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 $480 to $740, with accessories.

  • HP 15 Guillaume's pick; 13 times!

    HP 15" Laptop from $45021%, Best price yet!
    ~$540 with accessories

    This is a versatile laptop covering the everyday scenarios in a cost-efficient manner. Not a bad pick if "nothing fancy" generally describes your time at the co... Read More about the 15-BS017CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    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 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel i3-6006U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.38 x 2.38 cm
    Weight: 1.95 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from $550;
    ~$740 with accessories

    A laptop for run-of-the-mill productivity, it's a cost-efficient solution for homework and online entertainment.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    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 2016

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

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.38 x 2.38 cm
    Weight: 1.95 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Asus VivoBook X441UA 14

    Asus VivoBook X441UA 14" Laptop from $49022% cheaper than usual
    ~$710 with accessories

    If you want to be able to do a little more than handling Word and Excel documents, this laptop has a bit of extra oomph to explore creative activities.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    AutonomyN/A

    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 2016

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

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 34.80 x 24.28 x 2.76 cm
    Weight: 1.75 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP Pavilion 15

    HP Pavilion 15" Touchscreen Laptop from $58013%, Best price yet!
    ~$692 with accessories

    A laptop to get work done on a budget, it's nothing fancy, but it's a practical solution and is capable of handling serious productivity tasks, browsing the web... Read More about the 15-CD007CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    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 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A12-9700P
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.80 x 25.20 x 2.25 cm
    Weight: 2.12 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 15

    HP 15" Touchscreen Netbook from $5009%, Best price yet!
    ~$603 with accessories

    This laptop won't break any speed records, but it also won't break the bank. It still manages to deliver enough horsepower to be quite versatile... Read More about the 15-BW007CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1/5

    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 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A9-9410
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.37 x 2.39 cm
    Weight: 1.95 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop (non-touch) from $530;
    ~$620 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-bw098ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A10-9620P
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.99 x 25.37 x 2.38 cm
    Weight: 1.95 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Asus VivoBook Max 15

    Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop from $370;
    ~$480 with accessories

    This laptop won't impress, but if you're looking for a computer to handle "the basics," this could be a compelling choice.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Pentium N4200
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
    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: 2.00 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 15

    HP 15" Touchscreen Netbook from $43039%, Best price yet!
    ~$555 with accessories

    This laptop is all about cost-saving but still manages to deliver enough horsepower to be quite versatile... Read More about the 15-BW028CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A9-9420
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.38 x 2.38 cm
    Weight: 1.95 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Asus VivoBook 14

    Asus VivoBook 14" Laptop from $510;
    ~$599 with accessories

    This laptop is worth considering as an affordable homework machine. It's not using high-end parts, and I wouldn't expect it to excel at anything except being re... Read More about the E402NA-BS91-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Pentium N4200
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 33.78 x 23.62 x 2.29 cm
    Weight: 1.81 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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