Best laptops for Microsoft Office

Image of laptops on a shelf. They represent some of the best laptops for Microsoft Office

,In today’s world, the ultimate everyday laptop is considered to be one which combines portability, performance and good looks. But what is rarely mentioned in this list is the preloaded operating system within the laptop. Why you ask? It’s because it needs no introduction. Industry king ping Microsoft has made sure that Windows is such a compelling package that most users can’t stay without. And the plan worked. Today, the industry-leading laptops and desktops use Windows operating systems and consequently, MS Office packages such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a lot more others. Sure there is MacOS and Chrome OS, but Microsoft has a huge chunk of the market share, and they’re unapologetic about it.

Admittedly, MacOS and Chrome OS are great operating systems that have changed the face of OS over the past two decades; MacOS for premium laptops and Chrome OS for inexpensive Chromebooks. However, our focus won’t be on these. But rather Microsoft Office in Windows OS laptops and the best laptops for Microsoft Office.

This is for you if you’re looking to ace any kind of word processing job, crunch numbers, make budgets and create spreadsheets in Excel or make powerful presentations using Powerpoint. We’ve listed up the best laptops that use these Microsoft office tools and flourish at their work. They all surpass the Official system requirements Guide that Microsoft issues so you don’t have to worry about mediocre functionality. With that in mind, our list includes only the best laptops so some of them might be a bit pricey. To be fair, we’ve listed other affordable laptops that won’t disappoint your high-power computing needs, that is, that are up to the challenge. Whether you just want a laptop to cater for the regular Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps or to get your subscription on Office 365 service, this list covers you.

  1. Microsoft Surface laptop 2

Nothing screams ‘laptop for Microsoft Office’ more than a literal laptop from Microsoft. The Microsoft Surface laptop 2 is the brainchild of Microsoft company. It is a thin, light, powerful and good looking general-use-notebook preloaded with Windows 10 S for students and of course a slew of apps under MS Office suite. Measuring 0.57 by 12.1 by 8.8 inches and weighing a feathery 2.75 pounds, the Surface laptop is a sleek designed laptop made to be hauled around campus or high school. At its current weight, it’s slightly heavier than the thinnest laptop LG Gram 14 (2.09) which should give you an estimate of just how petite this laptop is.

Image of girl holding the Microsoft Surface laptop 2. One of the best laptops for Microsoft Office
One of the best laptops for Microsoft Office

Awesome Performance

Performance wise, the display is both touchscreen and flaunts a higher than Full-HD (2256 x 1504) resolution which is highly detailed for documents, photos, and video. The brightness is remarkable too and only comparable to the Razor Blade Stealth (2,256-by-1,504, or QHD). It’s an all-rounder laptop with crisp clear speakers, plenty of ports including USB-C port, Core i5 processor, 8GB memory and 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). Generally, its performance is top notch for an ultraportable and the outfitted battery highly dependable at 16 hours 44 minutes.

Now, the highlight of the Surface laptop is that it offers the best of both Windows OS and Ms. Office. Among the preloaded software is the Office 365, a premium version of Microsoft Office that’s paid for monthly. The Surface laptop comes with a limited offer of a one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB free online storage on OneDrive. Office 365 gives you the full access to Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint and OneNote.

Additionally, these apps get frequent updates and feature Microsoft get regularly. Bottom line, the Surface laptop is built to make use of the best of Microsoft software. So if you need a laptop that takes advantage of the effectiveness and reliable aspect of Microsoft Office software and its subscription-based suites, the Surface laptop is a great starting point.

Display13.5 inches (2256 x 1504 pixels)
Processor1.6 GHz i7-3960X
Memory8GB LPSSR3
Storage256GB SSD
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 620
Measurements (LWH)/ Weight12.13 x 8.79 x 0.96 inches (2.76 pounds)

2. Dell XPS 13 (9370)

The Microsoft Surface laptop 2 shines for its beauty and elegance. The Dell XPS 13, however, focuses on a good blend of performance and beauty. It ticks all the right boxes to fit as our performance-based option for best laptops for Microsoft Office.

Performance aside, the Dell XPS 13 (9370) is an all-time favorite among consumers and has been so for a couple of years now. That’s all due to a beautiful near borderless display, vibrant screen, strong battery life, sleek lightweight body, and cool running system.

At a mere 0.46 inches thick at its thickest point (0.3 inches at its thinnest) and 2.65 pounds heavy, the Dell XPS 13 makes its stand as one of the thinnest and almost lightest laptops. It shares a throne with some premium laptops like the HP Spectre 13; a svelte laptop measuring 0.41 inches. Every good thing comes at a cost and the price the Dell XPS 13 had to pay to be 0.46 inches slim was a healthy port system. There aren’t as many ports but you will find two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side and on the right: a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card slot, and a USB Type-C port, which can output DisplayPort video.

Image of the Dell XPS 13 (9370) in black and white shades
The two colors the Dell XPS 13 comes in

Display and Performance

One of our favorite features about it is its display. There is a 3840 x 2160 (4K, Ultra HD) touch screen and a 1920 x 1080 non-touch screen configuration available. But both of them offer crisp image and video quality with the 4K option packing an awesome 415 nits brightness level and the Full HD configuration 372 nits.

In terms of performance, the Dell is a killer in every sense of the word. With the premium configuration of Core i7-8550U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 4K touch screen, it handles everything you throw at it with Like a beast. This option is a bit pricey, going as far as $1500 which might not be very affordable to every prospective buyer. For users looking for a more budget option, there is a configuration that sports a Full HD display.

Bottom line, the reason we recommend this laptop is surely for its 4K display and vibrant image quality. But its versatility doesn’t end there. Thanks to a list of great components, it brags of speedy performance, portability, and aesthetics. It packs plenty of RAM (16GB) so the memory intensive Windows OS doesn’t struggle to run. That means, all your Ms. Office related tasks are done without a hiccup. Whether you’re working on a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint apps or subscription-based Office 365 service, you can rest assured the XPS will handle it without breaking a sweat.

Display13.3” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Touch
ProcessorIntel Core 8th Generation i7-8550U Processor
Memory16GB LPDDR3
Storage512GB SSD PCIe
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 620
Measurements18 x 12 x 3 inches/ 2.65 pounds

3. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7567)

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7567) takes a different angle. It’s a perfect notebook for everyday life and an entry-level gaming laptop which means you can jump into gaming on Full HD settings. This is the first laptop in our ‘best laptops for Microsoft Office’ list that brings in the gaming aspect into perspective.

As a result of this one aspect, the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 isn’t the thinnest or lightest of the pack. In fact, it doesn’t even come close to the Surface laptop 2 or the Dell XPS 13 size. It measures 21 x 9 x 3 inches and weighs a whopping 6.61 pounds making it almost three times the weight and size. For the most part, that’s all thanks to the extra weight the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card brings and in part the large 15.6 inches size of the laptop.

On the bright side, the graphics card enables the laptop to handle recent gaming titles and handle graphics intensive work. Meaning, you can easily get some photo editing and video editing work done. As far as Microsoft Office goes, it brings in massive editing power for Word processing, spreadsheets, and Powerpoint apps, working them like a charm. Thanks to the other components of the Dell Inspiron (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and Intel Core i5-7300HQ), this laptop has excellent multitasking and processing strength. This means you can have more than a couple tabs open on your web browser, run multiple apps simultaneously, while all the while listening to music in the background. Because of the 256GB SSD, the laptop boots up in less than a minute and loads software pretty fast as well.

Image showing the front side of the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Laptop
The Dell Inspiron 15 7567 has some red accents on its case

The only caveat that shows its ugly face is the dim display and poor viewing angles owing to the TN panel used. Well, it won’t affect much of reading or writing, but viewing in brightly lit rooms or under direct sunlight might not be as clear. Dell should have considered a configuration with IPS display as well as one with USB Type-C port. Other than that, it is a great laptop with enough power to handle your MS. Office tasks.

Pros

  • Great system performance
  • Impressive entry-level gaming performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Temperature keeps low

Cons

  • Poor contrast
  • Poor display and viewing angles -TN panels
  • Slow SD card reader
  • Lacks USB0-C Thunderbolt port

All in all, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7567) makes the cut as a laptop for Microsoft Office. It possesses the muscle to handle it and the configuration we’ve featured is decently priced for prospective budget buyers. If you’re in the market for a good everyday laptop for home and office work and still desire it having the capacity to game, you won’t get disappointed. The Inspiron has the both of these worlds squarely represented.

4. Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576-392H) Laptop

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H ideally fits the bill and definition of a budget laptop. Its design is nothing close to thin and sleek like the laptops we’ve mentioned above. For the most part, it’s big, heavy and bulky. The case is made of plastic but it has parts may pass for metallic which gives it a deceivingly premium aesthetic. That’s not an overwhelmingly bad thing because the laptop was made for the budget audience. By budget, it means made for users looking for performance and pricing over aesthetics which the Acer Aspire E 15 does perfectly.

In terms of size and weight, it measures 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches which is relatively larger than the Dell XPS 13 or Microsoft Surface 2. But that’s the standard dimension for a budget clamshell laptop so it shouldn’t worry you as much. Just know that it should fit perfectly into your bag.

Image showing the front side and display of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H laptop
The display is dim but is great for watching movies

The Acer Aspire E 15’s display is a sharp non-touch display, but while it’s decent, it doesn’t strike one as colorful. It shows images in Full HD but noticeably doesn’t make images pop especially if you’ve used other better displays. The display produces a max brightness of 227 nits which is on by most standards at par with other budget laptops. Since you’ll be spending a lot of your time on your PC in Microsoft Office apps, it’s wise having a reliable display and the Acer Aspire E 15 surely makes a modest statement.

Awesome performance

Moving on to performance, it is equipped with an 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB 5,200-RPM hard drive. As a result, it offers an impressive price-to-performance. The processor is capable of handling intensive tasks and the 6GB backs it up with multi-tasking capabilities. That means you can run more than a couple of tabs on your browser like playing 1080 YouTube video while web browsing and following up on your favorite Twitch stream. To be particular, you can run a couple of Excel sheets, write an article on Ms. Word, edit a photo on Photoshop and prepare some Powerpoint presentation almost simultaneously. The RAM is capable of handling that with flair.

Finally, there are a few other components that caught our attention. For instance, the fact that the battery life stands at a record 8hours and 47 minutes meaning all day work battery. Also, the system runs cool, while on idle never topping our 95-degree Fahrenheit comfort threshold. If this configuration doesn’t work for you, Dell has a couple of configurations available based on processor, memory, and storage. You can extend your budget a bit more for an option if your wallet allows it.

Pros

  • Simple but attractive design
  • Great starting price
  • An array of ports
  • Full HD display
  • Long battery life – 8hours
  • Affordable pricing

Cons

  • Bulky design
  • Poor webcam
  • Some bloatware available on purchase
Display15.6 inches
Processor8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
Memory6GB Dual Channel
Storage1 TB HDD
Graphics CardNone
Measurements/ weight15.02 x 10.2 x 1.19 inches/ 5.29 lbs

Verdict

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H has a lot going on for it. Here’s why it makes it to our best laptop for Microsoft Office list. First, it flaunts of solid performance, long battery life and a healthy set of ports. Did I mention that it costs about $400. Yes, it’s a budget laptop with all the perks of a premium performance laptop. There are a few shortcomings that we noticed like being bulky, but all in all, it surpasses the bar set for Microsoft Office laptops. Check it out on Amazon.

 

About Mark Hyde

Mark is an Editor and writer with a deep passion for tech. His primary focus is on laptops, desktops, home appliances, and gadgets. He also supports the idea of a worry-free-life through technology. At his free time, you'll find him in the comfort of hearty food, movies or traveling. His most recent obsession is cooking.

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