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Best Laptops Under $700 to Buy in 2021: A Complete Buying Guide

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Technology has become a necessity today, both at the workplace and at home. It is difficult to imagine our daily routines without it.

Almost all computer manufacturing companies of the past are into the laptop market today. It is a hot tech commodity with an ever increasing demand. At the same time, it is natural for all consumers to look for the best products that fall in their budget, which is usually defined by the purpose. Depending on that, there are many categories of laptops out there which you can put on hands on –

Notebooks: Built specially to extend support to the corporate class, these laptops are often accompanied by pro business softwares and a hardware that is just enough for office use. At the same time, these laptops are perfect for home use with a number of different types of users.

Gaming Laptops : The focus in these laptops is more on the inclusion of heavy hardware parts to support high end tasks like gaming and designing. This range of laptops is extremely popular among the teenagers.

Ultrabooks: Perfect for users who are always on the go, Ultrabooks are lightweight laptops that are sleek in design and are your everyday travel companion and extremely easy to carry.

Now let us take a look at the top rated laptops under $700 in all the categories that you should check out right now to help you decide which one to go for.

Best Notebooks Under 700 dollars:-

#1. Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi (Signature Edition)

One of the best designs yet by Asus, the sleek body of the Asus Transformer Book gives it a more expensive look than a $700 laptop. The laptop also doubles up as a huge tablet since the 12.5-inch screen is connected to the keyboard with the help of high end magnets and can easily get detached. The Core-M series processor by intel makes sures that there is no need for any fans in the design. Moreover, the laptop comes with an 8-hour battery life that is top of the notch in this segment.

Main Specifications:

Asus Transformer Book T300

  • Processor: Core M-5Y10
  • Display: 1920*1080 pixels, 12.5 touchscreen
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1

Pros:

  • Detachable Display
  • Long Battery Life
  • Turbo Boost up

Cons:

  • RAM is not upgradeable.

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This is one of the top rated laptops of the past year. Unlike the Asus T300 Chi, the screen of the Lenovo Flex does not fold all the way back to convert into a tablet. Instead, it has been made flexible till an angle of 300 degree to incorporate for the kiosk mode. A kiosk mode comes in handy while presenting presentations or skyping when you don’t want the keyboard to interfere with the experience.

All these features make it a good mid-range laptop compared to the otherwise highly priced Yoga Tablet series of Lenovo.

Main Specifications:

Lenovo Flex 2

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 14 inch touch screen
  • Hard Drive : 128 GB SSD
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 8.1

Pros:

  • Integrated Graphics
  • Light Weight
  • HD Display

Cons:

  • Plastic body
  • i3 Processor

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#3. Lenovo Z50

Sporting the conventional Lenovo design, the Lenovo Z50 comes with a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor, probably the only brand to offer it at this price range.

The laptop is perfect for multipurpose use since it is at the forefront in both performance as well as storage.

The aluminium body finish gives it the premium look it deserves.

The AccuType keyboard gives a modern look to the laptop with sleek and well designed curved keys that facilitate for faster typing. The only aspect under the cons category is the weight of the laptop which is a bit at the higher side at 2.5 KG.

Main Specifications:

Lenovo Z50

  • Processor : Intel Core i7
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 1 TB
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 8

Pros:

  • HD Graphics
  • 2 GHz Processor
  • 1TB HDD

Cons:

  • Lower Battery Life
  • plastic cover

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#4. HP ENVY 13-ab016nr

The HP Envy 13 is a powerful entry on the list with a power packed laptop wrapped in a neat design constructed with high quality materials. Along with this,  a backlit keyboard and an excellent battery that lasts all day, around 13 hours, makes this a unique choice in this range. Reviewers have also gone to lengths to say that the laptop resembles the feel of an Apple Macbook.

Apart from all this, the sides of the laptop are equipped with Bang and Olufsen dual speakers that provide a rich audio experience accompanied by a solid bass.

Main Specifications:

 HP ENVY 13-ab016nr

  • Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Core i5
  • Display: 1920*1080 pixels, 13.3 inch
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 10

Pros:

  • Faster performance
  • Long Battery life
  • All-Metal laptop
 Cons:
  • Poor sunlight visibility
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#5. HP Envy m6-w103dx Convertible Laptop

Another HP laptop on the list, the Envy m6 is an exotic laptop designed to easily tempt customers. The laptop comes in a 15.6 inch screen format that is also convertible into a gigantic tablet when rotated by 360 degrees. The CPU is equipped with the 5th Gen Intel i5 processor capable of running at a base clock speed of 2.2GHz and a turbo speed of 2.5-2.7 GHz. On the other hand, the GPU is equipped with the Intel HD Graphic 5500 graphic card that operates at a speed of 900 Mhzs.

The performance scale of the laptop is at a higher end since it can also support games that do not have extensive high configuration demands. To sum it up, it is a good steal at this price.

Main Specifications:

HP Envy m6-w103dx Convertible Laptop

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 6200U
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 10

Pros:

  • Multitouch
  • UHD Graphics
  • Turbo Boost Technology

Cons:

  • No Optical Drive
  • No VGA Port

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One of the most popular laptop series of Acer, the Acer Aspire E5 comes in two variants, with processors Intel core i5 and i7 respectively. While the former is priced at $549.99, the latter version is priced a bit higher at $699.99

The 6th generation processors keep the performance quotient of the series high with an updated configuration. The laptop is also packed with a high quality graphic card – Nvidia Geforce 940 MX. Apart from this, a backlit keyboard and a battery that lasts upto 10 hours makes this a powerful travel companion.

The only con is the rather small hard disc size that makes it difficult to store a lot of multimedia.

Main Specifications:

Acer Aspire E5

  • Processor : Intel Core i5, i7
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 256 GB
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 10

Pros:

  • Maximum RAM Supported
  • Processor Speed
  • Long battery life
 Cons:
  • No VGA Port

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 #7. Lenovo Ideapad 700

Let’s start the list with one of the best gaming laptops under 700 dollars – the Lenovo Ideapad. The uniqueness of this masterpiece lies in the fact that it uses exactly the same gaming chip that comes in higher performing and expensive gaming laptops – the Nvidia GTX 950. This graphic card is no powerful that it can support the medium-high graphics demands in all new age games like GTA 5 and Assasin’s Creed at a remarkable fps of 60+.

Even the build quality is superior to a quality keyboard design.Although battery may be an issue since all the high performing peripherals drain it down pretty quick. This is easily the best gaming laptop in this range on the market today.

Main Specifications:

Lenovo Ideapad 700

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 256 GB – 1 TB
  • RAM : 8 GB – 12 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 10

Pros:

  • Full HD Display
  • Processor Speed: 2.3GHz
  • Nvidia

Cons:

  • No CD-ROM

Specification vary according to the variants of the laptop.

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Another great laptop on the list, the Asus X555UB is perfect for light gaming. It is powered by a 6th generation Skylake processor by Intel.

Along with gaming, the laptop can also support photo-editing. Along with this, it also comes with a 1080p LED backlit display which is perfect for multimedia activities. To cater to all this, the laptop sports a 2 GB Nvidia GT 940M graphic card along with 2 GB graphics RAM.

Since gaming laptops are often accompanied with a poor battery life, the developers have made use of the Intel Core i5 6200U processor which can extend the battery life beyond the normal limit.

Main Specifications

Asus X555U

  • Processor : Intel Core i5 6200U
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 1 TB
  • RAM : 8 GB GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 10
  • Battery : 5 Hours

Pros:

  • Radeon Graphics
  • HD Display
  • Student Edition

Cons:

  • Not touch screen
  •  Integrated Graphics

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#9. Dell Inspiron i5559

This is a powerful notebook from Dell which makes it way to our list. It is a multi-touch laptop with a core i5 – 6200U dual core processor. For an enhanced performance, this piece of tech is packed with an 8 GB RAM and a 4BG good graphic card – the AMD Radeon R5 M335- which is perfect for playing medium level games. Although the battery backup can be a bit of a problem with this one.

Main Specifications

Dell Inspiron i5559

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 6200U
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 1 TB
  • RAM: 8 GB GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Battery : 3 Hours

Pros:

  • Radeon Graphics
  • HD Display
  •  Student Edition
 Cons.
  • Very Sharp Screen
  • No VGA Port

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#10. MSI CX62 7QL-058

The next tech from MSI in the CX series, the MSI CX62 is one of the hottest laptops in the gaming space one can get under $700 today. With an 8 GB RAM and a 1TB hard disc, the laptop can pretty much handle performance requirements on the heavier side. The graphic card is also at the higher end with the Nvidia Geforce 940MX, one of the best chipsets in the GeForce series.

One feature that does indeed bring down the quality quotient is the case of the laptop which does not seem to be so high in quality. The surface of the body feels somewhat plastic.

But given the fact that you are getting the 7th Gen Intel i7 Processor, MSI had to cut down the manufacturing cost somewhere!

Main Specifications

MSI CX62 7QL

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 7th Gen
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • RAM: 8 GB GB GDDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Battery: 5 Hours

Pros:

  • Cooler Boost
  • NVIDIA Graphics

Cons:

  • Average Baattery Life

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Also Check: 15 Best Laptops under 800 Dollars to buy in 2018 (Reviewed)

#11. Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280

Another popular laptop on the list, this entry by Toshiba gives an interesting choice on the list which gives a competition to all others. The Satellite S55 is a powerful and lightweight laptop that perfect both for performance as well as travelling. The Intel Core i7 Processor along with a 12 GB RAM makes it a deadly power packed combo.

The only con when it comes to specifications is the compromise with the screen resolution at 1366×768 pixels which is at a lower end for a 15.6 inch screen.

Main Specifications

Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4th Gen
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • RAM: 12 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 8

Pros:

  • WXGA HD
  • LIM LED

Cons:

  • Stuck pixels
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#12. Asus F555UA – EH71

One of the best entries by Asus in the market, the laptop’s most powerful feature is the Intel i7 processor that gives it a huge performance boost. It earns a score of more than 6900 on the Geekbench 3 general performance test which is pretty high at this price range. Although the display resolution could have been a bit better given the large screen size.

Main Specifications

Asus F555UA - EH71

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 1 TB
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 10

Pros:

  • Backlit display
  • IceCool Technology

Cons:

  • Display Trouble
  • Average Battery Life
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#13. Acer Aspire R14

This entry by Acer comes with a sleek design and a brushed aluminium finish. Similar to some laptops that we saw under the best notebooks section, Acer has provided high quality hinges that enable the screen to be rotated 360 degrees, turning it into a tablet for in 2-in-1 experience.

Acer has really invested in the RnD of the screen as it is of premium quality and supports 10 points of touch. And what’s more? The screen also comes with an anti-smudge coating that keeps fingerprints away.Apart from this, the in-built Intel HD Graphics 5500 chipset can support an average level of gaming, rendering an fps of 30.

Main Specifications

Acer Aspire R14

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 5200U Gen
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 1 TB
  • RAM : 6 GB DDR3L
  • Oper
  • ating System : Windows 8.1

Pros:

  • HD Graphics
  • Turbo Boost Technology

Cons:

  • Heavy Weight
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#14. HP Envy Sleekbook 6

The Envy 6 is a great laptop on this list due to its great design at an affordable price. The laptop has a premium look which makes it look costlier than it is. It also comes with dedicated beats audio which are not easy to find at this range. The laptop supports decent graphics that makes light gaming possible along with work.

On the other hand, there may be some cons associated with it too, that we often see in this budget range. The processor used is the AMD’s A series processor which is not as powerful as the ones provided by Intel in the similar range. But the plus side is that it boosts the battery life of the laptop.

Main Specifications

HP Envy Sleekbook 6

  • Processor:  AMD A6-4455M APU
  • Display :  1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive:  500 TB
  • RAM:  4 GB DDR3
  • Operating System:  Windows 8.1

Pros:

  • AMD Radeon
  • Accelerated Processor
  • SuperSpeed USB

Cons:

  • Flimsy screen
  • Lack of the 10 keypad
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 Also Check: 15 Best Laptops under 400 Dollars (Between $300 to $400)

#15.  Lenovo Ideapad U310

The Lenovo Ideapad is another laptop in our list which resembles the macbook’s design and elegance with a dark metal gray case along with a responsive touch screen. To sweeten the pot, the sound quality of the speakers are excellent and the ergonomics have especially been taken care of with the ideal spacing and curvature of the keyboard keys.

The ultrabook also features the Intel Wireless Display Technology (WiDi) which enables streaming of content onto TVs and projectors with the help of WiDi enabled dongle which is easily available in the market.

Though one entry on the con side is the battery which may not last more than 5 hours on average usage.

Main Specifications:

Lenovo Ideapad U310

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1

Pros:

  • HD Graphics
  • Solid-State Drive
  • ULV Processor

Cons:

  • Average Battery Life
  • Plastic body
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#16. Dell Inspiron 15 3000

The Dell Inspiron is an affordable entry on the list for users who are looking for a budget laptop with decent features. Although the case is made up of plastic, it has a durable built. Furthermore, the laptop can also be easily upgraded in case you are looking at more ram and hard disc needs in the future. The battery is also decent enough to last for 4-5 hours of usual usage.

Main Specifications

Dell Inspiron 15 3000

  • Processor : Intel Core i3
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive : 500 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB DDR3
  • Operating System : Windows 8

Pros:

  • Video Graphics
  • Multimedia
  • SATA Hard Drive

Cons:

  • Two ports for USB
  • Average Battery Life
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 #17. Dell Inspiron 15 5000

This one is the upgraded version of the 3000 series which makes use of a better processor, RAM and storage space. Moreover, it is even thinner and better in design, with a silver color scheme and aluminum interior.Keeping up with the market trend, Dell makes use of the latest KabyLake chipset in this one. This makes it another great option at an affordable cost.

Main Specifications

Dell Inspiron 15 5000

  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Display : 1366*768 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 8

Pros:

  • Microphone input combo
  • Touchscreen
  • Turbo Boost Technology

Cons:

  • Old Processor
  • Runs hot
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#18. HP 15-ay018nr

One of the best i7 laptops under $700, this is a performance beast in the price range. Sporting a dual-core i7 processor along with an integrated Intel HD graphics card, it can take on any daily task that comes its way. Though this is supposed to a powerful daily use laptop and anyone who is expecting to indulge in gaming would be disappointed. So choose wisely.

Moreover, while cutting costs to make it affordable, HP has brought down the hard disc to only 256 GB. But given the technological dependence on external portable hard discs and cloud storage today, you should not let it become an issue if you’re looking at a powerful laptop that does not burn a hole in your pocket.

Main Specifications

HP 15-ay018nr

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Display : 1920*1080 pixels, 15.6 inch
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 10

Pros:

  • Solid-State Drive
  • Dual-core
  • Wled-backlit

Cons:

  • Funky plastic case
  • Run Slowly
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Bonus: Best Chromebook Under $700

While we have seen the best laptops in all the categories, let’s also look at the best Chromebook under $700 available in the market right now. If you don’t know what a Chromebook is, they are a different breed of laptops which, instead of running a regular operating system like Windows or iOS, are powered by Google’s Chrome OS. They are designed mainly to function while being connected to the Internet. Therefore instead of the usual system softwares, it makes use of applications on the cloud.

#19. Toshiba Chromebook 2

This is hands down the most popular Chromebook in the market right now. The specs are off the chart with a skullcandy powered set of speakers with a heavy bass sound quality, a full high definition 13-inch screen, a neat backlit keyboard and 4 GB of RAM.

Apart from this, Google makes the deal even better by giving away a 100GB of cloud storage along with 2 months of unlimited access to Google Music.

Main Specifications

Toshiba Chromebook 2

  • Processor: Intel Celeron Processor N2840
  • Display:13-inch IPS Screen
  • Hard Drive:1 TB
  • RAM:8 GB
  • Operating System:Windows 10

Pros:

  • HD graphics
  • IPS Screen
  • Solid-state Drive

Cons:

  • No touchscreen
  • Sharp corners
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This completes our list of the best laptops under $700 which are the hottest in the market right now.

If we have missed out on any of your favorite laptops, do share your views with us in the comments below!

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