Best Laptop Under $700

The good thing about laptops, apart from the fact that they are obviously portable, is that they are ready to use out of the box. No need for picking parts, building, troubleshooting, or anything like that. 

However, one of the biggest downsides is that laptops do get rather expensive. You’d be lucky to find anything decent for less than $1000 – which is exactly what we’re trying to do with this article. 

In fact, we aim to go below $700. So, without any further ado, let’s get right into it!

Before You Buy: Things to Keep In Mind

Before you choose a laptop, pay attention to the specs. They can make a world of difference. 

 

  • OS: Windows is the go-to choice for most people. Some prefer Linux – but you can install that on pretty much every modern laptop anyway
  • CPU: The processor of a laptop which makes the most difference in terms of speed. A quad-core i5/Ryzen 5 is the sweet spot for your average person
  • GPU: The graphics card plays a vital role in 3D rendering and gaming. If you’re into that, get something with dedicated graphics. Ideally, at least a GTX 10xx card
  • RAM: 8GB should be good enough for most but demanding users will need 16 or more. Running out of RAM will make your PC feel really slow and unresponsive
  • Storage: An SSD will make a huge difference in boot times and opening apps. Other than that, choose as much storage as you personally need
  • Battery life: Pretty self-explanatory. Just keep in mind that larger batteries aren’t necessarily better as more power-hungry laptops drain them faster. So, better look for reviews and the average usage instead
  • Display: Bigger isn’t always better. While big displays are better to look at, they also decrease portability. That’s why you need to balance things out depending on your personal preference – most people find 15.6 inches to be the sweet spot

Our 5 Best Laptops Under $700

This is more or less all that you need to keep an eye on. Those who are a bit pickier tend to go a bit more into details such as keyboard quality, screen glare, design, build-quality, and things like that. 

But, for the most part, knowing what the above specs mean is the basis to finding the ideal machine for your needs. 

So, with that out of the way, let us check out some laptops!

1: HP Envy 13 Ultra

Great Value

The HP Envy 13 Ultra is probably the cheapest laptop in this list – but it still offers some great specifications that are going to be more than enough for your average person. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 13.3 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: About 5 hours of average usage (Even if HP promises 14 – which you can probably only achieve with the laptop idling at ultra-low brightness levels)
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds

With a quad-core processor, 8 gigs of RAM, and an SSD, most people should be satisfied with it. However, the lack of a dedicated graphics card means that we’d definitely not recommend this to gamers or anyone who is interested in 3D rendering. 

Portability is also great for this laptop. It’s thin, relatively lightweight, and very beautiful as well. 

Battery life is a bit mediocre. But, at this price, we can hardly complain. 

Pros: 

  1. Lightweight
  2. Cheap
  3. Beautiful design
  4. Thin
  5. Decent battery life
  6. The fingerprint reader is a welcome addition (Definitely not a necessity, though)

Cons: 

  1. No dedicated GPU
  2. Relatively small display in exchange for portability

2: Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Best 2-in-1 laptop under $700

Laptops with touch screens usually tend to cost a lot of money. But, the Inspiron 13 is one of the few exceptions. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 13.3 LCD IPS touch display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: 4-5 hours with average usage – less while performing CPU intensive tasks
  • Weight: 3.08 pounds

As far as specs are concerned, this is more or less on par with the Envy 13 Ultra with a slightly higher price tag. 

However, it’s also even more lightweight while it utilizes a touch display. That’s impressive at this price point. 

The backlit keyboard is a welcome addition. But, if you’re a gamer, you’re better off checking out some other options. 

Pros: 

  1. Touch display is a welcome addition
  2. Portable and lightweight
  3. Decent specs 
  4. Thin bezels

Cons: 

  1. Battery life isn’t the best
  2. The overall design and build quality feel a bit cheap
  3. No dedicated GPU

3: Asus TUF

Best Budget Gaming Laptop

The Asus TUF is very close to the $700 mark, but that’s because it offers a somewhat big SSD along with a dedicated GPU!

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
  • GPU: RX 560X
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB SSD
  • Display: 17.3 LCD IPS touch display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: 4 hours at most – a third of that while gaming
  • Weight: 6 pounds

Thanks to the RX 560X, you should be able to play most games out there at either 1080P 30FPS or 900P 60FPS (Depending on the graphical settings and game). 

We understand that this is still not an ideal PC gaming experience. But, for a budget laptop, it’s actually kind of impressive. 

If there’s one downside then that’s definitely going to be the size or the battery life – which is something that we’ve come to expect from gaming laptops in general. 

Pros: 

  1. Decent for gaming
  2. Big display
  3. Big SSD
  4. Aggressive design with backlit keyboard (Could be a con for some)

Cons: 

  1. Relatively heavy
  2. Not the most portable choice 

4: Lenovo ThinkPad E590

Professional’s Choice

Professionals who need powerful hardware will have a rough time finding something decent on the $700 mark. But, the Thinkpad E590 is as close as you can get to it!

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 500GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS touch display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: Anywhere from 4 up to 8 hours
  • Weight: 4.7 pounds

With 16 gigs of RAM out of the box, half a terabyte of SSD storage, and decent battery life, most people will find this to be more than adequate. 

The lack of a dedicated GPU means that gamers should stay away from it, though. 

Other than that, one of the key selling points of the ThinkPad series is the serviceability and repairability that it offers. All you have to do in order to get access to its internals is to remove a few screws, remove the back cover, and you’re in. 

This allows you to repair everything yourself in a time-efficient manner and get back to work in no time. 

Pros: 

  1. Easy access to the internals is a welcome addition
  2. Good balance between protability and screen size
  3. Decent battery life
  4. Plenty of RAM out of the box

Cons: 

  1. Relatively thick bezels
  2. No dedicated GPU

5: Acer Aspire 5

Most Balanced Laptop

If you’re unsure on what to prioritize and need a little bit of everything, the Acer Aspire 5 is a pretty good option since it offers a little bit of everything. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U
  • GPU: GeForce MX250 2GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 500GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS touch display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: 6-8 hours of average usage 
  • Weight: 3.97 pounds

It comes with a powerful processor, plenty of RAM, a dedicated GPU, and great battery life on top of that. Not to mention that it’s relatively lightweight and portable as well. Overall, hard to go wrong with it. 

Do keep in mind that the dedicated GPU isn’t all that great for gaming, though. You can expect to run most titles at 720P 30FPS – which is definitely not ideal. But, it’s better than what integrated laptop graphics offer. 

Pros: 

  1. Dedicated graphics
  2. Great battery life
  3. Powerful processor
  4. Relatively lightweight
  5. Plenty of RAM and storage out of the box

Cons: 

  1. The GPU is a bit weak compared to other options

Wrapping Up

That may be a lot of information to take in at once. So, let us summarize all the pros and cons as quickly as possible: 

  1.  HP Envy 13 Ultra: Offers great value and portability – but the small display may be annoying for some
  2. Dell Inspiron 13 7000: Comes with the same specs while offering a touch screen as well – but the price is a bit higher
  3. Asus TUF: Great for gamers – but battery life isn’t the best
  4. Lenovo ThinkPad E590: Comes with plenty of RAM and storage out of the box while also offering easy access to its internals – but doesn’t have a dedicated GPU
  5. Acer Aspire 5: Offers a little bit of everything. The jack of all trades. Just keep in mind that the GPU isn’t nearly as powerful as the one that the Asus TUF is offering

And that’s more or less all there is to it. As you’ve probably already seen by now, it’s all about weighing pros and cons then choosing whatever personally fits you best. 

For example, non-gamers may prefer to sacrifice the GPU and get something that offers more RAM, battery life, or raw processing power instead. 

We hope you enjoyed this little guide/review and found it helpful. If there are any questions or anything that we forgot to mention in general, feel free to let us know about it in the comments section down below!