Finding the Best Budget Laptops Under $400

Last Updated: July 7, 2016 by

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Welcome to our pro budget guide to the best laptops under $400 money can buy based on hardware performance, ease of use, design and raw consumer feedback.

One level up in the price range from our previous guide to laptops under $400 in our series of budget guides to cheap laptops, the $400 dollar price range offers a number of full fledged 15-inch laptop deals as well as more portable 13-inch netbooks that will cover all of our basic computing needs, perfect for studies, word processing media consumption and even entry level gaming. Most of the best full-size budget laptops start at around $350 upwards, the entry point for a new laptop with some half decent modern hardware, although for closer to $300 you will also find some seriously competitive deals on both portable netbooks and all-purpose budget 15-inch laptops. Gamers will also be happy to know that the integrated graphics on all current i3 based chips in this list offers Intel HD 4000 graphics, capable of running many popular games including Counter Strike GO, Dota and League of Legends at playable framerates. The Quad Core based Pentium N3540 chips also offer Bay Trail based Intel graphics which also provide adequate performance for many popular games. Non-gaming users with a bigger budget should also head over to our all-purpose laptop guides for laptops under $500 and $1000 respectively or our high-end laptops guide for some more premium options.

Primer Laptop Buying Guide

Before we go any further, if you’re not an expert on all of the technical jargon when it comes to PC’s we’d recommend checking out LaptopMag’s laptop buying guide. It’s an excellent resource if you’re not sure what to look out for when buying a new laptop written in pure non techie English. Fellow geeks please feel free to ignore.

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Laptops Under $400 – Overall Top Picks

These are our top picks curated through hours of research each week to provide a one stop guide to the best budget  sub-$400 laptops on the market.  This guide is updated regularly with new specials and laptops as they become available so you can be sure you’re not missing out on any great deals.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch

ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch

The Asus F555LA-AB31 is a new addition to the Asus family. Sporting a crystal clear 15.6” matte Full HD display that is viewable from nearly all angles, the F555LA is perfect for media enthusiasts. The award winning Asus Sonicmaster sound paired with the brilliant display make watching HD content a pleasant experience, although some users did report minor screen bleed around the edges. Asus have included their Ice Cool technology which keeps the touchpad and palmrest area of the laptop nice and cool at all times for ergonomic comfort while typing. Another great advantage is Windows 10 being pre-installed which is far better at utilizing hardware efficiently allowing for better performance than windows 8.1. While not the fastest on the market, the Intel Core i3 coupled with 4GB of DDR3 RAM make for an all round pleasant computing experience running basic day to day apps for a bargain price.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.6 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD Screen
  • Great price
  • Good sound

Cons

  • Slight screen bleed
  • Hard drive not easy to replace
  • Dim display

Summary

At this price you are getting a great performing Windows 10 laptop with a FHD screen and fast wireless connectivity. Only slight screen bleed at the bottom and basic users will struggle to upgrade the hard drive.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch
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HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 13.3-Inch

The HP Pavilion x360 is a stylishly built touchscreen laptop featuring a bendable design that allows the screen to fold back 360 degrees, transforming it into a tablet in few seconds. Just like the Lenovo Yoga 2 and Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA, its strong hinges allow the display to flex into various angles to enter four different modes namely Laptop, Tablet, Tent and Upside. It automatically detects the operating modes and disables the keyboard as necessary. The plastic design is not high-end but the brushed aluminum surface does add some class to its appearance. Its full-size ash-silver keyboard with brushed metal borders gives a pleasant look to the interior. For a 13.3-inch convertible, 3.97 lbs is not too heavy, but it’s still not as light as the latest ultrabooks. Its screen sports a resolution of 1366 x 768, the same as every competitor on this list. Images look vibrant and sufficient clear, and the 10-point multi-touch panel allows smooth navigation via finger swiping and tapping. Fueled by an Intel Core i3-5010U processor with 4GB RAM, the x 360 delivered stable performances for daily tasks like web browsing, word processing and video streaming. With room-filling speakers, you will also be enjoying a lot of movies and music on this laptop. However, you won’t be playing any high-end games on it, although the Intel HD 5500 graphics is among the best integrated graphics you’ll get at this price. All the standard ports are featured and while competitors pack just a single USB 3.0 port, it has two. If you want a modern convertible laptop for a bargain price, the Pavilion x360 is a recommended option.

Specs

  • 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 3.8 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy hinges
  • Fast processor
  • Loud speakers
  • Long battery life
  • Responsive touchscreen

Cons

  • Low resolution screen

Summary

A well priced, hard working convertible laptop with rich immersive sound, a responsive touchscreen and a long lasting battery. We would have preferred a Full HD display.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 11.6 Inch

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 11.6 Inch

With the current demand for portability as well as versatility many manufacturers are turning toward 2-in-1 or convertible devices. Dell’s answer is the Inspiron 11 300, a super lightweight device that combines the power of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. The long lasting battery will keep you going for over eight hours and the inclusion of a full size HDMI port is perfect for those boardroom presentations. While only having a pentium processor does mean multitasking isn’t as smooth as other devices on the market, the 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage will do the job for most basic applications. Windows 10 also helps with the low spec of this machine as its far lighter on resources than its predecessor. Dell have included a 720P webcam which is great for Skype video conferencing and the Waves MaxxAudio® Pro processing means clear immersive sound. This device is mainly catered toward a student or business professional and should definitely be on your list if you are on the hunt for a bargain all-round laptop for home or the office.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8 hours battery life
  • 4.5 lbs

Pros

  • Over 8 hours of battery life
  • Full size HDMI port
  • 2-in-1 design
  • Light and portable
  • Great display

Cons

  • Touchpad can be unresponsive at times
  • Device can get quite hot after long use
  • Awkward mode switching
  • Aggressive screen dimming

Summary

While super light and portable this 2-in-1 device tends to heat up after long use. The battery lasts a good 8 hours and the screen is clear and bright.

Dell Inspiron i3147-10000sLV 11.6 Inch
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HP 15-F211WM 15.6-inch

HP 15-F211WM 15.6-inch

A very basic machine at its heart the HP 15-F211WM delivers good day to day performance at a reasonable price. Powered by a Celeron N2840 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, advanced applications such as music production or media editing are out of the question, as is gaming. With 500GB of storage space and a respectable display this machine is good for 720p media. The good sound quality and capable volume level contributes to the multimedia experience. The keyboard and trackpad are where this machine shows its price point. The keyboard is unresponsive at times and the trackpad fails to register input periodically. This machine is best suited to college or business users who need basic browsing and word processing with some media consumption on the side.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.9 lbs

Pros

  • Great price
  • Good build quality
  • Acceptable day to day performance
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Unresponsive keyboard
  • Clunky trackpad

Summary

A budget laptop that’s best for basic tasks and watching media.

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ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 14-inchASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 14-inch

While most budget laptops offer very similar hardware specs, the ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 features hardware specs that are found on higher-end laptops. The sleek design features a brushed aluminum lid and a imitation metal keyboard deck which gives the ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 a high-end look and feel. The Intel Quad-Core Pentium N3700 processor and 4GB of RAM will not win any awards, but will cope with day-to-day tasks such as web browsing, Skype and word processing. While the eMMC solid state drive offers fast Windows boot and app loading times, the 128GB of storage space is limited and users who want to store media will have to look at external and cloud storage options. The Full-HD display offers a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, but the maximum brightness level is lower than many of its competitors and its coverage of the sRGB spectrum is lower than many other Full-HD displays. The Intel HD Graphics are sufficient for running apps such as Netflix and VLC, but it is by no means a gaming chip and will only be able to process older and classic gaming titles. The thin and light design is backed up by a long battery life of over 9 hours off of a single charge, making the ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 a great budget laptop for users on the go.

Specs

  • 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 3.3 lbs

Pros

  • Thin and light
  • Full-HD display
  • SSD
  • Battery life
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • Heat under load
  • Low brightness levels
  • Average sound

Summary

Overall the ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 is a great performing budget laptop that offers a sleek design, a solid state drive and a Full-HD display.

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Dell Inspiron I3558-9136BLK 15.6-inchDell Inspiron I3558-9136BLK 15.6-inch

When it comes to entry level laptops, most budget buyers will prefer performance over aesthetics. The Dell Inspiron I3558-9136BLK features updated hardware and Dell has addressed some of the issues from its predecessor. With a 5th generation Intel Core i3 processor and 6GB of RAM, the Dell Inspiron I3558-9136BLK will cope with everyday tasks and can even run Adobe Photoshop or CorelDRAW. The 1TB mechanical drive offers plenty of storage space, and the slower 5400rpm speeds won’t affect most day-to-day tasks. The Intel HD 5500 graphics will run older and classic games with acceptable frame rates, but newer titles will struggle even at the lowest of settings. Its 15.6-inch touchscreen display offers a maximum resolution of 1366×768, but colors and image quality are average for its price point. The touchscreen is quite responsive and allows users to quickly and easily navigate around Windows 10. Users have criticised the all plastic chassis and covers, but this helps to keep the weight and the costs down, which is import in the budget laptop segment. Overall, potential buyers will be impressed with the Dell Inspiron I3558-9136BLK value for money performance, despite its no frills design.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.85 lbs

Pros

  • Responsive touchscreen
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 1TB hard drive

Cons

  • Display quality
  • Sound quality

Summary

A good entry level machine with good hardware and a responsive touchscreen. Unfortunately the sound quality leaves much to be desired.

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More Laptops Under $400

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ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF-C1-GR 10.1-inch

Sometimes you just need a laptop is a true jack of all trades.  One that is fast and light and easy to pack especially when you travel.  The ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF-C1-GR is the answer you have been waiting for.  While it simply doesn’t have the power to be a full desktop replacement, it offers a fast enough processor and RAM to get the job done.  This convertible tablet is lightweight and will easily pack in your briefcase if you have to travel for work.  Office style apps will run flawlessly and movies play smooth on the device.  However, you have 64 GB of storage to work with which can be rather limiting.  This tablet does come with free storage from OneDrive Cloud for a year and even a one year subscription to MS Office 365 so you will easily be able to work as soon as you take it out the box.  Be careful of the battery life, however, some users have found that despite the claims of ASUS it simply cannot hold up under heavy use.  Overall, the ASUS Transformer BookT100TAF-C1-GRis a great addition to any travelers briefcase.

Specs

  • 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 2.4 lbs

Pros

  • SSD
  • Fast performance
  • Compact & light

Cons

  • Battery life less than advertised

Summary

A light portable machine running a full version of windows, the SSD is great for performance and the detachable keyboard makes transitioning between tablet and laptop mode a breeze.

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Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 17.3-inchToshiba Satellite C75-C7130 17.3-inch

While most laptops in the sub $400 range are usually 15.6-inch and smaller, the Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 is a 17.3-inch all-purpose laptop for users who believe bigger is better. The brushed black design gives the Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 a sleek and high-end look and feel. While many 17.3-inch laptops are bulky and heavy, the Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 weighs just 5.7 pounds and measures just over an inch thick. Sporting a 5th generation Intel Core i3-5005U processor and 6GB of RAM, the Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 will cope with basic tasks with ease. For more intensive hardware apps, we recommend upgrading to 8GB or the maximum of 16GB of RAM. While you would expect a dedicated graphics card in a 17.3-inch laptop, but to bring down the cost of the laptop, Toshiba have gone with the HD Graphics 5500 graphics chip. This is in no way a gaming graphics chip, but it will run games such as DOTA and Leagues of Legends on medium to high graphics. Ample storage space is provided by a 750GB 5400rpm mechanical hard drive, but users who are after faster boot and app loading times can look at upgrading to a solid state drive. The biggest draw card is the 17.3-inch display, which offers great viewing angles and vivid colors. With a maximum resolution of 1600 X 900 it offers good image quality and allows for a better HD multimedia experience.

Specs

  • 17.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixels (TN)
  • 4.5 hours battery life
  • 7.71 lbs

Pros

  • 17.3-inch display
  • Sleek design
  • Good audio
  • Price

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Not as portable
  • Only one USB 3.0 port

Summary

The Toshiba Satellite C75-C7130 offers a big 17.3-inch display for multimedia purposes and a large keyboard deck for comfortable word processing. But the average battery life will mean carrying a power cord around most of the time.

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Lenovo G50 80L000ALUS 15.6-inchLenovo G50 80L000ALUS 15.6-inch

The Lenovo G50-80L000ALUS delivers surprisingly good performance for a budget laptop. It features an attractive all-black casing made of plastic, which feels cheaper than its pricier aluminum-clad counterparts. However, the Lenovo build quality is comparatively better than many competitors at this price range, and it is strong enough to survive your daily commute to school or work. Its 15.6-inch screen supports a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 making it more than sufficient for daily computing and watching movies, reading ebooks and browsing the web. Its core hardware components include Intel Core i3-4030U processor, 4GB of RAM and a large 1TB HDD. Many laptops at this price are equipped with much slower Dual Core Intel Celeron processors or Intel Atom processors, so the Intel Core i3 should show a big jump in benchmarks while running everyday as well as multimedia tasks. Budget laptops are generally not expected to run graphic intensive tasks but with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, users will be able to enjoy some old or less demanding games. Despite its relatively large screen size and power hungry internals, it has a respectable 5 hours of battery life. For a sub $400 laptop, the G50-80L000ALUS offers a good combination of price, performance and features.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 3 hours battery life
  • 4.63 lbs

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space
  • Great Value

Cons

  • Lots of bloatware
  • Cheap plastic finish
  • Windows 8.1

Summary

The Lenovo G50-80L000ALUS provides great value for money with 1TB of storage. Unfortunately, with the low price comes a cheap finish and lots of Lenono bloatware.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius L15W-B1302 11.6-Inch

The Toshiba Satellite Radius L15W-B1302 is a top selling budget convertible netbook from Toshiba that offers a slick and streamlined design featuring a ‘kickstand style’ fold over screen allowing the Radius to be used in tablet mode as well as with the full keyboard. This nifty feature coupled with solid performance have earned this laptop a huge number of happy customers looking for something light and portable for computing on the go or as a secondary machine for casual use. Glowing reviews make the L15W-B1302 a top pick as a budget netbook for working on the fly.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 2.87 lbs

Pros

  • Great Display
  • Unique design
  • Lightweight
  • Very good WiFi speeds
  • Attractive price

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Pre-installed bloatware
  • Only two USB ports

Summary

A great machine for users that spend most of their digital life online. While being lightweight and portable the poor battery life really lets this machine down.

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Dell Inspiron i3541-2001BLK 15.6-inch

The Dell Inspiron i3541-2001BLK doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a Macbook or even a Zenbook but, like other budget Dell units, it is a reliable machine that is solidly built to satisfy the needs of the average user. It has a black plastic casing with a subtle textured finish for a more distinctive look. The design is not luxurious but it’s thin and very lightweight for a cheap 15-inch laptop. The full keyboard has nice feedback and the touchpad seems very responsive. The number of included USB ports should be sufficient for most users who want to connect multiple peripherals. The 1366 x 768 pixel display is the same kind you’ll find on most budget machines, and it offers enough clarity for basic viewing. If you’re a Photoshop expert or a graphic designer, you should consider paying premium for a laptop with a Full-HD IPS panel that offers better sharpness and more accurate color reproduction. Configured with an AMD A6-6310 Quad-Core combined with 4GB of RAM and with a 500GB HDD for storage, the i3541 is sufficient for basic purposes including video playback, web browsing and word processing. Light gaming is also possible thanks to the integrated Radeon R4 Graphics although only older games will run smoothly. Not having any preinstalled bloatware also gives it a slight performance boost out the box over many competing laptops. The 5 hours battery life is not exceptional but it’s far from disappointing. All in all, the i3541-2001BLK offers good value for the money by delivering reliable day-to-day performance and a smooth Windows 8 experience on a budget.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 6.5 hours battery life
  • 6 lbs

Pros

  • Fast AMD processor
  • Crisp and bright display
  • Good battery life
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Bulky and heavy

Summary

A good performer for day to day tasks. Not as portable as some of its competitors but will see you through the day comfortably.

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Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270 17.3-inch Laptop

The 17-inch Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270 offers users all the screen real estate they need for widescreen movies, Internet browsing, and spreadsheet navigation. Its thick and glossy design may not suit everyone’s taste, but at barely 6 pounds it is the lightest big screen laptop on this list. However, because of its large size it draws more power leaving it with a rather short 3.8 hours of battery life. It comes with an Intel Pentium Processor 3558U processor, 4GB of RAM upgradable to 16GB, and 500GB hard drive. Thus, it is a laptop suitable for regular users and is not intended for hardcore gamers or high-tech professionals. Standard features include a full-sized keyboard, a USB 3.0 port, a memory card reader, an HDMI port, Bluetooth, a DVD drive and DTS sound. The L75-B7270 is a great choice if you’re looking for a inexpensive desktop replacement with a large screen laptop, but if you need longer battery life check out the Dell Inspiron i5748-1143sLV which has the exact internal specs and a more modern design, albeit at a slightly higher price.

Specs

  • 17.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 3.75 hours battery life
  • 5.91 lbs

Pros

  • Large 17 inch Screen
  • Polished design
  • Easily upgradable RAM
  • Fullsize Keyboard

Cons

  • Poor Processor
  • Poor battery life

Summary

A large screen laptop better suited to watching media than intensive performance thanks to underpowered CPU.

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Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5102 15.6-inch

The Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5102 features an old school design with a black polycarbonate casing with a non-removable back panel. The sealed back panel makes it very difficult to replace the battery or to upgrade internal components thought it makes for a sturdier build. The textured surface on the back looks and feels nice to the touch but it doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a budget laptop. For a 15.6-inch laptop it packs relatively thin profile and manageable weight of only 4.6 pounds, much lighter than many competitors. It has a traditional keyboard with scissor-switch keys that can be popped off. The keys are not as high quality as those on modern chiclet-style keyboard but are full size and comfortable to type on. The 15.6 screen has a 1366 x 768 resolution which is standard in this price range. Text and images look clear without any unwanted pixilation or color distortions. In the connectivity department it features two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet port and a VGA port. The C55D-B5102 is equipped with an AMD A8-6410 quad-core processor with integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics which perform well on everyday tasks as well as multimedia benchmarks. The R5 Graphics will let you play old games fluently and some new at lower settings, which is not something you’d usually expect from a sub-$300 laptop. To seal the deal it for performance conscious users has 4GB of RAM and a generous 1TB hard drive, the highest specs you’ll get in this price bracket.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4 hours battery life
  • 4.9 lbs

Pros

  • AMD Radeon R5 graphics
  • Fast Quad-Core Processor
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Numeric Keypad
  • 1TB Hard Drive

Cons

  • Poor sound quality
  • Difficult to upgrade
  • No tactile feedback on keyboard

Summary

A great machine for basic gaming, the AMD Radeon R5 graphics put this a step above machines with Intel based graphics. The Quad-Core processor performs well and the 1TB hard drive means plenty of storage., although Toshiba falls short with its tinny speakers and cheap feeling keyboard.

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HP Pavilion 15ac151dx 15.6-inchHP Pavilion 15ac151dx 15.6-inch

Users who are after a reliable laptop that can run a host of everyday apps will find comfort in one of HP’s latest offerings. The world renowned laptop manufacturer is known for its rugged business machines and for their range of affordable solutions for the home and the office. The HP Pavilion 15ac151dx is a budget friendly laptop which features decent hardware for its sub $400 price tag. Sporting an ultra low voltage 5th generation Intel i5-5200U processor and 4GB of RAM, the HP Pavilion 15ac151dx will deal with most day-to-day tasks with ease. But we do recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 8GB to boost performance and to allow resource hungry applications such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to run smoothly. The 1TB mechanical hard drive offers ample storage space for media and for college or work documents and assignments. The slower 5400rpm drive speed is perfectly suited for the tasks that the HP Pavilion 15ac151dx was designed for, but users who are after faster Windows boot and app loading times can easily replace the HDD with an SSD. While it is not designed to be a gaming laptop, the Intel HD Graphics 5500 will run older games and is suited for casual gaming. But the budget price does have some drawbacks, there is no Bluetooth connectivity, the display is only suited for 720p videos, the maximum brightness is not very high and the battery life is very average.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.7 lbs

Pros

  • Intel i5 processor
  • Durable build quality
  • Good port selection
  • Price

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Average battery
  • Low brightness levels

Summary

The HP Pavilion 15ac151dx offers a powerful ultra low voltage Intel i5 processor and a large hard drive, but the display is average and the battery life won’t win any awards.

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Toshiba Satellite C55-B5100 15.6-Inch 

The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5100 is a bestselling full-size laptop that has received glowing reviews from users across the board thanks to its outstanding battery life, portable design, quality display and full feature set at an incredibly low price. Its basic Celeron  N2840 processor is capable of comfortably handling day to day applications such as browsing the web, streaming movies and word processing without breaking a sweat. Despite it’s strong value for money, users looking to run more advanced options will still want to review our guides in higher price brackets as despite offering the best feature set in its class, the C55-B5100, as with all laptops at its price, is not without its limitations in terms of raw hardware performance. That said, most users will not be disappointed thanks to its well rounded features and excellent attention to detail which has entrenched this budget laptop as a crowd favorite.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4.85 lbs

Pros

  • Light and portable
  • Fast charge times
  • Clear and bright display
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Glossy cover attracts fingerprints
  • Plastic case feels fragile

Summary

With a clear sharp display, extra long battery life and very quick charge up times its hard to find fault with the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5100. The only gripe we had was the plastic glossy finish feels like it could break easily as well as attracts fingerprints and smudges.

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ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA 11.6-inchASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA 11.6-inch

The budget laptop market is a highly competitive market with all of the big name brands throwing contenders into the ring. ASUS has a very successful range of budget friendly laptops that offer good hardware to price ratios. The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a fairly inexpensive convertible laptop that has been designed to be sturdy and reliable for those users who are after a compact, go-anywhere laptop. The brushed aluminum lid gives the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA a high-end look and feel, but the Celeron processor lets it down on the performance side of things. While the Intel Dual Core Celeron N3050 will run basic tasks such as MS Word, Skype and web browsing, it is slightly underpowered and users will notice a bit of lag while multi-tasking. Four gigabytes of RAM back the processor and is enough for the basic tasks that the Celeron processor was designed for. The eMMC flash memory offers faster Windows boot and app loading times, but with only 64GB of internal storage it is a bit on the small side and is what we expect from budget Windows 10 tablets. But ASUS did include a MicroSD port that will allow users to extend the storage space. We recommend a high speed 64GB or 128GB MicroSD card to boost the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA’s storage space. The IPS touchscreen display offers great viewing angles and is quite responsive,ut the brightness levels could be a bit higher to complement the sharp image quality. The excellent battery life makes this convertible laptop a great choice for users after a cheap and ultra portable travel companion.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 10.75 hours battery life
  • 2.6 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Sturdy build
  • USB Type-C
  • IPS display

Cons

  • Weak audio
  • Slightly underpowered for intensive apps
  • Limited storage space

Summary

The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA offers excellent battery life and a great IPS display, but the underpowered processor is limited to basic computing tasks.

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HP-15-f215dx-15.6

HP 15-f215dx 15.6-inch

The HP 15-f215dx features a straightforward design which hides a lot power under the hood. It has smooth plastic body that is light and comfortable to carry. While most competitors are equipped with underpowered Intel Celeron and entry-level AMD processors, this 15-inch laptop features a powerful AMD A8-6410 quad-core chip which is designed for mid-range performance. Backed by 4 GB of RAM, the A8 processor can easily tackle daily web, office and multimedia tasks, and the integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics will let you play modern games at medium to low settings. Its 750GB hard drive is the biggest you will see at this price range, but its speed is quite slow at 5400 rpm. However, features like faster Hard Drives, premium build and high-res screen are expected only on higher-end systems. There is no doubt that it one of the top performers here, but its power comes at the cost of battery life which averages just around 4.5 hours. Other features include the usual USB ports, an HDMI port, card reader and a DVD burner. Overall, the 15-f215dx is one of the fastest notebooks at this price, and it has better price to feature/performance ratio than most competitors.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4.5 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • AMD Radeon R5 graphics
  • Quad-Core CPU
  • Great Price

Cons

  • Inferior battery life
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

A well performing machine that is only let down by its short battery life.

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Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344

Chromebooks are a big hit among students and budget shoppers mainly because they’re compact, cheap and come with a battery that lasts all day. The Aspire R11 shares all of these Chromebook-like qualities but instead of Chrome it runs the Windows 10 operating system. It is a bit expensive compared to regular Chromebooks but offers a lot more in terms of usability and performance. It has a responsive 10-point multi-touch display and a unique 360 dual-torque hinge that allows you to effortlessly switch between four different viewing modes – Notebook, Display, Tent and Pad. Windows 10 automatically detects the mode and adjusts the screen layout accordingly. The casing of the laptop feels sophisticated but it’s made mostly of plastic. Its lid and base have a textured finish with rounded corners. While most of its competitors are colored plain black, it comes in an eye-catching blue. The black chiclet keyboard has proper size keys providing a nice tactile feedback. A small downside of the keyboard is that it doesn’t retract in tablet mode like some of the competing 2-in-1 laptops. The R11 has a TN screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Unsurprisingly, the display has narrow viewing angles and a glossy finish which limits using this laptop outdoors or under direct light sources. The Aspire R11 is configured with basic hardware specs including an Intel Pentium N3700 Quad-Core processor combined with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. It has enough power for basic tasks like Internet browsing and office applications but it won’t be sufficient for modern day gaming.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8 hours battery life
  • 3.3 lbs

Pros

  • 2-in-1 design
  • comfortable keyboard
  • long battery life
  • upgradeable memory and storage

Cons

  • narrow viewing angles
  • not suitable for running demanding applications.

Summary

A compact, lightweight Windows 10 laptop with an all-day long battery life, a touchscreen and a 2-in-1 design, for a slightly higher price than a similarly configured Chromebook.

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Toshiba-Satellite-C55-B5240X

Toshiba C55-B5240x 15.6-inch

Another great entry in the under $300 category, the Toshiba C55-B5240x offers great day to day performance on normal tasks such as document editing, web surfing, and more. The included Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core processor is fast enough to handle these types of tasks but struggles in more complex computing tasks such as video editing and gaming. The 4GB of RAM allows multitasking between several light apps, but if you are a heavy user adding more memory will result in a much smoother experience Since it has a low-grade integrated graphics, heavy gaming is not an activity you’ll do on this machine. For storage, you get a 500GB HDD. Despite including a Supermulti DVD burner, the laptop is relatively lightweight making it easy to transport, although this is also due to its plastic casing. While sturdy, the chassis feels cheap and doesn’t do a good job of resisting fingerprints or smudges. It has enough USB ports, video outputs and wireless connectivity options to let you connect to a variety of peripherals including external speakers, Bluetooth keyboards and HDTVs. While many laptops still ship with Windows 8, this unit has Windows 10 preinstalled so you won’t have to spent time doing the upgrade. The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240x is the perfect laptop for light users or kids and will handle any day to day activities with ease. If that is the only reason you need your laptop, then this is just right for you and it is at a price that almost anyone can afford.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Great performance
  • Windows 10 Pre-installed
  • Crystal clear HD screen

Cons

  • Poor build quality
  • Flimsy joints between laptop and screen
  • Flimsy mouse buttons

Summary

The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X is a well performing entry level machine with a crystal clear display, unfortunately to keep costs down Toshiba sacrificed build quality.

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Dell Inspiron 15 i3542-3267BK 1Dell Inspiron 15 i3542-3267BK 15.6-inch

Much like the i3542-5000BK, the Dell Inspiron 15 i3542-3267BK hits all the marks for a budget laptop.  Like the 5000BK, the 3267BK is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM making it the perfect laptop for daily tasks and office work.  The 3267BK is almost identical to the 5000BK in every way with the exception of the touchscreen and hard drive.  The 3267BK is a standard laptop with no touchscreen but instead it includes a 1TB hard drive giving you even more space to store your favorite documents, music, pictures and movies.  While the 3267BK won’t set any records, it still provides you with enough processing power for normal usage and allows for a smooth and quick working experience.  The screen, while not a touchscreen, is bright and clear even though it only runs at 1366×768 resolution.  While not a good machine for gaming, the Dell Inspiron 15 i3542-3267BK is a great machine for students at school or on the job and will handle all basic home computing needs as well.

Specs

  • , 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 6.5 hours battery life
  • 5.3 lbs

Pros

  • Bright, sharp display
  • Large storage space

Cons

  • Glossy display

Summary

A well priced machine capable of handling most applications. The screen is clear and bright but the gloss tends to make it harder to see in out door conditions.

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HP 15-g012dx

HP 15-g012dx 15-inch Laptop

The HP 15-g012dx packs some surprisingly powerful hardware in a modest package. It comes with a Quad-Core AMD A8-6410 processor, the new Radeon R5 graphics and a 750 GB hard drive which is larger than what many other alternative laptops are offering. The AMD A8 scores slightly lower CPU marks when stacked against the newer Intel Core i3 processor, but it will perform day to day tasks sufficiently. While it includes integrated graphics it still offers performance comparable to a lot of entry level dedicated GPUs and even some gaming titles from 2014 will run quite smoothly under low to medium settings. Remaining features are what you would expect in a budget laptop, but overall considering its hardware the 15-g012dx packs some real punch for its price.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 2.5 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Extremely light and thin
  • Large storage
  • Good CPU
  • Great price

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • No optical drive
  • Maximum RAM is 4GB

Summary

While very light and portable this device is primarily for users who are on the go. Its a pity HP did not include Bluetooth. Unfortunately the RAM isn't upgradable or replaceable but still a great buy for the price.

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Dell Inspiron i3542-1666BK

Dell Inspiron i3542-1666BK 15-inch Laptop

If you are shopping for a laptop on a seriously tight budget, then the Dell Inspiron i3542-1666 BK is the laptop to get.  As one of the cheapest options in this list, it includes a Pentium 3558U Dual-Core CPU, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. At first glance, these specs may seem meager but in actuality it is on par with other, more expensive Dual-Core laptops in this list. Where this laptop truly shines is its battery life.  With a battery life of over 6 hours, this is the perfect laptop for travelers or users who don’t enjoy being attached to wires throughout the day.

Specs

  • Intel Pentium 3558U Processor [View Benchmarks]
  • Integrated Graphics
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM RAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 6 lbs

Pros

  • Full size keyboard with numpad
  • Impressive battery life
  • Low price

Cons

  • Cheap plasticky build
  • poor performance

Summary

A good machine for the user on a budget, performs well for day to day tasks but wouldn't recommend for more demanding applications.

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Acer Aspire V3-112P-CH2F 11.6-inch

Note: This laptop is priced above $300. The Acer Aspire V3-112P-CH2F is an affordable and lightweight 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop running the Windows 8.1 64 bit operating system. Its silver colored chassis is a welcome change from the dull black design of most cheap laptops. While the plastic build doesn’t have a luxurious feel, it makes the V3 very light and easy to carry. Its display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 and the graphics are handled by Integrated HD Graphics. You can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port. Other ports include a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and a media card slot. An extra USB port and Bluetooth would’ve been great but aren’t mandatory features for small-size laptops. The V3 is powered by a quad-core 1.83 GHz Intel Celeron N2940 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is clearly not a gaming or video editing machine, which is understandable since it’s designed solely for light use such as web browsing and document editing with portability in mind. The 500GB hard drive provides large storage although it’s not as fast as pricier 7200 RPM hard drives. With over 7 hours of battery life, this laptop will work well as a mobile companion for work or travel. It delivers smooth performance and fast touch response while swiping, dragging, zooming and tapping on the Windows 8 screen. Overall, if you are looking for a solid entry level netbook with touchscreen function and fully stocked specs to handle daily tasks at home or office, the Aspire V3-112P-C2HF is among our top picks in the sub-$300 budget category.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 7 hours battery life
  • 3.06 lbs

Pros

  • Crystal clear sound
  • Good battery life
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Dim display
  • Connectivity ports at the back

Summary

A good value for money laptop that is ideal for basic work or watching media. The USB ports on the back make changing peripherals awkward.

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HP 17-p110nr 17.3-Inch

HP 17-p110nr 17.3-Inch 
When looking for a laptop a big factor to consider is cost. This new addition from HP is not only affordable but actually performs incredibly well for the price. The 17.3-inch BrightView WLED-backlit display is crisp and bright and the DTS Sound+ is rich and immersive making this machine well suited to media enthusiasts. Users will even be able to run heavy applications such as Photoshop thanks to the large amount of RAM and decent CPU however the processor does tend to struggle slightly with multitasking. The battery life is fairly long compared to its competitors and the anti-fingerprint coating is a nice addition. The HP 17-p110nr is a great laptop for users looking to take advantage of the large screen and low price.

Specs

  • 17.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixels (TN)
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 7.6 lbs

Pros

  • HD BrightView WLED-backlit display
  • Ample RAM
  • Fair amount of storage

Cons

  • Fairly heavy
  • Processor doesn't handle multitasking well

Summary

With a clear and bright 17.3-inch display and generous RAM the HP 17-p110nr 17.3-Inch is geared toward consuming media or photo editing provided you don't run too many applications simultaneously.

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HP Pavilion 15-R018DX

HP 15-R018DX 15-inch Laptop

The HP 15-R018DX is a competitively priced laptop with a speedy fourth generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a generous amount of storage. The lack of dedicated graphics means it is by no means a serious gaming or video editing machine but the integrated graphics does allow for low-level gaming and even modern games such as Modern Warfare 3 should run smoothly on medium settings. It will, of course, breeze through common office or multimedia applications. The battery won’t last long while playing games but it is acceptable under light use.  Overall, the 15-R018DX  has a solid set of features making it a another great choice for hobbyist gamers on a tight budget.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4 hours battery life
  • 4.9 lbs

Pros

  • Large screen
  • Ample storage
  • High quality webcam

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Short battery life

Summary

A good all round machine of which its major selling point is the affordable price. Bluetooth and a longer battery life would have been appreciated.

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Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK 15.6

Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK 15.6

When it comes to laptops, most budget buyers will prefer performance over aesthetics. The Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK provides sufficient power for everyday tasks and some more moderate level apps. It has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 plus a touchscreen which adds extra functionality for Windows 8 navigation, a standard configuration for full sized laptops in this price bracket. Its simple design is constructed entirely out of plastic which helps to keep its weight and cost low. Packing an Intel Core i3-4030 processor and 4 GB memory, it won’t have any problem tackling simple programs but if you want to run bigger applications it is recommended you upgrade the memory to 8 GB. The 750 GB storage can store lots of documents and videos but the transfer rates will be slower than the new 7200 rpm Hard Drives. If storage is your main concern, the i3542-3267bk comes with a bigger hard drive for the same price, but it doesn’t have a touchscreen. The i3542-11001BK has enough USB ports for you to connect multiple peripherals like an external HDD or a Bluetooth mouse and also includes a multiformat DVD burner with double-layer support which lets you record up to 8.5 GB of data in a dual layer DVD. Overall, potential buyers will be impressed with this bestseller’s value for money performance despite its no frills design.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4 hours battery life

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Good performance
  • Sharp touchscreen

Cons

  • Poor sound quality
  • Build quality
  • Webcam quality

Summary

A good entry level machine with good hardware and a responsive touchscreen. Unfortunately the sound quality and webcam leave much to be desired.

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Top Chromebooks Under $400

Acer C910-C37P 15.6-inch Chromebook

Acer C910-C37P 15.6-inch Chromebook

People usually associate Chromebooks with small-screen productivity-oriented laptops for schools or offices. The C910-C37P, on the other hand, offers larger screen real estate with a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS screen. If you’re coming from a garden variety TN panels, you will see a big improvement in color accuracy, contrast and viewing angles. Despite its large proportions, at just 4.8 pounds, it’s not as heavy as similar sized Windows laptops, and its battery lasts a lengthy 9 hours – similar to many smaller chromebooks and Windows ultrabooks. As for its design, Acer has reinforced its textured cover to endure accidental force and drops, and the hinges are robustly fixed without feeling too tight. It has a typical Chromebook style chiclet keyboard that leaves out dedicated number pad and Windows buttons like delete, print screen and caps lock. Keys are well spaced so that the typing accuracy won’t be any different from a regular keyboard. Its internal hardware includes the new Intel Celeron 3205U Processor, 4GB Ram and a 32GB SSD. You get a more powerful system than ARM-based Chromebooks like the Samsung Chromebook 2 and Intel Celeron equipped Toshiba CB35. However, the CB35 has a better quality screen. Overall, audiophiles, movie lovers and productivity users will love the bigger, affordable and more capable C910-C37P Chromebook.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • 1920x1080 IPS Display
  • Great battery life
  • Blazing fast solid state drive

Cons

  • Bulky design
  • low storage space
  • Poor integrated graphics

Summary

The full HD screen is crisp and bright, near instant boot and restart times thanks to the SSD. 15.6 inch screen is rather large for a Chromebook and effects portability.

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Acer C720-3404 Chromebook

Acer Chromebook C720-3404 11-inch Laptop

As Chrome OS is expanding in the market, the Chromebooks are slowly stepping into mainstream offline computing rather than running exclusively online. The Acer C720-3404 is an updated Chromebook model with significantly more computing power than its predecessors. It has an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM which are huge upgrades considering many previous as well as existing models feature far slower and less efficient Intel Atom and Celeron CPUs. Coming from an older generation of Chromebooks, users will experience a faster and more responsive performance in multitasking and a longer battery life. With these upgrades, Acer has upped the price of the C720-3404 quite significantly, making it as expensive as many entry-level Windows 8 laptops. However, the Windows laptops in this price range do not offer the same battery life and portability.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 8.5 hours battery life
  • 2.76 lbs

Pros

  • Clear and sharp display
  • Fast boot times due to SSD
  • Fast i3 processor

Cons

  • Aggressive screen dimming

Summary

With a sleek design, clear display and a huge performance boost thanks to an SSD, the Acer C720-3404 is a fantastic Chromebook although the screen brightness can be sub-par in bright lighting conditions.

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Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU

Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T677 13.3-inch Laptop

The Acer Chromebook 13 is Acer’s new and improved Chromebook that is both inside and out more sophisticated than virtually all competing Chromebook models. The upscale design consists of a slim, angular body that is just 0.17-inches thick and it even includes a full-sized keyboard and large touchpad. It has a Full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display not present in any large screen Chromebooks including the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook and HP Chromebook 14. The biggest step up is the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor which lets the Chromebook 13 ditch its fan and maintain a slim profile, while delivering performance comparable to or better than the Intel powered Chromebooks. The new processor also helped it achieve a best in class 11 hours of battery life. However, on multitasking the C720-3404 with its Intel Core i3 processor proved stronger than the Tegra K1. It has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the highest configuration available on Chromebooks. If you are ready to embrace the Chrome platform in all its glory, the Acer Chromebook 13 makes a strong statement with its superior hardware, minimalistic design and a price tag of $379.  For the same price, you can get the more portable 11-inch Acer C720-3404, which is faster but with a lower battery life and doesn’t include a Full-HD screen.

Specs

  • NVIDIA Quad Core 2.1 GHz Tegra k1
  • Nvidia Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores Shared [View Framerates]
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 11 hours battery life
  • 3.31 lbs

Pros

  • High resolution Screen
  • Long battery life
  • Near silent operation

Cons

  • Poor sound quality at higher volume
  • sluggish CPU

Summary

A fast, portable Chromebook with a crystal clear screen and long battery life. The sound however, tends to crackle at higher volumes and the CPU is fairly underpowered.

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Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-362Q

The Chromebook 15 CB5-571-362Q is new and improved big brother of the Acer Chromebook 13 with a relatively unique 15-inch display usually not found on competing Chromebooks. It features an attractive all-white casing with a microweave pattern on the outer surfaces. Larger screen means larger dimension, leading to a total weight of nearly 5 pounds, which means it’s not as travel friendly as other Chromebooks. Despite a larger size, it uses the same keyboard as on its 13-inch Keyboards. The extra space near the ends of the keyboard is used by two high quality stereo speakers. In terms of connectivity it includes a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, a full-sized HDMI-out port, and an SD card slot. Despite its larger display, the battery life is excellent, running over 7 hours in half brightness with video streaming on. You will easily get the advertised 9 hours with light use. Its Intel Core i3-5005U processor offers a significant performance jump over its Celeron equipped competitors. It even beats the recently released Chromebook powered by the much hyped Tegra K-1 processor. The 4GB memory is largest you will get on any Chromebook, and it’s adequate for all Google applications. If save up some more, you can get more a powerful Windows laptop, but it won’t offer the same quality display and the same lengthy battery life. If you are a daily traveler who wants something for typing on the go, you’re probably better off with an 11-inch Chromebook. However, if you watch lots of movies at home and edit photos at work, the more powerful 15-inch Acer Chromebook 15 is without a doubt a top choice as an all-purpose home or office cloud PC.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 4.85 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD screen
  • Fast processor
  • Clear and loud audio
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • The white chassis shows up dirt
  • Not as portable as other Chromebooks

Summary

While lacking slightly in the portability department the Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-362Q delivers high definition audio and video while maintaining an impressive battery life.

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Top Netbooks Under $400

For those of you that prefer to netbooks, the following is the list of the best Netbooks available for below $400.  These netbooks all have 11-inch screens and are highly portable making them perfect for students or professionals on the move.
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Dell Inspiron 11 i3147-10000SLV 11.6-inch

The Dell Inspiron i3147-10000SLV is a versatile device offering the convenience of a tablet and laptop in a single package. Its silver colored chassis looks very classy and thanks to sturdy hinges it feels much more solid than a standard budget netbook. It is only 0.8-inch thick and weighs only 3 pounds but still feels bulky in tablet mode when the 11-inch screen is flipped over the keyboard. Despite its small body, the keys are well-spaced and big, so that the typing is as accurate and comfortable as a desktop keyboard. It is powered by a Quad-Core Intel Pentium N3540 processor, which is better than most Intel Atom processors in both performance and battery life. While it is not a machine for serious media editing or gaming, low-resolution image editing, streaming movies, web surfing and casual gaming are possible. The system runs well on the default 4GB of RAM and 500GB, but if you want an extra boost you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM and an SSD. The 6 hours of Battery life is excellent, beating out many similar convertible laptops. By removing the bottom panel, users can easily expand the device’s memory and hard drive. It comes with Windows 10 preinstalled so you don’t have to spend time upgrading like with other laptops that come with the older the Windows 8 operating system. The i3147-3750SLV is not designed for gamers or power users, but if your needs are only basic, it is a reasonably priced ultraportable hybrid packed with essential features and the latest Windows operating system.

Specs

  • Intel 2.16 GHz Pentium N3540 Quad-Core [View Benchmarks]
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM RAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 3.07 lbs

Pros

  • Convertible design
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Bright and sharp display
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • No SSD
  • Build quality of the keyboard

Summary

A portable hybrid device with a great display and long battery life. The storage and RAM are easily upgradable, however we do recommend adding a SSD for improved performance.

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ASUS Transformer Book Chi T100CHI-C1-BK 10.1-inch

The Transformer Book Chi with its all metal design boasts superior build quality than most notebooks at this price. However, you are trading off screen real estate and hardware performance for portability and hybrid functionality. While the original T100 felt more like a budget device, the T100 Chi swaps its predecessor’s bulky plastic chassis for a 0.5-inch aluminum unibody exterior. It uses a magnetic latch to hold the tablet and keyboard firmly together, instead of the flimsy clamps that were used in the original. Along the edge of the screen you’ll find a Micro USB 2.0 port, a Micro USB 3.0 port, micro-HDMI, a micro-SD slot and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Improvements have also been made in the display and performance department. The T100 Chi comes with a sharp 1,920 x 1,200 pixel-resolution touch display with excellent viewing angles.. The brightness is enough for indoor use, but the glossy surface makes it difficult to see outdoors. It also supports the Asus Active Stylus Pen that’s sold separately. Inside, it has a 1.46 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3775 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage. This hardware is geared towards everyday tasks like spreadsheet editing, browsing, emails, video playback and light picture editing. A weak integrated graphics combined with a small memory and storage makes it unsuitable for running large applications and games. However, less power means more battery life, and the T100 Chi lasts almost 10 hours on a charge. In conclusion, this device is suitable for any basic user who is looking for extra mobility and a premium design on a budget.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 2.4 lbs

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Stylish convertible design
  • Long battery life
  • Fantastic keyboard and touchpad
  • Good display

Cons

  • Attracts fingerprints
  • Only 2 USB ports
  • Sub-par performance

Summary

A well built convertible device with a sharp screen, fantastic keyboard and long lasting battery. The metal does tend to pick up finger prints easily and the performance is a bit lacking.

ASUS Transformer Book Chi 10.1-Inch
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Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1120 11.6-inch

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1120 is a sleek laptop with a 360-degree flip and fold hinge that allows its screen to fold into various angles to be used in five distinct modes – tablet, laptop, presentation, tabletop and audience mode. The sealed design of the satin gold chassis looks very sleek, and, without noisy vent fans, the laptop runs quiet all the time. Measuring only 0.8-inches thin, it will easily slip into your backpack. To achieve its compact form factor and a weight of just 2.8 pounds it has left out an optical drive and large ports including VGA and Ethernet. It has only two USB ports, an HDMI port and a card reader slot. Its 11.6-inch touchscreen is sufficiently bright for typing, web browsing, and videos but it’s not something you’d want to edit high-res pictures on. In terms of performance, the Intel Pentium 2.66GHz processor backed by 4GB of RAM will have no problem with basic tasks. The operating system boots quickly and there is no lag while opening multiple tabs in the browser. It has a 128GB SSD, which is blazing fast compared to normal hard drives and improves the overall Windows 8 experience with shorter loading times. While the storage is enough for most office and home users, if you want to install lot of big programs and backup HD movies, you will have to spend extra on an external storage. The battery lasts more than 5 hours in light use and about 4.5 hours on heavy use like watching BluRay movies with the Wi-Fi on and browsers open in the background. If you need a travel friendly laptop that can serve you has a tablet when needed, the L15W-B1120 packs excellent features for its price.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 2.9 lbs

Pros

  • 360-degree flip design
  • Thin and portable
  • Solid State Drive
  • Respectable battery life

Cons

  • Only 2 USB ports
  • Only 128GB of storage

Summary

A fast stylish and portable 360-flip device. Performance is great thanks to the SSD and a long lasting battery is a plus. Some may find that 128GB is simply not enough storage and a few more USB ports would have been welcomed.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1120 11.6-inch
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