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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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Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced $325-875

This laptop won't break any speed records, but it's a cost-effective solution to handle everyday homework and going online.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck3th percentile
Versatility21th percentile
Power31th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability56th percentile
Battery Autonomy5th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

Screen

15", 1366×798(1366 × 798, 1.1MP), 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$569.
Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

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

ranked #10 among Laptops priced under $325

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
Versatility99th percentile
Power7th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability78th percentile
Battery Autonomy11th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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$259.
HP 14-inch (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch (14-fq0008ca)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced $325-875

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 Buck8th percentile
Versatility70th percentile
Power21th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability76th percentile
Battery Autonomy27th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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 (C523NA-BS01-CB)

Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (C523NA-BS01-CB)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced under $325

With an unusually large screen for a Chromebook, this model could be of interest if you care less about portability than having space to work. This co

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck10th percentile
Versatility79th percentile
Power8th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability73th percentile
Battery Autonomy49th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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$299.
Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) (C523NA-DH02)

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

ranked #8 among Laptops priced under $325

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 Buck11th percentile
Versatility90th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability73th percentile
Battery Autonomy42th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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 28% right now.
Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

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

ranked #8 among Laptops priced $325-875

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 Buck12th percentile
Versatility66th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability65th percentile
Battery Autonomy53th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Chrome OS, 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$299.
Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black (81JW000KCF)

Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black (81JW000KCF)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced under $325

Chromebooks can be a cost-effective way to stay connected away from the desk when you need a full keyboard, and this specific model is an excellent ex

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck13th percentile
Versatility100th percentile
Power4th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability61th percentile
Battery Autonomy69th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)

Screen

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

CPU

MediaTek MT8173C

GPU

ARM PowerVR GX6250

Memory

4 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$249.
Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

ranked #13 among Laptops priced over $875

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

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck15th percentile
Versatility32th percentile
Power24th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability92th percentile
Battery Autonomy95th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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.
Samsung Galaxy Book S (NP767XCM-K01CA)

Samsung Galaxy Book S (NP767XCM-K01CA)

ranked #12 among Laptops priced over $875

With a focus on ease of transportation and battery autonomy, this laptop is an excellent travel companion, even if you need to remain productive away

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck20th percentile
Versatility72th percentile
Power36th percentile
Storage Space42th percentile
Portability93th percentile
Battery Autonomy75th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i5-L16G7

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$919.
HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $325

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 Buck22th percentile
Versatility85th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability44th percentile
Battery Autonomy51th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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. You could save 30% right now.
Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook (C234MA-BB01T-CB)

Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook (C234MA-BB01T-CB)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $325

This Chromebook is a compelling solution for anyone looking for affordable connectivity around the house, school, the office, the coffee shop, or anyw

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck23th percentile
Versatility98th percentile
Power7th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy91th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)

Screen

12", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP)

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$409. You could save 34% right now.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced $325-875

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 Buck27th percentile
Versatility37th percentile
Power39th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy67th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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.
Asus ZenBook 14-inch Laptop (UM431DA-BH51-CB)

Asus ZenBook 14-inch Laptop (UM431DA-BH51-CB)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced $325-875

This premium-looking laptop is a solid choice for productivity on the go and thanks to its small size and plentiful ports, it gives you plenty of opti

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck28th percentile
Versatility68th percentile
Power38th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability82th percentile
Battery Autonomy36th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

Screen

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

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile

Memory

8 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$799. You could save 6% right now.
Lenovo 14-inch Touchscreen Chromebook (82C10007US)

Lenovo 14-inch Touchscreen Chromebook (82C10007US)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced $325-875

This serious-looking Chromebook is a bit larger, making things a bit easier to read while sacrificing some battery autonomy.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck29th percentile
Versatility48th percentile
Power7th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability67th percentile
Battery Autonomy16th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Celeron N4020

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$299.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

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

ranked #11 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck32th percentile
Versatility9th percentile
Power50th percentile
Storage Space30th percentile
Portability91th percentile
Battery Autonomy64th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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.
Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

ranked #3 among Laptops priced under $325

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 Buck33th percentile
Versatility96th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability90th percentile
Battery Autonomy47th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Chrome OS, 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$299.
Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

ranked #2 among Laptops priced under $325

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 Buck34th percentile
Versatility78th percentile
Power19th percentile
Storage Space12th percentile
Portability67th percentile
Battery Autonomy82th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Chrome OS, 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 C$299.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced $325-875

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

  • Casual Nomad
  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck37th percentile
Versatility89th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability79th percentile
Battery Autonomy73th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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$429.
Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C71P-CA)

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

ranked #10 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck43th percentile
Versatility69th percentile
Power55th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability54th percentile
Battery Autonomy20th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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 C$999. You could save 3% right now.
Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7i (82A60015US)

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7i (82A60015US)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck44th percentile
Versatility55th percentile
Power50th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability83th percentile
Battery Autonomy89th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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$769.