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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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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced $500-1000

A Surface device designed to be (relatively) affordable, this laptop by Microsoft can handle everyday tasks in style.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck29th percentile
Versatility6th percentile
Power45th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability93th percentile
Battery Autonomy72th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

12", 1536×1024(1536 × 1024, 1.6MP), Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

128 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$759.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0038ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0038ca)

ranked #13 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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
Versatility29th percentile
Power33th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy9th 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.
Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

ranked #14 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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 Buck18th percentile
Versatility16th percentile
Power25th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability94th percentile
Battery Autonomy94th 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. You could save 3% right now.
MSI GF75 Thin 17-inch laptop (GF75 10UEK-003CA)

MSI GF75 Thin 17-inch laptop (GF75 10UEK-003CA)

ranked #1 among Laptops priced over $1000

This powerful PC is a compelling option if you're looking to play games or handle graphical tasks away from your desk.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck93th percentile
Versatility88th percentile
Power82th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability43th percentile
Battery Autonomy2th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i7-10750H

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 6 GB

Memory

16 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,749. You could save 26% right now.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GA503QE-BH92-CB)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GA503QE-BH92-CB)

ranked #2 among Laptops priced over $1000

This laptop does a decent job both as a gaming PC and as a mobile workstation. The omission of a webcam is becoming more common for gaming laptops, an

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Hardcore Graphic Designer
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck87th percentile
Versatility83th percentile
Power77th percentile
Storage Space93th percentile
Portability54th percentile
Battery Autonomy98th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

15", 2560×1440(QHD, 3.7MP), FreeSync, IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 4 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Asus ROG Strix G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (G513QC-BS91-CB)

Asus ROG Strix G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (G513QC-BS91-CB)

ranked #3 among Laptops priced over $1000

If you're looking for a relatively affordable computer for visual work and even gaming away from your desk, this laptop could be of interest. The abse

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck89th percentile
Versatility80th percentile
Power75th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability44th percentile
Battery Autonomy37th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, 4 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

512 GB total

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,499.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14-inch Gaming Laptop (GA401QM-BS91-CB)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14-inch Gaming Laptop (GA401QM-BS91-CB)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced over $1000

This laptop does a decent job both as a gaming PC and as a laptop you can carry around all day. If a 14" screen is comfortable to you, this is a compe

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck90th percentile
Versatility69th percentile
Power89th percentile
Storage Space93th percentile
Portability75th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 6 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,899.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 15-inch Business Laptop (20YG003DUS)

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

ranked #5 among Laptops priced over $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
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck84th percentile
Versatility30th percentile
Power66th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability61th percentile
Battery Autonomy63th 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$1,099. You could save 7% right now.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 ITL Laptop (20VE006UUS)

Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 ITL Laptop (20VE006UUS)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced over $1000

Designed with a focus on productivity, this laptop is strong enough to get complex jobs done, even if you tend to handle several of those at once.

Who it's For

  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck69th percentile
Versatility62th percentile
Power67th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability64th percentile
Battery Autonomy31th 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, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i7-1165G7

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

16 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,299.
Acer Nitro 5 15-inch Gaming Laptop (AN515-55-52H0)

Acer Nitro 5 15-inch Gaming Laptop (AN515-55-52H0)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced over $1000

This laptop could be an attractive option if you need to work graphic creation suites away from the desk, and it can also handle quite a few games whe

Who it's For

  • Serious Gamer
  • Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multitasker
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck72th percentile
Versatility77th percentile
Power61th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability45th percentile
Battery Autonomy35th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i5-10300H

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, 4 GB

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$999.
Asus TUF Dash 15-inch Gaming Laptop (TUF516PR-BS71-CB)

Asus TUF Dash 15-inch Gaming Laptop (TUF516PR-BS71-CB)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced over $1000

If you need a portable PC capable of handling games and other graphically intensive tasks, this laptop could well be worth a look. It's a bit lighter

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • And more!

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck64th percentile
Versatility78th percentile
Power80th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability52th percentile
Battery Autonomy69th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i7-11370H

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, 8 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,599.
Asus ExpertBook P2451 14-inch laptop (P2451FA-Q73P-CB)

Asus ExpertBook P2451 14-inch laptop (P2451FA-Q73P-CB)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced over $1000

This laptop is all about productivity and security, and thanks to straightforward construction and detailed maintenance instructions, it can also be q

Who it's For

  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck49th percentile
Versatility55th percentile
Power48th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability68th percentile
Battery Autonomy65th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Pro Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i7-10510U

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

16 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,399.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Business Laptop (20TD003KUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Business Laptop (20TD003KUS)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced over $1000

With an evident focus on the needs of businesses, this laptop might not have the most exciting look, but it is proven tech in a sturdy, easy-to-mainta

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck47th percentile
Versatility41th percentile
Power51th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability61th percentile
Battery Autonomy74th 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

Intel Core i5-1135G7

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,099. You could save 9% right now.
Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7i (82A60015US)

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7i (82A60015US)

ranked #11 among Laptops priced over $1000

This laptop strikes a remarkable balance between power, ease of transportation and battery endurance. It even manages to pack a few attractive feature

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck45th percentile
Versatility51th percentile
Power45th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy93th 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, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i5-1135G7

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,179.