The web has become surprisingly hardware demanding. The emergence of technologies such as high-definition online video, interactive web applications, and the cloud means that you can’t simply dust off any old laptop from your high-school or college days and use it as a dedicated email and web machine. It might work, but the experience would be painful. Modern, affordable laptops designed with email and the web in mind support hardware acceleration of web content, can last a long time on a single charge, and their build quality and utility are miles above older devices.
Best Laptop for Email and Web Surfing
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy TabPro S||629.99|
|Asus||ASUS C302 Touchscreen Chromebook Flip||459.99|
|Lenovo||2017 Lenovo 110s Laptop||162|
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
The recently released ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 isn’t just one of our favorite Chromebooks on the market, but it’s also our favorite laptop for email and web surfing. For around $400, you get two devices for the price of one: a brilliant Chromebook with a full-sized keyboard and large touchpad and an Android tablet with the Full HD resolution, 10-point multi-touch screen, and the incredible power of Intel’s latest processors.
The 360° hinge allows you to use the device in a variety of ways, including laptop, tablet, stand and tent modes. This flexibility make the C302 perfect for anything from web and email to multimedia, games, and even reading. ASUS never saves money on build quality, and the Flip C302 features a tactile, backlit keyboard with 1.4mm of key travel and large, smooth touchpad to prove this. USB Type-C is the feature, and, with this laptop, you’ll be able to embrace it with two USB Type-C ports and one extra micro SD card slot for your memory cards.
Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Laptop
Samsung’s Chromebook convertible laptop shares many similarities with the ASUS Flip C302. They both can be used either in the tablet or laptop mode, both are built for the Google Play Store, both have strong touch support, and both are powerful enough to support some pretty serious web browsing with dozens of open tabs at the same time.
There’s currently one big reason why you should wait before you spend your money on this laptop: an upgraded version is right around the corner. Samsung calls it Chromebook Pro, and it will feature a stylus, 2400×1600 LED touch display, CPU from Intel, and USB Type-C connectivity, as well as some other goodies. Of course, it will be more expensive than the Plus model, but it will almost certainly drive the price of the Plus down. If web and email are all you want to do, wait just a little longer and get the Samsung Chromebook Plus. On the other hand, if future-proofing is your thing, the Pro model is the one to get.
Lenovo excels at building no-frills laptops that satisfy all needs of average users who use computers just to browse the web, stay in touch with friends and family members, and occasionally enjoy YouTube or Minecraft. With its astonishing price of just around $160, the Lenovo 110s is a fantastic compact laptop that you won’t regret buying.
It comes with Intel Celeron N3060 processor, which is a power-efficient processor designed for web browsing and basic computer use, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of internal storage space, 11.6” HD display, and 2-cell lithium battery. Part of the deal is a 1-year subscription to the personal version of Microsoft Office 365, making the laptop perfect for students on a tight budget.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
In many ways, using the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 just for web and email wouldn’t do justice to this incredible machine, but that’s not to say that it isn’t perfect for these things. The Surface Pro 4 combines the versatility of a laptop and tablet in one sleek package.
The integrated kickstand allows you to enjoy movies and online video comfortably, the detachable keyboard removes the pain associated with typing on touch displays, and the unique stylus unleashes limitless creative possibilities. Given the build quality of the Surface Pro 4 and its excellent performance, the basic model is actually surprisingly affordable, and the most expensive model should easily satisfy even the most demanding professionals.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
The TabPro S blurs the line between laptops and tablets. Its slim size and lightweight form axllow you to carry it with you everywhere you go, and the included smart protective cover will make it look as good as new for a very long time.
Samsung never disappoints when it comes to their displays. The Galaxy TabPro S comes with a 12” touchscreen that’s big enough to replace a laptop yet small enough for mobile entertainment. As one of only a few tablets on the market, the TabPro S can stream Xbox One games, allowing you to take your gaming wherever you want. Because it runs on Windows, you have access to hundreds of thousands of applications, ranging from simple games and utilities to a full enterprise-grade office suite.