Best Value for Laptops

If you're all about getting the most out of your investments, this is the place. From all the Laptops I've indexed, those currently have the best balance between power, affordability and durability.

If you can't invest this much, scroll down to the budget section for best value at below-average prices.

For more details on the differences between the best Discounts, best Deals and best Value palmarès and which is best for you, feel free to give Sales Shopping vs. Value Shopping a read.

Best bang for the buck across the board US$620 - US$1169

The following laptops offer the best value. Value is determined by balancing 3 main considerations:

  • how much it costs
  • how powerful it is
  • how long it will likely last

Best bang for the buck 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.

  • #1, Laptops (under $525)
    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook

    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook from US$300;
    ~$388 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5
    Specs
    Processor: MediaTek MT8183
    Graphics: ARM Mali-G72
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.00 x 20.60 x 1.88 cm
    Weight: 1.200 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops (under $525)
    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop from US$3809%, Best price yet!
    ~$500 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy4/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.80 x 2.27 cm
    Weight: 2.020 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #5, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop

    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop from US$37016%, Best price yet!
    ~$620 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy4/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.20 x 25.30 x 2.00 cm
    Weight: 1.851 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #7, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    Asus M509DA 15-inch Notebook

    Asus M509DA 15-inch Notebook from US$4808% cheaper than usual
    ~$620 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5
    Specs
    Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
    Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.02 x 23.49 x 2.29 cm
    Weight: 1.800 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. ×
  • #3, Laptops (under $525)
    Acer Chromebook 311

    Acer Chromebook 311 from US$240;
    ~$318 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.60 x 19.90 x 1.82 cm
    Weight: 1.100 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. ×
  • #4, Laptops (under $525)
    Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook

    Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook from US$330;
    ~$428 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy4/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N4020
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.20 x 19.90 x 2.01 cm
    Weight: 1.200 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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