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

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

ranked #12 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 Buck4th percentile
Versatility49th percentile
Power9th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy54th 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$199.
Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) (C523NA-DH02)

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

ranked #11 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 Buck5th percentile
Versatility63th percentile
Power3th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability80th 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.
Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

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

ranked #10 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
Versatility97th percentile
Power7th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy18th 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.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

ranked #9 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 Buck10th percentile
Versatility61th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy37th 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.
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

ranked #8 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 Buck11th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability71th percentile
Battery Autonomy26th 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$249. You could save 20% right now.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

ranked #11 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 Buck12th percentile
Versatility27th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability88th percentile
Battery Autonomy82th 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$489.
Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced $400-1000

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 Buck14th percentile
Versatility77th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy25th 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

Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

Google Pixelbook Go (GA00519-US)

ranked #9 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 Buck15th percentile
Versatility15th percentile
Power25th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability96th 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.
Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX000UCC)

Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX000UCC)

ranked #7 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 Buck16th percentile
Versatility85th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy25th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

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

HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

HP 14in Chromebook (14a-NA0010ca)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $400

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 Buck17th percentile
Versatility85th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability41th percentile
Battery Autonomy56th 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. You could save 30% right now.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

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

ranked #9 among Laptops priced $1000-1500

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 Buck18th percentile
Versatility7th percentile
Power41th percentile
Storage Space27th percentile
Portability95th percentile
Battery Autonomy75th 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 #8 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 Buck22th percentile
Versatility47th percentile
Power33th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy11th 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. You could save 19% right now.
Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

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

ranked #5 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 Buck23th percentile
Versatility96th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability72th percentile
Battery Autonomy58th 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. You could save 38% right now.
Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

Asus M509 Laptop (M509DA-MB52-CB)

ranked #7 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
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck25th percentile
Versatility79th percentile
Power37th percentile
Storage Space39th percentile
Portability53th percentile
Battery Autonomy16th 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$649. You could save 8% right now.
Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C29L)

ranked #3 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 Buck27th percentile
Versatility100th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space8th 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$199.
Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

Lenovo 14-inch IdeaPad 3 Chromebook (82KN0002CF)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $400

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 Buck26th percentile
Versatility87th percentile
Power18th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy86th 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 C$299. You could save 10% right now.
Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C51P-CA)

Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C51P-CA)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced $1000-1500

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

Under the hood, I have a few notes: a bit of RAM is

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck30th percentile
Versatility17th percentile
Power43th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability52th percentile
Battery Autonomy35th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Pro Edition

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1

GPU

Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

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

Pricing

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

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck34th percentile
Versatility64th percentile
Power38th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability82th percentile
Battery Autonomy79th 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. You could save 14% right now.
Asus ExpertBook P1 15-inch professional laptop (P1510CJA-C71P-CA)

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

ranked #5 among Laptops priced $400-1000

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 Buck36th percentile
Versatility60th percentile
Power45th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability52th percentile
Battery Autonomy30th 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 C$969.
MSI Stealth GS66 12UHS-216CA 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GS66 12UHS216CA)

MSI Stealth GS66 12UHS-216CA 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GS66 12UHS216CA)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced over $1500

If you need a gaming PC you can take on the road with you and can afford to iron out most compromises, this could be the laptop you need.

Who it's For

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

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck38th percentile
Versatility8th percentile
Power100th percentile
Storage Space91th percentile
Portability55th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 11, Pro Edition

Screen

15", 3840×2160(4K, UHD, 8.3MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Core i9-12900H

GPU

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 Ti, 16 GB

Memory

32 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$4,399.