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$218 to US$418, with accessories.

  • #1, Laptops (under $375)
    Acer 11" Chromebook Guillaume's pick; 21 times!

    Acer 11" Chromebook from US$1206% cheaper than usual
    ~$218 with accessories

    Designed to access the web simply and securely, it's an excellent fit as someone's 1st laptop or if your needs away from your desk are basic... Read More about the CB3-132-C6ZD

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    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: 29.40 x 20.40 x 1.85 cm
    Weight: 1.100 kg

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  • #2, Laptops (under $375)
    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black

    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black from US$150;
    ~$220 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 Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability3/5
    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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  • #4, Laptops (under $375)
    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black

    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black from US$200;
    ~$290 with accessories

    Chromebooks can be a cost-effective way to stay connected away from the desk when you need a full keyboard, and this specific model is an excellent example of a... Read More about the 81JW000KCF

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in LibreOffice

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    0/5
    Does not meet software's minimum requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    0/5
    Does not meet software's minimum requirements
    Specs
    Processor: MediaTek MT8173
    Graphics: ARM PowerVR GX6250
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 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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  • #4, Laptops ($375 - $675)
    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook

    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook from US$27024% cheaper than usual
    ~$400 with accessories

    Not quite a convertible netbook, but this Chromebook can run Chrome OS, and Android (even Linux if you're comfortable trying beta features) and is quite versati... Read More about the C423NA-RH91T

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4/5

    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 Pentium N4200
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.26 x 22.80 x 1.66 cm
    Weight: 1.200 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #5, Laptops ($375 - $675)
    Acer 15" Chromebook

    Acer 15" Chromebook from US$260;
    ~$380 with accessories

    Chromebooks are well-suited to access the web simply and securely, it's an excellent fit as someone's 1st laptop, travel companion or if your needs away from yo... Read More about the CB3-532-C8QW

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability0/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    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: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.30 x 25.60 x 2.41 cm
    Weight: 1.950 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #6, Laptops ($325 - $375)
    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 Price1.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power4/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability2/5
    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 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 $375)
    Asus 14-inch Laptop, Star Grey

    Asus 14-inch Laptop, Star Grey from US$200;
    ~$290 with accessories

    This netbook was designed with a ruthless focus on cost reduction. Despite its minimal specs, it is capable of handling a few everyday needs, and one could cons... Read More about the L406MA-BS01-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3.5/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in LibreOffice

    2.5/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    1/5
    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: 32.64 x 22.65 x 1.76 cm
    Weight: 1.302 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #6, Laptops (under $375)
    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 Price4.5/5
    Power0/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    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
    Portability3.5/5
    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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  • #7, Laptops (under $375)
    Acer 14" Chromebook

    Acer 14" Chromebook from US$240;
    ~$360 with accessories

    This is the laptop I've bought for myself. Capable of handling quite a bit of multitasking, it has a large screen, comfortable keyboard and lasts a while on a b... Read More about the CB3-431-C4VM

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

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

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    3/5
    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 N3160
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 34.11 x 23.65 x 1.70 cm
    Weight: 1.700 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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