You already have a budget bracket for buying a laptop – $1500. If you already have a laptop model in mind, you might want to take a look at the best laptops listed here. You might find one that is better than your current choice.
But before you proceed, you must first learn tips on how to choose a laptop. According to Topprobe.com aside from buying a laptop under $1500, there are other factors that you need to consider carefully such as your preferred size of the screen, what kind of things you want to use your laptop with and how long the battery lasts.
Dell XPS 13 – 13in HD
There is a good reason why this is at the top of the list, not to mention it has been the market’s favourite for a good while these days. Dell is known for their durable and high quality laptops. This laptop is designed for professionals and students’ use. When it comes to versatility between personal and professional use, no other laptop can beat Dell XPS 13.
This laptop comes with a 2.7GHz dual core Intel Core i7-7500 processor that powers the 3200×11500 pixels touch screen with the 8GB RAM power behind it.
Based on experts’ tests, the XPS did not have into any trouble during the usual workload. The workload was 10+ browser tabs from Google Chrome and a number of webpages, documents and spreadsheets.
If you are into photo editing, the XPS 13 was able to handle Adobe Lightroom without much hassle. Even editing the photos through the QHD+ screen even provides greater advantage of the photo’s RAW image files compared with the QHD display.
When it comes to battery life, Dell promises an insane battery longevity of up to 22 hours from its FHD model powered by the Core i3 processor and a 13 hour battery life from its QHD+ version powered by the Core i5 processor. However, during the tests, the experts never really enjoyed the supposed battery life that Dell was talking about.
However, this isn’t to say that the numbers recorded by the tests are not impressive. It scored a 4 hour and 3 minutes when it went through the notorious battery test PCMark 8. an even better record is that the XPS 13 lasted for 7 hours and 13 minutes when a movie at 1080p was played on a loop.
Asus ZenBook UX330UA
The 13in Asus Zenbook UX330UA offers premium specs, like the 1080p screen, lightweight aluminium chassis and a 256GB SSD, all of these can be enjoyed under the $1500 bracket. This is actually the successor to the previous year’s identical named model; this late 2018 UX330UA upgrades its processor to Intel 8th Generation Core i5 while it keeps everything else. The unfortunate part of this is that with the added performance, it means it sucks up 1.5 hours from the battery life. However with its vibrant screen, good audio plus a 2.7 lbs chassis, this is still a great option for anyone that wants a lightweight Ultrabook at a very affordable price.
HP Envy 13 (2018)
Starting with the good, this HP Envy 13 is a lightweight and slim notebook that has decent speakers and a comfortable keyboard. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor making it easier and convenient to sign into Windows.
This is the latest among the laptops that just entered the competition ring. Starting at $1500, it is powered by the 2.3GHz 15w Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1080p screen and 128GB SSD, all packed within a chassis that only weighs 2.8 lbs and measures at 12.9mm thick, this is really one of the thinnest laptops in the market.
While some experts highly recommend that you go look for another laptop if you were to decide on this one, they do agree that they can never find a giant deal breaker that will entirely ruin the HP Envy 13. You will find a lot to love instead. The favourite is the fingerprint sensor that lets users swipe their way into Windows rather than typing their password.
The bad side? The battery life of this laptop is far behind its competition. It doesn’t even have a touch screen option, too.
Acer Aspire E (E5-771G-51T2)
There is so much to talk about Acer Aspire E, but considering that this is a gaming 17 inch laptop, this is the only gaming laptop in this list. The chassis of this laptop is made out of silver polycarbonate, measuring at 1.1 inches by 16.75 by 11.5 inches and has a weight of 6.31 pounds. Its 17.3 inches monitor has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, which is the reason you will consider this laptop over all the others in this price range. It comes with a TFT LCD display, rather than using the costly IPS or In-Plane Switching screen, like the one that is used on the Asus N550JV-DB72T, offered at $1,199.99 in Amazon.
There are plentiful of connectors, which is all thanks to the generous amount of space at the sides of this system. You will find there an HDMI port, Ethernet port, Kensington lock port, headset jack, SD card reader, VGA port, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Its extra space on the chassis also means that the laptop’s keyboard deck is comfortable and wide enough.
As with the laptop’s performance, you’ve got to thank its 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-4210U processor plus the Nvidia GeForce GT 840M video card, Acer Aspire E was able to achieve a good 2,542 points at the PCMark 8 test.
For the gaming performance category, it passed with a very good score. It achieved a 26 fps on Heaven while 31fps on the Valley, both in medium-level settings. This is something that you can never see in other systems that has the Intel HD graphics.
Battery life is acceptable, but it is not that great. It lasted about 4 hours and 25 minutes during the rundown test for the battery. However, this is already good enough for a long session away from the plug. And this is also the best that you get to expect from a portable laptop.