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The Best Budget Office Notebooks

July 2021 update. Equipped with everything required for daily basic day-to-day business use budget office laptops are a good choice for many users as they offer a great balance between price and features. Below, you will find our favorites with a particularly good price-performance ratio.

Office notebooks, cheap bargains and computers for everyday tasks: They require decent input devices, ergonomic displays and connectivity that should allow the user to easily connect to the home or workplace environment, but it does not have to be very generous. Also compare the following Top 10 lists for your purchase decision.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 budget office laptops (under 800 USD/Euros) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte").

The Best Budget Office Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Screen
186 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
286 %
12/2020
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500UHonor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.4 kg15.9 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
384 %
04/2021
New!
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGELenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
484 %
11/2020
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.8 kg18.9 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
582 %
07/2021
New!
Samsung Galaxy Book NP750XDASamsung Galaxy Book NP750XDA
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.6 kg16 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
681 %
02/2021
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511AAcer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
781 %
12/2020
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MCDell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
881 %
10/2020
Dynabook Satellite Pro C50-E-105Dynabook Satellite Pro C50-E-105
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.8 kg19.7 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
980 %
05/2021
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGELenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.2 kg19.9 mm17.30"1920x1080matte
1078 %
Medion Akoya E14307Medion Akoya E14307
AMD 3020e
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.5 kg18 mm14.00"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best budget office notebooks for less than 800 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

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Editors' Comments

There are many acceptable and good office devices for under 800 Euros (~$896). The best models stem from Lenovo, HP, Fujitsu, and Acer and they cost between 450 and 800 Euros (~$504 and ~$896). All cheap models have some disadvantages, for example, poor input devices or a more flexible case. IPS panels have become increasingly common in the Budget Office Top 10. 

1st – Lenovo ThinkPad E14

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 mit AMD Renoir
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 mit AMD Renoir

The affordable Lenovo ThinkPad E14 (see review here) is equipped with an AMD-based APU offering a higher 3D performance than Intel’s integrated graphics card. An M.2 SSD ensures a fast smoothly running system without introducing any lag with a secondary M.2 slot available as well. Unfortunately, installing or replacing the SSD requires removal of the entire bottom panel due to the complete lack of maintenance openings in the compact 14-inch case.

Other benefits include good input devices and a quiet mode of operation.  Unfortunately, the included display was abysmal. While it was matte, which can be beneficial to some users, and offered decent viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel its brightness and contrast ratio were simply too low.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad E14 is a good office notebook for home use. However, looking at all available hardware options can be hugely beneficial.

We also liked the ThinkPad E14’s upgradability as well as its decent speakers. At its current price of around $800 it is a great office notebook for everyday office tasks. Thanks to its fast AMD Ryzen 4000 CPU with powerful integrated GPU it is even capable of gaming.

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2nd - Honor MagicBook 14

Honor MagicBook 14 with fast AMD Renoir APU
Honor MagicBook 14 with fast AMD Renoir APU

Honor’s MagicBook 14 (see review here) is an affordable Office notebook with plenty of oomph. Its AMD Ryzen 5 4500U offers 6 cores and 12 threads, and performed very well even under load. In addition, AMD’s Renoir APU comes with an AMD Radeon RX Vega 6, a fast integrated GPU that leaves Intel’s offerings in the dust. Most customers will be particularly excited about the device’s price. All in all, the notebook left a solid impression and scored accordingly. Nevertheless, we found a few things we did not particularly like, such as for example the display’s low color-space coverage as well as an overall relatively poor maintainability. 

The Honor MagicBook 14 offers an excellent price-performance ratio. 

In return, the Honor MagicBook 14 scored in regard to stamina and lasted a very good 14.5 hours in our Wi-Fi test. Despite its low price the case turned out to be very good, and overall system performance was excellent thanks to AMD power and a fast NVMe SSD. 

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3rd – Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2

In contrast to more Lenovo’s more expensive ThinkPad-series the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 is aimed primarily at freelancers and small to medium sized businesses. Nevertheless, the ThinkBook 14 G2 offers a fast Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU that performed well under load, a good keyboard for a pleasant typing experience, and a wide variety of ports.

Lenovo’s ThinkBook 14 G2 is a solid workhorse for home use.

The device is listed on Lenovo’s website as currently unavailable in North America.

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4th – Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G2

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2 comes in a new case with thin display bezels and an up-to-date AMD Renoir APU with 8 cores and therefore quite decent multi-core performance. Its APU was capable of delivering a high and consistent level of performance even under sustained load, and its single-core performance wasn’t half bad either, thanks to AMD’s improved Zen2 architecture with increased IPC. With access to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage the office notebook should offer an adequate basis for everyday work. Its 15.6-inch display could have been a bit brighter but at least it is matte for reduced reflections. The ThinkPad E15 G2 offers decent input devices, a critically important aspect of every work computer.

More power than before thanks to AMD Renoir. Its temperature problems, however, remained unsolved.

Renoir-based ThinkPad E15 G2 models are listed for between $850 and $1000 on Amazon. A configurator with prices starting at slightly less than $700 is available in Lenovo’s own webstore.

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5th – Samsung Galaxy Book

Samsung Galaxy Book
Samsung Galaxy Book

The Samsung Galaxy Book offers decent performance without breaking the bank. Its Intel Core i5-1135G7 and Intel Iris Xe GPU are more than powerful enough for home office use. RAM is somewhat limited at just 8 GB but should nevertheless suffice for most users, as should 512 GB of storage. For significantly less than $1,000 the device is well worth a closer look despite various alternative more affordable SKUs. Among its highlights are its robust case, its low weight, its bright display, and its long battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) is a powerful and compelling office notebook.

The only currently available SKU in the US is listed on Amazon for $1,200.

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6th – Acer Aspire 5 A515

Acer Aspire 5 A515
Acer Aspire 5 A515

The Acer Aspire 5 A515 is an affordable office laptop equipped with an Intel Tiger Lake CPU, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and a FHD IPS display. Its case is robust and its narrow display bezels make for a modern and sleek design.

The Acer Aspire 5 A515 is an affordable laptop that requires a number of compromises.

As long as you keep your expectations in check the Acer Aspire 5 A515 will be a device that will perform adequately but not any better than that. Its battery life of 7 hours will suffice for most users. However, the device was clearly design with home users in mind given the lack of business features.

Its main drawbacks become obvious only at second glance. For example the timer for the backlit keyboard is not adjustable, and its Tiger Lake CPU is not capable of utilizing its full potential.

Prices start at $620 for the base model (i5/8GB/256GB). Other SKUs are also available but hard to find. The device is available on Amazon

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7th - Dell Latitude 3510

Dell Latitude 3510 with good battery life
Dell Latitude 3510 with good battery life

The Dell Latitude 3510 (see review here) is an affordable entry-level business notebook. Nevertheless, it managed to score a good 81 %, thereby securing a spot in our top 10. Its benefits include its great battery life, courtesy of an energy-efficient yet powerful enough for everyday office work SoC, as well as its low overall heat emissions. In addition, the device remains pleasantly quiet during use. 

Consumers will most likely be turned away by its price-performance ratio. 

On the flip side it suffers from a dim low-contrast display as well as a slow card reader. Its warranty is also limited to just one year, and its price-performance ratio is relatively poor due to Dell’s choice of SoC: a Core i3-10110U.  

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8th – Dynabook Satellite Pro C50

The Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 offers decent battery life
The Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 offers decent battery life

The Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 (see review here) is an affordable office notebook. Our review unit was equipped with Intel’s Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake-U). When compared to its competitors it offered a decent single-core performance. Its multi-core performance is not the best considering that Kaby Lake has been superseded by various successors in the meantime. Nevertheless, performance is more than adequate for everyday office and internet applications.

The Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 is a solid office notebook that is not going to cost you an arm and a leg.

Its largest weakness was the IPS display that was simply significantly too dim. In addition, the internal hardware is simply not up-to-date any more in 2020. If you can live with these limitations and are looking for an office notebook for home use the Pro C50 will deliver just that, and top it off with decent battery life.

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9th – Lenovo V17

Lenovo V17-IIL
Lenovo V17-IIL

The Lenovo V17-IIL is on the cheap side and might be a good choice for everybody looking for a smiple office laptop. Its Intel Core i3 offers solid performance for everyday tasks, and combined with its matte IPS display it performed well enough to secure a spot in our top 10 list.

Lenovo’s V17-IIL offers a good price-performance ratio.

Lenovo’s V-series is currently not available in North America.

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10th – Medion Akoya E14307

Medion Akoya E14307
Medion Akoya E14307

Medion’s AkoyaE14307 is a direct competitor to affordable Chromebooks, and it performed very well overall. The passively cooled device contains a modern AMD APU paired with a good IPS display. It even comes with a maintenance opening, which is increasingly rare these days, and supports both DisplayPort and Power Delivery over USB-C. It offers a solid connectivity for home use.

The Akoya E14307 is a simple and affordable office laptop.

Medion devices are not sold in North America.

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The Best Budget Office Notebooks

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