A laptop is essential in college. The top laptops for college are as efficient at playing your favorite PC games as they are at drafting up documents. Some of the best laptops for your “back to school” consideration include: the Dell XPS 13. Packing a high-resolution screen and serious processing power, there's more to the Dell XPS 13 than its status as a tightly kept Ultrabook. Now featuring new processors and better integrated graphics. The 13-inch display is crammed into an 11-inch body.