We’ll keep it short and sweet in giving you some of our recommendations on laptops arranged by price points.
The HP Stream Notebook is actually a solid option for this price point. Priced at just $214 at the time of writing this guide, this really is a bargain. It’s pretty small with only a 11.6″ screen but features an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB or RAM, a 64GB SSD, and USB 3.o connectivity. Most laptops at this price point would have less RAM and a traditional, slower hard drive.
Just realize that any laptop under $300 is going to have pretty low performance and shouldn’t be expected to do more than some light web browsing and emailing.
The ASUS VivoBook F510UA is an astounding deal priced at $499 at the time of this review. Although we wish it came with an SSD instead of a traditional hard drive, that’s really not common in laptops under $500.
What it does have for the price though is pretty good: An 8th generation (the latest) i5 processor, 15.6″ Full HD display with a tiny bezel, 8GB of RAM, 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0, and USB 3.1 type C connections.
If you can swing another $50, we highly recommend the Acer Aspire E 15 E5 which has similar specs but comes with a 256GB SSD which will drastically increase speed and performance over the ASUS VivoBook.
The ASUS ZenBook Ultra-Slim Laptop is a decent choice for this price. Honestly we wanted to recommend this 15.6″ HP Notebook because of it’s added RAM, but unfortunately it’s screen isn’t full HD and it’s lacking USB Type-C connection, which it should have both of at this price point.
The ASUS ZenBook is a good option and definitely pleases the eyes aesthetically but we honestly don’t see a ton of improvement over the $550 Acer laptop we recommend above. At least not enough to justify the difference in price.
If you’re looking for a laptop in this price range, you’re probably going to be using it for work, or maybe for gaming. Here’s our recommendations for both:
For work: The HP Envy x360-15 is a solid choice for work and a little bit of entertainment. In addition to being a two-in-one that converts to a table, it features a quad-core 8th generation i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB PCIe NVMe drive (super fast) plus a 1TB hard drive for extra storage. We think it’s a pretty good deal priced at just $1,075 currently.
This thing should pretty easily handle most users day to day work tasks.
For play: The Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop is a powerhouse gaming machine. For roughly $1,200 on Amazon right now this thing should be able to easily play any Triple A, top-tier games you throw at it.
In addition to a fast processor, 16GB of RAM, and a SSD drive, it also features a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
If you’re looking to spend more than $1,200 on a laptop then you’re most likely a power user who knows what they want. Just keep in mind to look for a full HD screen, DDR4 RAM (avoid the slower DDR3), USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports, an 8th gen Intel processor (should be attainable above $1,200), and an SSD for storage. If possible, get a laptop that features a PCIe NVMe drive for ultra fast storage.
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