The Best Laptops of 2016 / 2017

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Welcome to our current guide to the finest deals on laptops for 2016 and 2017 based on critic reviews, consumer feedback and hardware power.

Your old pals here at Laptopninja have conveniently rounded up all the best deals of 2016 and 2017 into one place just for you. Here we will be breaking it down into categories to suite every budget and even the most fastidious of users based on price, performance, reviews, specs and aesthetics. If you are looking for a great deal this spring or just in the market for an upgrade, we’re sure you will find what you are looking for right here.
 
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best-all-purpose-laptopsBest All-Purpose Laptops of 2016 and 2017

Whether it be at home or in the office an all-purpose laptop needs to keep up with the demanding tasks and day-to-day computing needs of even the most discerning users. A good all-purpose machine should run applications like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Skype and most other demanding software with ease while offering some casual gaming support however this is not always a necessity. An all-purpose laptop also needs to be priced competitively. So without further ado here are the best all-purpose laptops of 2016 and 2017.

 
 
 

Best All-Purpose Laptop Under $500

ASUS P2540UA-AB51 15.6-inchASUS P2540UA-AB51 15.6-inch

The ASUS P2540UA-AB51 has been designed to be a business laptop, however it can just as easily find its way into your home or college dorm. Its added security features are an attractive selling point in our current day and age and while the fingerprint reader is not a must, it surely is a great feature to have for everyday use. While many laptops in this price category offer average battery life, it has been reported that the ASUS P2540UA-AB51 will easily achieve the advertised 9-hours off of a single charge, and this can even be extended if you switch the settings over to Battery Saver mode. ASUS have fitted the ASUS P2540UA-AB51 with a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB storage drive. Thought the slower 5400rpm storage drive will mean that the ASUS P2540UA-AB51 will take longer to start up and launching your applications will take noticeably longer than laptops with an SSD fitted. Luckily both the RAM and the storage drive can be upgraded and you can even replace the optical drive with a hard drive caddy if you want to keep the 1TB drive for storage. Due to the fact that it has been designed for business, ASUS have put in little thought about the laptop’s audio quality. Some users have reported that it offers weak audio due to the downward facing speakers. Though the audio is not the only thing to have taken a backseat, the display has been reported to be lacklustre and the viewing angles, while not terrible, are not great either.

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 5.2 lbs

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Latest generation Intel CPU
  • Fingerprint reader and TPM chip
  • Great selection of ports
  • Easy to upgrade

Cons

  • Slower 5400rpm storage drive
  • Weak audio
  • Lackluster display

Summary

The ASUS P2540UA-AB51 offers great business and security features at an affordable small business price. However the slower storage drive might put some off who are looking for an SSD.

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Best All-Purpose Laptop Under $1000

HP ENVY 13-ab016nr 13.3-inchHP ENVY 13-ab016nr 13.3-inch

The ENVY range of HP laptops have always offered elegant and luxurious alternatives to the Dell XPS and the Acer Aspire ranges. HP’s aim is to offer brilliant laptops that maintain a higher standard than its competitors. The HP ENVY 13-ab016nr is a compact aluminum laptop that is perfect for the user who is constantly on the go or the college student who needs a small laptop that won’t weigh them down. HP claim that the HP ENVY 13-ab016nr will last 14-hours off of a single charge, which is extremely impressive, however this would mean dimming the display down to around 30% and turning off the backlit keyboard. It also features Fast Charge technology which means that you can get a full charge in under two hours, which will come in handy when you are running late but your laptop still needs a little juice. Powering the HP ENVY 13-ab016nr is a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM and a fast 256GB SSD. Though bad news for those who would want to upgrade the RAM, the 8GB are soldered to the board. While this might deter some, it should be noted that the 8GB of RAM will be enough for you to run more intensive design applications such as Adobe Photoshop. The Full-HD IPS display offers great viewing angles, crystal clear quality and the colors appear rich and vibrant, however, the glossy display will be very reflective. Overall the HP ENVY 13-ab016nr is a great compact laptop and can easily handle its own against the competition.

  • 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 14 hours battery life
  • 3.3 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Thin and light
  • Bang and Olufsen audio
  • USB 3.1 and USB Type-C ports
  • Fast Charge technology

Cons

  • RAM soldered to the board
  • Possible hinge issues in the future
  • Lots of bloatware
  • Glossy display is reflective

Summary

The HP ENVY 13-ab016nr offers great hardware in a tiny package and if you are after a good MacBook alternative then this laptop is well worth considering.

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Best All-Purpose High-End Laptop

Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US 15-inchSamsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US 15-inch

While there are loads of Ultrabooks on the market, we rarely hear anything from Samsung. However, they make some great Ultrabooks that are packed full of great hardware and offer amazing features. The Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US is one of these amazing Ultrabooks and features an elegant magnesium alloy body which you would expect from a premium laptop. Measuring in at just 0.6-inches thick and weighing in at 2.7-pounds, the Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US can easily be slipped into your bag or backpack while you are on the go. Another notable feature is the laptops Fast Charging function. This will allow you to get about 2 hours of battery life off of a quick 20 minute charge. The Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US not only looks good, it also features a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. These combined will easily handle any day-to-day tasks and can also handle more intensive applications. Some reviewers have criticized the Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US for its Full-HD display as its predecessor features a much higher resolution QHD display. However, this is not a deal breaker as the IPS Full-HD display offers great viewing angles and crisp colors. You also get a very thin display bezel which adds to this laptops premium feel. While it does feature a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card, this is not a laptop for hardcore gamers and will struggle with newer titles and higher settings. When it comes to storage, the Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US features a superfast M.2 solid state drive for quick boot times and lightning fast application launches. However, with only 256GB of storage space, the Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US will fill up quickly if you have a large amount of multimedia files. You can upgrade the M.2 drive to a larger 512GB or 1TB yourself, however, make sure that you backup any files that you have on the laptop and use a trusted storage drive cloning application.

  • 15.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 2.7 lbs

Pros

  • Thin and light
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Powerful hardware
  • Fast Charging
  • NVIDIA graphics
  • Fingerprint reader

Cons

  • No VGA or Ethernet port
  • No Numpad
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Small amount of storage space
  • Average webcam

Summary

The Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US is an elegant Ultrabook that boasts powerful hardware and offers great features. However, the smaller storage drive will fill up quickly and it does not feature an Ethernet port or a full size SD card slot.

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best-gaming-laptopsBest Gaming Laptops of 2016 and 2017

Gaming laptops are the ultimate display of raw power and good looks. A good gaming laptop should at very least have a sharp responsive display, immersive sound, stylish design, a powerful processor, ample RAM and most importantly a graphics card that can handle games. Of course things like budget and practicality often mean some sacrifices need to be made hence our article dividing up the best gaming laptops of 2016 and 2017 by price and performance. We have selected the cream of the crop in all price points so that anyone looking to get into gaming can jump right in.

 

 

 

Best Gaming Laptop Under $500

Top Gaming Laptop Under $500

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inchAcer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch

Although priced slightly higher than $500, the Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 has earned our top pick in the budget gaming category thanks to its dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card which offers more than twice the performance of competing laptops with only integrated graphics units. The Aspire E 15  will run titles such as Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 on low to medium settings with graphics performance more than double than competing integrated graphics based laptops below. The E 15 offers a max resolution of  1920×1080, although this will need to be set to 1366 x 768 to retain a frame rate of over 30fps when playing more demanding games. The NVIDIA GeForce 940MX offers slightly better performance than a 940M card and, unlike some of its competitors, the Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 features faster GDDR5 video memory instead of GDDR3. Acer have also fitted the Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 with the latest generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, which is powerful enough to handle more hardware intensive apps and games. While it features a superfast solid state drive, storage space is slightly too small for modern games which can take up over 40GB of storage space once installed. You might want to consider upgrading the size of your SSD or purchasing a 7200rpm external hard drive for more storage space. We are also impressed with the Full-HD display which offers good image quality and vivid colors for gaming or streaming your favorite series. Acer claims that the Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 will give you 12 hours of battery life off of a single charge, however this would be under ideal conditions and not while gaming or while using hardware intensive applications. Despite this fact, we are still very impressed with the battery life that it offers as most laptops in this price range will barely offer you 4 hours of run time.

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 5.27 lbs

Pros

  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Seventh generation CPU
  • Superfast SSD
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Full-HD display
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Small SSD
  • Average keyboard
  • Not the easiest to upgrade
  • Acer bloatware

Summary

The Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 is a budget friendly gaming and multimedia laptop that offers a fast SSD and dedicated NVIDIA graphics.

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Top Gaming Laptop Under $1000

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM 15.6-inchAcer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM 15.6-inch

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM bares a few design similarities to Acer’s top of the range Predator gaming range, while still coming in at a more affordable price. The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is the most powerful of the VX5 range and sports a 10-series NVIDIA graphics card for a great gaming experience. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti features 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory and will easily run titles such as Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and GTA V. The GTX 1050 Ti offers better performance than the standard GTX 1050, which will allow you to run your games on higher settings and with better frame rates. While you do not get a G-SYNC display for this price, you do still get a great IPS display which offers rich colors and great viewing angles for you to enjoy your favorite games or media. Powering the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which will easily offer lag free gaming and more than enough power for more intensive applications. The downside of the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is that it only features a single M.2 solid state drive with only 256GB of storage space. This is far too small for most gamers as a lot of AAA gaming titles require over 50GB of space to be installed. While there is space to install a 2.5-inch drive, you will first have to purchase an upgrade kit from Acer as this range does not come with the required bracket, cables or screws. The other more costly option would be to replace the existing M.2 SSD with a larger 512GB or 1TB module.

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 5.51 lbs

Pros

  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Kaby Lake processor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Aggressive looks
  • Price

Cons

  • Small SSD
  • HDD upgrade kit sold separately
  • No optical drive
  • Small battery

Summary

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM offers a decent gaming experience for its price, however the 256GB SSD is slightly too small for most gamers and adding a second drive will require an upgrade kit from Acer.

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Top High-end Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade RZ09-01953E72-R3U1 14-inchRazer Blade RZ09-01953E72-R3U1 14-inch

The Razer Blade has been CNC milled out of high-grade aluminum to offer you a thin and light laptop that has been filled with some great gaming hardware. Razer have done away with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M from their last generation Razer Blade and have gone for the newer and more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 laptop edition GPU. The newer GTX 1060 is based off of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture and with 6GB of GDDR5, it offers far better graphics performance than the older GTX 970M. While VR gaming is still in a development phase for most of us, the GTX 1060 has been designed to perform far better than the GTX 900-series cards, giving it an advantage for future gaming experiences. However, if you really want to push the performance, then you can connect the Razer Core external GPU enclosure via the superfast USB 3.1 Type-C port. However the Razer Core and a faster desktop grade GPU will push up the price dramatically. Being a premium gaming laptop, it features the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, which will make light work of most games or intensive apps. The newer i7-7700HQ boasts a performance increase of 9% over its predecessor, giving it the edge when it comes to more demanding applications. Backing up the Core i7-6700HQ processor is 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, which combined will allow for lag free gaming or intensive multitasking. While all this hardware is quite powerful, the thin design means that it can heat up quickly, causing the fans to run most of the time. This might put off some users who are looking for a quieter machine for everyday use. While there is a 1TB version of the Razer Blade, the Razer Blade RZ09-01953E72-R3U1 features a decently sized 512GB SSD, which helps bring down the cost by a few hundred dollars. This will give you enough space to install some of your favorite AAA gaming titles, however some recent titles require over 50GB and will fill up your SSD quite quickly. Like the previous range, you get Razer Chroma which is Razer’s individually lit backlit keyboard. This will allow you to set three different color zones so that you can truly customize your Razer Blade. The brilliant 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel multi-touch display offers rich colors, wide viewing angles and is great for gaming or for media editing on the go. However, the display is a bit small for hardcore gamers, we recommend connecting the Razer Blade RZ09-01953E72-R3U1 to a decent size monitor for the best gaming experience.

  • 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.5 hours battery life
  • 4.10 lbs

Pros

  • Kaby Lake i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Thin and light
  • USB Type-C
  • 512GB M.2 SSD

Cons

  • Heats up under load
  • Expensive
  • No Ethernet
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Razer Blade RZ09-01953E72-R3U1 is a new an improved version of the Razer Blade which offers a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a 512GB SSD.

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Top Gaming Laptop Under $300

Acer Aspire ES1-572-31KW 15.6-inchAcer Aspire ES1-572-31KW 15.6-inch

The cut throat budget laptop market has seen many great laptops being offered by most of the big name brands. Acer is no stranger to the budget market and has been releasing laptops for the budget conscious buyer for a number of years. What you won’t get with the Acer Aspire ES1-572-31KW is a high performance gaming laptop, but you will be able to play some of your favorite classics. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics chip will even allow you to play Diablo III and CS: GO on medium graphics settings. With almost a quarter of all Overwatch players using integrated graphics, it comes as no surprise that you will be able to play this fun and fast paced shooter. However, don’t expect to play more demanding titles such as Battlefield 1 or Fallout 4 on this machine, as it’s more suited to the casual gamer. The Acer Aspire ES1-572-31KW is powered by a Skylake-based Intel Core i3-6100U processor and 4GB of RAM, which will cope with basic tasks with ease. But the 4GB of RAM is slightly underpowered with Windows 10 and it will struggle with certain games. Luckily Acer has made it quite easy to access the internal hardware to upgrade the RAM, we recommend at least 8GB of RAM for smoothest performance. The 1TB mechanical hard drive offers ample storage space for installing games, saving photos and even your favorite videos. To cut costs Acer has used a 5400rpm drive, which for day-to-day use is more than acceptable. However, users who are after faster Windows boot and application loading times can easily upgrade the hard drive to either a hybrid or a SATA based solid state drive.

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 5.29 lbs

Pros

  • Skylake-based i3 processor
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Ample storage space
  • Price

Cons

  • Only 4GB of RAM
  • Integrated graphics
  • 1366 x 768 pixel display
  • Only one USB 3.0 port

Summary

The Acer Aspire ES1-572-31KW is a budget friendly laptop that can be used by the casual gamer thanks to its Intel i3 processor and its HD Graphics 520 GPU. However, the hardware will not run current AAA gaming titles smoothly and is not suited for hardcore gamers.

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best-budget-laptopsBest Budget Laptops of 2016 and 2017

In today’s tough economy many users find themselves in a financial dilemma when looking for a personal computer. We know times are tough and that every dollar counts. Luckily we have a great team of frugal technophiles scouring the Internet for a bargain and have put together a list of the best affordable budget conscious laptops available this year. A good low cost laptop should handle basic tasks like emails, Skype calls, multimedia and Internet browsing while not costing a small fortune. Should you be stuck in deciding which machine would best suit you or just looking for a great deal look no further, this guide is certain to help you find the perfect laptop for your budget.

Best Laptop Under $400

These are our top picks curated through hours of research each week to provide a one stop guide to the best budget  sub-$400 laptops on the market. This guide is updated regularly with new specials and laptops as they become available so you can be sure you’re not missing out on any great deals.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-inchAcer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-inch

If you are looking for a budget friendly laptop that ticks all the boxes, then the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM is well worth a closer look. It not only features the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor, it also features next generation connectivity such as USB 3.1 Type-C and Bluetooth 4.1. Powered by a 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor and 4GB of DDR4 RAM, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM will easily cope with basic tasks such as video streaming, web browsing and word processing. But the 4GB of RAM will struggle with more hardware intensive apps. Luckily, Acer has fitted the laptop with an access panel that makes upgrading the RAM a whole lot easier. If you are on a tight budget then we recommend installing a second 4GB RAM module, but if your budget is slightly larger, we recommend installing two 8GB RAM modules for a total of 16GB of RAM. While many sub $500 laptops are still being offered with entry-level 1366 x 768 display panels, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM comes with a Full-HD display. The 1920 x 1080 display offers great image quality and with Acer’s ColorBlast technology, you get more than twice the as many colors as with other budget laptops. If you spend long hours working on your laptop, then Acer’s Bluelight Shield feature will help to reduce eye strain by reducing the amount of blue light that is emitted from the display. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM features a standard 1TB hard drive, which offers ample storage space for all of your files, your music collection and years of photos. However, these budget storage drives are quite slow in comparison to modern solid state drives. You can replace it with an affordable solid state drive, however this will mean sacrificing storage space for speed as a similar size SSD will cost as much as the laptop. Overall the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM is packed for of great features that you would expect from more expensive laptops, giving it a great price to performance ratio.

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 5.27 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD display
  • 7th Gen Intel processor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Battery life
  • Price to performance ratio

Cons

  • Only 4GB of RAM
  • Slower 5400rpm HDD

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM offers a lot of great hardware for its sub $400 price tag. But you only get 4GB of RAM and we recommend upgrading to increase the laptop’s day-to-day performance.

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Best Laptop Under $300

Dell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK 15.6-inchDell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK 15.6-inch

Dell have been on the market for a number of years and they have always managed to release great laptops for the budget conscious consumer. At first glance the Dell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK looks great, though to cut costs Dell has used a slightly less expensive plastic for the body. Sadly there is no all-metal body here but for its price it would be unreasonable to expect one. This cheaper plastic body also means that there is a noticeable amount of keyboard flex while typing and this might deter some users, but this is common among the budget friendly laptops of today. Dell has instead invested in offering the Dell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK with a relatively good entry-level Quad-Core Intel Pentium N3700 processor, though it only features 4GB of DDR3L memory. While this will be fine for browsing the web in Microsoft Edge, sending emails and using Skype, it will leave the system feeling sluggish with more intensive applications. Even Google Chrome will feel sluggish due to its memory hungry nature. Luckily, you will be able to upgrade the memory to 8GB for a snappier experience. You get a 500GB 5400rpm storage drive which offers much more space than competing laptops fitted with SSDs, but it will mean waiting longer for it to start up and for your applications to launch. While it does not offer a Full-HD display, the Dell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK does offer great image quality and the viewing angles are what we would expect for its price. There is sadly no optical drive, which has become a trend as they are slowly becoming obsolete in this day and age. You can purchase an external optical drive if need be.

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5.75 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Great price
  • Good amount of storage space
  • Decent battery life
  • Good image quality

Cons

  • Plastic chassis
  • Average amount of RAM
  • Slower storage drive
  • Some keyboard flex

Summary

The Dell Inspiron i3552-3240BLK offers great value for money for the bargain hunter or student after a new laptop. However, there is a noticeable amount of flex due to the plastic chassis.

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Best Laptop Under $200

HP Stream 11-y010nr 11.6-inchHP Stream 11-y010nr 11.6-inch

The Stream range of laptops have been extremely popular with users who are after a reliable laptop that won’t break the bank. Designed for the everyday user, the HP Stream 11-y010nr will easily cope with tasks such as web browsing, emails and Skype, but its entry level processor will struggle with more intensive tasks. Designed for streaming and working online, the HP Stream 11-y010nr only features a tiny 32GB of storage space. However with Windows 10 installed you are only left with around 20GB of usable storage space. While the SSD will allow you to start up Windows in seconds, it is far too small to store any larger media collections or large amounts of photos. Luckily HP have fitted the HP Stream 11-y010nr with a microSD card slot and you can use a large 128GB microSD card to increase the internal storage of the laptop. Don’t forget to format the card to NTFS to allow Windows to copy larger files. You can also look at an external hard drive or a cloud based storage option if you would prefer even more space. An Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 4GB of RAM power the HP Stream 11-y010nr, but neither the RAM nor the storage drive can be removed or upgraded, so you will have to make do with the 4GB of RAM. You get an 11.6-inch display that offers impressive colors and image quality for its attractive price. However, to keep costs down, HP have used an entry level TN display that offers far narrower viewing angles than laptops with an IPS displays. You also get a fairly large bezel around the display which is noticeable and makes the overall display area look a lot smaller than it really is. Overall if you are looking for a cheap entry level laptop for basic tasks, then the HP Stream 11-y010nr is well worth considering. Alternatively you can also look at the slightly larger HP Stream 14-ax010nr if you would prefer a 14-inch laptop.

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 10.75 hours battery life
  • 2.57 lbs

Pros

  • Light and compact
  • Great battery life
  • Good display
  • Fast boot speeds
  • Attractive price
  • 12 month of Office 365

Cons

  • Tiny amount of storage space
  • No optical drive
  • Limited ports
  • Slightly underpowered hardware

Summary

The HP Stream 11-y010nr offers great value for money, but the underpowered hardware is more suited to basic tasks and the internal storage space is fairly small for a modern laptop.

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best-chromebooksBest Chromebooks of 2016 and 2017

ChromeOS has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2009 as an open-source project called the Chromium OS project. While still not a 100% replacement for a PC or Mac, a Chromebook is a fantastic tool especially if most of your computing needs lie in the web. Chromebooks are perfect for email, browsing and streaming media. Another plus is that Chromebooks are usually priced extremely well and have incredible battery life. If the thought of ChromeOS intrigues you, read on. We have listed this years best Chromebooks in one easy place.
 
 
 
 

Best Chromebook under $200

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6-inchASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6-inch

If you are looking for a strong and sturdy Chromebook that can handle the abuses of the classroom, then the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 is well worth considering. It has been specially designed with nano-molding technology to ensure that it is tough as nails and the rubber bumpers help to protect this Chromebook from impact in unforeseen accidents. It has even been tested by ASAS to endure a 3.9 foot drop. ASUS have also given the Chromebook C202SA-YS02 a spill-resistant keyboard to ensure that this Chromebook will still function in the event of an unforeseen spillage while it is being used. The 180-degree hinged display allows for easier viewing while in group discussions and gives the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 a bit more flexibility when relaxing with your feet up on the sofa. Powering the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 is an Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 4GB of RAM, which combined are more than powerful enough for most Chrome OS tasks. While the standard Microsoft Office cannot be installed on Chrome OS, you will be able to use Google Docs, QuickOffice and Microsoft Office Online for all of your word processing needs. The 16GB of storage will allow for a handful of applications and documents to be stored on the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02, however, it has been designed to be used in conjunction with Google’s Drive cloud storage. You get 100GB of cloud storage space for 2 years from Google, thereafter it will cost $1.99 a month to keep the same amount of storage. If you would prefer an offline solution, then we recommend purchasing a 128GB MicroSD card and installing it into the MicroSD slot for a more permanent storage solution.

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 2.2 lbs

Pros

  • Rugged design
  • MicroSD slot
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • Price
  • 4GB of RAM

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • No optical drive
  • Non-upgradable
  • Limited amount of apps
  • Linux not supported

Summary

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 is a rugged Chromebook that has been designed for the classroom and features double the RAM as many of its competitors.

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6-inch
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Best Chromebook under $300

Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM 14-inchAcer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM 14-inch

The Acer Chromebook 14’s all-aluminum chassis make it look and feel like it costs much more than its modest price tag. This makes it stand out amongst competitors, and despite the metal design, it remains light enough to carry around easily. Sporting a 1920 x 1080p resolution, its display is sharp and reproduces colors accurately. However, it is not bright enough for comfortable outdoor use, and its color palette is middling at best, but understandable at this price point. Moving on to input devices, the keyboard offers nice feedback and is well spaced out, but we would have liked deeper travel. It is by no means bad, but it tires you out faster than other keyboards. The touchpad, however, is smooth, accurate, and correctly registers multi-touch gestures. Acer fit an Intel Celeron N3160 processor and backed it up with 4GB of low power RAM. Office apps run like a breeze, and there is no visible lag during multitasking. Intel Celeron processors are also designed to be as efficient as possible, and this allows the Chromebook a long 10-hour battery life that will last any school day. Unfortunately, the integrated graphics will not tolerate anything except light gaming. This might actually be a good thing, seeing as how you should be studying rather than playing computer games.

  • 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Chrome OS
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 3.42 lbs

Pros

  • Premium metal design
  • Sturdy build
  • Full-HD screen
  • Long battery life
  • Great speakers
  • Solid performance

Cons

  • Shallow keyboard
  • Dim light
  • Underpowered processor
  • No SD card slot

Summary

The Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM offers much more than its modest price tag suggests, and with its long battery life and compact design, it makes for a great carry-on device.

Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM 14-inch
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Best Chromebook under $500

HP Chromebook 13 G1 W0S99UT 13.3-inchHP Chromebook 13 G1 W0S99UT 13.3-inch

Most Chromebooks on the market today are relatively cheap and this has made them exceptionally popular among those on tighter budgets. However, there is nothing that really sets the cheaper Chromebooks apart. This is where HP steps in with the HP Chromebook 13 G1 W0S99UT. Not wanting to release yet another average Chromebook, HP decided to make the G1 lighter and more powerful than its cheaper counterparts. While this does push up the price of this Chromebook, it does mean that you get a Quad-HD display, double the average storage space, Intel HD graphics and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. The display offers a maximum resolution 3200 x 1800 pixels and is a huge step up from the lower resolutions displays that we are used to seeing on most Chromebooks. The ultra-thin and lightweight design is not just elegant, it also allows you to slip it into a backpack or handbag for while you are on the go. However, the thin design does have one drawback and that is that the left hand side of the G1 has a slight chin that is needed for the full-size USB port. While this might annoy some users, it’s merely cosmetic and is not a deal breaker at all. Powering the HP Chromebook 13 G1 is an Intel Pentium 4405Y processor and 4GB of memory. This is far more powerful than most of the Chromebooks on the market and will allow the HP Chromebook 13 G1 to run more intensive applications. The HP Chromebook 13 G1 features 32GB of storage space, which is double the storage space of most Chromebooks. However, this is tiny for modern standards and we recommend using a good external storage drive for your multimedia files. The HP Chromebook 13 G1 also features an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics chip and offers far better performance than its cheaper counterparts when it comes to the limited games available for Chrome OS. While the HP Chromebook 13 G1 does feature two next generation USB 3.1 Type-C ports, it lacks an HDMI port and you will need an adapter if you intend on using a second display or connecting the HP Chromebook 13 G1 to a TV.

  • 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixels (IPS)
  • Chrome OS
  • 8.25 hours battery life
  • 2.86 lbs

Pros

  • Quad-HD display
  • USB 3.1 Type-C ports
  • Thin and light
  • Good keyboard
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Lower battery life
  • Limited applications
  • Only one full USB port
  • No HDMI port
  • Higher price

Summary

The HP Chromebook 13 G1 W0S99UT is a premium Chromebook which offers a Quad-HD display and more powerful hardware. However, the brilliant display will drain the battery quicker and there is no HDMI port anywhere to be seen.

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