Laptops

Best Laptop for Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office isn’t exactly known for being a demanding suite. But, at the same time, that doesn’t mean that finding a decent laptop for it is an easy task. 

After all, even for something so simple, there are a ton of things to keep in mind. Weight, screen size, battery life, and build quality are just a few things to consider when buying a laptop for Microsoft Office.  

That’s why we decided to pick some of the best options for you while also listing the pros and cons of each option to make the choice easier. So, without any further ado, let’s get right into it!

Things to Consider

While checking out different laptops, you commonly come across terms such as CPU, GPU, RAM, and more. Those things make a big difference and that’s why knowing a thing or two about them can make a huge difference in picking the right laptop. 

  • OS: Stands for “Operating System”. In our case, Windows is most likely the superior choice since it’s Microsoft’s OS, and, well, MS Office is also from Microsoft which means that the two of them are made to work flawlessly together
  • CPU: The processor of the laptop. We wouldn’t recommend anything less than a quad-core i5. But, those who are on a strict budget can sacrifice a bit of performance in order to save money and get a Core i3 instead
  • GPU: The graphics card shouldn’t make a difference for MS Office users. However, it is very important if you’re a gamer. In which case, aim for at least an Nvidia GTX 10xx card
  • RAM: 8 gigabytes is the sweet spot for most people. Those who are on a budget and are not demanding can get away with 4. But, demanding users, on the other hand, can use 16GB or even more. 
  • Storage: Get as much as you think you need – but make sure that you’ve got an SSD since it directly affects performance. Most people are fine with 128GB but video editors and gamers usually aim for at least 1TB
  • Display and portability: A bigger display looks better but it also makes the laptop bigger. Think about what fits you best
  • Battery life: Look for the overall average battery life. Battery size can be deceiving since different laptops have different power requirements

Our 5 Best Laptops for Microsoft Office

So, now that you know the basics about specifications, it’s time for us to start checking out some laptops! 

Some people are a bit pickier and tend to look at things like design, keyboard, weight, and more. So, consider keeping an eye out for these details as well – if they make a big difference to you that is. 

1: Dell Inspiron 15 5000

Superb Value

The specific variant of the Dell Inspiron is all-around a decent laptop without too many drawbacks. But, what surprised us the most is what it offers for the money that it’s asking. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics 
  • RAM: 12GB 
  • Storage: 16GB SSD 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1080P
  • Battery: 5 hours on average
  • Weight: 6.61 pounds

With a decent processor, 12 gigs of RAM, and a small SSD for the OS with a terabyte of HDD storage on top of that, this is a great value. 

Just keep in mind that the 15.6-inch display along with its weight don’t exactly make it the best option in terms of portability. Other than that, the small, 16GB SSD is barely enough for the OS and the MS Office suite. So, we definitely don’t feel very comfortable with that. 

Pros: 

  1. Offers a little bit of everything – even as a budget option
  2. Relatively cheap
  3. Plenty of storage
  4. Great value

Cons: 

  1. Mediocre battery life
  2. A bit on the heavy side
  3. SSD is barely enough for the OS and the MS Office suite. Most Office users would likely prefer sacrificing the HDD for a slightly bigger SSD

2: HP Pavilion 2019

Our Budget Pick

The Pavilion 2019 offers just enough RAM to satisfy the average user along with a medium SSD and a decent processor on top of that. Overall, it’s hard to go wrong with it at this price point. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics 
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 720P
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours (Not the average – and that’s according to HP, so, take it with a grain of salt)
  • Weight: 3.84 pounds

Not to mention that the build quality also seems to be very good. If there’s one downside, then that’s going to be the 720P display which is frankly outdated by 2020 standards and will feel acceptable at best. 

Also, the 15.6 inches can be a bit too big for some people which is something to keep in mind. 

Pros: 

  1. Cheap
  2. Offers all the basic specs at a low price
  3. Relatively lightweight
  4. Decent battery

Cons: 

  1. Low-res display
  2. Could be a bit too big for some people

3: Acer Aspire 5

No Compromises

The Aspire 5 offers everything you need as a basic MS Office user without sacrificing anything in particular. SSD and RAM are acceptable, CPU as well, the display is decent, and the same goes for the battery too. Not much more that we could ask for at this price point. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics 
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1080P
  • Battery: 5 hours on average. Can get as low as 3 and as high as 8-9
  • Weight: 3.97 pounds

The battery is definitely a little bit on the mediocre side of things. But, we’d say that it’s plenty for most people. 

Other than that, just like with our two previous options, the screen size could be a bit too big for some people. Then again, that’s the sweet spot between portability and size. 

Pros: 

  1. Decent specs all around
  2. Nice build quality
  3. Thin body and screen bezels
  4. Decent battery

Cons: 

  1. Could be a bit too big for some people

4: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Most Portable Pick

 

To be completely transparent with you, the Surface Laptop 3 asks for a lot of money without offering a lot in return. But, if you feel like the high-resolution touch screen along with the slim/portable form factor are worth that extra money – go ahead. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (Unspecified version)
  • GPU: Integrated graphics 
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 13.5 LCD IPS display at 2256×1504
  • Battery: 8 hours on average – up to 15 depending on how you use it
  • Weight: 2.79 pounds

The great battery life along with its small form factor definitely make this one of the most portable options. But, other than that, you’re not getting a whole lot of extra stuff for your money. 

We’re still dealing with 8 gigs of RAM, a mediocre SSD, and a mid-range processor. The screen size can also bother a few people. But, that’s a matter of personal preference. 

Pros: 

  1. Very lightweight and portable
  2. The touch screen is a welcome addition
  3. Great battery life
  4. Very thin

Cons: 

  1. Expensive for what it offers
  2. Some people may find the display to be a bit too small

5: Asus VivoBook 15

Best Overall

The VivoBook 15 is the cheapest laptop on this list, but also the most powerful. That’s why we think it deserves the title of being the best overall choice. 

  • CPU: Ryzen 5-3500U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics (Vega 8)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6-inch LCD IPS display at 1920×1080 
  • Battery: 8 hours with casual use
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds

It’s not perfect, but, if it was, there wouldn’t be any need to create this list. For example, if you need the most lightweight/portable choice, you’re still better off getting a Surface Pro. If you need more storage, the Inspiron 15 is a better option.

So, the VivoBook may not be perfect, but it still offers you’ll need as an MS Office user at an affordable package. Not to mention that its integrated graphics are even capable of some 720P gaming and maybe even 1080P depending on the graphical settings, the game, and your overall demands. 

Overall, with great battery life, a decent CPU, decent integrated graphics, and plenty of storage and RAM for the average person, it’s hard to go wrong with this one. 

Pros: 

  1. Cheap
  2. Suitable for lightweight gaming
  3. Good battery life
  4. All-around decent specs – especially for the price

Cons: 

  1. The screen may be a bit too big for some

Wrapping Up

All of that is definitely a lot of information to take in at one take. So, let us mention all the advantages of each choice as quickly as possible to make things easier for you!

  1. Dell Inspiron 15 5000: Insane value for the storage and RAM that it offers – but the tiny SSD can be an issue for a ton of people
  2. HP Pavilion 2019: All-around a decent budget option – but the low-res display is underwhelming
  3. Acer Aspire 5: One of the best options since it doesn’t have any major downsides. Except, unlike the VivoBook, it can’t handle games
  4. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: By far the most lightweight and most portable pick – but it’s also a bit too expensive for what it offers
  5. Asus VivoBook 15: Best overall option since it doesn’t come with any major downsides. Also the only laptop in this list that can handle a bit of entry-level gaming. However, if you need something very specific, (More RAM, more storage, etc), then you may want to consider getting something else that focuses on that

That’s all for now. We hope you found this article useful. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section down below!

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