Coronavirus lockdown tech necessities: Three good laptops to see you through Ireland’s work-from-home era



Now that we’re told to stay at home for the long haul, many of us need to get a reliable work laptop.

ormally, I go through laptop reviews in considerable detail. But I’m going to cut to the chase here with three recommendations at alternate price points: budget, mid-range and premium.

All three will do a decent job: the higher-priced ones will last longer and can handle more intense tasks.

1. BUDGET

(under €600)

Laptop:

Dell Inspiron 15 3000

Why:

It’s a good, dependable configuration, especially at this pricepoint. An Intel i5 processor and 8GB of Ram will definitely see you through a couple of years’ usage, especially if your main need is web-based usage and email. As a bonus, it has way more storage than most laptops at this price.

The tech:

15-inch screen, Intel Core i5 (10th gen), 8GB Ram, 512GB

Who it suits:

Someone who hasn’t needed a laptop much but needs something basic but reliable now for light, everyday tasks

Where you can get it:

Dell.ie

Price:

€599

2. MID-RANGE

(€600 to €1,000)

Laptop:

Lenovo Yoga S730

Why:

It has slightly better materials and components than budget laptops, meaning it will stand up to a bit more pressure, as well as having the engine to handle a wide variety of work tasks.

The tech:

13-inch screen, Intel Core i5 (10th gen), 8GB Ram, 256GB

Who it suits:

Someone who needs a laptop urgently for work right now but may not need it intensively in a year’s time

Where you can get it:

HarveyNorman.ie

Price:

€989

3. PREMIUM

(over €1,000)

Laptop:

Apple MacBook Air 2020

Why:

It’s the best overall laptop on the market (see separate review on Independent.ie). It also has a better keyboard than recent MacBooks, while its display is very good and it has plenty of power. For MacBook users looking for a 13-inch machine (the Pro models don’t come smaller than 16 inches), it’s the obvious choice.

The tech:

13-inch screen, Intel Core i5 (10th gen), 8GB Ram, 256GB

Who it suits:

Someone who doesn’t need very intense power but will use it a lot

Where you can get it:

Directly from Apple’s online store is probably quickest

Price:

€1,279

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