Top 15″ Laptops in the $600-$700-ish Range June 2018
Looking for a new 15″ laptop that has good power, but won’t break the bank? This is kind of the sweet spot for 15″ Laptops in this price range to value in my opinion. I will be adding more ranges to meet more needs so check back often. 15″ Laptops are not too big and not too small, but are still fairly portable.
Prices will fluctuate with these, but these are the 15″ Laptops I believe are the best in this price range. I did highlight in green the areas that one system shines over all the others. Some are too close to call so those areas I did not highlight.
I used to be very critical of the Acer name-brand. I started using them again a couple years ago and have been impressed with the cost/value ratio compared to other brands. They have been holding up well and have only needed to contact them once about a failed system so far. Support was responsive and the matter did get resolved even if it wasn’t the best solution that I was looking for. I’ve been a big fan of Lenovo laptops as well, but they made a huge mistake on several of their models. The up arrow key was basically in the spot the right shift key would normally be so typing was very frustrating. They have now resolved that with their newer models so they are back on my radar again.
The Dell and HP line have been solid brands, but usually a little higher priced. The Inspiron line I used to stay away from cause they were poor quality compared to their Latitude business line. That has gotten better however so feel those can be looked at again. I couldn’t find a HP laptop in this price range that would beat or even tie any of these so will be doing another comparison with a higher range next to get one of those in cause they are nice.
|CPU||8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)||8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)||AMD Quad-Core FX-9800P(2.7 / 3.6GHz, 2MB)||8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz(4 Cores, 6M Cache, up to 3.40GHz)||7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)|
|RAM||8GB Dual Channel Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4L 2400 MHz can add up to 16GB||12GB DDR4 Memory|
|Screen||15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display||15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Comfy View widescreen LED-backlit display||15.6″ Full HD(1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display||15.6″ Touch screen for hands-on control; 1920 x 1080 IPS HD display; Energy-efficient LED backlight||15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch(10-finger) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display|
|Storage||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Optical||8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW (M-DISC enabled)||No||DVD-RW||No||No|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM||NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM||Dual Graphics, 2GB AMD Radeon R7 + R8 M535DX||Intel HD Graphics 620||Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM|
|WiFi and Bluetooth||802.11ac WiFi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1||802.11ac Wi-Fi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1||Next-Gen Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0|
|Webcam||HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)||HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)||720p HD Webcam||1280 x 720 HD webcam w/ Facial recognition||HD Webcam (1280 x 720)|
|Fingerprint Reader||No||No||No||No||Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello|
|Battery||6-cell Li-Ion Battery (2800 mAh), Up to 15-hours Battery Life||4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours of battery life||2-cell lithium ion, Up to 4.5 Hours Battery Life||3-cell Lithium-ion||4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 9-hours Battery Life|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Ports||1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card||1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 port (with power-off charging), 2 – USB 2.0 ports, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card||2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x 4 in 1 (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card)||1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, SD Card||1 – USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI port with HDCP support, SD Card|
|Weight||5.27 lbs||4.41 lbs||4.85 lbs||5.07lbs||4.74 lbs|
|Dimensions L x W x H||15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches||15 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches||14.9″ x 10.2″ x 0.90″||14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches||14.6 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches|
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