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 7 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$238 to US$720, with accessories.

  • #1, Laptops (under $575)
    Lenovo Flex 5 13-in Touchscreen Chromebook

    Lenovo Flex 5 13-in Touchscreen Chromebook from US$370;
    ~$520 with accessories

    This versatile Chromebook can serve both as a netbook or tablet, and it could be a great fit if you're looking to remain connected, and maybe even productive, a... Read More about the 82B80012CF

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3.5/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron 5205U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 31.00 x 21.40 x 1.70 cm
    Weight: 1.352 kg

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  • #2, Laptops (under $575)
    Asus Chromebook C204MA 11-inch Chromebook

    Asus Chromebook C204MA 11-inch Chromebook from US$180;
    ~$238 with accessories

    This Chromebook offers a cost-efficient way to stay connected away from your desk if you need a full-featured web browser and a built-in keyboard.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3.5/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.20 x 19.90 x 2.01 cm
    Weight: 1.200 kg

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  • #3, Laptops (under $575)
    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook

    Acer Spin 11-inch Convertible Chromebook from US$370;
    ~$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 Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3/5
    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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  • #7, Laptops ($575 - $850)
    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop

    Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop from US$570;
    ~$720 with accessories

    With a relatively large and low-resolution screen, this laptop could be especially interesting for someone who usually strains when reading on smaller screens a... Read More about the 81WE00NJCF

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price0.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    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 i5-1035G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.22 x 25.34 x 2.00 cm
    Weight: 1.696 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #4, Laptops (under $575)
    Asus Chromebook Flip C434

    Asus Chromebook Flip C434 from US$36012%, Best price yet!
    ~$569 with accessories

    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 this one... Read More about the C434TA-DSM4T

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power4/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    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 m3-8100Y
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 32.10 x 20.20 x 1.57 cm
    Weight: 1.450 kg
  • #8, Laptops ($575 - $850)
    HP 15-inch Notebook

    HP 15-inch Notebook from US$570;
    ~$720 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop could be just the right product if you're not planning to do a lot of work from home but still retain the option to work in MS Office... Read More about the 15-DY1017CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price0.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    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 i5-1035G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.84 x 24.21 x 1.80 cm
    Weight: 1.724 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #5, Laptops (under $575)
    HP 14in Chromebook

    HP 14in Chromebook from US$250;
    ~$320 with accessories

    This Chromebook offers a pretty compelling solution if you're looking to handle everyday communication and connectivity away from your main rig.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3.5/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.56 x 21.84 x 1.77 cm
    Weight: 3.220 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. ×

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