There is such a wide range of laptops nowadays that it can be hard to choose which one is the best for you. Your choice of laptop will depend on what you plan on using it for, whether that’s gaming, work, social media, or binging your favorite show. There are a lot of different options to choose from and the cost can vary considerably.

So what laptop is the best option for you? This list compiles some of the best valued laptops that will provide good performance at a decent cost. While most of these won’t provide the type of performance you might need to play demanding games, they will provide enough to play lightweight games and perform typical day-to-day tasks.

Prior to purchasing a laptop try to write down what you might end up using the laptop for. Whether it’s purely for checking your work email and editing documents, playing games or streaming movies, or just normal day-to-day usage. Figuring this out will allow you to choose the laptop that is right for you and help prevent having buyer’s remorse later on down the road.

HP 14-FQ0013DX 14” Laptop – $350

For a laptop under $500, this HP performs quite well. It comes with an AMD processor and integrated graphics, as well as 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It also comes with a SD Card plugin that allows you to expand its memory quite easily. The battery is pretty lightweight so you will only get a few hours out of it before you need to plug it back in.

The specs are pretty minimal, but it’s a really great value for a laptop. The main downside is that it comes running Windows 10 S Mode which limits you to only downloading Apps from the Microsoft Store. Luckily you can switch out of this mode to normal Windows 10 Home with some minor settings changes. The laptop won’t be able to handle resource demanding tasks, but is perfect for normal use such as web browsing, email, movie streaming, and document editing.

Pros

         

  • Excellent cost and performance
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  • SD card slot to easily expand memory
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  • Comes with an open expansion slot for the RAM

Cons

         

  • Will not be able to hand very resource intensive programs
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  • Comes with Windows 10 S Mode
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  • Shorter battery life (Around 4 hours)

HP Pavilion X360 2-in-1 14” Touchscreen Laptop – $500

If you’re looking for another budget conscious laptop then this might be the one for you. It comes with an Intel i3 processor and integrated graphics, along with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It also comes with an excellent touchscreen and good performance that can handle programs and games well.

The downside is that once again it comes with Windows 10 S Mode, so if you don’t want to be restricted to Microsoft Store Apps then you will need to convert to normal Windows 10. The hard drive size is a little small as well, so you might want to pick up an external harddrive to couple with this purchase.

Pros

         

  • Provides good performance and can handle normal games
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  • Touchscreen
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  • Lightweight but solid

Cons

         

  • Hard drive space is limited
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  • Comes with Windows 10 S Mode
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  • Performance will be limited on more resource intensive programs and games

Dell Inspiron 15.6” Touchscreen Laptop – $625

The first two laptops on this list excelled at being budget friendly and lightweight, but didn’t offer much in the way of storage or performance. This Dell Inspiron laptop is much different. The laptop comes with two hard drives, a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD so you shouldn’t need any extra storage at all. It also comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with integrated AMD Vega 8 graphics.On top of all that, it also comes with 12GB of RAM so this laptop should be able to play most games, although it might not handle well on higher graphics settings.

Overall this is a well rounded laptop that offers good performance that should handle normal tasks and programs with no issues, and the majority of games shouldn’t pose a problem. The 15.6” touchscreen is a nice feature to have, and the laptop even comes with a program that optimizes traffic for video and communication programs so your online meetings should be crisp and clear.

Pros

         

  • Provides excellent performance that can handle most games and programs
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  • 15.6” Touchscreen
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  • Lots of hard drive space including a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD

Cons

         

  • Webcam camera is only 720p
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  • Comes with Windows 10 S Mode
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  • May have issues with resource intensive games due to the integrated graphics card

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15” Touchscreen Laptop – $800

The Lenovo IdeaPads are a pretty popular line of laptops that have seen constant improvement and regularly added features. This laptop incorporates an AMD Ryzen 7 with Vega 10 integrated graphics. While not as good as having a dedicated graphics card, this combination can provide decent graphical performance for most uses. The laptop also comes with a 512GB SSD and 12GB of RAM. It also boasts 10 hours of battery life which is the largest battery on this list.

This laptop would be a great addition for anyone who is pretty mobile or leads a travel intensive life. It provides good performance balanced with excellent battery life so you won’t have to plug in your laptop every time you need to use it. It’s also a very lightweight and thin laptop that weighs under 4lbs so it’s perfect for any kind of travelling.

Pros

         

  • Provides excellent performance that should have no issue handling programs or games
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  • Lightweight and thin, weighs just under 4lbs
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  • Excellent battery that provides 10 hours of battery life

Cons

         

  • Hard drive space is a little limited and may require an external drive
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  • Comes with Windows 10 S Mode
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  • May have issues with resource intensive games due to the integrated graphics card

Lenovo Legion 5 15” Gaming Laptop – $1,100

The Legion series is Lenovo’s gaming brand of laptops. As a gaming laptop the Legion 5 comes with high end hardware that provides excellent performance so you won’t have to worry about not having enough power to run your games or resource intensive programs. The laptop comes with an Intel i7 processor and a dedicated GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The dedicated graphics card will allow you to play pretty much anything you want on high settings.

The laptop also comes with an excellent 120Hz screen for extremely smooth display and gameplay. It also comes with the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and it’s compatible with Oculus Rift and several other manufacturers. The laptop incorporates a backlit keyboard with several different dimmable settings, so no more struggling to type in the dark.

The 8GB of RAM is a little disappointing, but it has an open upgrade slot so you could add another 8GB stick for better performance. The battery life is about 5 hours which is typical for a high performance gaming laptop, so you have a little flexibility but it won’t be the best if you travel a lot.

Pros

         

  • Dedicated graphics card that enables excellent performance for just about anything
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  • 120Hz refresh rate for the 15” screen
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  • Virtual Reality ready

Cons

         

  • RAM is pretty low for the specs it offers (can be upgraded with another stick of RAM)
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  • Hard drive is pretty small so an external drive may be needed
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  • Battery life can be pretty limited

Wrapping Up

Choosing the right laptop can be a pretty big decision, and there are a lot of things to take into account prior to purchasing. Finding the right laptop to fit your budget and also your needs can take a little research, but hopefully this list has helped push you in the right direction.

Regular laptops can be used for a wide variety of tasks, but if you are looking for something high end with a lot of performance then you may want to look at gaming laptops. Even if you don’t see yourself ever playing video games, a gaming laptop offers great performance and high quality hardware. These laptops can often last a lot longer than typical ones, and the advanced hardware can keep up with the increasing system requirements that programs necesitate.