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 9 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$270 to US$670, with accessories.

  • #1, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop from US$470;
    ~$670 with accessories

    If you're looking for a laptop that is both easy to carry around, cost-effective and capable of handling most productivity scenarios, this model is worth a look... Read More about the ni145493_h101e

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    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

    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: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 32.87 x 23.95 x 1.80 cm
    Weight: 1.420 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    HP 15" Laptop - Silver Guillaume's pick; 5 times!

    HP 15" Laptop - Silver from US$420;
    ~$600 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop could be a compelling choice if you're looking for something to handle common everyday tasks and do not mind focusing on only one thi... Read More about the 15-dy1731ms

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3/5
    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 i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.700 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #3, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    HP 15" Laptop - Silver

    HP 15" Laptop - Silver from US$47019% cheaper than usual
    ~$670 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 Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    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: 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

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  • #4, Laptops ($525 - $725)
    HP 14" Laptop

    HP 14" Laptop from US$430;
    ~$620 with accessories

    This laptop is all about cost-efficiency, it's not the strongest, lightest or thinnest out there, but to browse the web and work on a Word or Excel document fro... Read More about the 14-dk0058ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    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: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
    Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.40 x 22.59 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.474 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #1, Laptops (under $525)
    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black Guillaume's pick; 9 times!

    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black from US$180;
    ~$270 with accessories

    Chromebooks can be a cost-effective way to stay connected away from the desk when you need a full keyboard. This specific model doesn't have a lot of storage, b... Read More about the 81QB000AUS

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    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 MT8173
    Graphics: ARM PowerVR GX6250
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 16.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.57 x 23.24 x 2.08 cm
    Weight: 1.501 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops (under $525)
    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook

    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook from US$20023% cheaper than usual
    ~$290 with accessories

    This Chromebook can run Chrome OS, and Android (even Linux if you're comfortable trying beta features) and is quite versatile for the price.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    4/5
    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 N3350
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.26 x 22.86 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 1.400 kg

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  • #3, Laptops (under $525)
    Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop

    Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop from US$360;
    ~$518 with accessories

    This laptop's primarily designed to be as inexpensive as possible so don't expect impressive speeds, however, if you're looking for a computer to handle "the ba... Read More about the X540BA-RB94

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    4/5
    Meets recommended specs

    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: AMD A9-9425
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.10 x 25.15 x 2.79 cm
    Weight: 1.900 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #4, Laptops (under $525)
    Acer Spin 11 Touchscreen Chromebook - Silver

    Acer Spin 11 Touchscreen Chromebook - Silver from US$290;
    ~$418 with accessories

    This Chromebook is quite versatile, with the ability to fold onto itself to be used as a tablet - although a bulky one - or a laptop capable to give you the ful... Read More about the CP311-2H-C04Y

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power4/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    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 Celeron N4100
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.60 x 20.60 x 1.96 cm
    Weight: 1.188 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #5, Laptops (under $525)
    Asus 12" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design Chromebook

    Asus 12" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design Chromebook from US$200;
    ~$297 with accessories

    Built to stand to abuse, this Chromebook is well suited to children and anyone needing simple mobile computing on their adventure, even when they get messy.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

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

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 16.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.46 x 20.07 x 2.29 cm
    Weight: 1.000 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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