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All of these laptops offer a minimum I-5 processor with a solid state drive for a great performance.
What distinguishes it from those two, however, is its use of an Intel Core i5 processor rather than an AMD Ryzen. Though the two processors are very close—you’re unlikely to notice a difference while, say, browsing Facebook or watching Netflix—our testers have noted that Intel’s laptop processors are still the fastest when it comes to the most demanding tasks, like editing high-res video.
This 14-inch notebook usually costs $700, and it has very similar specs to the below Dell and Lenovo, including 8GB of memory and 256GB of solid state storage. Model: Lenovo 14″ IdeaPad Flex 6-14IKB.
Specs: touchscreen LCD 2 in 1 Notebook Intel Core i5-8250U (8th Gen) Quad-core 1.6GHz 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 128GB SSD Windows 10 Home 64-bit Model 81EM0011US.
It also has an AMD Ryzen processor alongside 8GB of memory and 256GB of solid state storage. Those are just the sort of specs our testers recommend as a good baseline for solid, everyday performance. IdeaPads generally do well in our tests, including this very similar model our testers recently looked at.
These laptops are aimed at everyday consumers, with solid specs that are more than adequate for doing things like browsing the web; editing documents with apps like Word, Excel, and Google Docs; and watching video after video on YouTube. The laptop has an AMD Ryzen processor (which first made waves in gaming computers before becoming available in non-gaming computers), 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage. Though we haven’t tested this exact model, Inspirons don’t typically have any glaring problems in our tests.
Specs: 15.6-inch convertible laptop tested with Windows 10 Home, an Intl Core i7-8565U 1.8GHz processor, 8GB of memory, 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX230 graphics, a touchscreen, and a 512GB solid-state drive.
It came out only a few months ago, making the discount (albeit small) noteworthy. Our testers give this model high marks, praising its performance (there’s an Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid state storage) and display in particular. If you want a bit more power to do things like edit high-res video, you might want to consider stepping up to the MacBook Pro – see below.
A detachable, if you need a refresher, is a device whose keyboard can physically be separated from the display, allowing you to use it more like a touch-screen tablet. It’s a handy innovation that can save you money because you don’t need to buy a laptop and a tablet—assuming you want a tablet, that is. The specs here are similar to other laptops featured in this story, including an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage.