Best Laptop For Word Processing and Internet

Best Laptop For Word Processing and Internet – If you usually work on a desktop computer, then this is a great way of having your work on a more portable device. A notebook can be easily slipped into a bag and taken out anywhere, such as on a train or in a cafe. Laptops are bigger and are intended to be your primary device.

OVERVIEW

This entirely depends on the kind of work you do. Notebooks are generally sleeker and smaller than the average laptop (hence their name). If you primarily use your device to look at one screen at a time when you’re on the go, then a notebook could be a good idea.

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Best Laptop For Word Processing and Internet – ROUND UP

I found that technical specs were less important in the decision making process than you might think. Once upon a time, anyone looking for a new computer would spend ages comparing processing speeds and RAM. However, laptops these days have really good processors (most use Intel, some use AMD).

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1. ASUS VivoBook F510UA

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2. Google Pixelbook Go

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3. Microsoft Surface Go

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4. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

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5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1

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6. HP – Spectre x360

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7. Dell New XPS 13

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8. Acer Aspire E 15

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9. ASUS Chromebook Flip

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10. Asus ZenBook 14

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BUYER’S GUIDE

If this laptop will be your main work device, then you definitely can’t afford to just buy the cheapest option. Many consider word processing and excel to be basic applications but really they are essential. And, as they are essential, they need to run efficiently which they can only do on a decent device.

So, to help you wade through all of the complicated devices out there, we’ve put together a list of the best laptops for word processing and excel. Read on to find the perfect match for your work.

Minimum Requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core processor
  • 2.0 GHz or faster recommended for Skype for Business
  • 4 GB RAM for 64-bit; 2 GB RAM for 32-bit
  • 4.0 GB free disk space
  • 1280 x 768 or higher screen resolution
  • Windows 10, Windows Server 2019
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do laptops come with Microsoft Word?

This depends on the laptop but a lot don’t. You will likely have to purchase Microsoft Office when you buy a new laptop or sign in to your account if you have already paid. You can do this with a one-off payment every year or a monthly subscription. If you’re a student or still in school, then your organization may provide you with a free or discounted subscription.

Should I buy a Notebook or a laptop?

This entirely depends on the kind of work you do. Notebooks are generally sleeker and smaller than the average laptop (hence their name). If you primarily use your device to look at one screen at a time when you’re on the go, then a notebook could be a good idea.

How often should you update your laptop?

You need to update your mattress every eight years, your TV every five years, and your phone every two years. So what about laptops? How long should you hang onto your device before it’s officially outdated? Chloe Harris-Williams, tablets & computing buyer at John Lewis says: “We would recommend updating your laptop every three to four years, depending on how much it is used during this time.”

Are there any particular brands who are known as the best in class?

When it comes to smartphones, everyone knows that Apple and Samsung will always deliver a good quality product, regardless of the model. Is it the same for laptop manufacturers? When the Telegraph asked Elford, he said: “All the major laptop brands (HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus) produce good quality devices. Apple Mac still stands out from a design and quality perspective.”

What is the difference between a laptop and a notebook?

A notebook is just a slim, light laptop. In general, notebooks tend to save space by using SSD storage rather than the traditional HDD storage of older laptops. However, these days most bigger laptops are using SSD storage as well.

The one that is a bit different is a Cloudbook or Chromebook. These are smaller laptops with almost no storage whatsoever. The idea is that you store all your files and data in the cloud and just download them when you need them. All well and good, as long as you’ve got a decent internet connection, but if you’re travelling a lot, these may not be ideal.

What is the best processor for a laptop?

If you’re just buying a laptop for everyday use, you probably don’t really need to worry about the processor as you won’t usually be doing anything that needs much processing power.

The vast majority of laptops use Intel processors. These are split into Core, Pentium, and Celeron, the first being widely considered the best, the last the worst. Most laptops I’ve found through my research use Intel Core which comes in i3, i5, i7, and i9 varieties and each has nine generations which mark slight improvements. Essentially, the higher the numbers the better the processor.

Should you consider buying a refurbished laptop?

Absolutely. You can get some serious discounts by picking up refurbished laptops. But remember a few things.

Firstly, you should only buy refurbished laptops from certified sellers. Lenovo and Dell both have official ‘outlet’ websites, where you can pick up refurbished laptops that have been checked over and restored to as good a working condition as possible by certified engineers.

Do I need any extras when I buy a laptop? 

To my mind, the whole charm of a laptop is that it gives you everything you need in one device. That being said, I know that some people find laptop keyboards cramped and trackpads annoying. Thankfully, these days almost every peripheral keyboard and mouse is Bluetooth enabled so all should connect to your laptop with ease.

What is the Best Laptop for Microsoft Office Word?

Most businesses today demand a lot of word processing to get work done. Employees and staff need to make presentations, write reports, create summaries and more. That creates a need for a laptop for Microsoft Word. Truth be told, to run Microsoft Word doesn’t require as powerful machine as a MacBook or anything fancy.

Microsoft was built for the most basic laptop which means you shouldn’t worry much about the RAM or the processor. If anything, just the Microsoft Office requirements should do.

Which is the Best Laptop for Excel and PowerPoint?

For users looking to do some work on Ms. Excel, the Asus Vivobook F510UA- AH55 is a great budget laptop for Excel and PowerPoint. Again, I wouldn’t say there is any particular requirement to run Excel and PowerPoint apart from the minimum Microsoft Office requirements.  And the reason we recommend the Asus Vivobook F510UA- AH55 is for its balance of features.

Do All Computers Come with Microsoft Office?

Whether or not computers come with Microsoft Office pre-installed or included is one of the most commonly asked questions. Generally,, computers don’t come with Microsoft Office pre-installed. For a short period of time in history, Microsoft shipped with Microsoft Office included. But, that was a long time ago and it ended.

What Laptops come Pre-loaded with Microsoft Office?

What laptops come with Microsoft Office installed? What laptops come with Microsoft Office included? Are there any laptops that come with Microsoft Office? All these are just one and the same questions. And to answer, the answer is No. As far as I know, laptops don’t come pre-loaded with Microsoft Office. I was tempted to say the Microsoft Surface Book series come with Microsoft Office because of the similar name pattern.

But on closer look, that was a bit dumb of me. What the laptops ship with is a free TRIAL of the Microsoft Office. Not unless you’re buying a used laptop on say Amazon and the owner has a paid version of Microsoft Office (I’ve seen a bunch of these on Amazon).

The Surface Laptop 2, for instance, ships with a Windows 10 Home operating system and a Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial version. After the 30 day trial, you will have to pay to receive the product key which unlocks the Full Microsoft Office version. That applies to the Surface Pro 6 and most other laptops in the industry. With the Surface Pro 6, however, you will need to subscribe to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Microsoft Office.

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WRAP UP

When it comes to buying a new laptop, it can be overwhelming when you’re confronted with a lot of technical jargon. If like most people you predominantly use your laptop for word processing, excel, and browsing the internet, then you don’t need anything too complicated.

But that doesn’t mean you can just use any old laptop, you still need something that is fast, reliable, and has a good amount of storage for all of your files. This is especially true if you produce large documents, as you don’t want to have to wait for your laptop to catch up as you’re typing. Or for any of your files to go missing.

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