Best Laptop Under 800 – Reviews and Guide

September 18, 2021

Laptops are genuinely improving at a rapid pace. And now, it is obsolete to say that an $800 laptop cannot run graphics-intensive software or games. It’d be finer to say that most of the laptops in the $800 range can exceed your expectations. 

To be more precise, within this budget, you’d find laptops that have either high-end GPU or high-end CPU or giving you the gist of both with an average approach. 

Additionally, to find your ideal laptop, you’d need to look into the specs to see if they really seem appealing to you… Not to forget that if you want a laptop for gaming then you should look for the dedicated GPU, while on the other hand, if you need it for normal-day usage then an integrated GPU would do your work. 

This unbiased review about the best laptops under $800 will surely assist you in not overlooking the tiny aspects of your ideal laptops. 

Also, if you scroll down and check the Buyers Guide, you’d find a thoroughly discussed section where we have talked about the things that are needed or should be checked before buying a laptop. Every essential factor is mentioned there to help you find the best and the most suitable laptop for your professional and daily-life work. 

It doesn’t matter what your buying purpose is, a laptop should always have a decent processor and a great GPU to give you a better experience and performance. 

The below list of laptops tick all the required boxes and made their way into our top 13 best laptops under the $800 category.

13 Best Laptop Under 800

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ModelStorageGPU 

Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3512GB SSDAMD Radeon Vega Click Here

Asus Vivobook 15 Thin Laptop
ASUS VivoBook 15256GB SSDAMD R5-
3500U
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Asus Rog Strix Scar Iii
Acer Aspire 5128GB SSDAMD Radeon
Vega 3
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Asus Tuf Gaming Fx505
ASUS TUF Gaming512GB M.2 SSD
GeForce GTX 1650 Click Here

Lenovo Ideapad 3
Lenovo IdeaPad 3256GB SSDAMD Radeon
Vega 8
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Dell G3
Dell G3256GB SSDNvidia GTX
1050
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Asus Vivobook S15
ASUS VivoBook S15512GB PCIe SSDIntel UHD Graphics Click Here


Asus Zenbook 14
ASUS ZenBook 13256GB SSD
Intel UHD Graphics Click Here


Lenovo Ideapad 5
Lenovo IdeaPad 5512GB SSD
Intel UHD Graphics Click Here

Asus Zenbook 14
ASUS ZenBook 14512GB SSD
Intel UHD Graphics Click Here

Asus Chromebook Flip C436
ASUS Chromebook
Flip C436
128GB SSDIntel UHD Graphics Click Here

Acer Spin 5
Asus ROG Strix
Scar III
256GB SSDIntel UHD
Graphics 620
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Asus Rog Strix Scar Iii
Asus VivoBook
X512DA
256GB SSDAMD Radeon
Vega 8
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Acer Swift 3 – Student’s Choice

Acer Swift 3

Why we like it

  • Lightweight & easy to carry
  • Great Multitasking
  • Much smoother touchpad
  • Affordable price

If you ask a college or university student about what they would want in a laptop, the answer would be; portability, good battery life, efficient multitasking. And that’s what the Acer Swift 3 mainly targets. 

Since being considered the best budget laptop, the Acer Swift 3 beautifully covers the top prioritized aspects of the students, and dominates to become the “Student’s Choice”. On top of that, it smoothly outplays the other competitors in the game to secure its place, once and for all. 

Not only it works amazingly in multitasking, but it gives a tough competition to everyone in looks as well. What else would you ask for when you’re getting everything without breaking your bank? Ah, Nothing…

It has a 720p webcam that is centered in the top bezel like other laptops, and it captures colorful pictures with slightly noisy videos. Another thing about the camera is that it is not a face-recognition capable camera. 

When it comes to the keyboard, it has a firm backlit keyboard that has a beautiful design but feels a bit hollow while typing. And the large touchpad feels much smoother and doesn’t create a sound when clicked.

You will find a fingerprint reader right next to the side of the palm rest, which shows that Acer considers security to be top-priority. The fingerprint reader works better than the traditional password field where you would have to manually enter the password. 

The screen is surrounded by an eye-pleasing and thin bezel that has around 84% screen-to-body ratio — claimed by Acer. Also, the IPS display is 1920x1080p resolution; your eyes will adjust to the huge screen sooner. And the web pages look pretty smart between the panel’s extra height and the 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut.

A noticeable thing about the Acer Swift 3 is that the panel is pretty bright — having 400 nits of brightness — with wide viewing angles. Also, the colors are admirably rich and well-saturated, making the screen a perfect place for the eyes and for people who love to watch movies in their spare time. 

Specification

MODELSwift 3
CPURyzen 7 4700U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega
RAM8GB LPDDR4
STORAGE512GB SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT2.65 pounds

Pros
  • Best performance for the price
  • Light and portable
  • Bright screen
  • Fabulous Multitasker
Cons
  • Not ideal for Gaming
  • Average Speakers

Verdict

The Acer Swift 3 is a complete mad-lad when it comes to multitasking due to its fine-ass processor and the GPU that backs it with its powerful performance. The screen, with its brightness, adds a huge value to the laptop and enhances its viewing — works perfectly for graphic designers and video editors as the colors will be rich.


ASUS VivoBook 15 – Aesthetic King

Asus Vivobook 15 Thin Laptop

Why we like it

  • Breathtaking design
  • Up-to-par display
  • Solid build
  • Fingerprint sensor

The VivoBook 15 hasn’t downgraded its performance alongside being the sickest and aesthetically pleasing laptop in the market, and proves that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

On top of that, Asus is giving you 5 colors to choose from so you don’t have to live with the color that you don’t like. The one we are reviewing is the Slate Gray.

The Asus VivoBook 15 (2020) comes with a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor that is backed with 2MB Cache and goes up to 3.6 GHz when turbo boosted alongside having the AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU to help in creating great graphical performance. 

Furthermore, it is armed with 8 gigs of RAM and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. And the storage is enough for someone who isn’t into gaming and other high-end stuff. However, RAM and SSD can be increased as well. Another thing about the SSD is that it boots the windows comparatively faster than the HDD. Not only that, but the SSD helps in loading the apps and games faster, too. 

To give you a premium look and feel, Asus has done a solid job in manufacturing top-tier designs for its higher-end ZenBook line. On the way down, the VivoBook 15 has a beautiful plain plastic bottom that is intact when it is placed onto a table. Moreover, the centered silver metallic sheen of the Asus logo on the lid paired with the textured Slate Grey finish gives a top-notch contrast. 

Also, the ErgoLift Hinge in the back helps to lift the keyboard deck a bit upward; gives a comfortable typing experience. Not only that, but you will find the same finnish as you did on the lid. Another great feature that the VivoBook 15 provides is the built-in fingerprint sensor.

Another notable thing about the keyboard is that the key spacing is brilliant for the most part, but this could’ve been better if space was slightly greater. And the keys are a bit mushy and lack a strong bounce to help move your fingers quickly.

When it comes to the display, the VivoBook 15 has a 15.6” FHD NanoEdge bezel display, and the most interesting part is that it has a 88% screen-to-body ratio. And it comes in a 1920x1080p display that produces sharp images, but the panel is overall dim and the colors are kind of washed out. 

The thing that makes this laptop a bit off is the battery and the display. Apart from everything, the display is dim and dull and doesn’t give you the brightness and feel that you would expect from a laptop in this price range.

As most of the laptops have the battery issue in common. You would have to experience the short battery life in Asus VivoBook 15 as well as you go on playing games or perform some tasks that put pressure on the system.

Specification

MODELVivobook 15 F512DA
CPUAMD R5-3500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8
RAM8GB DDR4 
STORAGE256GB SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT3.53 pounds

Pros
  • Sturdy build
  • Aesthetic looks
  • Comfy keyboard and touchpad
  • IPS display with anti-glare coating
Cons
  • Not perfect for gaming
  • Not good in battery

Verdict

The Asus VivoBook 15 is a good competitor in the market right now due to its processor and works perfectly when doing a school or office task as it outshines in every aspect of the task that you’ll be performing. However, if you’re a gaming person then it might not be the best choice for you.


Acer Aspire 5 – Bombastic Speakers

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 Inches

Why we like it

  • Multiple ports option
  • Acer Color Intelligence
  • Appreciable Speakers
  • Great keyboard

The Acer Aspire 5 falls into the category of laptops that wouldn’t win all the acknowledgment and praise, but it is a laptop amongst the ones that will get the job done. It ticks all the boxes for the students who are participating in remote or in-person learning. 

If you can’t take your eyes off the premium laptops backed with fancy features, but find them hurting your bank then you might wanna look into the Acer Aspire 5 as it is a budget laptop that is a general-use one and performs decently.

It comes with an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor that goes up to 3.5Ghz if turbo boosted alongside having the Radeon Vega 3 Mobile graphics to help it survive in the graphics race. Also, another thing that is worth appreciating is that due to the graphics card, the battery life is extended and the card doesn’t suck all the power. 

The 8GB DDR4 RAM comes in as the entry-level specs and the storage is 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD. However, the storage is quite low, but it can be upgraded. Also, it is enough for someone who performs light stuff. 

When it comes to the design, the Acer Aspire 5 is something that you would expect from a mid-range player; it has nothing too fancy, but this doesn’t mean that this one is an ugly and unpleasant laptop. 

Additionally, the Aspire 5 has a narrow-bezel design that helps in creating amazing crisp images alongside the true colors for you to enjoy with the FHD IPS display. It has the Acer Color Intelligence as well that helps in adjusting the gamma and saturation in real-time without making you feel like tweaking something on the laptop. 

If you look into the keyboard, you’d find it to be much more convenient and is backed with responsive keys; giving you more travel than you may expect from it. Also, there’s no such audible click or something, but you’d be feeling them actuate actually, which is far better than the mushy or shallow keyboard(s).

On the way down, the touchpad is so simplistic with no dedicated click buttons. But, it responds really well to the clicks and touches with a sign of zero to looseness. To be honest, it’s not the largest touchpad, but it basically does the job.

Specification

MODELAspire 5
CPURyzen 3 3200U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 3
RAM4GB DDR4
STORAGE128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT3.97 pounds

Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Upgradeable
  • Array of ports
  • Nice backlit keyboard
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Straight design

Verdict

The Asus Aspire 5 is basically a laptop with a simple design that is more like the general-use ones, containing a decent array of port selections. The notable thing about this laptop is that it actually lacks the standout feature to dominate every other laptop in this price range, but it decently performs really well and completes the job thrown at it. 


ASUS TUF Gaming – Gaming Machine

Asus Tuf Gaming Fx505

Why we like it

  • High-end performance
  • Fairly good display
  • Durable design — drop tested
  • Responsive touchpad

As the craze for gaming increases day by day, you’d see more mid-range gaming laptops. At the moment, the Asus TUF FX505 works tremendously good when it comes to gaming or working on heavy-end apps. But the tradeoff is that it starts to make noise or becomes louder when playing games or it is under pressure; the tradeoff can be bearable.

The TUF FX 505 comes with the Intel i5-9300H processor that performs really well and gives above-average gaming performance. Also, it is backed with the GeForce GTX 1650 which provides a decent boost to the system when playing a game and makes it amongst the best mid-range gaming laptops. 

Furthermore, it comes with an 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM that also helps in increasing the performance to create a better gaming experience. Moreover, the 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD gives you enough storage space for storing your games and helps in loading games faster alongside instantly booting the Windows.

Asus wished to continue with the ROG-inspired “Radiating X-design” with its red exhaust fins and the aggressive cuts on the lids. Another thing is that when you open up the lid with one hand, you’ll experience an uneven lift and the display will bend by a few degrees — not a fault in the build, but a choice. 

The Asus really lives up to its “TUF” claim after drop testing for 3x times from 1m and figured out that Asus claims were true, so we didn’t move on further to try our luck and really break the laptop — reviewed by Digit.in.

It features a 15.6” IPS display that gives you decent colors and a viewing experience. It produces higher quality pictures so you can enjoy every bit of gaming. And the most interesting part is that; a good display is highly significant in gaming as you’d have to see the enemy before it shoots you down. Also, it features the Nanoedge display that helps in giving you the maximized viewing comfort. 

Moreover, the TUF FX505 comes in with a full-sized backlit keyboard with decent space between each key. The WASD keys are fairly transparent to make them more visible and stand out. The keys are 0.25mm curved for a decent fit with the fingers. Also, this laptop features the Overstroke technology from ROG that helps in making the keys travel more distance without having to apply more force — becomes a perfect keyboard to type on. 

Right after the keyboard, the trackpad comes, which features a matte surface that helps in making the fingers easily slide on with a great cursor response and have a nice accuracy as well. 

Specification

MODELFX505GT-US52
CPUIntel i5-9300H
GPUGeForce GTX 1650
RAM8GB DDR4 2666MHz
STORAGE512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT4.85 pounds

Pros
  • Above-average performance
  • Good for editing and gaming
  • IPS Nanoedge display
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Bulky built
  • Mediocre battery
  • Loud fans while gaming

Verdict

The Asus TUF FX505 really lives up to its “TUF” name by effortlessly withstanding the daily life work/tasks. It provides satisfactory performance in the gaming area, as well as creative professionals, can also use it for their editing needs. Overall, this is a goto laptop for people who are into gaming or editing videos or photos.


Lenovo IdeaPad 3 – Affordable Laptop

Lenovo Ideapad 3

Why we like it

  • More than good battery life
  • Unique signature Abyss Color
  • Sturdy chassis
  • Great choice for light gaming

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is normally a better choice when you’re going to buy a laptop on a tight budget for school, college, or office work. It’s a decent laptop with sturdy chassis, a 14” screen, and a wonderful keyboard — perks that aren’t available on most budget laptops. 

It is one of the laptops that have the capability to easily rival any other budget laptop. To be more specific, it doesn’t have the earth-shattering power, but it does the trick and completes the task — a great choice for students and office work.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 consists of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Mobile processor that uses much lower voltage and is really great in running cooler than the CPUs that exist in desktop PCs. Not only that but it is armed with the Radeon Vega 8 GPU that performs well in light gaming. 

It’s packed with 8 gigs of RAM to speed things up for you and make them happen quicker. In addition to that, the RAM can be upgraded as well so if you don’t feel like staying on the 8GB then you can add more. On top of that, it has a 256GB SSD that is enough for someone who doesn’t perform tasks on heavy software or play heavy games, but you can extend the storage as well. 

Despite being a 14” 1920x1080p screen, the display is not so bright. Not only that but the contrast and saturations are pretty weak as well. This laptop is not, obviously, for movie watching or gaming, but it does and can run Skyrim. 

The IdeaPad 3’s keyboard indicates that it is made for work more than play, but there’s a hollow sound when you press the keys; however, if you start to press harder you’d feel that the keyboard is much better for long-form typing. 

Also, you don’t get any fancy extras. This laptop doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor for instant logins and it doesn’t have a keyboard backlight either. Furthermore, the trackpad isn’t as impressive as the keyboard as it is a rounded-off rectangle made up of plastic with a bit of wobble to its clicker. 

This laptop doesn’t come with any unique design features that convince eyes to make it their top priority, apart from the signature Abyss Blue color. It’s more like ordinary laptops and comes in a rectangular shape with rounded corners and the “Lenovo” logo on one side of the corner. Also, the lid and the underside are of hard plastic.

Specification

MODELIdeapad 3
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8
RAM8GB DDR4
STORAGE256GB SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT3.30 pounds

Pros
  • Nice performance for its price
  • Solid built quality
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Bulky built
  • Dim display
  • Clicky touchpad

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 3 is a fine budget laptop that has a comfy keyboard to make your fingers relax even while typing alongside having a performance that you’d enjoy and is normally found only in pricey lap.


Dell G3 – Gaming Engineer

Dell G3

Why we like it

  • Responsive touchpad
  • Better option for gaming
  • Top-tier battery 
  • Nvidia GTX 1050

We’ve now hopped onto the track to see the best budget gaming laptop that offers solid performance and the price is reasonable as well. Apart from that, you wouldn’t get the Windows 3 and the Thunderbolt 3 — we shouldn’t expect too many bells & whistles.

Gaming laptops’ demand has increased over the last year; and everyone wants to have a featherweight and the thinnest laptop ever alongside a 10x horsepower performance. But these features make it skyrocket the price as well, and not everyone can afford it. This is where the Dell G3 comes in…

The Dell G3 has the Core i5-8300H Quad-core processor that is backed with an 8MB Cache and goes up to 3.9GHz on turbo boost. To make it a great player for games, it has the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card that is more efficient and works better in offering better graphics.

The 8GB RAM and the 256GB SSD come as entry-level specs. However, there’s always room for an upgrade. The 8GB RAM is quite enough for gaming, but if you want a better experience, you’re more than welcome to increase it. Also, the 256GB SSD might run out soon if you’re into high-end games. And the SSD helps in booting the windows much faster and loads up apps and games significantly quicker, too. 

If we look at the Dell G3 from other aspects, it stands out compared to its price; but it falls severely when it comes to its display as it is quite dull. Despite having a 1920x1080p display, it doesn’t help in producing vivid colors. And the brightness is comparatively fine as it stands at 272 nits. 

Most of the time, the budget laptops have a decent keyboard with a great feeling. The Dell G3 keyboard feels a little cheap and the keys are a bit small as well, but these don’t affect the overall typing quality. Also, the touchpad is a bit taller and has enough space, and works perfectly and accurately while browsing the web and navigating Windows.

To be honest, this laptop looks more aesthetic and premium even without being made with premium materials. It has a black plastic lid that features the “Dell” logo with a decent touch to it that makes it pop. In addition to that, it comes in with a 15” FHD display that is surrounded by a moderately sized bezel. And the plastic deck is quite smooth when you touch and is comfy too when you place your wrist on it. 

Specification

MODELG3
CPUCore i5 8300H (Quad-core)
GPUNvidia GTX 1050
RAM8GB 2666 megahertz DDR4
STORAGE256GB
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT5.95 pounds
Pros
  • Minimalistic style
  • Great battery performance
  • Strong performance
  • Ideal for gaming
Cons
  • Dull display

Verdict

The Dell G3 is great for gaming as the performance is up-to-par, and comes in a sleek look to amaze you alongside delivering good value for the money, but the display is a tradeoff as it is dull, which makes it doesn’t let you enjoy and experience to the fullest. However, it is a great and affordable gaming laptop. 


ASUS VivoBook S15 – NanoEdge Bezel Display

Asus Vivobook S15

Why we like it

  • NanoEdge Display
  • ScreenPad 2.0
  • IR camera for facial login
  • Sleek design

The Asus VivoBook S15 is one of the quality machines that follow the less-is-more trend, and there fewer laptops that offer size, performance, and features for the same price. This laptop is a full-size one that offers a 15.6” screen with a weight of around 3.97 pounds. Another interesting thing about the VivoBook S15 is that it features the ScreenPad 2.0 that enables the possibilities to fit in many apps into the 5.65” touchscreen.

This laptop has the Intel Core i5-10210U processor with 6M Cache and clocks up to 4.2GHz in turbo boost. Also, you’d enjoy the high clock speed as the processor performance becomes really good for the price. Furthermore, it has integrated Intel UHD Graphics which is pretty fine for low-end graphics work. 

Additionally, it is featuring 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. The RAM is quite fine as you’d normally see the same amount of RAM in the majority of the budget-friendly laptops. And the storage is pretty more than what is normally offered to seeing in this price range. 

The VivoBook S15 was capable of effortlessly running multiple tabs alongside the Adobe Photoshop, Discord, and Telegram in the background. It’s mostly due to the processor and other components that help the system to reduce the load time and lag when surfing the net, working on documents, and handling/managing different daily life tasks. 

Another interesting thing about the Asus VivoBook S15 is that it has the ScreenPad 2.0, which is a small secondary 5.65” touchscreen that fits in the touchpad and enables a portal of apps to access easily.

Furthermore, it has a 15.6” FHD NanoEdge bezel display that gives an awesome 88% screen-to-body ratio that is enough to give aesthetic and immersive visuals. If you use your laptop for multitasking and find the screen to be too cramped then you’d love working on the VivoBook S15 as it has a near frameless display. 

The design is quite fascinating with its appealing minimalistic build quality alongside the extra feature: the ScreenPad 2.0, which is really much more attractive. It also has an IR camera that helps in facial login for instant logins and high security. 

Despite having a 15.6” screen, the laptop is very much portable with a sleek overall design. It seems a bit heavy when it is compared to the 13” or 14” laptops, but it still can be justified to some extent. 

Specification

MODELVivobook S15 S532
CPUCore i5-10210U
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM8GB DDR4
STORAGE512GB PCIe SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT3.97 pounds
Pros
  • Minimalistic design
  • Neat performance
  • Colorful display
  • Great connectivity
Cons
  • Mediocre battery

Verdict

The Asus VivoBook S15’s minimal design ensures that it is among the most portable laptops with its Intel Core i5 10th generation processor that helps in a strong performance and handles everything thrown at it except for heavy-end games. It is a great laptop for day-to-day use. 


Lenovo IdeaPad 5 – Durable in the GAME

Asus Zenbook 13

Why we Like it

  • High-end durability
  • ErgoLift Hinge
  • Lightweight
  • Great performance

Surprisingly, the Asus ZenBook 13 is incredibly compact, slim, and as light as a feather. The performance is so fine for the price that your mind will be at peace plus it doesn’t hurt your wallet as well. Also, the touchpad comes in a considerate size and features a full-color display.

This laptop is armed with the latest 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, which performs really well when it comes to gaming. Also, the processor performs well in online multiplayer games such as CSGO, CODW, Dota2, etc, which makes a goto processor if you’re into gaming. Furthermore, it has Intel UHD Graphics that are noticeably good in the low-end graphics range. 

It also features an 8GB of RAM alongside having a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD that is considered a good combination and is found in the majority of the budget-friendly laptops. However, there’s always quite enough room for upgrades. Another thing about the SSD is that it will significantly reduce the load time of your laptop and increase the data transferring speed when moving files. 

The ZenBook 13 offers a whopping 1920×1080 glossy colorful panel that gives a clean detail while watching a movie or something on the laptop.

Also, the brightness hits the 370 nits range and becomes really bright when at peak. It also features a 13.3-inches 16:9 Anti-glare FHD 4-way NanoEdge bezel display that looks too good. And due to the NanoEdge bezels, it has an 88% screen-to-body ratio that increases the screen as well. 

Additionally, the keyboard feels really great even though the laptop is slim — the slim design hasn’t compromised the keyboard travel. The keyboard has plenty of space to easily place your finger on the keys. Furthermore, the keyboard has a LED backlighting, which is really nice, bright, and worth the appreciation. 

In addition to that, the touchpad is really good and is pretty huge — giving enough space for easily sliding your fingers on it to achieve what you wish for. Another thing about the touchpad is that it has a built-in number pad that is easily activated by holding the top right of the touchpad. 

Furthermore, the ZenBook 13 is featuring the ErgoLift hinge that slightly lifts the keyboard upward for better hand placement for typing. On top of that, it has the MIL-STD-810G military standard for durability and reliability. Due to being 13.9mm thin, it is still durable and ultrathin and does the trick for the ones who adore power. 

Specification

MODELZenbook 13 UX325
CPUCore i5-1035G1
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM8GB LPDDR4X
STORAGE256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT2.50 pounds
Pros
  • Premium and luxurious feeling
  • Great multitasking
  • Powerful overall performance
  • Sleek and slim design
Cons
  • Weak speakers
  • Below-average keyboard design

Verdict

The Asus Zenbook 13 offers top-notch performance due to the great power of the processor and is a matchless multitasker. The look is so premium and elegant which catches anyone’s attention in the first look. Apart from that, it features the ErgoLife hinge that helps in lifting the keyboard upward to the ideal position for a comfy typing angle.


Lenovo IdeaPad 5 – Durable in the GAME

Lenovo Ideapad 5

Why we like it

  • Smooth touchpad surface
  • Simplistic design
  • Awesome touch screen display
  • Great multitasking
  • Fingerprint sensor

In this modern era, everything is becoming online and everyone needs a laptop to get the work done. But, for strong performance, looks, and durability, a laptop can become expensive. On top of that, a student on a tight budget cannot buy a laptop that fulfills his requirements. The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 is something that was specifically manufactured to cater to the needs of a student and eliminate all the problems while being affordable as well…

The IdeaPad 5 has the latest Intel Core-i5 10th generation processor with a whopping 6MB cache and clocks up to 3.6GHz in turbo boost, which is really admirable. Also, it is backed with Intel UHD Graphics to give it a good backup in the graphics area. They both combined are a great combination for gaming as they can run heavier games on the lowest graphics settings. 

This laptop has 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 SDRAM that works more than well in multitasking, alongside having a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD that stores a considerate amount of apps and data. This time, we are seeing a considerate amount of RAM, which normally we don’t get to see, with the SSD which is enough to store more.

It has a 15.6-inches Anti-glare 1920x1080p FHD display that also endorses the 10-fingers multi-touch feature. On top of that, it has a 300-nits brightness which makes it a better competitor in the market as compared to other laptops in this price range, whose weak point is the screen. 

The keyboard is the standard Lenovo keyboard, having short key travel. It is a full-size backlit keyboard with the number pad on the right side. Also, the power button is right above the keypad. It is featuring the fingerprint as well to ace up its security. And the touchpad has a smooth texture to it, which offers smooth sliding of your finger on it and the cursor responds accurately.

To be honest, there was nothing fancy in the design of the IdeaPad 5, but the simplicity is something that can be much appreciated. Also, there is a sturdy and strong feel to the aluminum chassis that makes the laptop suitable for carrying to the lectures and study halls on a daily basis, and the simple look will suit everyone. 

Specification

MODELIdeapad 5
CPUCore i5-1035G1
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM16GB 3200MHz DDR4
STORAGE512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT4.44 pounds
Pros
  • Durable design
  • Great battery life
  • High performance
  • Touch screen display
Cons
  • The touchpad could’ve been better

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 is a lightweight laptop with a strong and sturdy chassis. It gives a decent performance and the battery lasts long as well. For students and someone with office work, it is a pretty decent laptop that doesn’t cost much, and performs really well; it also has a comfy keyboard that doesn’t irritate you while typing. However, the low contrast and the small touchpad could have been better. 


ASUS ZenBook 14 – Massive Screen

Asus Zenbook 14

Why we like it

  • NumberPad 2.0
  • Thunderbolt 3 
  • 90% screen-to-body ratio
  • Metal design
  • Comparatively lighter in weight

If you want a little bit of everything then you would really want to opt for the Asus ZenBook 14 as it has gotten the tight mid-tier performance, a great battery life, a beautiful 90% screen-to-body ratio screen, and a perfect display. 

The Asus ZenBook 14 features the 10th gen Core i5 processor that we get to see in most of the budget-friendly laptops. Also, the processor has the 6M cache and clocks at 3.6GHz on turbo boost. And it has Intel UHD graphics that help the laptop in performing better with the low-end graphical range.

It has the 8GB LPDDR4X RAM that is capable of working on low voltage as low as 0.6V. This is a pretty good improvement in the laptop that helps you in consuming less power. Also, it has a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD that allows you to store plenty of data, and it enables you to transfer data at a very high speed; saving you a lot of time. 

The ZenBook 14 comes in with a 14” 1920x1080p FHD Anti-glare IPS display that has a NanoEdge bezel to increase the screen ratio — providing a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Also, it offers a decent richness in colors, sharp visuals, and is really immersive. The display is comparatively brighter than its competitors in the game — having 400 nits is pretty impressive.

What’s more, this laptop has the ErgoLift hinge that significantly helps the keyboard to lift up a bit to place it in a comfortable position so your fingers can have a better place to type on. 

It has a backlit laptop that looks pretty, and the keys are satisfying to click on and are fairly responsive as well. Another thing about the keyboard is that it doesn’t have the number pad on the side rather it is on the touchpad — the ASUS NumberPad 2.0. The touchpad is pretty smooth as well and allows the finger to smoothly glide across it effortlessly.

The Asus ZenBook 14 has an all-metal design that is lightweight and thin at the same time — making it to be anyone’s ideal traveling companion. It has a decent array of ports, including two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports that cater to fast charging. 

Specification

MODELZenbook 14 UX425JA
CPUCore i5-1035G1
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM8GB LPDDR4X
STORAGE512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT2.60 pounds
Pros
  • Near-perfect battery
  • Lightweight design and premium look
  • Great multitasker
  • Reasonable price for the great performance
Cons
  • Glitchy touchpad (sometimes)

Verdict

The Asus ZenBook 14 is all a person who loves speed, good performance, looks, and long battery life needs. It amazes with its featherweight design and top-notch looks alongside being a top-tier multitasker — a great choice for school going and office workers. Another thing that it provides is the NumberPad 2.0, which is something new for people who are used to the traditional and normal touchpads — all these things for a reasonable price.


Acer Spin 5 – Powerhouse at an AFFORDABLE Price

Acer Spin 5

Why we like it

  • Multi-touch display
  • Convertible laptop
  • Voice Control with Alexa
  • High-quality microphones
  • Durability and Flexibility

A convertible, ultraslim, and lightweight laptop with powerful performance is something that nobody would want to miss. Everyone would want to experience a laptop that adjusts according to their mood. With the 360 degrees feature, the Acer Spin 5 is a great competitor.

The Acer Spin 5 comes with the Intel Core i7 8th generation, which has the ability to clock up to 4.0GHz on the turbo boost. On top of that, it has the Intel UHD Graphics 620 that is capable of easily running games like League of Legends, etc. Also, it is pretty good at multitasking as well due to its processor that helps in handling heavy-duty work…

It is featuring 8GB DDR4 RAM along with the standard size 256GB SSD. The RAM and the Storage are as same as the other laptops that fall in this price range. The SSD enhances the data transferring and the loading speed to make it a better option, too.

This laptop’s screen is around 13.3” FHD that is widescreen and has the LED-backlit IPS display alongside the multi-touch facility. The panel is outright colorful and generates vivid and sharp visuals. Also, the brightness is utterly above-average as well.

It has an island-style backlit keyboard that has quite decent-sized keys for a better typing experience. The space between the keys is satisfactory and there’s a mushy feel to the keys as well, but overall, the keyboard is nice. The touchpad has a fingerprint reader that is compatible with Windows Hello… 

Due to the 360 Dual-Torque hinge, the Acer Spin 5 is allowed to rotate a whopping 360 degrees without any problem. It gives you a variety of options — you can turn it into a tablet, tent, display, or laptop; it all depends on your mood now. 

Specification

MODELSpin 5 SP513
CPUCore i7-8550U
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620
RAM8GB DDR4
STORAGE256GB SSD
RESOLUTION1920×1080
WEIGHT3.31 pounds
Pros
  • Colorful display
  • Stylus included
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Highly portable
Cons
  • Hinges might get misaligned

Verdict

The Acer Spin 5 is offering a stylus to help you continue your designing and assist you to ace your skills. It is a goto laptop for graphics designers who are mostly on their apps to draw something crazy. With its Core i7 8th gen processor, it pretty much runs anything without any issues. 



Buyers Guide

Before selecting the aforementioned laptops, we had to go through a list of specs to make sure they are acknowledged by everyone when they go for buying them. 

Everyone, who is opting for a laptop under $800, really needs to know about the things/specs that make a huge difference and set them apart from other laptops. And to make things easier for you, we have listed them below as well. 

So, to keep things short, let me walk you through the list of things that play a vital role. 

PROCESSOR

The first thing that really matters in a laptop or a PC is the processor. If you’re going for a laptop/PC that has an obsolete processor or weaker one then it is like you’re about to waste your money without a second thought. 

To be more precise, it will be not bad to say that the processor is the most important part of a computer that plays a vital role in how better the system performs. It throws a significant effect on the overall performance of the system. 

While buying a laptop, you’d need to see what processor is coming with a laptop under $800. It will be preferred to opt for a laptop with a minimum i5 processor. However, it is also possible to get a laptop with an i7 processor. Also, the generation of the processor matters a lot as well — make sure to get the latest generation one, too, so your system can perform better.

RAM

Another thing that should be looked into is the RAM. 

To sum up everything in one line: the more RAM is, the faster your laptop will be. Having more RAM makes multitasking easier for the system and makes the software not to be glitchy or laggy. 

Typically, a laptop under 800 bucks comes with DDR4 RAM, but it will be preferred if you could find one with DDR5 RAM. 

Additionally, it is highly recommended to pick the one that comes with upgradeable RAM so your laptop can be future-proof. Normally, with this budget, you’ll get 8GB of RAM with decent specifications. And it is advised to get more RAM for better performance. 

GRAPHICS CARD

The next that matters a lot in a PC or a laptop is the graphics card. It is a known fact that it is the most essential element in a system. Without it, your laptop will lack a hugely important component. 

A graphics card helps a system in running graphics-intensive software or game smoothly, without any issue. Also, if you’re a bit into gaming and want a laptop that can run lightweight games then an integrated graphics card can work out for you, but if you’re into high-end AAA games then you’d be needing a dedicated graphics card for that. 

Additionally, if you want a laptop for heavy visual work then the NVIDIA GTX 2080 or 1660 or something in this range would run the software smoothly for you. 

DISPLAY

Normally, a display is something that is overlooked, almost, most of the time. But, graphics designers or video editors highly depend on the display and graphics card.

A brighter display and more vivid colors will help you in having more enjoyable experiences. Also, with a greater pixel display, you will be having an easier approach to determine enemies in a game as you will be able to have a crisper image to look at. 

Furthermore, a better display plays a huge role in enhancing your experience and puts a positive and greater impact on the images that you see on the screen. 

Also, you can find a touch screen laptop as well within this budget, but we wouldn’t recommend getting one as the touch screen will decrease the functionality of the laptop. However, it’s a personal preference if someone wants to get a touch screen.  

Final Verdict

The above list of laptops is created to help you out with finding out your ideal laptop in 800 terms of performance that you require. 

In the beginning, it might seem a bit overwhelming to pick a laptop from an array of laptops in the market, but with the right advice and schooling, you will be able to choose the right one for yourself according to your needs and requirements. 

To sum up short, these laptops are the best value for money as they tick all of the required checkboxes for heavy performance. No doubts, these are the most reliable ones in the game right now, and almost cannot be outplayed by any other laptop in this price range.

About Uzair Ahmad

E79Dd0278E2F8B78B36B9Af6116Fec3E?S=90&D=Mm&R=GUzair Ahmad is a self-motivated information technology professional. He has been writing on Laptops, PC, and Gadgets for a long time. He mostly recommends things and knowledge base tips which are very useful in daily life.

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