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The 4 Best Laptops Under $700 - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Laptops Under $700

While $700 isn't much in the laptop world, where some models cost thousands, you can still find many options around this price. $700 is about the price at which we start seeing some high-quality models with a sturdy metal chassis and a powerful CPU, especially in the thin and light laptop category, and it's also roughly the entry point for gaming laptops. Unfortunately, there aren't any mobile workstations under $700 (unless you want to use a cheap gaming laptop as a substitute), and Apple MacBooks are generally more expensive, so for this article, our recommendations will mainly feature Windows laptops and Chromebooks. The list is a little short for now, but it'll grow as we test more laptops.

We've tested more than 60 laptops, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best laptops under $700 you can buy. You can also see our recommendations for the best laptops, the best budget laptops, and the best laptops for college.

  1. Best Laptop Under $700

    The best laptop under $700 we've tested is the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020), a 14-inch ultraportable designed for general productivity. Its thin and light design makes it easy to carry around for school or work, and its battery lasts nearly 14 hours of light use, so you likely won't need to bring a charger. You can configure it with an Intel 11th Gen. Core i5 or i7 CPU and up to 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Intel's 11th Gen. CPUs perform well and can easily handle light tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and video playback. The SSD is user-replaceable, so you can upgrade it if 512GB isn't enough.

    Regarding the display configuration, you only get one option: a 1080p 60Hz IPS panel. It looks sharp and provides just enough room for light multitasking, but it doesn't get very bright. It's fine for most indoor settings but not for well-lit or sunny environments. As for the keyboard and touchpad, the former feels cramped but decent to type on, and the latter is small but reasonably responsive. Its port selection includes two USB-As, one USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, a full-size HDMI, and a headphone jack. Our main gripe with this laptop is the webcam; the image looks soft and underexposed, and the audio is staticky.

    See our review

  2. Best Chromebook Under $700

    If you prefer a Chrome OS device, get the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020). This 13-inch model is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, meaning you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. It has a bright 3:2 QHD display, a spacious keyboard, and a decently large, responsive touchpad. As this is a discontinued model, some configurations are hard to find. Currently, the only one available under $700 is an Intel Core i3 model with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. The Core i3 is plenty fast for Chrome OS; the only downside is the 4GB of RAM, which isn't a whole lot. There's a Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, but it's more expensive. The battery lasts around 12 hours of light use and charges over USB-C, so you don't need to carry around a proprietary charger.

    See our review

  3. Best Gaming Laptop Under $700

    For gaming, we recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (2021), the best gaming laptop under $700 we've tested. This 15.6-inch model is available with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H or Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, and there are tons of GPU configuration options, from an entry-level NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to an RTX 3060. There are three 1080p display options; we recommend getting the 120Hz or 165Hz panel for the best visual experience, as those panels have the fastest response time and FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. You can get up to 16GB of memory and over 1TB of storage, but don't worry if you can't afford 16GB of RAM upfront because the memory is user-replaceable, meaning you can add more later on.

    As for the overall build, this laptop feels surprisingly sturdy, especially for a model in its price range. The keyboard feels comfortable and tactile, and the webcam's video quality is pretty good if you want to stream. Unfortunately, it isn't very portable as it's rather bulky and heavy, and like most laptops with a discreet GPU, the battery lasts only an hour when gaming.

    See our review

  4. Best 2-In-1 Tablet Under $700

    The best 2-in-1 tablet we've tested is the Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021), a super compact and lightweight 10.5-inch tablet with a built-in kickstand and detachable keyboard. Its 1080p display looks very sharp and gets bright enough to combat glare, and above it sits an excellent 1080p webcam for video calls. There's also an IR camera for quick logins via Windows Hello facial recognition. The type cover keyboard protects the display during transport and feels surprisingly comfortable to type on. The downside is that you have to buy it separately. The battery lasts about seven hours of light productivity or a little over three hours of video playback, so you'll likely need to bring the charger. As for the configuration, we recommend the Core i3 model with 8GB of RAM, as it'll give you a smoother experience with fewer slowdowns than the base model with a Pentium Gold CPU and 4GB of memory.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021): The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021) is a good alternative to the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). It has a larger display for multitasking, but its keyboard feels a little more fatiguing to type on because it requires more force to actuate the keys. It also has shorter battery life, and its USB-C port doesn't support video output or charging. See our review
  • Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020): The Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) is a cheaper alternative to the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020). It has a larger display, but it doesn't look as sharp or get as bright as the Acer's screen. It also has a slower CPU, so it doesn't feel as snappy as the Acer. See our review
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021): The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) is a good Chrome OS alternative to the Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021). It has an OLED display with better picture quality and longer battery life than the Surface Go 3. However, the keyboard doesn't feel as comfortable to type on, and Chrome OS is more limiting, as you can only run web apps through the Chrome browser, Android apps, and Linux apps. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best laptops under $700 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper laptop wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no laptops that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you prefer to make your own decision, here's the list of all of our laptop reviews. Keep in mind that most laptops are available in various configurations, and the table only shows the results of the model we tested, so it's best to see the full review for information about other variants.