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Best Laptops for General All Purpose Use (2021)

Sometimes, you just need a laptop for all purpose, general use at home. Here, we’ll look at the best laptops for general use. A laptop is able to handle several use cases. Example, watching movies, browsing the web, typing documents, listening to music, school and some casual gaming. This all round use, does not require a very powerful laptop. However, you should buy a laptop that is able to handle all these tasks easily and intuitively.

For basic use, we’ve used a criteria for the most suitable laptops. The first, is performance. In a laptop for general use, you need at least an Intel Core i5. This guarantees good all round performance. Programs launch faster and are very responsive. In addition, 4GB RAM is the minimum. With this, you can run multiple programs at the same time without experiencing performance issues.

The next important consideration, is the screen size and quality. The display size, is quite a subjective matter. However, anywhere form 13 inches to 15 inches suits the needs of most people.

Speaking of the resolution, these laptops, have a minimum of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This ensures that you get better visual details, and a high fidelity when using your laptop.

When using your laptop, you don’t have to be plugged in all the time. This convenience, can only be brought about by a laptop that lasts a minimum of 6 hours. In addition, having a lightweight laptop is crucial. This allows for it to be portable and you can easily move from place to place, or from one room to another in the house.

All the laptops listed here, meet the criteria set above, and are therefore suitable for basic all purpose use. You’ll find brands such as Dell, Lenovo, Asus, HP, Gigabyte, Razer, Acer and many more.

The Following are the Best Laptops for General All Purpose Use (2021):

Apple MacBook Air M1 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB

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CPU System on Chip (SoC) Apple M1 chip; 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency core
GPU Apple 8-core GPU
Display Size 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS
Display Resolution 2560-by-1600 native resolution
RAM 8GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System MacOS
Ports Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.97 x 0.63 x 8.36 inches
Weight 2.8 pounds
Pros Performance, Lightweight
Cons Storage

HP - Pavilion 15.6 Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5

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CPU AMD Ryzen 5
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Display Size 15.6 Inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 8 GB
Storage Space 256GB solid state drive (SSD)
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 20.43 x 12.13 x 2.72 inches
Weight 4.4 pounds
Pros Performance, Displa
Cons n/a

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15” Ryzen 7

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CPU AMD Ryzen 7
GPU AMD Radeon Vega 11
Display Size 15 inches
Display Resolution 2496 x 1664 Pixels
RAM 8 GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB Solid State Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio, Mini Display
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.76 x 14.6 x 2.12 inches
Weight 3.4 pounds
Pros Performance, Display
Cons Storage

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED Laptop

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CPU Intel Evo Platform Core i7-1165G7
GPU Intel
Display Size 13.3 Inches
Display Resolution 2560 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows
Ports USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.01 x 8.37 x 0.55 inches
Weight 2.87 pounds
Pros Performance, Audio Quality
Cons None

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17.3 inch Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor(4-Core, 1.0 GHz Up to 3.6 GHz, 6 MB Cache)
GPU Intel UHD Graphics
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1600x900 pixels
RAM 16GB RAM
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Audio, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.83 x 11.07 x 0.78 inches
Weight 15.83 x 11.07 x 0.78 inches
Pros Large Display
Cons NA

Dell Inspiron 5406 Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display Size 14 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 12GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 S
Ports SD Card Reader | 2. USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A | 3. Headphone/Microphone Combo | 4. Wedge-shaped lock slot | 5. Power jack | 6. HDMI 1.4b | 7. USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A | 8. USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
Dimensions (L x W x H) 8.74 x 12.7 x 0.71 inches
Weight 3.39 pounds
Pros Display, Battery Life
Cons None

Alienware m15 R3 Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-10875
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB RAM
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.87 x 14.19 x 0.81 inches
Weight 5.51 pounds
Pros Performance, Display
Cons Weight

Gigabyte AERO 17 Laptop i7- 32GB RAM

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CPU Intel Core i7-10870H Octa Core
GPU NVIDIA RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports 3 USB 3.2 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 mini Display Port, Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C), SD Reader, 1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.6 x 15.6 x 0.84 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons Weight

LG gram Laptop 15.6 inch

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CPU Intel 10th Gen Core i71065G7 CPU
GPU Intel
Display Size 15 6
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8GB RAM
Storage Space 256 GB M 2 Nm SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.1 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Weight 4.2 pounds
Pros Performance, Display
Cons

Lenovo Flex 5 14 inch Display

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CPU AMD 8-Core Ryzen 7 4700U
GPU AMD Radeon
Display Size 14 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2x USB ; 1x USB-C ; 1x HDMI –;1x Headphone/Microphone combo jack.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.65 x 8.56 x 0.82 inches
Weight 3.30 lbs
Pros Performance, Lightweight
Cons na

HP 15 Laptop, i5-1135G7

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CPU 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor
GPU Intel Iris
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8 GB DDR4
Storage Space 256 GB SSD Storage
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.11 x 9.53 x 0.71 inches
Weight 2.4 pounds
Pros Lightweight, Good performance
Cons NA

Razer Blade 15 Laptop i7 GTX 1660 Ti

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, USB type-A and type-C ports, and HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.98 x 0.78 x 9.25 inches
Weight 8.58 pounds
Pros Performance, Price
Cons Weight

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-020 14 Laptop

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CPU Core i5-10210u 1. 6 - 3. 9GHz Intel PTT
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 (max-q)
Display Size 14 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB (16G*1) LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Thunderbolt 3*2 USB 2. 0 *2 LAN Intel Wi-Fi 6 ax201(2*2 ax) BT 5 720P HD Webcam
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight 3.46 ounces
Pros Lightweight, Good Performance
Cons NA

MSI GP65 Leopard 10SDK-049 i7 GTX 1660 Ti

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CPU Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920x1080 FHD
RAM 64GB RAM
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3 2 Gen2 Type C *1 USB 3 2 Gen1 *2 Steel Series per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key+ silver lining 720p HD Webcam
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.08 x 10.57 x 1.08 inches
Weight 5.14 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Ports
Cons NA

ASUS VivoBook S15 S533 Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-1165G7 Quad Core Processor
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4 RAM
Storage Space 512GB PCIe SSD
Operating System Windows
Ports USB, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.2 x 9.2 x 0.63 inches
Weight 3.97 lbs
Pros Performance, Premium design
Cons

Acer Aspire 3

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CPU Intel Core i5-1035G1 Quad Core Processor
GPU Intel Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A / 1 HDMI / Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack Micro / SD media card reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.3 x 9.7 x 0.78 inches
Weight 1 pounds
Pros Lightweight, Good performance, Quality Display
Cons NA

Apple MacBook Pro M1 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD

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CPU Apple M1 chip; 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores; 16-core Neural Engine
GPU M1 8-core GPU
Display Size 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Display Resolution 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch
RAM 8GB RAM
Storage Space 256GB
Operating System MacOS
Ports Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: Charging, DisplayPort Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.41 x 11.97 x 0.61 inches
Weight 3 Pounds
Pros Performance, Battery Life
Cons NA
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