Last updated on April 27th, 2023 at 07:37 pm
In the world of laptops, where some models cost hundreds of dollars, $700 is hardly much, but there are still plenty of options available.
Particularly in the tiny and light laptop category, $700 is around the price at which we start seeing some high-quality models with a durable metal chassis and a strong Processor.
It is also roughly the starting price for gaming laptops. Because Apple MacBooks are often more expensive and there aren’t any mobile workstations available for less than $700
Below are our picks for the top laptops under $700 that you can buy after testing more than 70 different models.
Swift 3 14 by Acer (2020)
- The Acer Swift 3 14 (2020), a 14-inch ultraportable built for general work, is the finest laptop we’ve tested under $700.
- You can easily carry it to work or school thanks to its slim and lightweight design, and since its battery lasts approximately 14 hours with light use, you probably won’t need to pack a charger.
- It may be set up with an Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor from the 11th generation, as well as up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
- Lightweight operations like text processing, online browsing, spreadsheets, and video playback are no problem with Intel’s 11th-generation CPUs. If 512GB isn’t enough, you can upgrade the SSD because it is user-replaceable.
- You only have one choice for the display configuration: a 1080p 60Hz IPS panel.
- Although it has a clean appearance and has just enough space for modest multitasking, it doesn’t get particularly bright.
- The majority of interior situations are acceptable, however, brightly illuminated or sunny areas are not.
- The keyboard is claustrophobic but usable for typing, and the touchpad is little but moderately sensitive.
- Two USB-A ports, one USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 port, a full-size HDMI port, and a headphone jack are among its available ports.
- The webcam on this laptop is the main source of our complaints; the audio is staticky and the image appears soft and underexposed.
Chromebook Spin 714 from Acer (2022)
- The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022), an updated model of the wildly successful Acer Chromebook Spin 713, is our recommendation for the best Chromebook under $700. (2020).
- With a slightly larger 14-inch screen on this new model, split-screen multitasking is more comfortable to use.
- This device is a 2-in-1 convertible, as suggested by the name “Spin,” which allows you to use it as a tablet or stand it up in tent mode for watching videos.
- The stylus that comes with it may be docked into its charging slot for transport, and the display accepts pen input.
- Sadly, neither a fingerprint reader nor a facial recognition Infrared camera is included.
- This laptop is available with a variety of Intel 12th Gen.
- Processors, from a Core i3 to a Core i7, depending on the specifications.
- The main issue is that, due to insufficient availability, you can have problems finding the configuration you require.
- The most accessible variant at the moment is the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
- While severe multitaskers might wish to opt for a model with 16GB of memory, this combination is more than sufficient for persons with light workloads.
- With a battery life of nearly 13 hours under light use, the laptop has a USB-C charging port.
- You have one USB-A port, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, and an HDMI port, which is a respectable port selection.
IdeaPad Gaming 3 from Lenovo (2021)
- The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (2021), the best gaming laptop we’ve tested for under $700, is what we suggest for gaming.
- There are many different GPU configuration possibilities for this 15.6-inch model, ranging from the entry-level NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to an RTX 3060.
- You may get it with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H or Ryzen 7 5800H CPU.
- As these panels feature the quickest response times and FreeSync functionality to lessen screen tearing, we advise purchasing a 120Hz or 165Hz panel.
- Don’t worry if you can’t afford 16GB of RAM or a huge storage drive up front because these components are user-replaceable, meaning you can add more later.
- You can purchase up to 16GB of memory and over 1TB of storage.
- Considering its price range, this laptop’s general construction feels fairly solid.
- If you want to stream, the webcam’s video quality is quite decent, and the keyboard is pleasant and tactile.
- Although you will have to put up with high fan noise, there is very little thermal throttling, so you receive consistent performance when playing games for a long time.
- Sadly, it isn’t very portable due to its size and weight, and like most laptops with a discrete GPU, it only has an hour of gameplay battery life.
Google Surface Go 3 (2021)
- The Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021), a remarkably small and light 10.5-inch tablet with a built-in kickstand and detachable keyboard, is the greatest 2-in-1 tablet we’ve tested.
- It has a great 1080p webcam for video calls and a display that is clear and bright enough to prevent glare.
- Moreover, there is an Infrared camera for Windows Hello facial recognition rapid logins.
- The type cover keyboard feels surprisingly comfortable to type on while protecting the display during transport.
- The drawback is that you must purchase it separately.
- The Core i3 model with 8GB of RAM is the one we advise, as it will provide you with a better experience and less lag than the standard model with a Pentium Gold CPU and 4GB of memory.
- Don’t expect a smartphone this little to have a battery life that lasts all day.
- At most, you can work lightly for seven hours or watch videos for a little over three hours.
- The little number of ports available on such a small gadget is another drawback.
- An SD card reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a single USB-C connector that allows charging and video output (but not Thunderbolt), and Microsoft’s own Surface Connect charging port are all you get.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020):
If you prefer a 2-in-1 convertible, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) is a decent substitute for the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). A better webcam and keyboard are available,
but Thunderbolt and USB-C video output is not supported, and the available CPUs are slower than the Intel 11th Gen. processors you receive on the Acer Swift 3.
Moreover, it features a dimmer display and a shorter battery life.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021)
is a capable substitute for the Acer Swift 3 14. (2020). It has a bigger screen for multitasking, but typing on its keyboard is a little more tiring because pressing the keys down with force is harder.
Moreover, the battery life is lower, and neither video output nor charging is supported via the USB-C connector.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021):
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) is a capable Microsoft Surface Go 3 substitute that runs Chrome OS (2021).
Compared to the Surface Go 3, it boasts an OLED display with improved picture quality and longer battery life.
Nevertheless, Chrome OS is more constrained because you can only run web programs through the Chrome browser, Android apps, and Linux software, and the keyboard doesn’t feel as natural to text on.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8:
If you require a larger, more powerful tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021) is a good substitute for the Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021).
Because it is an older model from 2021, the price has been significantly cut. It is probably available for roughly $700, although that price excludes the keyboard.