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 9 top results, ranging in price from $540 to $1119, 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 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

    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 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

    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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  • HP 15 Guillaume's pick; 7 times!

    HP 15" Laptop from $6104% cheaper than usual
    ~$746 with accessories

    A good laptop for everyday use; it's even powerful enough to do let you experiment with digital creativity without requiring you to invest heavily... Read More about the 15-BS027CA

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

    by Portable Laptops standards

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

    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

    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 25.37 x 2.39 cm
    Weight: 1.91 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Dell Inspiron 15

    Dell Inspiron 15" 3000 Series Touch from $650;
    ~$856 with accessories

    Well-suited for homework, Email, social media and streaming media, this laptop includes cost-cutting features without sacrificing its ability to get work done.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    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

    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: 2 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 26.01 x 2.38 cm
    Weight: 2.25 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Dell Inspiron 15

    Dell Inspiron 15" 3000 Series Touch from $650;
    ~$740 with accessories

    A cost-efficient laptop built to handle "the usual." An option worth considering, especially if waiting for stuff to load is an acceptable compromise for you, a... Read More about the i3567-3408BLK-PCA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    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

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-7130U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.85 x 25.91 x 2.36 cm
    Weight: 2.20 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 17

    HP 17" Laptop from $850;
    ~$940 with accessories

    If you can't dedicate desk space to your computer, this roomy laptop makes a comfortable temporary workstation for productivity and some creative tasks. When yo... Read More about the 17-BS008CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    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

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 17.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1600×900
    Dimensions: 41.50 x 27.80 x 2.46 cm
    Weight: 5.54 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Dell Inspiron 15 Guillaume's pick; 6 times!

    Dell Inspiron 15" Gaming Laptop from $80019%, Best price yet!
    ~$1119 with accessories

    An affordable laptop for the roaming gamer and the creative.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2/5

    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

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 39.88 x 26.49 x 2.51 cm
    Weight: 2.57 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Dell Inspiron 15

    Dell Inspiron 15" 3000 Series Touch from $700;
    ~$789 with accessories

    This laptop is built for cost-efficiency rather than performance but still, it will handle "the usual" rather well and is worth considering for the right price.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    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

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.91 x 27.48 x 2.36 cm
    Weight: 2.62 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 Web & Communication

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

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in Video Games

    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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