Powerful speakers and a high-definition display make this notebook a true home theater. The system will last for 8 hours on battery power, and the 512 GB of storage is enough for most demanding users.
The cooling system isn't the best, the fan tends to run constantly.
This laptop will be a godsend for both power users and novices. The graphics processor will allow you to run the latest games, and the modern display will provide a high-quality HD image.
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Intel Core i7-1165G7 11th Generation (Turbo up to 4.7 GHz)
16 GB RAM + 512 GB SSD Storage
1 x USB Type C, 2 x USB Type A, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack
Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
14.18 x 9.21 x 0.7 inches
The Ryzen 7 processor allows you to quickly and instantly perform most tasks for work, video editing, or programming. The excellent quality of the keyboard and the design of the notebook make working with it truly enjoyable.
Some users reported the Cortana assistant doesn't work properly.
The laptop has excellent performance and a solid SSD that can handle large amounts of data. The ultra-lightweight ergonomics allow you to take your laptop on the go, while the Fingerprint Reader technology protects your data.
14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U hexa-core processor (2.0 GHz)
8 GB RAM + 512 GB SSD Storage
1 x USB Type-C port, 1 x USB 3. 2 Gen 2, 1 x DisplayPort over USB Type-C, 1 x USB Charging, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI
Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
12.73 x 8.62 x 0.63 inches
A convenient and fast laptop with a high-quality HD webcam. Fast downloads and a friendly interface - any user can easily figure out how to use such a laptop.
Low resolution screen.
This laptop is an irreplaceable assistant during business trips and vacations. The battery lasts up to 7 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge. The processing power and the amount of RAM are enough to quickly solve everyday tasks.
15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U (2.6 GHz)
8 GB RAM + 256 GB SSD Storage
3 x USB, 1 x SD Multi-forwar card reader, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1 x HDMI 2.0
Windows 10 Home
14.11 x 9.53 x 0.78 inches
1 year limited
The laptop boots up in 15 seconds using the fingerprint reader - you no longer need to remember passwords or wait a long time. Windows in S mode will allow you to work with programs for work and study 2 times faster.
Inconvenient speaker placement.
The ASUS VivoBook F515 is an ultra-compact laptop that has more than 7 hours of battery life and good performance for any modern task. An excellent choice for either school or work.
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Intel Core i3-1005G1 (up to 3.4 GHz)
4 GB RAM + 128 GB SSD Storage
1 x COMBO audio jack, 1 x Type-C USB 3.2 (Gen 1), 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 (Gen 1), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI
Windows 10 S
14.2 x 9.2 x 0.78 inches
This is a stylish and lightweight laptop that stands out for its low power consumption. The backlighting of the keyboard makes it possible to work in any light conditions, and the FHD display with a convenient viewing angle will not strain your eyes.
The Vega 3 Graphics is underpowered for demanding games.
The Acer Aspire model is suitable for work on the road or undemanding gaming. The contrast screen reproduces colors beautifully, and the built-in speakers convey sound well. The convenient touchpad and key ergonomics will make your work as comfortable as possible.
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U (2.6 GHz)
4 GB RAM + 128 GB SSD Storage
2 x USB 2.0, 1 х USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type, 1 х HDMI port with HDCP support
Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
14.31 x 9.74 x 0.71 inches
1 year limited
HP Pavilion (15-eg0021nr)
Laptops can range in pricing and abilities, all the way from high-end systems that are meant to replace a large desktop tower PC, and all the way down to cheap devices that aren't very powerful but are meant to work on a budget. The HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr 15" FHD IPS Laptop is definitely a good example of the former. This laptop is a great pick for both power users and novices who need a fast and powerful system that will handle all of their tasks with ease. The graphics processor will allow you to run the latest games, and the modern display will provide a high-quality HD image that looks about as good as any other monitor.
This laptop uses the latest 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 running at speeds of up to 4.7 GHz in Turbo mode, giving it one of the fastest processors you will find in any laptop. To bolster up the fast processing power, this system also includes 16 GB of RAM, which is enough to handle most large, memory-intensive tasks, as well as a capacious 512 GB SSD. The SSD provides plenty of storage for all of your critical applications and data, and the fast read and write speeds of the drive will ensure that your system and applications start up almost instantly. In essence, just about everything with this laptop is fast.
Sleek High-End Hardware
The important aspects of a laptop aren't just limited to what it has under the hood in regards to typical computer components such as the processor, RAM, and storage. Plenty of other factors are necessary for making a laptop both powerful and easy to use, and thankfully we can say that none of these other factors have been overlooked in the design of this system. The laptop includes powerful built-in speakers and a high-definition display that make this notebook a true home theater. The system will last for up to 8 hours on battery power, and it will still exhibit high performance while doing so, something that is often missing from many other laptops.
One thing that does deserve special mention here is the built-in Intel Xe graphics that come with the system. Unlike the integrated graphics of earlier Intel processors, this system is able to run graphically intensive games that will run with high FPS and smooth responsiveness. Likewise, the system also includes plenty of ports for connecting various external devices, including a USB Type-C port for the latest devices as well as two legacy USB Type-A ports. Both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 adapters are also included for fast and efficient wireless connectivity. For anyone who requires a powerful laptop to deal with some complex and intensive tasks, this system is certainly what you need.
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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42-R9YN)
High-Performance AMD Processor
One of the most well-known facts that have always been the case with laptops is that those sporting Intel processors are always the fastest ones available. Unfortunately for Intel, those days are now over thanks to AMD's new Ryzen series of processors, and this system just happens to be sporting one. The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN 14" FHD IPS Laptop has excellent performance thanks to its extremely fast octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU, as well as a solid SSD with great storage capacity that can handle large amounts of data.
To go into more detail about the hardware, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor runs at up to 4.1 GHz, giving you an extreme amount of processing power that can handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. The system also includes 8 GB of lightning-fast DDR4 memory that gives you plenty of RAM for running multiple applications at the same time, and the 512 GB SSD provides an ample amount of storage. In addition to this powerful hardware packed underneath the hood, the ultra-lightweight ergonomics allow you to take your laptop on the go, while the Fingerprint Reader technology protects your data while also making it extremely easy to login to Windows. No more having to muck about with a password for starting up your system!
Having a powerful laptop won't amount to much for many users if the exterior isn't up to the task of being portable and ergonomic, and thankfully you get both of these in spaces with this Acer laptop. The excellent quality of the keyboard makes typing your important documents a joy, and the design of the notebook's exterior casing makes handling it quite easy without risk of damaging the unit. Even the display gets special attention, thanks to the 14-inch IPS panel that gives it a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, so all of your HD content will look just as good here as it will on any high-end desktop monitor or television.
Two other factors to consider here are the battery life of the unit as well as its connectivity, and both of these get high marks from us when it comes to this laptop. The system includes plenty of connectivity options, including an HDMI port along with the ability to connect up to two DisplayPort displays through the included USB Type-C port. You also get 2 USB Type-A ports, including one for USB 3.2 and the other for USB 2.0. The battery life of this unit is also quite good, giving you enough power to use the system for up to 11.5 hours on a full charge. With all of this high-end hardware packed into a lightweight and ergonomic design, this laptop gives you an extremely powerful tool that is very pleasant to use.
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For Work or Play
Laptops are often more than just simple tools for doing a job. Along with being able to handle your work tasks, laptops are also quite useful both for school as well as for home entertainment, even while on the go. In order to make full use of these features, though, you need a laptop that is powerful enough to handle the tasks you throw at it while still being lightweight and portable. If you're looking for a great laptop that meets all of these features without being priced way out of a normal person's range, then you should take a look at the HP 15-ef1021nr 15.6" HD Micro-Edge Display Laptop.
This laptop can become an irreplaceable assistant during both business trips and vacations, thanks to its powerful design and ergonomic exterior. The battery lasts up to 7 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge, allowing you to handle your work and other tasks while sitting out by the pool or somewhere else equally far away from a power outlet. The processing power of the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U CPU and the 8 GB of RAM are also quite good, being enough to handle demanding applications as well as many of the latest games. In short, this laptop packs quite a bit of a punch for a system in its price range. Just be warned, though - the cooling system in this laptop isn't quite up to par, so don't expect to actually be able to use it on your lap, especially when performing demanding tasks on it.
One of the features that really deserves special mention here is the keyboard of this laptop. The keys are all well marked and quite readable, and include a number of integrated laptop controls that really make using the system quite easy, even for someone who is not very computer literate. What really separates it from most other laptop keyboards, though, is the fact that it features a full separate 10-key keypad, something that is missing from almost any other laptop that you'll find. Those who often use 10-key for data entry will find this laptop to be among the best that they can find for this purpose.
There is plenty else to praise about this system. The HP Tuned speakers provide excellent sound quality that is much better than what most people expect to find from a laptop, and the integrated HP True Vision HD camera gives you excellent video quality for making Skype calls or attending Zoom meetings. The screen quality is also good, giving you more than passable color reproduction, although the low resolution of 1366 x 768 may be a bit low for those who really want full HD video quality. With that aside, though, this excellent laptop from HP is an extraordinary value, no matter what you want to use the system for.
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ASUS VivoBook F515 (F515JA-AH31)
Buying a new laptop can be confusing for a lot of people due to the large number of characteristics that one must pay attention to. For those who value portability over everything else, it is certainly possible to find a laptop that meets their portability needs, but that is also severely lacking in power. Likewise, those that are quite powerful are almost always not quite so portable. With the ASUS VivoBook F515 15.6" FHD Display Laptop, you get an extremely portable laptop that also packs plenty of power under the hood, giving it the ability to meet your portability needs while also being powerful enough to handle most demanding tasks.
This laptop has pretty compact dimensions of 14.2 x 9.2 x 0.78 inches, making it one of the smallest laptops on our list despite its 15.6-inch display, which actually has more display area than some of the larger laptops. The weight of this unit is 3.97 lbs, which doesn't quite make it the lightest one you can find, but it is still lighter than many of its contemporaries, especially in its price range. The battery life is also nothing to sneeze at, with the system being able to run for up to 7 hours on a full charge, giving it plenty of usability whenever you aren't near a power outlet.
Suitable Processing Power
Although this laptop has pretty compact dimensions, the manufacturer didn't really have to make any trade-offs in regards to its performance. This system sports a dual-core Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor with 4 GB of RAM, which gives you plenty of speed and memory for handling most work tasks. The 128 GB NVMe M.2 SSD isn't all that spacious, but for those who don't need tons of applications or large data files on the system, it will still be plenty. On top of that, you also get lightning-fast access speeds, so the system will boot up Windows and your applications in just seconds.
One important thing to note about this system is that it is running Windows 10 in S mode, which trades off the ability to run any application with the ability to run apps that are extremely fast. Power users certainly will find this too limiting for what they need, but most people who have basic work or school tasks to perform will find it to be more than suitable. Also, the speaker placement on this system isn't actually the best, as the speakers do tend to sound muffled at times and are not very loud. Despite these limitations, we are sure that most users who value portability over everything else will find this laptop to be a great bargain.
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Acer Aspire 5 (A515-43-R19L)
Powerful Budget Laptop
Not everyone needs a high-end laptop that costs an arm and a leg. For many of us, a good budget laptop is just what we need. In fact, most budget models are able to suitably handle most basic tasks without running into any trouble, which is what most users who are looking for a budget model really require. Anything else on top of that is just gravy. With the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-43-R19L) 15.6" FHD IPS Display Laptop, you actually get a pretty powerful system that gives you more than enough power for handling basic tasks and light gaming, which is much more than what most users expect from such a system.
Despite the fact that this is a budget laptop, it is actually one of the nicer-looking models on our list. It also stands out for its low power consumption, giving you up to 7.5 hours of battery life on a full charge. This model also has a few features that are not commonly found on budget laptops. The backlighting of the keyboard makes it possible to work in any light conditions, and the 1920 x 1080 FHD display with a convenient viewing angle will not strain your eyes. In fact, this laptop will really feel like a premium experience, something that is almost never the case with budget systems.
The hardware that this model is packing under the hood is pretty decent for its price range. The system uses a dual-core AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor running at up to 3.5 GHz, along with 4 GB of RAM and a 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD. For lighter use, this hardware will prove to be more than capable of handling whatever you need, and in fact, it will probably surprise you with its overall responsiveness. Plenty of connectivity options are also included, which altogether helps make this laptop worth much more than its meager asking price. Those who are in the market for a powerful budget laptop will find few models that can match this one.
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What Is a Laptop With SSD?
Just 20 years ago, laptops were quite a luxury for most people who required or wanted a home or office computer. Most computers sold were large, bulky desktop systems that were anything but portable. Nowadays, the situation has reversed, with laptops actually selling much better than desktop systems. Although the portability of a laptop is nice, they tend to have some drawbacks, namely in that they are often not as powerful as their desktop counterparts, but more importantly that they tend to run slower.
A good solution to this issue, of course, is to get a laptop with an SSD. SSDs (Solid State Drives) have a large number of benefits in comparison to mechanical hard drives, mainly in that they are much faster to access. Opening large files or even running a lot of programs at once on your laptop can benefit greatly from having an SSD in your system, as the constant accessing of the internal storage will often slow your computer to a crawl with a mechanical hard drive. Thankfully, many laptops now come with SSDs installed, which means that the best laptops with SSD are much easier to find now than they were before.
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What Features to Compare
Finding a laptop that comes with an SSD already installed isn't very difficult now, thanks to the proliferation of SSDs. However, finding the right laptop for your needs is still just as difficult as ever, as laptops vary widely in such things as their specifications and characteristics. For power users, a laptop with an SSD but bare minimum specs just won't cut it, so you'll have to search for one that has all of the characteristics that you need. Below are some of the most common characteristics to look for in the best laptops with SSDs.
One of the most important characteristics of any computer, whether it be a desktop or laptop, is the processor. The main processor is the central brain of the computer, and is usually the fastest part of it that dictates how quickly your programs will run. As a general rule, the faster the processor speed (measured in Gigaherts, or Ghz), the faster the computer is. However, this isn't always the case, as older processors may run with the same processor speed as a newer one, but will often be slower in real world use. It is usually best to get not only the fastest clock speed available, but also the newest model of processor.
The next most important characteristic is the amount of RAM that comes in your laptop, as this will dictate how much data you will be able to work with simultaneously before your computer needs to start swapping data to the internal storage. Most of the models reviewed here come with at least 8 GB of RAM installed, but as usual, the more, the better.
The amount of total storage space available in the computer is definitely important, especially for power users who work with a lot of programs and large data files such as videos. One of the drawbacks of an SSD is that they generally offer much less storage space than a mechanical hard drive of the same size. However, many laptops made for power users include both SSDs and mechanical hard drives to ensure that enough storage space is offered. If you are a power user who works with a lot of programs and large data files, you will want to make sure that the laptop with SSD that you purchase will have enough storage space for your particular needs.
In addition to the characteristics mentioned above, there are plenty of other features that you will want to look for in your new laptop, including the dimensions, screen size, weight, battery life, and more. Make sure that you check all of the specifications and characterstics that are important to you in any new laptop that you buy in order to ensure that you are getting the best laptop with SSD for your needs.
Did you know?
SSDs: The New Storage Medium
SSDs aren't really new, as they have been around for a number of years now. However, they have become more and more prevalent, to the point now where more laptops are coming with SSDs than with mechanical hard drives. Even many desktop computers are now shipping with SSDs installed, and soon it may actually be rare to see a system that includes a mechanical hard drive. This leaves the question, though: What benefits do SSDs really bring to computers, and what drawbacks do they have in comparison to mechanical hard drives? For those who don't really know much about SSDs, prepare to be educated!
How SSDs Work
An SSD (Solid State Drive) is mass storage meant to replace the older mechanical hard drives. SSDs work by utilizing what is known as flash storage to hold and maintain data, whereas older hard drives use metal platter to magnetically store data. The flash storage in an SSD is essentially NAND flash non-volatile memory, which works in a manner somewhat similar to the RAM used by a computer, but is able to retain stored data even with no electrical current. Since it is drastically different than how a hard drive works, the only thing that SSDs have in common with hard drives are that they are a method of mass storage.
Benefits of SSDs
The number of benefits provided by solid state drives are numerous. As they do not contain any moving parts. they tend to be much more reliable than a hard drive, including being resistant to shock. SSDs also have much quicker access times than a standard hard drive, as there is no need for moving parts to physically find a location where data is stored. SSD speeds tend to be limited more to the drive controller than to its internal operation, whereas hard drives speeds are limited by the speed of the physically moving parts. Along with these advantages, SSDs also tend to be much less power-hungry, which is a huge benefit for portable systems such as laptops, where battery life is a huge concern. They are also usually physically lighter as well, which helps reduce the total weight of a laptop.
Drawbacks of SSDs
Despite the numerous advantages that SSDs have over hard drives, there are a number of drawbacks as well. The biggest drawback tends to be that they are much more expensive in comparison to a hard drive of the same storage capacity, which explains why SSD storage sizes tend to be much smaller than an equivalently priced hard drive. This, in turn, often results in users opting to have a mechanical hard drive installed alongside an SSD, just so they have enough internal storage to meet their needs. Another large drawback is that SSDs do run the risk of losing data retention over a period of time, which is due to the nature of how they operate. This makes them less than ideal for long term storage, as an SSD that sits unused for a long period of time (such as for more than a year) has a high risk of losing the data that is stored on it.
SSDs Are The Future
Although SSDs do have some disadvantages compared to mechanical hard drives, the number of advantages they bring means that they are the future of mass storage. Furthermore, SSD technology has advanced at a rapid pace, and many of the disadvantages they currently have are likely to disappear. With this being the case, mechanical hard drives may be relegated to being relics from the past.