Best overall: Dell Inspiron 13 7370

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With a quad-core eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), these 13-inch laptops from Dell deliver quite a bit of performance considering the price you're paying. Add in a 1080p display and a wide selection of ports, and you have a very respectable device for work and pleasure.

Bottom line: Dell's Inspiron 13 7370 is the best laptop you can pick up in this price range.

One more thing: An IR camera works with Windows Hello for quick and secure sign ins.

Why the Inspiron 13 7370 is the best laptop between $500 and $750

Coming in at about 3.09 pounds (1.40kg) and only about 0.66 inches (15.19mm) at its thickest, this 13-inch laptop is ready to travel with you wherever you go. The FHD display has an IPS panel for excellent viewing angles, and while base models are not touch-enabled, you can upgrade for about $30 more.

The eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U has four cores for excellent performance, with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD rounding things out. For everyday tasks — word processing, web browsing, video watching — the Inspiron 13 7370 will have no issues.

A sizeable touchpad and backlit keyboard help you get more done, and a battery should last you through a workday. Toss in a ton of ports and you have an excellent little laptop that starts at about $750.

If you're looking for something a bit larger, 15-inch models are also available with a discrete NVIDIA 940MX GPU and eighth-generation Intel CPUs. Models start at about $750 and climb accordingly.

Runner-up: Lenovo Flex 5 15

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Interested in a convertible with a touch display? The 15-inch Flex 5 from Lenovo might be what you're looking for. Featuring a seventh-generation Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), this is a pretty well-rounded laptop that starts at about $700. The beauty here is that there are plenty of configuration options, so if you have a few more dollars to spend, you might look into upgrading to a discrete NVIDIA 940MX GPU, a 4K touch display, or a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Bottom line: For an excellent convertible laptop with plenty of configuration options, have a look at the Lenovo Flex 5 15.

One more thing: A fingerprint reader lets you log in quickly through Windows Hello.

Best gaming: Dell Inspiron 15 7567

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Dell is really stepping up their game when it comes to affordable gaming. Starting at about $750, you can get this 15-inch device with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB/8GB hybrid HDD, and a discrete NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 15.6-inch display looks great at 1080p, and a good selection of ports lets you hook up your peripherals.

Bottom line: For the best gaming laptop between $500 and $750, check out the Dell Inspiron 15 7567.

One more thing: For about $100 more, you can upgrade to an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU.

Best Convertible: HP Pavilion x360

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The Pavilion x360 is available with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB PCIe SSD, all for about $730. This includes a 13.3-inch 1080p touch display that can rotate 360 degrees for tent, stand, and tablet modes. HP is great about offering a lot of customization options, so if you have a bit of extra cash, you can upgrade the RAM and SSD as needed.

Bottom line: For a great convertible experience, have a look at the HP Pavilion x360.

One more thing: Plenty of ports, including two USB-A 3.0, one USB-A 2.0, HDMI, and an SD card reader, give you connectivity options.

Best Notebook: Acer Swift 3

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Hungry for those eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs and want a standard notebook? The Acer Swift 3 (about $700) comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a discrete NVIDIA MX150 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Talk about multipurpose. The 14-inch display has a respectable 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and plenty of ports make it easy to connect your accessories.

Bottom line: For a great notebook laptop with eighth-generation Intel CPUs, check out the Acer Swift 3.

One more thing: Check out our review for more information on this great laptop.

Best Tablet: Huawei MateBook

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The versatility of the Huawei MateBook (about $500) allows you to use a tablet most of the day and, when the going gets tough, you can connect to the Portfolio Keyboard (sold separately) for increased productivity. The beautiful 12-inch touch display has a 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, the colors and contrast are nearly perfect, and it's bright enough to be used even outside on sunny days. Inside is an Intel Core m5-6Y54 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD; this is enough power for web browsing, video watching, and word processing.

Bottom line: The Huawei MateBook is a great option for those of you who love using a tablet.

One more thing: A built-in fingerprint reader allows for secure sign ins through Windows Hello.

Conclusion

Dell holds top spot with the Inspiron 13 7370, and they also hold the gaming spot with their Inspiron 15 7567. For a great convertible, check out either the Lenovo Flex 5 15 or the HP Pavilion x360, and for a notebook experience, have a look at the Acer Swift 3. Need a tablet? The Huawei MateBook remains one of our favorites.

Best overall: Dell Inspiron 13 7370

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With a quad-core eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), these 13-inch laptops from Dell deliver quite a bit of performance considering the price you're paying. Add in a 1080p display and a wide selection of ports, and you have a very respectable device for work and pleasure.

Bottom line: Dell's Inspiron 13 7370 is the best laptop you can pick up in this price range.

One more thing: An IR camera works with Windows Hello for quick and secure sign ins.

Updated December 15, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still looking at some of the best laptops in this price range.