Our winner for best value, this light but sturdy laptop met all our requirements and delivered a great all-round experience. It had ample processing power and memory to get all the basics done properly, from opening lots of browser windows to editing complex documents to watching videos, without slowing you down.
The full-size 15.6 inch screen makes for a slightly bigger footprint than some of the other models on test, but the trade-off is a keyboard that is nearly as big as a full-size desktop model and it includes the customary number pad on the right, so you can type at speed for hours without discomfort. And it’s backlit for working in darkened auditoriums. There’s a generous array of three full-size USB ports and one USB-C. The 256 GB SSD drive means fast starts and shutdowns and minimal chance of drive failure, but you can add in a hard drive too.
It’s also pretty light. At just 1.6 kg this is the sort of laptop you’re happy to take everywhere with you. But light doesn’t mean flimsy. We found the soft-touch plastic shell to be surprisingly robust, and certainly up to being shunted in and out of bags all day.
At this great price there are some sacrifices, of course. The graphics chip will manage very basic gaming, but nothing too serious. Also, we found the screen a bit grainy and dull, even at full brightness, although it wasn’t a deal breaker for us.
i5, 15.6” screen, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage, fingerprint sensor, 357×230×20mm,1.4kg,R10000