Find the best laptop for quickbooks – must meet minimum requirements

by Jane on May 17, 2016

What do you need to know in order to find the best laptop for quickbooks in 2016?

First, in order for a laptop to run quickbooks software certain minimum requirements are needed in areas of computer hardware, software and operating system. See latest requirements at the intuit website, the page shows what you need for both PC and MAC.

The truth is many laptops on the market will meet these system requirements.  If you want the absolute best and price is of no concern then we would point you to the biggest and baddest business laptops. For example, the Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Mobile Workstation.

Running on the advanced Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor, providing 32GB RAM, 512GB Solid State Hard Drive, 1TB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive and a 15.6 inch 1080p high definition screen, along with being equipped with more advanced features not many people will argue against the Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Mobile Workstation as being a top choice.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Mobile Workstation

However, the majority of people probably do not want to pay close to $2000 (in 2016) to own this machine. If you are??? Then you may want to take a look at a some more pricey gems. See

However, if these are out of your price range then we have less expensive options that will work with Quickbooks listed below.

The best for the money

Originally we were ask this question by a guy who ran a small business in where he is hired by others companies to train employees on how to use different types of software. He mentioned quickbooks was the most common software he provided training for. And wanted some good suggestion on which models would work best. He needed to buy 15 laptops to use for his training classes and his total budget was $5,000 – 6,000. So this meant we need to look at models under $400.

Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK 15.6-Inch

Dell Laptops for business under 400Dell has a good selection of cheaper laptops. For business purposes the models in the Dell Inspiron series are suitable for running quickbooks. The one that comes to mind first is the Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK 15.6-Inch model. The screen is 15.6 inches with good resolution and a clear display. It’s lightweight at 4.8 pounds and provides good battery life 6 hours and comes with Windows 10 pre-installed

Meets all the requirements to run this software:

  • Windows 10 (pre-installed)
  • Quad Core Intel Pentium N3700 (1.6GHz)
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM

ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF-C1-GR 10.1-inch

ASUS laptop under 300 dollars for QuickbooksThis is the model the guy asking for our advice decide to go with. We like it but it may not be the best choice for you. He said the reason deciding to buy the ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF was because he does a lot of traveling from one job to the next and this model was compact and light weight (2.4 lbs). We also have to imagine when needing to buy 15 units the low price of this model also factored into his decision.

This would not be our first choice if we were sitting at home or in the office working with the Quickbooks software mostly because we would like a larger screen but we can see why a person giving software training workshops would find this model useful.

The screen is detachable from the keyboard. Not that we have ever given a training seminar but we are thinking this would be an advantage in a teacher-student setting.

Meets all the requirements to run this software:

  • Intel Bay Trail-T Z3735F 1.33GHz (Turbo up to 1.83GHz)
  • 64GB SSD Storage; No optical drive
  • Windows 8.1 Operating System; Upgradable to Windows 10.1

Acer C910-C37P 15.6-inch Chromebook

best chromebook for quickbooksThe Acer C910 was made for work orientated individuals and is why are commonly found in school and business environments. However, in the past some people were not attracted to Chromebooks because traditionally the screen sizes were a little too small for some people’s tastes.

If you were one of these people the Acer C910-C37P Chromebook with its large 15.7 inch screen might change your mind.

Meets all the requiriments to run Quickbooks:

  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 3205U (1.5GHZ)
  • 32GB SSD

Other benefits this Acer Chrombook provides, the screen resolution is ful HD 1980 x 1080, comes with a Intel HD Graphics card installed and battery life of 9 hours.

Are there any good cheaper options

You will probably be able to find the three models listed above in the mid to upper $300 price range. As far as if there are any other cheap models we would recommend? While there certain models more suitable, the fact is, no laptop is specifically designed to run the Quickbooks software. In order to run the software the only thing that really matters is whether or not the minimum requirements are met in the areas of hardware, software and operating system.

HP Stream 11-r010nr 11.6-Inch Notebook

Best cheap Notebook for quickbooks If you need something cheaper in price, while we do not have any hands-on experience using it, one laptop we have heard recommend by many is the HP Stream 11.

Looking over the specifications for this model in the areas of hardware, software and operating system it does meet the minimum requirements to run this software.

This could make a nice inexpensive solution if price is a big factor in your decision on what to buy. But you should be aware that this model does not come with some of the features you would find on a more expensive model. Also, the 2GB of memory, while this will be enough to run Quickbooks the other models we have listed here have 4GB memory.

The storage space is 32GB which will be enough to download the software you need but will but after this you will not have a ton of internal storage space left for other files, however, you can always use a SD card.

As stated, we have no hands on experience with the HP Stream 11 ourselves. Our recommendation comes from hearing many others recommend this model. We have also look over the customer reviews at various sites. From this we see thousands of reviews and mostly positive.

Finding the best laptop for Quickbooks

As stated before, computer manufacturers did not any one model specifically around being the best for the Quickbooks software. The models which will do the best job are probably the most expensive business laptops the  Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Mobile Workstation was an example we gave at the top of this page.

However, the majority of people will not want to dish out around $2000 (in 2016) to purchase the ThinkPad P50. So instead we gave a few recommendations at what we think are more reasonable prices ($300-400) for the majority of people and then also one which was around $200.

If you decide not to go with our recommendations on this page, just remember to make sure the model you purchase does meet the minimum requirements needed in order to run the Quickbooks software. These requirements and be found at the intuit website.


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