Buying the perfect laptop that you have been dreaming of for quite some time now might not be as easy as it seems. You have a budget in mind and the specs you need, but the market has more options than you can think of.Also, the decision is quite dependent on the purpose of the buy – home browsing, college user, professional or gaming laptop.
Laptops for Home Use under $1500 to buy in 2018
1. Asus K200MA
Dell’s flagship XPS 13 is all that you can ask for- slim, light, powerful and majestic. Be its powerful Intel processors with Turbo Boost Technology ranging from i3 to i7 or for its bezel-less ‘Infinity Edge’ display, which allows a 13-inch screen to fit into an 11-inch frame, the Dell XPS 13 is in the news for a few many reasons. This notebook, along with USB-C has an additional USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot. Also, you can opt for no touch-screen or multi-touch screen as well as a number of options for storage and memory based on your budget.
2. Dell XPS 13
This laptop by Asus has carved a place for itself for all the right reasons. It does not burn a hole in your pocket but at the same time is loaded with all the necessary features. It has a good mix of an eye-catching design, performance, and utilities. It has an 11.6-inch touchscreen HD display with 1.2MP HD Web camera. The laptop provides you a smooth experience with 4 GB DDR3 RAM and Intel Bay Trail dual-core processor while ensuring ample storage with its 500 GB hard disk.
3. HP Spectre X360
The new sleek Microsoft Surface Laptop is perfect for your professional requirements. It is a great laptop both in terms of design and performance. Boasting of a sleek body with aluminum chassis and features like great display, fast and accurate trackpad, decent speakers, and a compact keyboard, this fits your budget as well as daily needs. With storage of 256 GB and 8 GB memory, this laptop is specifically suited for your office needs.
4. Microsoft Surface
This power punched laptop from HP is a class of its own and can give the best of the laptops a run for their money. With an amazingly light and sleek body, this laptop is a beautiful amalgamation of design and performance. An added bonus is a convertible body which can be used as tent, tablet or stand modes. The HP Spectre X360 has an amazing 4K display with Intel HD Graphics 520, has an i7 processor with Turbo Boost technology and 13.3 inches screen. All your office needs are taken care of with 512 GB Ram and 16 GB memory. The backlit keyboard is very convenient and the tremendous speed makes it a great option to work with.
5. Lenovo ThinkPad X270
Apple Macbook Pro is another laptop in this category which is making a buzz for all the right reasons. Apart from the fact that all of us drool over a MacBook, this is perfectly suited for rigorous professional needs due to quite a few reasons. The primary feature of this laptop is the Touch Bar – a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type your text or providing Touch ID to enable log in with just your fingerprint.
It has an i5 processor with turbo boost technology upto 3.6 GHz. It provides a smooth performance with * GB memory and 256 GB SSD storage. It has Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 with crisp display. The battery life is great with a backup for almost 10 hours. Its Thunderbolt 3 port is the most powerful port available for laptops currently.
6. Apple 13″ MacBook Pro
Lenovo ThinkPad has already carved a niche for itself in the business laptop segment. In fact, Think Pads are the most popular business laptops available in the market. It has a 12.5 inches HD LED IPS display. The Lenovo ThinkPad X270 comes with i5 processor and 16 GB DDR4 RAM to provide you with the ultimate experience while using it. The 6th generation Intel i5 processor provides enough boosts for running some serious programming stuff without any glitch. It has ample storage options with 500 GB Solid State hard drive for storing all your work files. Additionally, this laptop provides enhanced security with fingerprint reader. Also, it has a great battery backup with extended 6 cell batteries.
7. ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS
If you are a college student and looking for a laptop to suit your needs, look no further! Lenovo Yoga Book comes in to be quite cheap compared to other laptops in its category while being power-packed with all the latest features. The laptop can be used in tablet or tent mode as well.
Another great feature of this laptop is that you can either opt for Windows 10 or Android 6.0 OS depending on the usage. It boasts of the thinnest laptop body and weighs less than 2 lbs making it a very easy to a carry laptop. It is high in terms of performance with 4 GB DDR3 RAM and 64 GB SDD hard drive and expandable up to 128 GB. The battery life is great with almost 13 hours back up.
8. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E470
Chromebooks are quite convenient for college students because they are easy on pocket while being loaded with features. Asus Chromebook is packed with all the goodness of all the premium features of a Chromebook while being easy on the pocket.
It comes with Intel Core processor, sharp and clear full HD touchscreen display and lightweight aluminum body. It has a 360-degree hinge making it useful to be used as a tablet as well. It has a long battery life of around 10 hours as well. It has a 4 GB DDR3 RAM and 64 GB Flash storage to fit all your needs. The touchpad feels great with good responsiveness.
9. Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro
If you are a photographer and looking for a laptop to handle your photography and video editing needs, look no beyond. The Asus Zenbook is loaded with all the qualities of a good video editing laptop and perfectly suited for your requirements. It’s light on your back as well as your pockets. At a lower than average price, it boasts of an 8th generation i7 processor and 16 GB RAM that provides you with a smooth work experience. It boasts of a storage space of 512 GB SSD. The battery backup is decent with an average of 8 hours of charge at one go.
10. ASUS ZenBook UX461UN-DS74T
The Acer Aspire V15 laptop is the perfectly loyal friend for all of your photography editing needs. Packed with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor and 16 GB DDR4 RAM, it provides with a much faster user experience for all your requirements.
Display is great with 15.6″ Full HD 1080p widescreen IPS display, and the presence of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM makes it even more enticing. To add to these, your storage needs are more than taken care of with 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA Hard Drive. The laptop boasts of a sleek design and light weight built.
11. Acer Predator Helios 300
Asus is quite a popular laptop in the heavy features segment, and the new Asus VivoBook Pro doesn’t disappoint. Currently, it is one of the most popular photo editing laptops available in the market. It comes with a 7th Generation i7 quad core processor and 16 GB DDR4 RAM and ensures smooth performance of your laptop. It has 15.6 inches Full HD 178° Wide view touch display and its GTX 1050 4GB graphics ensure flawless visuals.
The laptop is quite sleek and has an ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor. This laptop is built to endure heavy usage and comes with hyper Cool, Dual-Copper and dual-fan cooling system. The battery backup is also great considering the fact that the laptop is having long lasting lithium polymer battery with fast charging options.
12. ASUS N580VD-DB74T
Acer has a new flagship premium laptop, which is a complete gamer’s gadget. Priced at $1450, this laptop has a 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920×1080) display, which granted is not the ideal one for gaming, but really helps with max settings. The Predator Helios 300 also comes with a GDDR5 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 and Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor. It has a 16GB DDR4 RAM and the IPS panel has a stunning matte finish.
The heat management is taken care of by two inbuilt fans. As soon as you switch to a heavier game that needs the extra power, the dual fans speed up their functions. The Helios 300 also has an Iron Red Backlit & Fine Tip Keyboard with Independent Standard Numeric Keypad and a Multi-Gesture Touchpad. With a fierce state of the art builds, the laptop has a textured metallic chassis, an almost ideal 0.1mm Aero Blade 3D fan cooling system, and a pre-installed Predator Sense app.
13. ASUS VivoBook Pro
ASUS is soon emerging to be the master creator of gaming equipment. The ASUS ROG Gaming Laptop has an i7-7700HQ processor with a GTX 1050Ti graphics card from Nvidia. The 17.3 inch Matte IPS Full HD display is absolutely stellar, and makes it incredibly competent for fast, high-paced gaming. The Keyboard is gaming grade and has been praised by gamers unanimously, though the track pad can use a little overhauling.
Also, though there are no issues with heating, a good cooling pad is recommended to go along with it. Priced at $1,299 ROG’s anti-ghosting features and 2.5mm of key travel for really high-paced action are also great additions for gaming laptops.
14. ASUS ROG G753VE-DS74
The ASUS VivoBook M580VD-EB76 is one of the best gaming laptops because it simply has everything. It has a powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, backed by 16GB DDR4 RAM. It’s 15.6 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds – which is as light as the MacBook Pro and hence, really portable. It has a Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU and features a matte 1080p FHD screen with 100% sRGB color gamut.
The battery life lasts around 5 hours but runs a little hot during high-load gaming sessions. VivoBook M580VD-EB76 has two speakers at its bottom which makes for a brilliant audio set-up and also has 2 TB of storage space. The look is really sleek, and not that it’s important, looks like a perfect gaming machine.
15. MSI G563VR Stealth Pro
One of the best gaming laptop, MSI sports a robust hardware specification that is required for high-end gaming. The storage space is 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, with 16GB RAM and NVIDIA graphics card. The processor included is i7 and the display is of full HD resolution. The keyboard comes with backlit technology for operating in the dark.
When it comes to laptops under $1,500 always choose a laptop with a great battery life. Under $1,500 laptops do not usually have great transfer speed or an incredible graphics, but the laptop, especially a gaming one, needs to be easily portable. Also, always make sure the laptop does not heat up too soon.