Since my aunt asked my brother and I what laptops would be good for general use like surfing the web, checking email, editing documents, and watching videos, I’ve put together this list of laptops that would be perfect for these uses!
The first two laptops on this list are Windows 10 – so they should feel familiar to most people and have the least learning curve possible.
The other two laptops on this list are Chromebooks, meaning that they use an operating system developed by Google and will look and work differently from a Windows laptop. There are two great comparisons of Windows and Chrome, even though each one takes an opposite opinion, it may help you make your choice in deciding between the two.
PRO-Windows: LaptopMag’s Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?
PRO-Chrome: Michael Ott’s Chromebooks vs. Windows Laptops: The Real Story
Let’s take a look at the Windows laptops, shall we?
Acer Aspire E 15
This Windows 10 laptop is ranked first because it is going to be the all-around best performing. Of all of the laptops on this list, the Acer Aspire has the fastest processor and by far the most storage space.
It has so much storage space that it is probably overkill for most people! The processor speed is really why I listed this laptop first though, since it is powerful enough to avoid most hang-ups and allow for a good degree of multi-tasking.
Since the screen is 15.6 inches, most sites will look quite comfortable and natural… so there shouldn’t be any awkward looking pages that look cramped!
The biggest downside with the Acer Aspire is that it is the heaviest laptop I’m going to tell you about today. It weighs about 5.3 pounds!
This HP laptop runs the Windows 10 operating system, and features only half of the storage space as the Acer Aspire, which is still a lot for most people. The processor for this HP is also about 300MHz less, which in simple terms means it just has a tiny bit less processing power…
This laptop seems to make up for those downgrades since its 15.6 inch screen is touchscreen enabled! More and more laptops are featuring touchscreens, but often at higher prices, so it makes sense that they would ship it with less storage space and a slightly less powerful processor!
Weighing in at 5.1 pounds, the HP is still on the heavy side for a surfing laptop.
Samsung Chromebook 3
Speed is not sacrificed with this Samsung Chromebook 3, as it is just as fast as the HP… but this computer is only half the weight at just 2.5 pounds! You’ll give up some screen size compared to the HP and Acer, but 11.6 inches is still a good screen size for surfing the web!
Samsung appears to have dropped most of the weight by forgoing a traditional hard-drive (which are pretty weighty) and replacing it with a blazing fast 32GB solid state drive! This means that unless you plan on downloading large files (think long videos/movies and intense video games) you should have plenty of space to just use this as a web surfing computer.
A reminder, this and the next computer are not Windows 10 laptops, but Chromebooks. They should be fine for anyone planning to just use the internet for basic things, but if you need to run any specific programs you will want to make sure they are available for Chrome. You can read about basic tasks that Chromebooks can handle on the Chromebook Help pages.
Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible
Acer seems to have focused on including better battery life in this Chromebook, as it actually has a less powerful processor. The Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible does feature an 11.6 inch screen that is touchscreen AND highly flexible so that you can use it like a laptop or like a tablet computer!
It has the same amount of storage space as the Samsung Chromebook, but it does weigh a little bit more than the Samsung Chromebook 3.