Top Picks for the Casual Worker

Top Picks 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 $450 to $790, 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.

  • HP 8200 Elite

    HP 8200 Elite from $2704% cheaper than usual
    ~$563 with accessories

    An older computer, it's been refurbished with the latest version of windows and still has a lot to offer if you do not need the latest, greatest thing. It's a w... Read More about the 211204MB

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Compact Towers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability2/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2000
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Dimensions: 10.03 x 33.78 x 37.85 cm
    Weight: 8.50 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 8200 Elite

    HP 8200 Elite from $2903% cheaper than usual
    ~$580 with accessories

    An older computer, this refurbished PC has been updated to the latest version of windows and still has a lot to offer if you do not need the latest, greatest th... Read More about the HP Elite 8200

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability4/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Compact Towers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

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

    performance in LibreOffice

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    1/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2000
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 10.03 x 33.78 x 37.85 cm
    Weight: 8.50 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Asus M32BF Tower Computer

    Asus M32BF Tower Computer from $4305% cheaper than usual
    ~$720 with accessories

    A great computer for productivity and even more creative tasks.

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    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

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A10-7800
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 17.53 x 40.89 x 38.10 cm
    Weight: 8.30 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Asus M32BF Tower Computer

    Asus M32BF Tower Computer from $430;
    ~$755 with accessories

    A great computer for productivity and a little more. Not a bad product if you don't have any great plans for your computer but don't want to be too restricted.

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

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

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A10-7800
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 2 TB
    Dimensions: 17.52 x 37.99 x 40.84 cm
    Weight: 8.26 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 8200 Elite

    HP 8200 Elite from $500;
    ~$790 with accessories

    An older computer, it's been updated with the latest version of windows and still has a lot to offer if you do not need the latest, greatest thing. I would reco... Read More about the HPELITE8200

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Compact Towers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    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

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S
    Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5450
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 6.60 x 25.40 x 25.15 cm
    Weight: 6.80 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • HP 15 Guillaume's pick; 14 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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  • 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 Buck5/5
    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
    Portability2.5/5
    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 15

    HP 15" Laptop from $550;
    ~$790 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 Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    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 Max 15 Guillaume's pick; 13 times!

    Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop from $55028%, Best price yet!
    ~$747 with accessories

    This laptop has few upgrades over the typical $600 laptop. If you hate waiting for programs to load and want a bit more space to multitask, this is a laptop wor... Read More about the X541UA-SB51-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy2/5

    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: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 38.10 x 25.15 x 2.79 cm
    Weight: 2.00 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. ×

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