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Laptops for the Casual Worker

Laptops are the kings of versatility. Fully-featured to handle the same tasks as full-sized computers and yet small enough to carry around.

To achieve this, several compromises had to be made. You usually get less for your money with a laptop but if you need to work out of the house, a laptop is your best bet.

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Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

ranked #1 among Laptops priced under $400

Chromebooks excel as easy-to-carry travel companions for those of us who need to remain connected on the go, and this model is no exception. A USB-C d

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck37th percentile
Versatility100th percentile
Power13th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability93th percentile
Battery Autonomy51th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

12", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader

Pricing

Typically sells for C$268. You could save 25% right now.
Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

ranked #2 among Laptops priced under $400

This Chromebook is a bit larger than its counterparts and features a full HD screen as well, making it an even more attractive option to watch movies

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck30th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability82th percentile
Battery Autonomy27th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD A6-9220C

GPU

AMD Radeon R5 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$249. You could save 12% right now.
Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $400

This Chromebook has a larger screen, helping readability without compromising ease of transportation too much.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck15th percentile
Versatility46th percentile
Power13th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability69th percentile
Battery Autonomy60th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×786(1366 × 786, 1.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$369.
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $400

Built for price-effectiveness above all, this laptop might still be worth a look if you're happy with products from the Microsoft store. It's not a po

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck13th percentile
Versatility95th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability68th percentile
Battery Autonomy29th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD 3020e

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$199.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $400

This laptop is as modest as it gets, but if you need more versatility than a Chromebook can offer, this could be worth a look.

Luckily, this laptop

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck11th percentile
Versatility52th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy38th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD 3020e

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$349.
Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) (C523NA-DH02)

Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) (C523NA-DH02)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced under $400

With an unusually large screen for a Chromebook, this model trades some of its portability to give the user a larger picture to work with (but not nec

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck8th percentile
Versatility69th percentile
Power3th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability78th percentile
Battery Autonomy47th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

15", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N3350

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 500

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$348. You could save 14% right now.
Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced under $400

This laptop is all about cost-effectiveness, and if you're strapped for cash, it could be a compelling option, especially if you're a patient person c

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck7th percentile
Versatility92th percentile
Power6th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability85th percentile
Battery Autonomy20th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4020

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$299.
Asus C523NA 15-inch Chromebook (C523NA-BB02-CB)

Asus C523NA 15-inch Chromebook (C523NA-BB02-CB)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced under $400

With an unusually large screen for a Chromebook, this model trades some of its portability to give the user additional room to work. If you find readi

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck5th percentile
Versatility46th percentile
Power9th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability78th percentile
Battery Autonomy56th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

15", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N3350

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 505

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$369.
HP ENVY x360 13-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (13-ay0007ca)

HP ENVY x360 13-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (13-ay0007ca)

ranked #1 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This versatile 2-in-1 laptop is a great candidate for productivity on the go, study or even travel.

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck87th percentile
Versatility84th percentile
Power57th percentile
Storage Space70th percentile
Portability91th percentile
Battery Autonomy80th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

13", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 4500U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 6 Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$899.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 15-inch Business Laptop (20YG003DUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 15-inch Business Laptop (20YG003DUS)

ranked #2 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This business-grade laptop is a natural fit for anyone with an appetite for productivity thanks to its powerful specs and speedy storage.

Thanks to

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck83th percentile
Versatility60th percentile
Power59th percentile
Storage Space41th percentile
Portability63th percentile
Battery Autonomy67th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Pro Edition

Screen

15", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 5700U

GPU

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$999. You could save 10% right now.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 Business Laptop (20YG003EUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 Business Laptop (20YG003EUS)

ranked #3 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This business-focused laptop is a natural fit for anyone with an appetite for productivity thanks to its powerful specs and speedy storage.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck62th percentile
Versatility66th percentile
Power49th percentile
Storage Space41th percentile
Portability63th percentile
Battery Autonomy67th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Pro Edition

Screen

15", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

GPU

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$949. You could save 10% right now.
AMD 17-inch Laptop (17-cp0007ca)

AMD 17-inch Laptop (17-cp0007ca)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This large laptop is a compelling computer if you need a computer at home but do not have room to dedicate to a PC. As one of the larger laptops out t

Who it's For

  • Serious Multitasker
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Productivity-Focused User
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck47th percentile
Versatility89th percentile
Power39th percentile
Storage Space94th percentile
Portability48th percentile
Battery Autonomy9th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

Screen

17", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 5300U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 6 Graphics

Memory

12 GB

Storage

1.25 TB total, Solid State (very fast), 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$699.
HP x360 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook (14C-CA0030CA)

HP x360 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook (14C-CA0030CA)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced $400-1000

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck39th percentile
Versatility11th percentile
Power31th percentile
Storage Space28th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i3-10110U

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

128 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$799. You could save 31% right now.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced $400-1000

If you need a laptop to handle simple homework efficiently without breaking the bank, this model could be the answer.

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Casual Worker
  • Audio Editor

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck33th percentile
Versatility61th percentile
Power38th percentile
Storage Space70th percentile
Portability79th percentile
Battery Autonomy76th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Core i3-1115G4

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$549.
HP x360 14-inch Chromebook (14c-ca0020ca)

HP x360 14-inch Chromebook (14c-ca0020ca)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This Chromebook can fold onto itself for those times a keyboard would get in the way, making it an attractive solution if you've been looking for a la

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck32th percentile
Versatility16th percentile
Power25th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i3-10110U

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$705.
Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This no-frills laptop should be able to efficiently handle most homework scenarios for a reasonable price.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck26th percentile
Versatility93th percentile
Power37th percentile
Storage Space41th percentile
Portability52th percentile
Battery Autonomy18th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

15", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$599.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0038ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0038ca)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This cost-efficient laptop could be a compelling option for everyday tasks and entertainment. It's not the most powerful PC out there, but it has a qu

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck20th percentile
Versatility20th percentile
Power33th percentile
Storage Space70th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy13th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 3250U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$679.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced $400-1000

Chromebooks can be quite versatile, but the most affordable models can come a little short for more advanced users. By investing more in a model like

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck18th percentile
Versatility31th percentile
Power24th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy78th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core m3-8100Y

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 615

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader

Pricing

Typically sells for C$698. You could save 14% right now.
Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

ranked #11 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This premium Chromebook comes with a few extras like an FHD touchscreen, extended battery life and some additional horsepower.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck16th percentile
Versatility9th percentile
Power26th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability95th percentile
Battery Autonomy95th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

13", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core m3-8100Y

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 615

Memory

8 GB

Storage

64 GB total

Pricing

Typically sells for C$879.
HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

ranked #12 among Laptops priced $400-1000

This Chromebook offers a pretty compelling solution if you're looking to handle everyday communication and connectivity away from your main rig.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck14th percentile
Versatility39th percentile
Power13th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability39th percentile
Battery Autonomy58th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, VA or SVA Display

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, eMMC Storage (slow), Micro SD Storage Expansion

Pricing

Typically sells for C$399.