Best Power for Laptops

This list is all about processing power; not necessarily the kind of power which will affect your gaming experience. No, this kind of horsepower aims to get complicated operations done.

If, for instance, you want to reduce video rendering time or edit high-resolution graphics, this list is for you. It is, however compiled with no pause for budget; If you're strapped for cash, scroll down to the budget section for the most powerful options at below-average prices.

Most power across the board US$1482 - US$2470

Here are the most powerful laptops I have on file with absolutely no regards for price:

Most power under $700

Need something cheaper? No worries, here are the best performing options for laptops priced below average.

There might be some overlap with the list above, but everything down here is considered budget-friendly.

  • #3, Laptops ($500 - $725)
    Asus X series 15" VivoBook

    Asus X series 15" VivoBook from US$4608% cheaper than usual
    ~$620 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.10 x 25.10 x 2.72 cm
    Weight: 1.900 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Staples site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15" Laptop

    HP 15" Laptop from US$30017%, Best price yet!
    ~$410 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.770 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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