Steve Jobs once described a computer as a truck. It's the tool that you reach for when serious work is being done. You're in luck if your laptop needs more than a simple tune-up. This week, we found some great deals on laptops that can handle a wide range of tasks, including basic web browsing and office tasks.
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Lenovo Chromebook Duet Photograph: Lenovo
This Chromebook packs a 10.1 inch screen and is lighter than larger convertibles. Scott Gilbertson, senior reviewer, gave the Duet an 8./10 rating from WIRED Recommends for its great keyboard, 13-hour battery run time, and better-than-expected build quality for this price.
The Lenovo Thinkpad C13 Yoga Chromebook (8/10 WIRED Recommends), is one of our top Chromebooks. It's got everything ThinkPad users love: a great keyboard and a solid, unobtrusive design. But instead of Windows or Linux it runs Google's Chrome operating platform.
Although we haven't tried this Acer, the 2-in-1 design looks very similar to the Acer Flip C434, that we love. The Spin 311 Chromebook is slightly less powerful. Although the 4 gigabytes RAM and Intel Celeron processor won't be sufficient to edit video, they should be adequate for web browsing, email and light document editing.
This Chromebook is perfect for students and anyone who needs a Chromebook to do light-duty tasks like document editing and web browsing. It weighs only 2.2 pounds and measures just 0.7 inches thick. Although the 11-inch screen is a bit small, it's possible to do light web browsing. However, you won't find a better laptop.
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The MacBook Pro received an update to the amazing Apple M1 chip in the latter part of 2020. However, the mid-2020 version with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor is still a fantastic deal if you are more into Apple products than Apple prices.
You shouldn't let the thin bezels fool you into forgetting the 11th-generation Intel i7 quad core processor at 2.8 GHz and 16GB RAM underneath. The Book 13 is powerful and well-suited for challenging tasks. It comes with Windows 10, but you can also get a free upgrade.
The solid-performing 2-GHz Intel Core i7 CPU and 8 GB RAM are there, but the highlight of the spec sheet for storage is the 512-GB solid state drive. HP included security-minded features in the Envy X360. These include a fingerprint sensor to protect sensitive tasks, and a physical switch that blocks the wide-angle built-in webcam.
Vostro is a laptop for business that has a slim case and solid-state drive. It's made for reliable components such as a 1TB hard drive and a slew of ports for peripherals. Use the code SAVE50 for an additional $50 off the purchase price of $549 This configuration comes with a Windows 11 upgrade for free.
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The included case can be used to charge the wireless earbuds. It has active noise cancellation and IP5 sweat resistance. To receive a discount, use the code BUDS20 during checkout
A hub device that has a screen and costs a lot does not need to be in every room of a home. A Nest Mini is a cost-effective way to extend your smart home's reach to all corners and rooms by using your voice to access Google Assistant.
A Bluetooth tracker is a discreet way to keep an eye on your bike, luggage, and other devices. An compatible Samsung phone (Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy S21+, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 2) can display augmented reality to help you find your lost items. If there are no obstructions in the path, the Bluetooth tracker can reach a distance of 120 meters.
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