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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 #2 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck26th percentile
Versatility95th percentile
Power11th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability92th percentile
Battery Autonomy46th 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 US$156.
Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

ranked #3 among Laptops priced under $500

Even by Chromebook standards, this netbook is a bit humble, but it's a cost-efficient solution for everyday needs.

A few characteristics could impe

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck21th percentile
Versatility66th percentile
Power18th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy83th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

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

CPU

MediaTek MT8183

GPU

ARM Mali-G72

Memory

4 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for US$235.
Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

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

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $500

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
Versatility63th percentile
Power11th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability70th percentile
Battery Autonomy54th 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 US$289.
Asus C523NA 15-inch Chromebook (C523NA-BB02-CB)

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

ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck13th percentile
Versatility98th percentile
Power8th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy50th 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 US$313. You could save 50% right now.
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck11th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability69th percentile
Battery Autonomy19th 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 US$195. You could save 20% right now.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck10th percentile
Versatility66th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy30th 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 US$274.
Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

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

ranked #8 among Laptops priced under $500

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
Versatility94th percentile
Power6th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability85th percentile
Battery Autonomy13th 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 US$211.
Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) (C523NA-DH02)

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

ranked #9 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck6th percentile
Versatility67th percentile
Power1th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy43th 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 US$273.
Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook (CP311-3H-K9K9)

Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook (CP311-3H-K9K9)

ranked #11 among Laptops priced under $500

This versatile Chromebook offers a great experience for the price and is a compelling option if you can`t quite decide between getting a netbook or a

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck28th percentile
Versatility42th percentile
Power18th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability91th percentile
Battery Autonomy100th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

12", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

MediaTek MT8183

GPU

ARM Mali-G72

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total

Pricing

Typically sells for US$352.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

ranked #12 among Laptops priced under $500

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 Buck16th percentile
Versatility27th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy80th 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 US$384.
HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

ranked #15 among Laptops priced under $500

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
Versatility56th percentile
Power11th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability39th percentile
Battery Autonomy52th 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 US$235.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15ITL6 Laptop (82H801E9CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15ITL6 Laptop (82H801E9CF)

ranked #1 among Laptops priced $500-1000

This laptop is an attractive choice if you need a computer to handle productivity tasks efficiently with enough overhead to let you experiment beyond.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck95th percentile
Versatility70th percentile
Power57th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability53th percentile
Battery Autonomy57th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i5-1135G7

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for US$533.
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 #2 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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
  • Multitasker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck94th percentile
Versatility73th percentile
Power64th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability90th percentile
Battery Autonomy81th 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 US$901. You could save 22% right now.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 Business Laptop (20YG003EUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3 Business Laptop (20YG003EUS)

ranked #3 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck56th percentile
Versatility38th percentile
Power54th 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 5 5500U

GPU

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for US$734.
HP x360 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook (14C-CA0030CA)

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

ranked #4 among Laptops priced $500-1000

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck44th percentile
Versatility17th percentile
Power31th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability77th percentile
Battery Autonomy91th 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 US$627.
AMD 17-inch Laptop (17-cp0007ca)

AMD 17-inch Laptop (17-cp0007ca)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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
  • Graphic Designer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck41th percentile
Versatility79th percentile
Power43th percentile
Storage Space97th percentile
Portability47th percentile
Battery Autonomy6th 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 US$666.
Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C71P-CA)

Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C71P-CA)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced $500-1000

This laptop is a pretty compelling solution for productivity and has a few enterprise-class features.

A few things are missing to make me happy: a

Who it's For

  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck40th percentile
Versatility64th percentile
Power47th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability48th percentile
Battery Autonomy24th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Pro Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i7-1065G7

GPU

Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Memory

12 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for US$784. You could save 3% right now.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck33th percentile
Versatility53th percentile
Power40th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability82th 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 US$509. You could save 15% right now.
HP x360 14-inch Chromebook (14c-ca0020ca)

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

ranked #8 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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 Buck34th percentile
Versatility24th percentile
Power24th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability77th percentile
Battery Autonomy91th 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 US$412.
Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced $500-1000

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

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck30th percentile
Versatility84th percentile
Power39th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability49th percentile
Battery Autonomy11th 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 US$509. You could save 8% right now.