The best budget laptop should never be restricted to cheap parts, but many consumers are led to believe that if they want a good computer, then they better have around $650 or more to spend. However, 2015 is a great year to buy a budget laptop. For over the last few years, companies have made great strides in brining down costs while driving performance. With RAM inching closer to a new era, DDR3 has never been more affordable. The following budget laptops of 2015 are each easily comparable to top-of-the-line laptops of 2013.
Below you will not find another boring top three cheap laptops list, instead you will discover lower costing, very capable computers. Each of the following products feature something unique in style and efficiency, and have price tags at less than $400.
It was a difficult task finding a Windows 8 running budget laptop. This one in particular is the cream of the crop. It’s also the most expensive, making it number three. For the price of $380, it’s a mighty media machine.
- 5th Generation Intel Core i3 @ 2.0 Ghz
- Windows 8.1
- 4 GB RAM
- 500 GB HDD @ 5400rpm
- Intel HD Graphics 5000
- 15.6” LED Display
Most laptops around the price range of this computer will not have a screen of this size, or of this quality. HD streaming will never be an issue, and a 4 hour battery life is quite good. To put this into perspective, many high end gaming PC’s last on average about 3 hours.
The sleek look of this Dell Inspiron 15 will keep the purchaser happy, especially with simple upgradable options. There’s also more ports on the product (10 total) than most laptops in general, definitely the most in the budget category. It’s also one of the most durable computers Dell has ever built.
This laptop could be considered something like a hybrid. It runs Windows 8, yet is cloud based like Chromebooks. Battery life is one of its main features, but it also includes a whole year of Microsoft Office 365 and 1 TB of online storage.
- 32 GB SSD for speedy storage
- Intel Celeron dual-core @ 2.16 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- Great software bundles and additions
Coming prepackaged with software such as: McAfee LiveSafe (30 day trial), Netflix, and Dropbox (25 GB Cloud-based storage free for 6 months) – this laptop is perfect for students. It also has a nice look, so carrying it around will not be embarrassing.
It doesn’t have the largest screen (11.6 inches), and the multitouch trackpad is a little finicky. For these reasons it cannot be number one on this list. It’s absolutely a good laptop though, specifically at only $200. There are zero products at this price that can deliver in all aspects like this laptop can.
Possibly the coolest looking laptop on this list, it’s also the only one that doesn’t run Windows. It has Google’s ChromeOS, which it runs extremely well. This computer is touchscreen, and for the cost of $300, you will not find a cheaper touchscreen computer able to perform like this one.
- Intel Celeron (Haswell) dual-core @ 1.4 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- 32 GB SSD
- More ports than the HP Stream 11
- Incredible battery lasting around 7-8 hours
- Touchscreen LCD Display
ChromeOS will be a learning curve for those who have never experienced it before, but the ease of use and speed of this Acer will make the experience as smooth as its appearance. It’s the quickest 11.6-inch Chromebook on the market, and comes paired with 100 GB of free cloud storage. Of the other two laptops in this list, the Acer boasts the best build quality. Reviews are all positive for its keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen.
Budget laptops don’t have to settle for less if the right research is made. Hopefully one of the above options gives greater perspective into how some companies are trying hard to deliver a good laptop to customers with little cash. As years pass, budget laptops are going to become even better. So far, this is a budget buyers best year in the laptop market.