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 8 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$328 to US$820, with accessories.

  • Asus X509FA 15" Laptop

    Asus X509FA 15" Laptop from US$570;
    ~$770 with accessories

    This cost-efficient laptop manages to kick things up a notch with a fast SSD and a FullHD screen. A compelling option if your needs aren't exactly out of the or... Read More about the X509FA-DB51

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    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

    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 i5-8265U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 36.02 x 23.49 x 2.29 cm
    Weight: 1.800 kg

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  • #1, Laptops ($575 - $925)
    Acer 14-inch Touchscreen Chromebook

    Acer 14-inch Touchscreen Chromebook from US$500;
    ~$720 with accessories

    Stronger than the average Chromebook, this model has a few appealing features like a Full HD touchscreen and extra memory to handle more tabs at once.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    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 i3-8130U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 32.30 x 23.86 x 1.77 cm
    Weight: 1.501 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops ($575 - $925)
    Asus Chromebook Flip C434

    Asus Chromebook Flip C434 from US$44012% cheaper than usual
    ~$590 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 Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy1/5

    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
  • #1, Laptops (under $575)
    Acer Chromebook 311

    Acer Chromebook 311 from US$24011% cheaper than usual
    ~$328 with accessories

    Chromebooks excel as easy-to-carry travel companions for those of us who need to remain connected on the go with a focus on online resources and the cloud, and... Read More about the CB311-9H-C0Z8

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    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 N4000
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.60 x 19.90 x 1.82 cm
    Weight: 1.100 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. ×
  • #2, Laptops (under $575)
    Asus Chromebook C204MA 11-inch Chromebook

    Asus Chromebook C204MA 11-inch Chromebook from US$250;
    ~$338 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 Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    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 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

    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. ×
  • #4, Laptops ($575 - $925)
    HP 15" Laptop - Silver

    HP 15" Laptop - Silver from US$500;
    ~$720 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop could be a good choice if you're looking for something to handle common everyday tasks and do not mind focusing on only one thing at... Read More about the 15-dy1008ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    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: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.690 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. ×
  • #5, Laptops ($575 - $925)
    HP 15" Laptop - Silver

    HP 15" Laptop - Silver from US$570;
    ~$820 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop could be a good choice if you're looking for something to handle common everyday tasks and do not mind focusing on only one thing at... Read More about the 15-dy1038ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price0.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price0.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    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: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.690 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. ×
  • #3, Laptops (under $575)
    Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook

    Asus Flip C234MA 2-in-1 Chromebook from US$320;
    ~$428 with accessories

    This Chromebook is a compelling solution for anyone looking for affordable connectivity around the house, school, the office, the coffee shop, or anywhere WiFi... Read More about the C234MA-BB01T-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3.5/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N4020
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.20 x 19.90 x 2.01 cm
    Weight: 1.200 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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