There is truly no shortage of technology out there for our personal use. From headsets to Bluetooth speakers to laptops, it seems like the quality of the products on the market are getting better and better with each passing year. Laptops, especially, have come so far. What once was a bulky desktop that often required a separate unit for CDs and even speakers is now as portable as a book. It’s also become a necessary part of work; many workplaces will provide their employees with a work laptop to facilitate working from home or on business trips. But if you’re in the market for a new laptop, it might be intimidating to think about where to begin. There’s no shortage of good laptop brands out there, and there are so many things to consider, from screen size to storage capacity and even to the kind of style that would fit your aesthetic. And on top of everything, there’s a huge range of options even within the price point that you’re looking at.
For those of you who might be looking for something that’s on the cheaper end, you’ve come to the right place. We put together below our 2020 picks for the best laptops under $700. This ensures that you’ll still get a quality piece of technology without running up a big bill for yourself that you might be worried to pay. So read on for our recommendations and get one step closer to bringing home a new laptop for all your personal computing needs!
Our Favorite Laptops Under $700 In 2020
- 2020 HP 14” Laptop (AMD A9-9425 up to 3.7 GHz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, AMD Radeon R5 Graphic, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 Home)
HP is a well-known manufacturer of hardware, from computers to printers and this new model is no exception.This is powered by the latest 7th Generation AMD A9-9425 processor, which is dual-core and from 3.1-3.7GHz for high quality computing performance. The 14 inch display has a bright and glossy screen so that you can see all the colors accurately, whether it’s watching a video or just browsing a website. While the storage is on the smaller side, with a 4GB system memory and 128 SSD, it’s more than enough given the size and weight of this laptop. As one reviewer commented, “since I am only writing and connecting it to my cloud storage shared by my main PC downstairs, I am not concerned with the small HD space. I am very pleased with this laptop and highly recommend it so long as you are not looking for a gaming laptop or require a larger HD.”
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- Lenovo ThinkPad E595 15.6” Full HD Laptop, AMD Ryzen 5 53500U Quad-Core, Up to 3.70 GHz, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro
Lenovo is a classic go-to for the workplace because of its functionality and straightforward design, and it’s definitely a laptop for you to consider for personal use as well. Although Lenovo isn’t known for its style or design, it more than makes up for it in terms of its functionality. This features a 15.6 inch Full HD screen (1920 x 1080) with anti-glare technology so you don’t need to worry about the sun’s rays bouncing off your screen if you happen to be sitting near a window. It boasts an 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4 Ram, along with a 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive. There are a number of ports, such as USB Type-A, USB 3.1 and 2.2, HDMI, and a microSD card slot. For connectivity and customization, you get both a headphone and microphone audio jack so you can hook up your own accessories to it. As one reviewer noted, “so far I am very pleased with the product! I was using a Lenovo at work and did some research and this brand was definitely what I wanted. I have had the computer for just 3 days but this brand is excellent quality. I have had Toshiba and HP and this definitely recommend a Lenovo over those.”
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- Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
Acer is similarly known for delivering on functionality, and the Aspire 5 laptop is no exception. It delivers on every aspect of everyday computing while also ensuring that your laptop is modern and streamlined. This laptop features a 15.6” Full HD IPS screen, so that everything you look at will be sharp and crisp, while the thin bezel allows you more space to work. Thanks to its powerful AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, you can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life so that you never need to worry about bringing your charger with you or even forgetting it at home if you happen to be going out. As an added bonus, the keyboard is backlit so you can comfortably work on things even in the dark, if need be. It can be used in or out of S mode, depending on what you prefer. As one reviewer raved, “this computer is so light weight and easy to carry. I love the sleek design of it as well… I am so so so happy with this product!”
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- 2020 HP 15.6”HD Touchscreen Premium Home & Business Laptop, 10th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G1 up to 3.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, WiFi, HDMI, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Windows 10
At the top of our list is another HP laptop, this time a 15.6” Full HD laptop. This features all the specs that you might want from a higher-end laptop at a fraction of the price. The storage capacity is incredible given the size of this laptop: 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which is more than enough for your basic computing needs. It utilizes the 10th Generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor (Quad-Core, 1.0 GHz Upto 3.6 GHz, 6 MB Cache) for powerful processing capabilities. Best of all, it’s touchscreen, so you can easily use your fingers to scroll up and down or to manipulate images on your screen. We’ll let the following review speak to our feelings about this laptop: “This laptop is light and slim which increases mobility. It is sleek and stylish with its neat edges and polished finish. The touchscreen is very responsive as well as the touchpad. The speakers are very clear and gives off a crisp sound but enough about the hardware, the computer starts up really fast compared to other and the graphics is pretty refined. The processor lives up to its name as well because it responses quickly whenever doing work or school tasks.”
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