Top Picks for the Casual Nomad

Top Picks for the Casual Nomad

During the course of a day, you rarely stay in the same room for long, but wherever you go, you like to stay connected. You like to keep tabs on the news, stay in touch with friends, read, watch videos and listen to music.

Your options 4 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$300 to US$870, with accessories.

Let's start with a broad search. The following offer the best value for the lowest price regardless of format preference. As a result, you will most likely see stationary computers down here and maybe a few portable options. You have the option to look for a specific kind of device at the bottom of the page.

  • #1, Laptops ($525 - $825)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$590;
    ~$750 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
    Autonomy4/5

    by Large Laptops standards

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

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

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

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    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. ×
  • #2, Laptops ($825 - $1025)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$680;
    ~$870 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
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

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

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    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. ×
  • #1, Tablets (under $1100)
    Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook Guillaume's pick; 8 times!

    Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook from US$2409%, Best price yet!
    ~$300 with accessories

    This affordable tablet has a lot to offer, with a full-featured web browser, access to the Android App Store. Thanks to the bundled cover, it's also slightly be... Read More about the ZA6F0008CA

    Device Ratings

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    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 Helio P60T
    Graphics: ARM Mali-G72
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 10.1"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1200
    Dimensions: 23.98 x 15.98 x 0.74 cm
    Weight: 0.449 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 retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #2, Laptops ($525 - $825)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$560;
    ~$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 Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    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 Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Web & Communication

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

    performance in Microsoft Word 2019

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

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2019

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

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