After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best business laptops between $500 and $1000 for 2019 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6″ Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
Acer’s E 15 line is well-regarded for offering high-end specs at budget prices. Like the E 15 (E5-575G-57D4) that came before it, the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762) offers an impressive set of components laptop. The new E 15 rocks an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, a full-HD screen, a 256GB SSD and discrete Nvidia graphics.
You have to live with a display… that is very dull and has muted colors. The Aspire E 15 features a plastic lid printed with the woven-cotton pattern that’s synonymous with Acer’s more affordable notebooks. While a shiny, embossed Acer logo decorates its lid, a hunchback hump rises from the back of its underside. The Aspire E 15’s DVD-RW drive and USB 2.0 port sit on its left side.
While its SD memory reader is on the front-left corner. Its other ports — VGA, Ethernet, Kensington security lock slot, HDMI, dual USB 3.0 ports and single USB Type-C — are on its left. The Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762)’s dim, muted screen is its Achilles’ heel. Watching a Black Panther trailer on the notebook, I noticed how much darker a scene between Chadwick Boseman and Martin Freeman looked than it normally should.
ASUS ZenBook Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3-inch Full HD
The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55 sports a stylish look, a super svelte build, a gorgeous display and the latest eighth generation ‘Kaby Lake-R’ processor. In a crowded field of ultraportables, it stands out for solid performance and good pricing. In September of 2016, during a launch event at the floor of IFA in Berlin, Asus showcased a laptop that “solved a problem.” That was the ZenBook UX330UA-AH54, a svelte clamshell laptop.
That’s easily the most attractive of the lot.… Like most ultraportables, it shares more than just a passing resemblance to Apple’s MacBook Air. Now Asus has introduced an updated follow-up to our Editors’ Choice – from last year called the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55. The new model iterates on its predecessor, adding an 8th-generation Intel Core processor, a fingerprint sensor, and USB Type-C support, among other goodies.
But goodies aren’t what won awards for previous ZenBooks. They won because they brought solid performance and excellent quality to a price everyone can afford – the same, in this case. Is the UX330UA-AH55 another value champion? The ZenBook UX330UA-AH55 is identical to the previous model, except for the feature set and other nitties. The specifications point towards a thin, svelte laptop, just half-inch thick – 0.5 by 12.7 by 8.7 inches (HWD).
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5″ i5 256GB Multi-Touch
The Microsoft Surface Book packs high-end components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body. Some components and most of the battery are hidden in the base, so the tablet half is lighter. The high-res screen looks great, and the included stylus pen is excellent.
What good is a touchscreen tablet… and stylus if you can’t really draw? Despite a teenage comic book collection thousands of issues deep (dating roughly 1985-1991), I never had much of a knack as a visual artist, beyond idle doodling. Sure, I’ve got a few standby sketches I can whip up when the need arises, from the googly-eyed generic newspaper strip character to some forced perspective boxes, but does that mean I need a $1,499-and-up laptop-plus-stylus Microsoft Surface Book that practically begs to be used by someone with actual artistic talent?
Microsoft’s other new system, the less expensive Surface Pro 4 , is clearly intended as a full-time tablet that can double as a part-time laptop, thanks to its clever (but sold separately) keyboard cover. And in practice, the Surface Pro is better as a tablet, and certainly great to draw on, but it doesn’t do as much for the rest of us who live in the slightly more buttoned-down world of offices, meetings, word processing and all the things that work best on a traditional laptop.
Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 – 13.3″ Touch Display
Want a very affordable 2-in-1? The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 is a convertible-hybrid laptop with a price tag that’s smudged between what we consider entry level and midrange. It incorporates some premium features, such as the latest eighth-generation Core i5 processor and a full-HD-resolution screen, but it makes a few compromises as well. For instance, you’ll get a 1TB 5,400rpm HDD rather than a much-faster SSD.
Overall, apart from the new Kaby Lake R processor,… the whole combination and feature set aren’t enough to dethrone similarly priced top picks. If all you’re looking for is an affordable bend-back laptop for use at home or office, this 2-in-1 offers solid value, but if you plan to use it for complex multimedia tasks, you’ll want to look elsewhere. The Inspiron 13 has a 2-in-1 convertible hybrid design.
Meaning the screen can be flipped around and used in: Tablet mode as a handheld; Stand mode with the keyboard facing down; and, Tent mode with the hinge up while the keyboard is facing away from you. In all these three modes, the touch screen is placed in the front and center, so you can seamlessly interact with Windows 10 or watch your videos easily.
Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7
While laptops with full HD screens and 2-in-1s that easily bend back into tablets can be had for anything under $700, in most cases you’ll be compromising power output or build quality. The latest Acer Aspire R 15, a mid-range convertible-hybrid laptop, bucks that trend, with new features that push it from average to top of the class. Last year, Acer pushed into the market the Aspire R14.
Which stood out as one of the reasonably priced,… large-screen laptops with a multi-mode form factor. At the time, we didn’t like it for its low resolution screen, as most midrange laptops were flaunting higher-resolution screens, some even had 4K displays. Acer rectifies those shortcomings with the Aspire R15 in way of a bigger 1080p HD screen, all-day battery life, and adds a USB-C port.
All that, along with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a dedicated graphics card and faster dual-band Wi-Fi, help the latest Acer Aspire R15 stand out as a Top Pick for midrange convertible-hybrid laptops. The tepid-silver Aspire R15 measures 0.79 by 14.59 by 10.09 inches (HWD), and weighs 4.74 pounds. That’s pretty slim for a laptop with a 15-inch screen, Acer Aspire R14 (0.73 by 13.5 by 9.6 inches; 4.07 pounds), justified by the larger screen.
Huawei MateBook X Signature Edition 13″ Laptop
Luxury doesn’t boast. Luxury just is. The Huawei Matebook X is a perfect example. The laptop’s matte, metallic aluminum construction oozes style, and it feels as premium as it looks. Similar to the Huawei Mate 9 phone, the Matebook X’s elegantly inconspicuous power button doubles as a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader.
Available in gold, grey and pink,… the Matebook X’s dimensions are thinner and it weighs less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Its 12.5 mm thick and weighs 2.31 pounds, while the comparable MacBook Pro is 15 mm thick and weighs about 3.02 pounds. (The 12-inch MacBook, which uses lower-power Intel Core M processors, is 13 mm thick and weighs 2.03 pounds.)
There is a striking resemblance between the two high-end laptops. That’s a big compliment. If the TouchBar-less version of the MacBook Pro is the “Retina MacBook Air” you’ve always wanted, the Matebook X is the Windows 10 version you never knew you needed.
Acer Swift 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
The Swift 3 is equipped with the same IPS FHD panel as the sister model that we have reviewed previously. This is a panel that displays the screen content accurately from any viewing angle and has a good contrast ratio. In terms of brightness, we expect more from a laptop in this price bracket – a number over 300 cd/m² would be more appropriate. The two panels yielded somewhat different results, which is normal.
Both screens produce backlight flicker… due to pulse width modulation, but our current test device flickers at a frequency of 21000 Hz, which is a significantly higher number than we measured on its sister model. A frequency in that range should spare even sensitive users from eye problems and/or headaches.
The extent to which the processor’s turbo can be used is dependent on which application(s) the user is running. For example, the chip could only process the Multithread tests in the Cinebench benchmark at full turbo speed for 2 to 3 seconds. Afterward, the speed throttles down to between 2.4 and 2.5 GHz. The processor runs the entirety of the single thread tests at full turbo speed.
Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro
Expand your capabilities with the 12.3″ 32GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Chromebook Pro from Samsung, which features a built-in stylus that you can use to draw, take notes, and interact with apps and games. When not needed, simply slide it back into its dedicated slot so you won’t lose it. The Chromebook Pro is powered by a 900 MHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 dual-core processor, 4GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and integrated Intel graphics.
This system is equipped with 32GB… of eMMC storage. Should you need more, you can connect external storage solutions using its USB ports as well as its microSD card reader. Its 12.3″ display has a 2400 x 1600 resolution for crisp and clear content reproduction. Furthermore, with multi-touch support, you’ll be able to utilize touch gestures and functions to improve its accessibility and your productivity.
The 2-in-1 design with a 360° hinge provides you with multiple viewing options, allowing you to adjust it to fit your preference or current application. Other integrated features include 80.211ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a webcam, speakers, microphones, and a 3.5mm mic and headphone combo jack. The operating system installed is Chrome OS.