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11 Best Affordable Laptops for Working from Home in 2022

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A good laptop is hard to find. A good laptop that does not break the bank is even harder to find. It’s 2022, two years since the initial COVID outbreak, and many people are still working remotely. As it becomes apparent that we are going to stay remote a bit longer, the need for a good laptop is only becoming more important.  

 

However, finding the best laptops for remote work can be challenging, especially one that won’t cost an arm and a leg. However, just because a device is not thousands of dollars does not mean it cannot do everything you need it to. 

 

Here we’ve found the eleven best laptops for working from home. 

1. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 (2021)

This laptop is unique with its 360-degree hinge and the fact that it has a fingerprint scanner, so you do not always have to put in your passcode. It is significantly similar to high-end brands. 

 

The IdeaPad Flex 5 is widely available through many different sites and is much more affordable than larger companies’ versions. However, IdeaPad Flex 5i is one of the more expensive options.

2. Microsoft Surface Go 3

This laptop is more of a tablet that snaps onto a compatible keyboard. It is mainly known for its versatility and movability. Unfortunately, you do have to purchase the keyboard separately, but the price of the Surface Go makes that possible without too much heartache. 

 

The Surface Go is lightweight and effectively does many things, which is ideal for a business person or student. It is a touchscreen and boasts a long-lasting battery life.

3. Asus Chromebook Flip CM3

Asus partnered with Chrome to make this best of both worlds Chromebook. The Flip CM3 includes a stylus and a larger touchscreen than most other laptops. This Chromebook sets itself apart with its extreme mobility. 

 

It is much cheaper than other competitors on the market, which may raise some eyebrows, but it matches them in everything but battery life. It is thin and not heavy, making it perfect for business on the go.

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A good laptop that does not break the bank is even harder to find.

4. HP Pavilion 14

HP Pavilion is setting itself apart as it claims to consist of ocean-bound plastic in an effort to do its part for the environment. The Pavillion 14 carries the slim design of most laptops while also providing a good processor and fast response. 

It is on the smaller side, but that makes it more mobile. This version of the Pavilion has more memory storage and a faster processing time too!

5. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook

While this detachable Chromebook includes the keyboard with the tablet, it does not include the stylus, an extra thirty or so dollars. However, this Chromebook has an OLED screen, the newest technology. 

 

It is ultra-light even with the keyboard attached, staying under three pounds. Compared to similar products, Leveno produced a much cheaper product that can hold its own against the more expensive products from Apple and Microsoft.

6. Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (3511)

The Inspiron is slim and has five different ports but is heavier than most laptops on the list. Unlike competitors, Inspiron includes Dell facial recognition instead of a fingerprint reader.

 

Dell Inspiron does not have 360 movements but does feature a touch screen. The battery life is not optimal, but this laptop can effectively do what a business needs to do and even handle a little gaming, too.

7. Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34)

The VivoBook has an ErgoLift hinge instead of a detachable keyboard or 360 hinges that many other computers support. It includes a speed-charging design, so it will not have to be on the charger long.

 

Asus VivoBook features a full HD display, making it suitable for much more than work. It can not only handle work but also fun like Netflix and gaming.

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8. Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14

The IdeaPad is overall a high-quality laptop that does not break the bank. Without feeling cheap or flimsy like others, the IdeaPad 3 14 is light and includes a quality fan to keep it from overheating. It is a little more expensive and heavier than a lot of laptops.

 

Lenovo’s IdeaPad series pulls awards in almost every category, and the 3 14 is no exception. It does not have the most capable memory but makes up with speed and capability.

9. Dell Chromebook 11 (3100)

This Chromebook has up to four years of warranty (added on) and tested protection against drops, milk spills, and other everyday problems. While it is not indestructible, it should make it through, especially if you have kids. 


There is a large screen, plus a touch screen and mouse pad. Whether you are hard at business or taking classes with someone in Amphy, this Chromebook will make it through with you. It is also one of the most affordable laptops on the list.

10. HP Envy 13 Laptop

This touchscreen has good quality speakers and extremely fast responses. The portable, light laptop is fitting for travel. There is a fingerprint reader, but the memory is fixed. There are plenty of ports available, and the model does not overheat easily.

 

The Envy has been upgraded from previous models to make it easier to travel with and use in multiple locations, making it perfect for the employee working at home.

11. Acer Chromebook 514 (2022, Kompanio 828)

Unlike many other options on this list, the Acer Chromebook 514 features a backlit keyboard. This makes working at night ten times easier! Chromebook 514 charges fast and holds its battery for up to fifteen hours.

 

A caring sleeve is included to make portability easier, and it is a touchscreen. This Chromebook also sets itself apart from other Chromebooks in that it is not thick or heavy, but lightweight and sleek.

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Final Thoughts

It can become a daunting task to find the right laptop to balance working at home and everything that entails. The good news is that there are plenty of models to choose from. Each is wildly different from the others whether it comes to keyboards, hinges, touchscreen, fingerprint recognition, or so much more. Good luck finding what is perfect for you! Whether you need it for work or school- check out Amphy for how to use your new laptop for learning online. 

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