Laptops are today’s Swiss-army knife equivalent of office tools. With almost any work-related task being feasible on a laptop but also access to hours of entertainment, a good laptop is indeed anyone’s best friend. But what makes a good laptop?
Quality will mean different things to different people. Some value design and durability, while others prize performance and utility. But whatever the personal preference, the universal factor that will always appeals to anyone is the middle ground, i.e. having the best bang for your buck.
With that in mind, here are 3 laptops that combine different high quality features, but are priced below $700. Regardless of whether you’ll be working on your web design projects or watching videos from your favorite youtube channels, these gadgets will cover your every need.
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 ($599)
This laptop is one of those gadgets that make you a bit skeptical. At first glance, it feels as a much more expensive device, which is why you immediately start looking for flaws. But even after hours of putting it through the test you are likely to find none, except maybe for the battery life.
The truth is that the Dell Inspiron 7000 is a true value for your money, as it not only comes with great design, but it’s also loaded with other interesting specs. The most interesting feature has to be the infrared facial recognition camera that will make you forget about using passwords ever again. And apart from the camera, you’ll also have the following specs to enjoy:
- 13-inch, crystal clear, back-flipping IPS touchscreen with 1920 x 1080p;
- 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U Dual Core CPU;
- 8GB DDR 3 RAM;
- 256GB Solid State HDD for fast booting.
- Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 520
- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
- Wi-Fi Model: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
- Touchpad Size: 4.1 x 2.6
- Ports: Security lock slot, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, USB Type-C, Combo Headphone/Mic Jack, HDMI-out, SD card slot
- USB Ports 3
- Card Slots: SD/SDHC Card reader
- Warranty/Support: 1-year limited hardware warranty
- Size: 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.74-0.76 inches
- Weight: 3.54 pounds
- Company: Website dell.com
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin ($690)
This laptop can also be called the “budget Macbook” as it is the next best thing for those who don’t want to sell their car to afford a Mac. Design-wise, this laptop takes you away with its HDR touchscreen display, smooth and sleek frame, and soft backlit keyboard. However, its looks are only the icing on the cake, for real.
Whether you want to use it for light games or put it through hours of office work, the Notebook 7 can really take whatever you throw its way. Although not as powerful as the 15-inch version, this smaller variant is more than enough for the price. And let’s face it, if you’re not planning on using it for hardcore gaming, you really don’t need anything else than the following hardware specs:
- 13 inch, HDR, touchscreen;
- 1TB HDD;
- 6th generation Intel i5 CPU;
- 8GB DDR3 RAM;
- Intel HD 520 GPU.
HP Chromebook 13 ($490)
If you’re more into Chrome OS than windows, the HP Chromebook 13 might be your best choice. Although it has a more expensive price tag than other Chromebooks of today, its light design and optimal performance will definitely be worth the price to most users.
With a thin anodized aluminum frame, silent operation and a truly captivating 13 inch display, this laptop is like the offspring of a Macbook Air and HP’s Probooks. In fact, the only thing bad about the Chromebook 13 is the limited storage space, which means you’ll have to invest in additional flash memory. You can also choose to go for the more expensive versions, but for the price of higher end models you might just as well buy a Macbook.
And apart from the design, which is its highest selling point, the HP Chromebook 13 also comes with the following specs:
- Gorgeous 3200×1800 p screen;
- 4GB RAM;
- Pentium 4405Y CPU;
- 32GB of storage;
- Up to 11 hours of battery life.