Buying laptops today is no easy task, with seemingly infinite choices from brands, big numbers which don’t seem to impact a difference. When buying laptops today there are so many things to consider, which is why we’ve compiled this for you recommending our top 5 laptops available in increasing price ranges for your benefit. So, for business or personal use, take a look at this list to get the most bang for your buck.
1. HP Stream – 11-y010nr
HP here have taken their usual route of naming their laptops weird numbers instead of a real name. Never the less, their 11″ HP Stream offers an excellent small office PC perfect for travel and day-to-day use. The laptop
offers 802.11 Wi-Fi, so your connection to the web will be stronger than ever, handy as this laptop only has 32GB local storage so you’re going to be using
a lot of cloud-computing. Though local storage is expandable thanks to the SD card slot, and USB 2.0. And if you’re ready to take the leap, the Stream
has a Gen 1 USB-C port for some super-speedy file transfer rates. Thanks to the low-power Intel Celeron processor, your battery life will usually hit around 10 hours, handy for long journeys away from power supplies. The
same processor is excellent for web-browsing, word-processing and general
office programs; perfect as a year’s subscription to Office 365 comes free.
Lacking any ways to expand local storage? Not to worry as you also get a free 25GB of storage courtesy of Dropbox, and a Terabyte of cloud storage from Microsoft’s OneDrive, working seamlessly with the pre-installed Windows 10 Home included with the £199.99 price-tag. We recommend this one for the on-the-go Office user, and homework completer. Looking for something with a bit more oomph for programming or gaming? Then we’ve got more for you below.
2. Lenovo Ideapad 110(15″)
Lenovo comes in here with this larger 15″ laptop complete with number pad keyboard and 1366×768 HD screen -though not outstanding, it gets the job done. The Pentium N3710 is more suited towards the programmer, being able to handle compiling and some heavier IDEs like Eclipse. Joined by the 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 for your favourite headsets, though not to worry about storage this time round thanks to the one terabyte hard drive – you’ll never have to worry about the cloud again. With Ethernet, USB 3 and HDMI, this laptop is perfect for creating a desktop-like setup which can be quickly ported around, aided by the small 2.2KG weight of the device, and task through the day, though the Pentium’s integrated graphics might just let you get away with some light gaming.
Simple, good-looking, and affordable at just £299.
3. Lenovo G50-80
Lenovo strikes back with this i3 upgrade. Coming in at the same size as their Ideapad, the G50-80 pushes more performance with the i3 5005U clocked at 2GHz. More power suits the more heavy-duty office user and programmers, looking to speed up their day-to-day computing. Paired with an additional 8GB of RAM this time round, the G50 will keep all your entertainment, web-browsers and office programs running without fault. With Windows 10, Bluetooth 4, USB 3, a card reader and DVD drive your I/O is
anything but limited, again perfect for a desktop setup and an on-the-go workstation. Though battery life does suffer thanks to the increased performance, and for £349.99 I’d expect at least a 1080p panel, but the 1366×768 is good enough if you’re not worried about getting stunning visuals from your laptop.
4. Lenovo V110
Hitting the higher price brackets now, Lenovo comes in yet again with their V110. This matte-finish laptop is “thin, light and reliable” weighing under 2.1KG, for all you manic movers who need a powerful machine. The lay-flat hinge paired with an anti-glare panel is excellent for use in all light conditions, striking the attention of worked who are frequently travelling, or school-users between classrooms. However, Lenovo falls victim to the 1366×768 panel yet again, and in this bracket higher resolution should be expected. Although the i5 6200U at 2.3GHz will blaze through office and day-to-day tasks, some more heavy gaming, and super-fast code development, IDE handling, and compilation. Although this comes at sacrifice to memory, dropping back to just 4GB of RAM, albeit faster DDR4 memory. We also lose some storage space with only a 500GB Hard Drive over the Terabyte on the previous Lenovo laptops. At £499.99, more could be expected – but with the power of that i5 & anti-glare screen, there’s little to complain about.
5. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
Finally, our ‘top-tier budget’ laptop goes to the new Inspiron 15. With a beautiful black & red colour scheme and triangular vent patterns, this one definitely appeals to the user looking to stand out. The seventh-generation i5 7300HQ is outstanding for just about everything, be it office-use, programming, or heavy-load gaming especially when partnered with the full GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU; allowing for some additional high-end GPU acceleration in day-to-day us away from gaming. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM also holds high with multi-tasking; partnered with the super-speedy 256GB SSD. You can expect stunning visuals with the 1920×1080 IPS anti-glare display, the only device on the list to feature a full-HD display. For £899.99, I’d recommend Dell’s latest award-winner to just about everyone.
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