Top Laptops for the Casual Worker

Top Laptops for the Casual Worker

​​When at the computer, you don't usually accomplish much. There are exceptions, however, and you occasionally have to work on a text document or organize your finances. The following recommendations aren't "workhorses", but if you need to do a little bit of work, they will accommodate that.

Your options 6 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$468 to US$620, with accessories.

  • #1, Laptops ($525 - $700)
    HP x360 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook

    HP x360 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook from US$480;
    ~$620 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-10110U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 32.15 x 20.60 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.650 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops ($525 - $700)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$480;
    ~$620 with accessories

    This Laptop excels at cost-effective productivity while remaining relatively easy to carry. And while it's not the most powerful or most versatile out there, it... Read More about the ni155000t_5019pe

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.61 x 23.45 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.714 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Laptops ($525 - $700)
    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop from US$42018%, Best price yet!
    ~$550 with accessories

    This cost-efficient laptop is fast-booting and well-suited to everyday tasks like homework and online connectivity. Its large screen features a lower level of d... Read More about the ni153593_s409pze

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.80 x 2.27 cm
    Weight: 2.020 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #1, Laptops (under $525)
    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook

    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook from US$360;
    ~$468 with accessories

    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 tablet and... Read More about the CP311-3H-K9K9

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.
    Specs
    Processor: MediaTek MT8183
    Graphics: ARM Mali-G72
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.00 x 20.60 x 1.88 cm
    Weight: 1.200 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #5, Laptops ($525 - $700)
    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop

    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop from US$37016%, Best price yet!
    ~$570 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop is a pretty compelling solution for everyday productivity tasks, even featuring a fast drive to keep your loading times to a minimum... Read More about the 81WE00KWCF

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.20 x 25.30 x 2.00 cm
    Weight: 1.851 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 retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #2, Laptops (under $525)
    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron Series 3000 15-inch Laptop from US$400;
    ~$520 with accessories

    This cost-efficient laptop is fast-booting and could very well handle everyday tasks like homework and online connectivity. Its large screen features a lower le... Read More about the ni153593_s410pze

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in LibreOffice

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.80 x 2.27 cm
    Weight: 2.020 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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