Best budget laptops under $1000 in 2021 (many under $500)

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on April 7, 2021

Looking for a competent laptop and don’t plan to spend an arm and a leg for it? This article is here to help you, as it gathers the budget ultrabooks and all-day laptops that we recommend based on our 10+ years of experience with reviewing and testing these computers.

We’ve split the post into two main sections, with a selection of affordable and fair-quality notebooks that you can get for 500 USD/EUR (and local equivalent) or less, as well as a list of the better notebooks you can get for under $1000 these days.

We’ve included traditional notebooks, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 convertibles and some performance-models that can handle gaming and demanding work/school chores. Our choices primarily focus on the options available in the United States, but the article is relevant no matter if you’re living in Europe, the UK, Australia, Asia or anywhere else, albeit some of the options might be more expensive in your region.

All the computers check the right boxes we’d expect from a good 2021 device: fair build quality, fast and accurate keyboard, decent screens, performance, and battery life. Of course, the lower the budget, the more compromises you’ll have to accept, and we’ll explain which are those compromises, so you’ll know what you’re getting into.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at the best budget laptops you can get these days. You can go through the entire article or jump straight to the section of interest:

Affordable laptops under $500 in 2021

You’ll find a fair bit of good laptops available for $500 or less, especially if you shop online and hunt for occasional discounts. Given the multitude of choices, we’ve further split this section into two parts. First, we’ll talk about options with full-size 15 and 17-inch screens, and then we’ll talk about the lighter and smaller variants in this class.

Budget ultraportable options (10 to 14 inchers) under $500

This section is reserved for the more portable options you can get for under $500 these days, but if you’re in the market for an ultra-compact laptop, you should also check out our dedicated posts on the best ultrabooks of the moment, as well as this one that exclusively focuses on 12-inch and smaller models.


We’ll mention these first, before getting to the Windows options, simply because you’ll hardly get the same experience with a Windows computer in this price range.

There are a lot of good-quality Chromebooks in the $150 to $400 price range, just make sure, and I cannot stress this enough, you understand what a Chromebook is and what it can and cannot do. In a few words, Chromebooks are excellent for web-based activities: browsing, social media, streaming, text-editing, etc. but they’re most useful when connected to the Internet and can’t run the specialized software available on Windows.

We’d recommend aiming for devices with at least 4 GB of RAM and an FHD IPS screen, you’ll find them for as low as $200 in the smaller options, and from $250 if you’re also looking for a touchscreen and convertible form-factor.

This guide further explains the differences between Chromebooks and Windows notebooks, and this list gathers our favorite Chromebooks at the time of this update.

Value Clamshell Chromebooks

Chromebooks provide excellent value in the sub-$400 price range

Compact Windows laptops

You’ll find quite a few Windows mini laptops that sell in the $150 to $500 price range at the time of this update. They’re fine for basic tasks like browsing, streaming, music, text-editing and make for good travel computers, small and lightweight options for your kids or inexpensive secondary computers. However, while the fact that they’re running Windows makes them more competent than the aforementioned Chromebooks, they’re nor as snappy or as nice looking or as affordable.

Nonetheless, if you must go with a Windows computer and you’re fine with the limitations (lower-performance hardware, limited storage, cramped keyboards and not always the nicest designs, among others), I’d look into these options (follow the links for more details, user reviews and buying options):

  • HP Stream 11 – available for under $180, it’s compact, light (2.4 lbs) and made out of plastic, gets a non-backlit keyboard, 11-inch HD TN screen, Atom hardware, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage, as well as 38Wh 6+ hours battery. The HP Stream is also available as a larger 14-inch model, but there are better options at that size.
  • Lenovo 130S – available for under $170, still compact, light (2.6 lbs) and made out of plastic, gets a non-backlit keyboard, 11-inch HD TN screen, and slightly faster Celeron hardware, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage, but a smaller 32Wh 5+ hours battery.
  • Asus VivoBook L203MA – available for around $200, a little bit smaller and lighter than the others (2.2 lbs), still made out of plastic and with an 11-inch HD TN screen, same Celeron hardware, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC, but 38Wh 6+ hours battery.
Some of the affordable mini laptops

Some of the affordable mini laptops

We’ve also included a few budget 13-inch models, in a few different price-segments.

  • Acer Swift 3 13reviewed here –  available for around $300, larger than others (2.9 lbs) and nicer built, gets the same hardware, but a larger keyboard, a FHD IPS display and 48 Wh battery. Good value for what it is.
  • Dell Latitude 13 – available for under $200 as refurbished, significantly chunkier and heavier than the other options (3.9 lbs), but with Core i3/i5 hardware, upgradeable RAM and storage, and a 43 Wh battery. Excellent value, but not as portable.
  • Chuwi AeroBook 13 – available for around $450, slim and light for its class, aluminum build, backlit keyboard, IPS screen, better specs than the other options (fanless Core m3, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage, 38 Wh battery). Nice option for what it is, but questionable support.

Some of the better 13-inch ultraportables in the $150 to $450 range

Some of the better 13-inch ultraportables in the $150 to $450 range

Compact 2-in-1s and tablets

A budget of between $250 and $500 will get you a compact 2-in-1 with a touchscreen and convertible/tablet form factor. Most of these options are still built on lower-power hardware and are primarily meant for basic daily activities, but aside from the touchscreen, you’re also getting improved craftsmanship, IPS panels, and extra features.

As far as tablets go, you’ll see a lot of cheap Windows tablets from unknown manufacturers out there, but I wouldn’t recommend any, due to the questionable quality-control and post-sale services. Still, a solid deal from Amazon or Best-buy or other reputable store might be worth the risk. I’d also consider the veteran Asus Transformer Pads and Acer Switch 10s if you can still find them, but make sure to get them with at least 4 GB of RAM.

There is, however, one competent mini Windows tablet out there, the Microsoft Surface Go. The excellent build quality, the good QC and support, the 3:2 high-resolution screen with pen-support and the nice speakers are among its top selling points. It’s still powered by a low-performance platform, though, yet it can handle daily chores and you can get it with 4-8 GB of RAM and enough storage, which is hardly possible with other such tablets.

However, a better configuration sells for $400+, and the keyboard folio and the pen are not included. You can opt for the expensive, and solid quality, Microsoft versions, but there are also a bunch of good and much more affordable third-party alternatives.

The Surface Go is be far the ebst Windows tablet you can get for under $500

The Surface Go is by far the best Windows tablet you can get for under $500

The HP Elite 12 X2 (our review of a similar model) is another excellent Windows tablet, larger than the Surface Go, but also more affordable because it’s an older product based on an older Intel Core m hardware platform. Right now you can find renewed models for under $300 with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage, including the keyboard, and you won’t find anything even closely similar at this price-point. Follow this link for more details. I’m sure this deal won’t last for long.

Tablets aside, you can also opt for a convertible 2-in-1 in this segment. While those are not as portable as the Surface Go and don’t get the same kind of display, they are also significantly cheaper. These are our favorites:

  • Acer Spin 11review – a compact 11-inch convertible built on Intel Apollo Lake hardware. Gets an HD/FHD IPS screen with pen support, eMMC storage and 36 Wh battery, all tucked inside a sturdy metallic build;
  • Lenovo Flex 11  – Lenovo’s alternative to the Spin 11, with similar hardware and a more affordable price, but with an HD touchscreen, M.2 upgradeable storage, plastic build, and 36 Wh battery.
  • Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 – More affordable than the others, plastic build and available in multiple colors. Built on AMD A9 hardware with Radeon 5 graphics, with eMMC storage, TN HD screen and only a 28 Wh battery.


Full-size cheap laptops under $500

Budget full-size laptops have come a long way in recent years. Yes, you’re still sacrificing on some features and they’re not as nicely made as the more premium options, but you can get competent all-day computers for well under $500 these days.

Just be careful about a few things. The most affordable versions get dimmer and poorer-quality screens with TN, IPS-level or IPS panels, and some get rather small batteries and lack a backlit keyboard. These aside, you’ll most likely only find low-tier Intel Core or AMD APU hardware in this segment, but that’s OK, just make sure to get 8 GB of RAM and SSD for storage. However, if you need extra performance or want a gaming laptop, you’ll most likely have to increase your budget. We’ll talk about those options in the next section of this article.

Back to our cheap options, I’d recommend at least an Intel Core i3 configuration or one of the recent AMD Ryzen APU builds. You’ll also find Celeron/Pentium and older AMD models for under $300, but the performance gap is significant and I wouldn’t consider those on a full-size computer. On top of that, I’d go with Intel notebooks for the longer battery life and increased efficiency, or the with the recent AMD APUs for the extra graphics performance that will allow you to run some games. Be aware AMD implementations are not as efficient, though, and are also available in fewer numbers.

How about some actual recommendations? Well, here’s what we’d consider in the sub-$500 price range:

  • AMD Ryzen 3 models (dual-core) – available for $300 to $450 –  Acer Aspire 3, Acer Aspire 5, Asus VivoBook 15 Thin, Dell Inspiron 15 5000, HP Laptop 15, Lenovo IdeaPad L340.
  • AMD Ryzen 5 models (quad-core, better graphics) – available for $450 to $500+ – Acer Aspire 3, HP Laptop 15, Dell Inspiron 15 5000.
  • Intel Core i3 models (preferably Core i3-8145U or later, dual-core with HyperThreading) – from $350 – Acer Aspire 5, Asus VivoBook 15, Dell Inspiron 14 and 15, Lenovo IdeaPad S340.
  • Intel Core i5 models (preferably Core i5-8265U or later, quad-core with HyperThreading) – from $400 – Acer Aspire 5, Dell Inspiron 15, HP Laptop 15, Lenovo IdeaPad S340.

These are mostly the same laptops with different hardware specs, and you should follow these links for more details on each unit: Acer Aspire 3, Acer Aspire 5, Asus VivoBook 15 Thin, Dell Inspiron 15 5000, HP Laptop 15, Lenovo IdeaPad S340.

Some of the most affordable 15-inch laptops worth buying

Some of the most affordable 15-inch laptops worth buying

At the same time, if you’re shopping for a basic all-day computer that you plan to primarily use for browsing, video streaming, Youtube, email and so on, you should also consider one of the existing 14 and 15-inch Chromebooks available for around $300 to $400. Go through this article for more details and recommendations.

You’ll have a harder time finding something good with dedicated graphics in this price range, or a hybrid with touchscreen and 2-in-1 form-factor. Some GeForce MX150 laptops dip below $500 at sales, though, as well as some of the basic convertibles like the Lenovo Flex, Acer Spin 3 or Asus VivoBook Flip. Follow this link for more details on the existing affordable hybrids.

Best-value ultrabooks under $1000

There are many ultrabooks selling for between 500 and 1000 bucks these days, and we’re going to mention the better ones in this section. In this budget, you can either look for a powerful laptop with solid specs, or look for an ultraportable with mid-tier specs, but a slimmer and nicer quality build. We’ll cover both cases below.

Multimedia allrounders under $1000

In this section, you’ll find either refined mid-range laptops built on Core U hardware, or better-specked versions of the lines mentioned in the sub-$500 category, with extra RAM, more storage and faster CPUs.

Our recommendations include primarily devices in the former subcategory, as compact and nicely made all-day multimedia laptops with IPS screens, backlit keyboards, as well as good hardware specs and no major flaws. Performance-wise these can smoothly handle daily chores, but also more demanding applications if needed, as well as some light games. They are not primarily gaming machines though, but rather a balanced mix of performance, portability, and features.

Here are some of the models I’d have on my radar, listed alphabetically:

  • Acer Swift 3 14-inch and 15-inch – 14/15 inch all-rounders with metallic builds, Core U hardware, optional Nvidia graphics, IPS matte screens with small bezels, fast keyboard, 48 Wh batteries, from 1.45 kg / 3.4 lbs, competitively priced;
  • Asus VivoBook S15 – compact and slim 15-inch all-rounder with colorful designs, metallic build, Core U hardware, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, IPS matte screen, just a 42 Wh battery, from 1.75 kg / 3.85 lbs, competitively priced;
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 compact and slim, metallic build, but heavier than the other options, Core U hardware, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, IPS matte screen, just a 42 Wh battery, from 2 kg / 4.4 lbs, rather pricey in most regions;
  • HP Envy 17 – one of the very few good mid-range 17-inchers, Core U hardware and Nvidia MX250 graphics, IPS glossy screen, 56 Wh battery, from 3 kg / 6.7 lbs, fair priced;
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 530s and S540- compact and slim 14/15-inch all-rounders, metallic build, Core U hardware, optional Nvidia graphics or Ryzen APUs, IPS matte screen, 45 Wh battery, from 1.7 kg / 3.75 lbs, competitively priced;

You’ll find a few more suggestions in this list of recommended 14 and 15-inch laptops, as well as in this list of notebooks with Nvidia MX250 graphics.

Those of you interested in sub $1000 allrounders with a convertible touchscreen should also consider devices like the Acer Spin 5, Dell Inspiron 14/15 2-in-1, HP Envy x360, Lenovo Yoga 730 or some of the other options mentioned in this dedicated article.

Some of the better mid-tier allrounders

Some of the better mid-tier allrounders

Gaming notebooks under $1000

If you’re interested in a budget gaming laptop, your options are to either go for one of the full-size devices with powerful specs you can get for under $1000 these days, or put the performance on a secondary plan and go for one of the very few sub-$1000 ultraportable laptops.

In the former case you’ll end up with 14 and 15-inch laptops built on Core H hardware and Nvidia GTX 1650, 1060 or even 1660Ti graphics, while in the latter you’ll mostly have to settle for Core U laptops with MX250 and maybe GTX 1650 graphics, but in smaller and nicer built packages. It’s up to you, and both sub-sections are covered in-depth in this dedicated article.

Mid-tier ultrabooks under $1000

If you’re after a premium thin-and-light ultrabook, $1000 can buy you base-level versions of the ultra-compact Dell XPS 13 and Microsoft Surface Laptop, the convertible HP Spectre X360 or the ultra-lights LG Gram 14 and Asus Zenbook UX391 series, to name just some of the top options. Those should be good enough for most users, as long as you can get a Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of RAM and preferably at least 256 GB of storage.

On the other hand, if you’d rather get better specs for your money or you’d rather spend less, there are many other great options you could consider instead.

  • Asus Zenbook UX333 (13-inch) and 433(14-inch) – from $899 – light and compact options with narrow bezels, matte or touch screens, Core U hardware and optional MX150 graphics, 50 Wh batteries, from 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs);
  • Asus Zenbook UX331 – from under $800 – 13-inch ultralight and slim model, matte IPS screen, Core U hardware and MX150 Max-Q, 50 Wh battery, 1.15 kg (2.5 lbs) ;
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-55 – from $799 – 14-inch model, slightly heavier than others, but sturdily built, matte ISP screen, Core U hardware and MX150 Max-Q, 48 Wh battery, 1.35 kg (3 lbs);
  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 – from $949 – 13-inch convertible with 360-degrees IPS touchscreen, compact metallic build, Core U hardware, 38 Wh battery, 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs);
  • HP Envy 13 from $799 – 13-inch light and compact model, matte or touch IPS screen, Core U hardware and optional MX150 Max-Q, 53 Wh battery, 1.25 kg (2.8 lbs) ;
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 720s – from $899 for a top-specced version – 14-inch model, well built and compact, but a bit heavier than the other options, Core U hardware and MX150, 55 Wh battery, 1.45 kg (3.5 lbs) ;
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T480 – from $849, but the base versions are poorly specked – 14-inch business laptop, highly configurable, solid build quality and great keyboard, Core U hardware and optional MX150, from 48 Wh battery, from 1.6 kg (3.6 lbs);
  • Microsoft Surface Pro – from $899 for base model without the keyboard – 12.3-inch tablet with high-resolution 3:2 touchscreen, Core U hardware, 38 Wh battery, from 1.75 lbs (.8 kg) without keyboard;
  • MSI Modern 14 – under $900 for the base model with Core i5/MX250 hardware, compact and ultra-light, 52 Wh battery, from 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg).
And some of the mid-tier ultraportables under $1000

And some of the mid-tier ultraportables under $1000

Wrap up

All in all, there are a lot of great laptops available for under $1000 these days and quite a few good ones selling for between $200 and $500. You’ll still have to make some sacrifices if you go into the lower tiers, that’s true, but you can find something good-enough no matter what your budget is, as long as you have the right expectations.

We’ve mentioned some of our favorite recommendations above, but there are also others you might want to consider in certain regions, so if you need any help picking the best option for your needs and budget, don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments section below, or check out some of the other articles on the site:

Keep in mind that I’m constantly updating this list of budget laptops under $1000, adding new models as they are launched and retiring the older versions as they become obsolete. We’re a small team, though, and there might be some delays, so if spot any units that should be in here and are not, just let us know in the comments section.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.


  1. Miso

    November 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for the article. It was very informative.
    I am a college student studying computer science and I am looking for a laptop that will be good for programming. I will be using mostly eclispe and IntelliJ for Java and Scala.

    I am considering the Dell i7559

    I also like to play games too so I think it might be good.
    I have seen some other laptops with similar specs and price with the main difference in CPU. How does an i5 skylake compare to an i7 broadwell?
    My budget is $800.
    Please let me know if you have insight/advice.
    Thank you.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Hi, that’s a good pick for the money, especially since you get that IPS screen as well.

      The Core I7-4710/4720HQ is overall faster than the Core i7-6300HQ and gets HyperThreading, which the Core i5 lacks. So it will perform better in multithread tasks. How much more expensive ar those Core i7 options?

  2. Daniel

    May 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I came across this because I am on a tight budget.
    I’m looking for a laptop that’s thin+light and has a 1080p screen.
    I’m only using it for word and videos so I won’t need anything that fast.
    The Skylake ultrabooks seem good with the iGPUs but they are still quite pricey.

    Would you know any cheaper models (doesn’t have to be 2016) that would be good?


    • Andrei Girbea

      May 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      well, how tight? I’m going to need a number :)

      • Daniel

        May 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        Well I’m looking at £300, used, refurb or new.

        People say a thin laptop with a 1080p screen is £600 new but I really find it hard to believe, I don’t need crazy specs or anything.

        Just 1080p, 13.3″-15.6″, thin and light.
        By thin I’m thinking macbook/zenbook/sony vaio pro 13
        As long as it doesn’t look like an alienware that’d be nice too :)

      • Andrei Girbea

        May 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        Well, that’s unrealistic. You can’t get a Macbook like body and a 1080p IPS screen for that much in a new device. It’s not going to get you a thin and light 15 incher either.

        I would suggest something like an used Asus UX31A or the Lenovo Yoga 13 with a Core i5-3317U processor, perhaps you might find some on ebay, but there are risks to buying such old computers.

        Personally, I’d save up for something like this: , or maybe the older UX305FA model, if you can find it anywhere.

      • Daniel

        May 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

        The Lenovo laptops are going for a reasonable price. Especially the yoga 2 pro, yoga 500 and yoga 13.
        Would you advise against any of these?

      • Andrei Girbea

        May 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

        Not really, they are pretty solid options. You might want to read a few reviews before buying though, as each has some shortcomings.

  3. Roe

    July 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I’m looking for a Acer ultrabook.
    I have found those 3 on Amazon that are o.k for my budget.. for around $300. Can you please tell me which one should I buy?

    Thank you!

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      They are the same. The Aspire S3 is an old laptop with quite a few flaws, so you should read a few reviews and know in advance what to expect/.

  4. Ina

    December 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    I am so glad I found zour Website so I hope I get some help with what to buy. I have spent many hours of the past month researching which computer to buy, and your website seems to be enormously helpful. I have not come to any conclusion so far. Can you please help?

    Maybe oversimplified what I am looking for:

    I want it to be small, light, and FAST. I don’t do gaming or programming, I just want it to respond fast when I browse the web, edit documents and run other programs while listening to music or watching videos, or Skyping all at the same time, and I want to be able to use it a lot without it overheating or getting slow. I could afford around 1000euros.
    Noisy fan would bother me and I’d like the touchpad to be cooperative.

    A high resolution screen would be great, and maybe a Touchscreen.

    I would greatly appreciate it if you would help.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      You have options in this post and in others here on the site, you'd have to narrow down your options yourself, because you're the only one who knows exactly what you need in terms of screen size and certain features. In your budget I'd look at the Asus Zenbook UX330/UX360, Acer Swift 3, Lenovo ThinkPad 13, HP Envy 13 and others.

  5. helper

    April 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3" screen, not 10.8" as listed in this post. Keep up the good work Andrei, glad I could be a bit of help ;)

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Hey, thanks for the heads-up. Much appreciated ;)

  6. Aysu

    June 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Hey! It is very great article. Helped me a lot. But I am interested in buying Samsung notebook 9 2017 edition, and cannot see it among the options. Could you please review it? Well, I actually want to buy smth portable, good-looking, 13-15", with good processor. I would like to know what my alternatives are. Thank you

  7. arthur

    October 11, 2017 at 4:43 am

    hi. Which one of these three laptops is better for game?
    acer nitro 5 an 51551
    lenovo y 520
    dell inspiron 15 7000
    and all of the Specifications are the same all of them have gtx 1050 and i5 7300hq and 8gb ram
    thank u

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      You can find all our reviews here on the site.

  8. Alana

    August 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I'm looking for a new laptop and I can't decide between the Asus Zenbook UX410UA i7 – 8gb RAM – 128gb SSD + 500gb HDD or the Acer Swift 3 i5 – 8gb RAM – 256gb SSD.
    I'm a student so my new laptop has to be light, thin and portable, max 14". I'm also getting into photography and my new laptop should be able to handle photoshop and lightroom without any trouble. I would also prefer a laptop that isn't too loud when you're making it work pretty hard because I often study in a library and it might bother the other students. Which one would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      HI Alana. I'd probably go with the UX410, it's a nicer computer, smaller and also gets a slightly better screen, which should matter for Photoshop. It's still not a premium-tier screen, but it would be unrealistic to ask for one in this price range.

      Our full review of the UX410 (different configuration, but similar build, keyboard, screen, etc) is available here: . Your would run a little cooler, but all the other conclusions apply. You can also find reviews of the Swift 3s on the site.

  9. Asif khan

    August 24, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    It is great post.I learn more about ultrabook from this post

  10. Peter

    December 4, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Hi there great info thanks.

    I just wanted to get an idea as what / which laptop would best fit the bill for the following:

    Looking for a sub $1000 laptop for my son xmas present. He's 11.5 yo heading into yr7 next January.

    He mainly wants to get into video editing for youtube channel so at this stage it will not be needed to edit the blue planet – just basic short stuff.

    We'd also like it to be suitable for school etc.

    Had previous good Lenovo experiences but not wanting to bias a response in any way!

    Cheers Chris

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Peter,

      You'd need to narrow things up a bit. Do you want a full-size laptop (15-inch screen) or an ultraportable (14-inchs creen or smaller). Also, does he play any games?

      • Peter

        December 5, 2018 at 11:27 pm

        Screen size isn't a huge issue probably not below 14" & I'm sure if it was capable then he would play games on it but my priority is it needs to be able to edit videos – thanks

      • Andrei Girbea

        December 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm

        I see. I'd start my search with one of the options in this section: . These are full-size laptops with good specs and a fair price.

        If you'd rather go with something lighter and more portable, while sacrificing somewhat on CPU and especially GPU performance, I'd consider the options in here: . These would still handle video editing, but the whole process is going to be faster on the first options built on Core H processors.

        No matter what you end up with, I'd advise going with at least a Core i5 processor, preferably 16 GB of RAM and some sort of SSD storage. Those laptops in the first section can use an SSD for Windows and programs, which will make the experience faster, as well as a HDD for mass-storage of video files, etc, which is one more reason why You'd want to go for one of these, since video files are quite big these days and require a lot of storage space.

  11. Cédric

    December 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Macbook is a little expensive for me and I'm searching very silent 15-inch laptop with at least 8GB memory, would you have advice?


    • Andrei Girbea

      December 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Hard to tell, I think you'll need to narrow your options and then just pick the one that's the most silent. We document fan behavior and noise in our reviews, and so do Notebookcheck.

  12. PaulS

    April 15, 2019 at 3:47 am

    This site is basically my go-to review site when it comes to laptops. Love the unbiased and no-BS reviews!

  13. Sam Medal

    June 6, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Andrei, thank you for all the work you have devoted to finding the lightest ultrabooks, it is really thorough.

    I am looking for 2lbs or less, no more than $300, ruggedized (built to handle falls, maybe waterproof) laptop.


    • Andrei Girbea

      June 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Would you be OK with a Chromebook like the Asus C202SA? I don't think you can find a Windows laptop with those specs and withing that budget. Something like the Lenovo THinkPad 11e would fit the requirements, but it's more expensive.

  14. Mitch Rey

    June 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Sir would you mind suggesting some mid range gaming laptop? Im fine with not so high quality while in game, I wanted ASUS TUF FX505 but got disappointed due to low battery life. Preferrable i5 or Ryzen 5 with 8gb ram :) Thank you!

    • Mitch Rey

      June 20, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Btw, thanks to your reviews I learned the ups and downs for teh ASUS TUF fx505. Keep up :)

  15. james

    January 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Really tired of review sites constantly referring links to amazon, there is better service and prices elsewhere
    Why no Linux options??

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 12, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      you are aware you're accessing free information that we put time and effort to compile, right? you buying from Amazon after clicking those link help us keep doing what we do.

  16. Chetan Prakash

    May 16, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Please make a suggestion article for
    Best laptops under $1500 in 2021

    By the way, my requirements are 15.6" with at least 100% sRGB display, dual-slot for m.2 NVMe SSD and obviously good performance.

    Thank you, You guys are doing a great job. keep it up

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 17, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Noted. I'd look into the Acer Predator Helios 300 or Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 or Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

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