The Best Budget Office Notebooks
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
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.
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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 Gen3
The affordable Lenovo ThinkPad E14 features an AMD APU with a Ryzen 5 5500U CPU for great CPU-performance and an AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 for solid 3D performance. A 512 GB M.2 SSD is built-in as well, and secondary slot for another M.2 drive is also available. Keep in mind though that the entire bottom panel needs to be removed since the ThinkPad E14 lacks a maintenance opening.
Other benefits include good input devices and a quiet mode of operation.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad E14 is a good office notebook for home use. It comes with a decent IPS panel, excellent input devices, and long battery life.
We also liked the ThinkPad E14’s upgradability as well as its decent speakers.
This third generation of Lenovo’s ThinkPad E14 is currently not yet available in North America, and the device was not even listed on Lenovo’s website yet at the time of writing.
2nd - Honor MagicBook 14
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.
3rd – 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.
4th – Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G2
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.
5th – Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Gen2
The ThinkBook 15 Gen2 is a very good Tiger Lake-based laptop with good connectivity and decent components. Its Intel Core i5-1135G7 offers good sustained performance and comes with a fast Intel Iris Xe iGPU. Thanks to Thunderbolt 4 the device is up-to-date in regard to connectivity, and it also offers good maintenance options and a free SSD slot to boot.
The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Gen2 offers great performance at a fair price. Unfortunately, it suffers from short battery life.
The display did not meet our expectations both in regards to brightness (too dim) and color gamut. In addition, battery life was fairly poor and thus limiting.
The device is currently only sold through Lenovo’s own webstore with only two of four SKUs listed as available at the time of writing.
6th – 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.
7th – 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.
8th - Dell Latitude 3510
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.
9th – Lenovo V17
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.
10th – 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.