What laptop should I get for Windows Mixed Reality?

Windows Mixed Reality is on its way, and it's going to give a bit of a shakeup to the VR industry. Instead of requiring a beefy gaming PC with a dedicated GPU to run it, all that's required here is a laptop with a seventh-generation Core i5 processor and the integrated graphics to go along with it. This opens up an entirely new tier of PCs, effectively providing mixed reality for a lot more people.

Windows Mixed Reality minimum recommended specs

To help you figure out just what laptop goes best with the impending Mixed Reality, we've rounded up some of the best Ultrabooks out there that also happen to have the ports needed to plug everything in.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

You can get the base configuration of this laptop for about $700, and it will run Windows Mixed Reality without breaking a sweat. Here you have a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

A 15.6-inch, 1080p display is plenty bright and has great color, and an HDMI 2.0 and three USB 3.0 ports handle everything that needs to be plugged in. If you would like to do a bit of standard gaming on your laptop when not in MR, this is a great option.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

For the business-oriented out there, you're likely looking for something that will look good in meetings and also hold up to anything you throw at it, including Windows Mixed Reality. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon from Lenovo is light and powerful, yet retains many of the features that are essential in a ThinkPad.

A configuration with an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and Intel HD Graphics 620 starts at about $1,300. This is definitely on the high end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but the slim, convertible chassis holds all the ports needed for MR, and having a reliable business partner in the real world is invaluable.

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Samsung Notebook 9

Samsung Notebook 9

Samsung's Notebook line of laptops is almost criminally underrated. With a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, an ultra-light chassis, and powerful hardware within, this is a great option for anyone who has the budget; a configuration ready for Windows Mixed Reality starts at about $1,000.

Inside is an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 620. The 256GB SSD has enough space for your needs, and two USB-A 3.0 ports and an HDMI port let you plug everything in. For a laptop that's almost unbelievably light, check out the Samsung Notebook 9.

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HP ENVY x360

HP ENVY x360

If you're looking for a convertible laptop that won't hurt the wallet as much as the others, the HP ENVY x360 might be just what you need. There are plenty of configuration options available, but a model with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive costs about $700.

That's a decent price, especially considering the 15.6-inch display is 1080p and has touch function to go along with the convertible design. With two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI 1.4 port, you'll have no problem connecting Windows Mixed Reality.

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Acer Aspire E5

Acer Aspire E5

A budget laptop doesn't mean you have to completely forego dedicated graphics. The Acer Aspire E5 has an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM to go along with the seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM.

This laptop also has a 256GB solid-state drive, a 15.6-inch, 1080p display, and more ports than you need for Windows Mixed Reality. Despite all this hardware packed into the obsidian black chassis, you can pick this laptop up for about $580.

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Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

The executive look of the Dell XPS 15 makes it a bit of a sleeper. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but inside is some great hardware and holding it all is a slick chassis. For about $1,350, you can get a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. You'll have no problem running MR with this laptop.

Dell has done a great job of eliminating almost all of the bezel around the 15.6-inch, 1080p display, and the 97WHr battery keeps you running well into the day. With more than enough ports for Windows Mixed Reality, consider this laptop if you don't mind paying for the premium look.

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If you're more interested in a laptop that's strictly gaming, you're in luck. We have a bunch of options that should suit your needs. Also, be sure to check out these other links for way more information about Windows Mixed Reality.