Finding the best laptops for working from home can be a bit confusing. Especially when you scouting for one in the market. But I have been doing a bit of freelancing for some time now and most of my work is done using laptops. Over time, I have come to discover some good work-from-home laptops which work best for me. This list goes over all the top laptops that you will consider. So if you are looking for the best budget laptop for remote work, to more expensive ones, you are covered. So for whatever your preference is, be it Windows or Apple, this article has got you covered.
But hey! Before we get started, what are the things you have to look out for when looking for the best laptop to work from home? Let me tell you:
An operating system (or OS) acts as the primary software which your computer uses to run basic functions. Some of the most popular brands you’ll find include Microsoft, Windows, Apple macOS, and Chrome OS. Now the operating system can either make or break your work experience. As such, you have to be certain to select one that is compatible with your work requirements. It can be one that you are quite familiar with or don’t mind learning.
Display size means how big your screen is. It is usually measured diagonally in inches. You will find that a larger screen is more immersive, but not as portable.
The processor also known as the microprocessor is a small chip that led lives in your computer. It responds to basic instructions. Different brands of laptops, use different types of processors which function at varying speeds.
A Drive is how your computer stores long-term data. It is measured in gigabytes (or GB). Computers can have hard disk drives (HDD) or solid-state drives (SSD). However, the latter is more commonly preferred in laptops. This is because they are smaller and lighter.
RAM is also known as Random-access memory is essentially temporary storage. It is a necessary feature for whatever processes you have running at the moment. You have to understand that for the most part, the more gigabytes of RAM you have, the faster your programs, media, and games will run.
So here are the 7 best laptops for working from home.
MacBook Air – Best Overall
The 2020 13-inch MacBook Air is probably the best laptop option. The MacBook Air comes with 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, the Magic keyboard, Retina display, and a 10th-generation Intel Core dual, or quad-core processor. This device is really the best lightweight portable device that keeps up with most people’s daily use.
However, Apple has also managed to get the starting price back down to $999, which is a bonus. But if you can, you can add the extra $100 for the i5 version, and you won’t regret this decision.
MacBook Pro – Best for Power Users
The MacBook Pro is 13-inch specifically even though the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the king of power portables. The MacBook 2020 13-inch version, is mighty powerful especially if you buy the models with the 10th generations Intel Quad-core processors.
Those start at $1,799, however now you get at least 256GB of storage, which can expand to 4TB. They also start with 16GB of RAM, even though you can settle for 32GB if you really are in need of memory. Currently, the Magic Keyboard is back (along with a physical escape key), and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a favorite anytime. The only issue here is that the price tag is quite high.
Dell XPS 13-inch (New) – Best for Windows Users
The Dell XPS 13-inch laptop combines a slim form factor with the power you need to get the work you need to do done. However, it is a little pricier than a few of the options we have listed here. The price starts at $1,299 for the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with 256GB of storage. Be it as it may, if you are a Windows user, and you want the very best laptop, you get dollar for dollar. The 4K touch display, even though more expensive, it also happens to be very nice.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 – Best 2-in-1
The Surface Book 3 laptop will certainly get the work done. This amazing device, have a trick that really none of the other devices have (apart from the iPad Pro) which is a detachable display. If you are looking for a solid laptop that you can occasionally use as a tablet as well, you should go for this device. It also comes as a good option if you are the creative type who wants to stick with a PC.
12.9-inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard – Best of Both Worlds
The iPad Pro with Apple’s brand new Magic Keyboard case is designed as a super portable, flexible, high-powered option. Another amazing part of this device is that it is faster than any other device that we have listed here. That is apart from the MacBook Pro and maybe the XPS depending on how you configure it. This device also has a better front-facing camera than any laptop you can buy right now. Now this will come in handy if you spend a lot of time on Zoom meetings.
Samsung Galaxy Book S– Best for Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy Book S sports a Qualcomm Snapdragons 8CX. This happens to be a smartphone processor which makes it so lightweight. However, it has reportedly had some issues with some Windows apps. On the bright side, it’s pretty fast and the Galaxy Book’s battery life is ridiculously long.
According to Samsung, this device should get 23 hours of use. That is super amazing, right? $999 will get you 256GB of storage along with LTE cellular wireless. This is ideal for when you are finally able to work somewhere other than home.
Google Pixelbook Go – Best Chromebook
The Google Pixelbook Go is one of the least expensive options on our list. Be it as it may, this device has fewer tricks than anything else. It is actually really only inexpensive as compared with the other choices we have made on this list. As compared with Chromebooks, it’s quite on the high side (starting at $649). This is the best Chromebook you can get, and if you love Chromebook products, then you can take a dip.
The Acer Aspire 5 is an amazing laptop if you are looking for something cheap and cheerful. Acer is quite popular for producing budget-friendly laptops with the Aspire range-topping the chart. Even though the Aspire 5 is not their newest model, it is a reliable laptop that you can find for a good price.
The Acer Aspire 5 is quite good in terms of processing power and will even support basic photo editing. The plastic casings that come with the device are cheap even though not the most durable. As such, you’ll need to take extra care in protecting the laptop when you are out and about. For battery life, it’s also not the best when it comes to battery life.
So if you need something cheap to do your work on, then you can’t go wrong with the Acer Aspire 5. If you are only starting out with remote working, it’s a good piece of kit.
ASUS Zenbook 15
The ASUS Zenbook 15 is the thinnest computer on this list. It is perfectly suitable for dynamic travelers and quite comparable in its features to higher price laptops mentioned here. This device has fast storage and also works with Alexa, just like how Apple products interact with Siri. ASUS computers over the years have been known to be reliable which a good features. This is especially true if you plan on traveling to areas where a computer repair shop is not on each corner. Additionally, it can handle almost any task that you might need to accomplish. But what you should note is that this laptop is not suitable for anyone who is working in the design space since the resolution is not the best as compared to the other ones listed there.
Acer Aspire 7
The Acer Aspire 7 is rated as one of the best laptops for working from home if you are not planning on working less frequently in multiple places. Amazon recognized and listed this fact in the recommended category known as “Amazon’s Choice”.
This device weighs 4.85 pounds and is built a bit bulkier than most other computers suggested for working at home. But this laptop has over time proven to be a reliable device that will last you for quite a while.
The price is ideal for its capabilities and many reviewers are of the opinion that the computer is high-speed and boots up. It is quite quicker than other laptops that they were using before. If you are working from home, this device can be an excellent choice. This device however does not have an SD slot. This might not be a good option for photographers and videographers who are aiming to find a laptop that will enable them to transfer their photographs directly from the camera via an SD card to the computer. Although the Acer Aspire 7 has many capabilities, it falls short when it comes to battery life. The battery life clocks in at 7 hours.
So If you work remotely from home like me, and need to get a good laptop, you can choose from this bunch. Although there are other good work-from-home laptops that are not listed here. You can always go for the one that best fits your budget and meets your needs.