Top Laptops for the Tinkerer

Top Laptops for the Tinkerer

So, "voiding warranties" is something you do with pride? The following systems allow you to make your own maintenance and some upgrades as needed. After all, it's much more cost-effective to add memory or storage down the road if needed.

Your options 4 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$720 to US$1020, with accessories.

  • #1, Laptops ($700 - $875)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$5804%, Best price yet!
    ~$720 with accessories

    This Laptop excels at cost-effective productivity while remaining relatively easy to carry. It even has a few attractive features, such as Gigabit-capable WiFi... Read More about the ni155000t_sb_5015e

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-1135G7
    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.61 x 23.45 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.714 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Laptops ($700 - $875)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$580;
    ~$720 with accessories

    This Laptop is an excellent solution for cost-effective productivity. And while it's not the most powerful or most versatile out there, it makes a compelling op... Read More about the ni155000t_5019pe

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-1115G4
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.61 x 23.45 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.714 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #1, Laptops ($875 - $1075)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$820;
    ~$1020 with accessories

    This Laptop excels with even the most hardcore productivity tasks while remaining relatively easy to carry. It even has a few attractive features, such as Gigab... Read More about the ni155000t_sb_5017pe

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

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

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.61 x 23.45 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.714 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Laptops ($875 - $1075)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$780;
    ~$970 with accessories

    This Laptop excels at cost-effective productivity and multitasking while being relatively easy to carry. It even has a few attractive features, such as Gigabit-... Read More about the ni155000t_sb_5004e

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

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

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-1135G7
    Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.61 x 23.45 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.714 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 Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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