’t already been using one. Especially for PC users making the switch over – you will most certainly notice this. Don’t worry though, as with any new keyboard, you’ll get used to it in no time. Before you know it, it’ll be weird going back to your old keyboard since you’ve gotten so used to the new one.
There are other details of this SSD laptop that are not to be missed. For example, the laptop automatically turns on when you open the lid. This way, your power button will last a little longer some of us may have experienced with past models. It’s all the little things that count.
It also has the Touch Bar and Touch ID features. Six speaker system with force-cancelling woofers and the ability to plug it into two 6K displays. It’s an absolute beast. Packed to brim with power and style. You have to consider it.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
10th Gen Intel Core i7 – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – 15.6 Full HD – Touchscreen 2-in-1
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 2-in-1 laptop tablet combo is another high priced suggestion. And you’ll hear this from many more users than just us – it’s everything you could ever want in a convertible laptop. Feel free to bend and shape the SSD laptop in a total of four unique ways. Whether you set it up as a normal laptop, a tablet, a tent-like shape or completely flat – the choice is yours. People tend to love the tablet and tent-like setup when they use the touchscreen. And of course, most prefer the laptop setup when typing with the keyboard.
Though, users say it is surely a laptop first and foremost. They say it’s the format that provides the best overall experience from a user’s viewpoint. But as a bonus, a tablet functionality is always nice.
Between the convertibility factor and the fact that this laptop is semi-lightweight makes it perfect to take with you on the go. It’s actually said to be considered light for its size, but not in a way that makes it feel cheap. Also, you can’t go wrong when it comes to the graphics and speed of this SSD laptop. Especially with the SSD, this laptop runs like a charm. And it starts up even faster. 16GB of RAM holds makes it maybe the best convertible on the market today. Running multiple applications on this laptop is a breeze.
This laptop model has a fingerprint scanner for easy login and a backlit keyboard for your convenience if you opt to work in dimly lit areas.
ASUS ZenBook Ultra-Slim
Best Laptop with SSD (Top 12)
10th Gen Intel Quad Core i5 – 8GB Ram – 256GB SSD – 13.3″ Full HD – Ultra Slim
ASUS’s Zenbook 13 Ultra-Slim SSD laptop is a nice and compact personal computer. It’s very lightweight, only 2.5lbs! Plus it’s thin, and because of its 13.3” display not at all bulky. This is a great general use laptop for someone who prioritizes portability. We have also highlighted this laptop in our breakdown of the best laptops for writers!
The Zenbook 13 has a 256GB SSD. That’s pretty decent, especially for a SSD laptop at this price point. You can easily supplement this storage with external USB drives, networked storage devices, or cloud storage. Still, 256GB is probably enough for anyone’s essentials, unless they work with large amounts of high quality video.
This laptop has a 13.3” display that supports full HD with 1920×1080 resolution. So you’ll get full 1080p. Because this is a compact laptop, it doesn’t have a number pad. However, the keyboard is backlit which is a great feature, especially for writers. It also has a fingerprint reader for added security.
The Zenbook 13 has an 10th generation Intel i5 CPU. This speedy processor will complement the SSD really well. It has 8GB of RAM. You can easily upgrade to 16GB if you want to give your laptop an extra boost. Unfortunately it uses an integrated GPU. This will mostly only affect its gaming abilities. You’ll be able to play some games, but expect to use low graphical settings.
In terms of connectivity the Zenbook 13 has a lot of options for you. It has three USB 3.0 ports, as well as one USB 3.1 Type-C port. Plus it has a built-in SD card reader, which is pretty nice. It also has an HDMI port. Of course it also has the standard headphone and mic jacks. Plus a built-in webcam.
All in all, the Zenbook 13 is a great SSD laptop. It has plenty of features, and good hardware. The price point is more than reasonable for everything you’re getting, too. However, if compactness and portability aren’t at the top of your list, we have other laptops for you to check out.
Dell Gaming G3
Best Laptops with SSD (Top 12)
10th Gen Intel Core i7 – 16GB Ram – 512GB SSD – 15.6 Full HD 300 nits
This gaming G3 laptop by Dell is a pretty great option for gamers looking for a more affordable SSD gaming machine. It has a really nice gamer vibe design and a metal chassis. The blue accents on the Dell logo and around the edge and trackpad give it some serious style.
The G3 has a 512 SSD for storage. This is more than enough to load your games from in high speed. And any gamer knows, speed is king. So an SSD is a must here.
Unlike most laptops, this G3 has a dedicated graphics card. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB you’ll be able to play basically any game on high settings. Plus with its 10th generation Intel i7 quad core CPU it’s pretty powerful. It’s not quite VR ready, but it’s still a respectable gaming machine.
With a 15.6” full HD display you’ll be able to enjoy every bit of that dedicated graphics card. It supports full 1080p at a 1920×1080 resolution. Plus, thanks to the sizeable display they were able to include a number pad with the backlit keyboard. Number pads are one of those little, quality of life features we always love to see.
It comes with 16GB of RAM, which is our minimum recommendation RAM size for game playing. This laptop does support up to 32GB though. If you’re upgrading you might as well take it all the way, right? If this sounds like a hassle and turn off for you, don’t worry. RAM upgrades are generally affordable and really easy to do. It’s practically plug and play. The five minutes it takes to upgrade the RAM will be absolutely worth it once you see the results.
For connectivity, this Dell G3 has what you need. It has three USB 3.0 ports, to start. It also has an HDMI port. Plus it has an SD card reader built in, which is always nice. It also has an ethernet port to boost your online gaming. And of course it has the standard headphone/mic jack.
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop with SSD at a reasonable price, this is a great option. Overall, a great laptop.
Acer Aspire VX
Best Laptops with SSD (Top 12)
7th Gen Intel Core i7 – 16GB Ram – 256GB SSD – 15.6 Full HD IPS – Gaming
The Aspire VX 15 by Acer is a solid gaming laptop with an SSD. It has that look you know to expect from computers aimed at gamers, red accents and all. Admittedly, the brushed metal does look really nice. This is definitely a laptop that stands out.
It has a 256GB SSD. While they don’t include any additional storage, the do offer a complimentary HDD upgrade kit if you contact Acer support. We highly recommend you take them up on this offer if you get this laptop. The kit includes a 2.5” caddy and SATA cable. You will have to purchase the HDD separately, but you can get at least 1TB for really cheap. It’s a little extra work, but at least they offer the upgrade kit. If you’re really against upgrading it yourself, see our other options for working with low storage at the end of this article.
The Aspire VX 15 has a 7th generation Intel i7 processor that reaches speeds of up to 3.8GHz. It has a dedicated graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. This is a great graphics card and will let you play on medium to ultra settings depending on the games you play. And you’ll enjoy every pixel of those beautiful graphics with the Aspire VX 15’s 1080p 15.6” display.
This laptop isn’t huge, but it’s big enough they were able to include a number pad on the back-lit keyboard. Two features we seriously love to see, so that’s awesome. Speaking of the keyboard, we appreciate the red accented WASD keys. Great little touch catering to gamers. It comes with 16GB of RAM which is really nice. It supports up to 32GB of RAM if you want to upgrade. We tend to think if you can upgrade the RAM you might as well. It’s affordable, quick, and easy to install.
For peripherals, gaming or otherwise, the Aspire VX 15 has lots of options. It has one USB 2.0 port, three USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 3.1 Type-C port. While it doesn’t have an optical drive, you don’t really need one. It also has an HDMI port, as well as an Ethernet port. Plus a built-in SD card reader. And of course it has your standard headphone/mic jack. It also has a webcam.
In general this is a really nice gaming laptop. It’s a great price, too. If you’re willing to spend a couple extra bucks and a lazy afternoon upgrading this with the HDD kit (might as well upgrade the RAM too while you’ve got it open) you can elevate it to the next level.
SSD: 256GB SSD (Solid-State Drive)
DISPLAY: 15.6" Full HD Widescreen IPS (1920 x 1080)
PROCESSOR: 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (up to 3.8 GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 Dedicated_
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10
FEATURES: Acer True Harmony Dolby Audio - Dual Fans
Acer Spin 5
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
10th Gen Intel Core i7 – 16GB Ram – 512GB SSD – 13.5 2K IPS – Touchscreen 2-in-1
Acer’s Spin 5 is a great 2-in-1 convertible laptop and tablet. It has a great brushed aluminum style chassis. Honestly, it looks pretty sleek overall. A nice classy looking laptop.
The Aspire Spin 5 has a 512B SSD. That’s a ton of space compared to the typical laptop, especially at this price point. Speed speed speed.
With a 10th generation Intel i7 processor and Iris Plus Grpahics, you’re getting a super powerful laptop. You’ll still be able to play plenty of games if you want, but don’t expect to be running anything on ultra settings. For things like Netflix and other video streaming you’ll enjoy 2K Widescreen. In addition to the nice CPU this laptop also comes with 16GB of RAM. It’s worth noting that the RAM in this laptop is not upgradeable. So if you absolutely need more than 16GB of RAM you won’t be able to get it with this laptop. To be fair, you probably don’t need more than 16GB of RAM on a laptop like this though.
The Spin 5 being a convertible laptop and tablet, of course you know you’re getting a touch screen. The 13.5” touch display is really nice. It displays a beautiful, crisp picture at 2256 x 1504 widescreen resolution. The convertible style of this laptop is really versatile. We love all the different ways you can place or use it. We found the “tent mode” to be especially great. The hinges are great and feel very sturdy. We also would like to mention the number pad and backlighting on the keyboard. Plus, it has a fingerprint scanner so you can easily unlock the system with a touch.
For connectivity the Spin 5 offers you one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 3.1 Type-C port. It also has an HDMI port. Plus, it has a built in SD card reader, which is a nice little bonus. And of course it has your standard headphone/mic jack.
What it all boils down to is a solid convertible 2-in-1 laptop and tablet. You won’t find comparable specs at this price. There really aren’t many reasons to pass on this device. If you really need a top notch gaming laptop or something else, check out our other SSD laptop options.
Apple Macbook Air
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
Intel 10th Gen i3 – 8GB Ram – 256GB SSD – 13.3″ Retina Display
A nice 256GB SSD and a 13.3 Retina display, this MacBook Air is very compact. Although, that does make it very easy to take with you on your travels. Even if you commute to and from work or school via public transit, you can easily whip this out and get some work done. What better way to use that time? Or maybe you’re browsing the web or preparing for a meeting, this is all that you need.
It’s even rumored among users that this specific model is becoming harder to get your hands on. Lucky for you, we’ve got a deal locked in place for you to get yours here! Don’t miss your opportunity to get your hands on one!
ASUS ZenBook 14
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
AMD Quad-Core Ryzen 5 – 8GB Ram – 2TB SSD – 14″ Full HD Display
This is some of the best value you’ll find for your money in the laptop market right now. Our previous Lenovo ThinkPad option is similar. The high performance 2TB SSD will help you shave time off the length it takes to do various tasks. It really is the perfect SSD laptop for practical everyday use.
For those of us guilty of leaving what seems like a million tabs open all the time, you no longer need to worry about it slowing down your machine. Many happy users have already commented on this laptop being able to handle these busy browsers.
Even for advanced purposes, users have said this is a solid laptop for coding. It doesn’t get too hot and cools down quickly for those of us power users out there. So now you don’t have to worry about your laptop getting too hot and turning off in the middle of what you’re doing.
Just like some of the other options on this list, the ZenBook 14 is another great laptop SSD for the road. Again, its screen size being at the smaller end of the spectrum and trusty battery life makes it great for this. Not to mention that it’s also a laptop tablet hybrid which is pretty much the cherry on top.
Lenovo Yoga 2020
Best SSD Laptops (Top 12)
10th Gen Intel i5 Quad-Core – 8GB Ram – 2TB SSD – 14″ Full High Definition IPS Touchscreen 2-in-1
The Lenovo Yoga is one of the best routes you could go for a well-rounded option. Not only is it affordable, it’s also a 2-in-1 laptop tablet combo (convertible), is more compact than other models and still boasts similar specs. Namely its 8GB of RAM and 2TB solid state drive are the pair you need to run all the apps you could ever want to.
So what else does it come with?
It all comes down to this. This Lenovo SSD laptop boasts the trusted quality of a classic Yoga device. That means you can count on it to hold up well over time. There’s a reason why it’s such a classic computer in the workforce.
Beyond that, it’s also said to be a great work laptop to use on the road. This mainly comes down to its compact nature and lengthy battery life. You just have to remember not to leave your laptop charging once it’s reached 100% if you wish to preserve the battery life. This isn’t something you want to forget too often – or at all!
The Lenovo Yoga even comes with a backlit keyboard so you’ll never have to struggle to see your keyboard in the dark. You can literally work anywhere as it will easily fit in any bag you have and will work even in the darkest areas.
ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS TO EXPANDING THE STORAGE ON YOUR LAPTOP SSD
There has never been a better time to expand the initial storage of your devices. You can do so very easily with very little investment. And you have options. You can go with either of the two main options – cloud storage or an external hard drive.
- The cloud – When it comes to cloud storage, there are tons of solutions online. Some of them you will find built right into your computer like OneDrive, while others charge a monthly fee.
- An external hard drive – There’s never been a better time to buy an external hard drive. The price has come down significantly compared to a few years ago. Most of them are quite compact so you can slip them in your pocket and take them with you.
No matter which laptop you choose from our list of the best SSD laptops on the market, you really cannot go wrong. Each of these laptops have been individually vetted based on a number of factors that guarantee high performance.
When it comes to picking the exact right one for you, the answer won’t necessarily be the same as the next person’s. This is the precise reason that you need to consider what’s important to you in a SSD laptop. We find that a great place to start is by determining what you’re using the laptop for in the first place and the types of software you plan to run on it. This will help to give you a sense of certain specs and features that you want to keep an eye out for.
Once you figure all of that out, you can figure out what the average price for a laptop with all of those features. The best place to do that? By inspecting our Ultimate Guide for SSD Laptops. We’ve pulled options that fall in all of the low, mid and high price ranges. There really is something for everyone here – you’ve likely already noticed that.
All in all, we’ve broken down the huge assortment of options into a list of the 10 best ones on the market. Whether you’re looking for a high end gaming laptop or a low priced laptop tablet combo – we’ve got that and everything in between.
Happy browsing on your new SSD laptop!