TekAdvisor, your Shopping Companion for Technology

Finding the right Computer, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone for your needs takes a lot of research. This is especially true if you're looking for something new or shopping for someone else.

To help you in that process, I've cataloged hundreds of smart devices and ranked them according to how well they can answer to specific needs. For instance:

I'm also focusing on the Canadian market; so everything on this site is available here and now; from both online and physical retailers.

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Recently ranked

I do not include just any computer, tablets and smartphones on TekAdvisor. Each addition undergoes a round of detailed research and only the ones I'm confident in eventually get a spot.

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  • Asus 12

    Asus 12" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design Chromebook from $270;
    ~$360 with accessories

    Built to resist a fair bit of abuse, this Chromebook is well suited to children and anyone needing basic mobile computing through the day, even when things get... Read More about the C202SA-RB02-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3.5/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.40 x 20.00 x 2.25 cm
    Weight: 1.20 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Staples site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from $670;
    ~$760 with accessories

    This laptop offers a little extra but remains a cost-effective product. It's worth considering if you need a computer to handle a bit more than the basics.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5
    Specs
    Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
    Graphics: AMD Radeon 530 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.60 x 24.60 x 2.25 cm
    Weight: 1.77 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Staples site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from $500;
    ~$590 with accessories

    Sometimes, all you need is something to handle the basics for the lowest price possible, and this is your situation, this might be the perfect laptop for you... Read More about the 15-db0018ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A9-9425
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.60 x 24.60 x 2.25 cm
    Weight: 1.77 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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