Top Picks for the Productivity-Focused User

Top Picks for the Productivity-Focused User

When you think of your computer, productivity suites naturally come to mind. Entertainment is fine, but you have practical needs too.

Your options 9 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$0 to US$1240, 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, Stationary Computers ($1200 - $1600)
    HP ENVY Desktop Guillaume's pick; 7 times!

    HP ENVY Desktop from US$750;
    ~$1240 with accessories

    This desktop PC is capable of handling a bit more than the usual, and its extra horsepower will come in handy when working with larger documents or if you lik... Read More about the TE01-0049

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-9700
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 33.74 x 30.40 cm
    Weight: 5.960 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, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$400;
    ~$790 with accessories

    This computer is a compelling choice for everyday productivity, connectivity and enjoying the web... Read More about the di3880_s218pe

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-10100
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 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, Stationary Computers ($1200 - $1600)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$750;
    ~$0 with accessories

    This computer is strong enough to handle the toughest productivity tasks, and thanks to fast storage, it'll keep your loading times to a minimum... Read More about the di3880_s1003e

    Device Ratings

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-10700
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 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, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop

    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop from US$720;
    ~$1190 with accessories

    This Gaming PC does a pretty good job maximizing the performance you get for your investment. It lacks a few features I'd rather see in a gaming system (like pa... Read More about the dg5000_s40e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

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

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400F
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 16.90 x 30.80 x 36.70 cm
    Weight: 8.200 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. ×
  • #4, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    HP Pavilion Desktop PC Guillaume's pick; 4 times!

    HP Pavilion Desktop PC from US$5207%, Best price yet!
    ~$940 with accessories

    If you need a PC for more than basic homework, or if you want a little room to grow with your next system, this cost-efficient model could be just what you need... Read More about the TP01-0019

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-9400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.40 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 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. ×
  • #5, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$600;
    ~$1040 with accessories

    This computer is well-suited for speedy productivity on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to detailed documentation if you do n... Read More about the di3880_s2081e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

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

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 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. ×
  • #6, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$560;
    ~$990 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit for everyday productivity on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to detailed documentation. A few cre... Read More about the di3880_s2021e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 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. ×
  • #7, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$640;
    ~$1090 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit if you've been looking to get more work done from home on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to deta... Read More about the di3880_s2101e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 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 ($775 - $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop

    Dell Inspiron 5502 15-inch Laptop from US$640;
    ~$0 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_5013dbe

    Device Ratings

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    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.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
    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. ×

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