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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 #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.
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.
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.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ITL05 Laptop (82FG00N5CC)

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ITL05 Laptop (82FG00N5CC)

ranked #1 among Laptops priced $325-875

This laptop is an attractive choice if you need a computer to handle productivity tasks efficiently and more. Thanks to a capable CPU coupled with fas

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck83th percentile
Versatility34th percentile
Power65th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability60th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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, Dual-Channel

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$849.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Business Laptop (20TD003KUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Business Laptop (20TD003KUS)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck48th percentile
Versatility35th percentile
Power59th percentile
Storage Space42th percentile
Portability57th percentile
Battery Autonomy65th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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

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

ranked #3 among Laptops priced $325-875

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck49th percentile
Versatility43th percentile
Power28th percentile
Storage Space30th percentile
Portability69th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Chrome OS, 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.
HP ProBook 450 G8 15-inch FHD Notebook (28K93UT)

HP ProBook 450 G8 15-inch FHD Notebook (28K93UT)

ranked #7 among Laptops priced over $875

This professional-grade laptop features everything I look for in a productivity-focused system, including fast storage, a 1080p screen and encryption

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck50th percentile
Versatility46th percentile
Power59th percentile
Storage Space42th percentile
Portability55th percentile
Battery Autonomy62th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

Screen

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

CPU

Intel Core i5-1135G7

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$1,354. You could save 19% 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.
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.
HP x360 14-inch Chromebook (14c-ca0020ca)

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

ranked #2 among Laptops priced $325-875

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 Buck55th percentile
Versatility59th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability69th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Chrome OS, 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$525.
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.
Asus ExpertBook P2451 14-inch laptop (P2451FA-Q73P-CB)

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

ranked #6 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck57th percentile
Versatility67th percentile
Power57th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability63th percentile
Battery Autonomy55th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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$1,320. You could save 4% right now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MSI GF75 Thin 17-inch laptop (GF75 10UEK-003CA)

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

ranked #2 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck91th percentile
Versatility77th percentile
Power88th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability48th percentile
Battery Autonomy4th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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$1,649. You could save 6% right now.
Asus ROG Strix G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (G513QC-BS91-CB)

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

ranked #1 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck96th percentile
Versatility75th percentile
Power86th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability49th percentile
Battery Autonomy33th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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

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

ranked #3 among Laptops priced over $875

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 Buck85th percentile
Versatility76th percentile
Power67th percentile
Storage Space73th percentile
Portability51th percentile
Battery Autonomy31th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows

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. You could save 5% right now.