Finding the Best Budget Laptops Under $400

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.

400-laptopsOne 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.

Laptops Under $400 – 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.

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Acer Aspire E5-571-53S1 15.6-inch

While this budget category is filled with basic laptops powered by entry-level AMD A6, Intel Celeron and Core i3 processors, the newly released Acer Aspire E5-571-53S1 offers superior performance through a Fifth Generation Intel Core i5-5200U processor. This new processor outpaces lower-end systems in multitasking and moderate level tasks such as photo editing. Its integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 outperforms the last gen HD 4400 by 25 percent, allowing games of 2013/2014 to be played smoothly at lower settings. It has 4GB of Memory, a 500GB Hard Drive and it ships with Windows 8.1. Hidden underneath the keyboard is an empty RAM slot and a SSD bay, but accessing those areas require some level of technical expertise. The plastic design with dark grey color looks professional with a well spaced island keyboard. Its display is also modest supporting a basic 1366 x 768 resolution. Colors and viewing angles are good enough for normal usage but image editors should look for a better IPS display. All in all,  the E5-571-53S1 is one of the top options in our under $400 Windows 8 laptops segment thanks to its generous hardware performance. However, if you mostly use Google or other web applications at school or work, the Chromebooks at this price feature sturdier frames and Full-HD displays.

  • Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8.1
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HP Touchsmart 15-f010dx 15.6-Inch

The HP Touchsmart 15-f010dx is an excellent general purpose laptop for document editing, web browsing and media playback and many users might find its design more appealing than some competitors. It has a 15.6-inch touchscreen which is much larger than the 11-inch touchscreens common among competitors at its price. The plastic body is thin and light and feels sturdy with no signs of flexing or wobbly hinges. Onboard it has an Intel Core i3-4010U Processor which is one the most powerful processors you can find at this price range capable of running light to moderate level tasks smoothly on the pre-installed Windows 8.1 operating system. It comes with 4GB of RAM which is expandable up to 16GB for enhanced performance. With the integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics you can even do a little bit of gaming – older games will run fluently and some newer ones may be playable at low settings. The 500GB Hard Drive has plenty of space for your documents, mp3s and videos. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, a DVD burner and a HP TrueVision HD webcam. One drawback is that its average battery life is much shorter than its small-sized competitors and most Chromebooks. The 15-f010dx is another smart choice for users looking for an all-purpose budget Windows laptop for daily use without spending a fortune.

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i3-4010U Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 15.6″ LED-backlit high-definition capacitive touch-screen display
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM / 500GB hard drive
  • DVD±RW/CD-RW / HP TrueVision high-definition webcam
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit / Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n

Acer Black Aspire E1-532-2616 15.6-inch

Acer Black Aspire E1-532-2616 15.6-inch

If you’re not an advanced user, your laptop usage will be limited to basic tasks like web browsing, watching videos and running everyday software.  The Acer Aspire E1-532-2616 with its Intel Celeron 2957U processor and 4GB of RAM is another contender capable of taking care of your daily tasks with ease and has received universal praise as a top budget notebook. As with most laptops in this category, its Intel HD Graphics won’t let you run any modern games or graphics designing applications, but low requirement games might be playable. Like most of its counterparts, it has a 500GB hard drive which is enough for most people but it may run out quickly if you’re into downloading large media files. It has a nice full keyboard with well-spaced keys, allowing you to type your long reports with high accuracy. It has a 15.6-inch screen with good viewing angles and fairly accurate colors for an enjoyable viewing experience. Budget users could care less about the design and looks, but they’ll be glad to know that the E1-532-2616, with its sleek surface and thin profile, isn’t the cheapest looking laptop here despite its low price. It includes all the necessary ports and connectivity options as well as a DVD-writer to backup your files. The Acer Aspire E1-532-2616 is another great option for those looking for a cheap yet well-built laptop to tackle daily tasks smoothly.

  • Intel Celeron 2957U (1.40GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DVD-Writer
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Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304 17.3-inch

For price conscious users looking for a large screen laptop, the Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304 is an affordable option featuring a 17-inch screen with a native resolution of 1600 x 900 perfect for using looking to maximize on their screen real estate. While its modest display lacks the sharpness of a Full-HD screen it offers sufficient clarity for watching movies and reading web content. The outer surface is quite stylish with a textured resin finish in jet black but the overall design is relatively bland. Thanks to an AMD Quad-Core A6-6310 Accelerated Processor, you can rely on it to get your daily tasks done without hiccup. The included 4 GB of memory will be enough for most tasks but the system can get overloaded if you have multiple large applications running at once. Gaming is not something you talk about in a budget laptop but the integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics should be enough if you want to play older title like FIFA 2011. As for connectivity, it has plenty of USB ports, an HDMI out, a VGA out and a DVD burner. One minor negative is that its speakers are quite small considering the size of the laptop and it is recommended that you use headphone for better listening or purchase an external bluetooth speaker. All in all, the C75D-B7304 is one of the few large screen laptops at this price range that doesn’t cut too many corners in terms of performance and is well suited for multimedia enthusiasts thanks to its large display.

  • AMD Quad-Core A6-6310 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon R4 graphics
  • 17.3″ LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory / 1TB HD / DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
  • HD Webcam & Microphone / 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit / Jet black

ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-UB31T 15.6-inch

ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-UB31T 15.6-inch

Note: This product is priced above $400. The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-UB31T has a unique design with a flexible hinge capable of flipping the screen angle to 360 degrees, which is not something you’d typically find on a budget laptop. The approach is similar to what Lenovo did with its Yoga 2 hybrid, allowing the screen to fold into different modes like laptop, stand, tent and tablet. Many think a hybrid design is more practical on small screens but the TP500LA-UB31T comes with a larger 15.6-inch screen. Fortunately, ASUS has made the built lightweight so that it’s convenient to carry around even in tablet mode. Aesthetically, it is a step above its competitors. It’s thin, light and feels expensive thanks to the brushed metal sheet on the lid. The 1366 x 768 TN display is sufficiently clear though still falls short compared to more high-quality IPS panels. While most convertible laptops at this price feature low-end Intel Celeron processors, the TP500LA packs more of a punch with its Intel Core i3-4030u processor. Its performance falls in the top-end of the budget segment, meaning you’ll be able to do your daily office work as well as light multitasking with ease. Low end gaming is also possible with the Intel HD 4400 graphics. We’d expect higher battery life on premium convertibles, but for a budget hybrid, 5 hours will do just fine. Basic users with a preference for modern design trends will find the TP500LA-UB31T a great purchase thanks to its innovative design and solid feature set.

  • 15.6-inch (396.24-millimeter) HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i3-4030U
  • 4GB memory/500GB HDD
  • Up to 5 hours battery life

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 bestsellers value for money performance despite its no frills design.

  • 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4030U processor / Intel HD graphics
  • 15.6″ LED-backlit high-definition capacitive touch-screen display
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM / 750GB hard drive
  • DVD±RW/CD-RW / TrueVision high-definition webcam /Bluetooth 4.0 interface
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit / Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n

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Acer Aspire E1-532-29574G5o 15.6-inch

Another one of our top picks of the moment for users who just need a basic laptop for basic day to day tasks, the Acer Aspire E1-532-29574G50Mnrr is a highly rated laptop offering a unique design and all the basics for home or office use.  At its core is an Intel Pentium 2955U processor that, while on the modest end of the scale, provides enough processing power for multimedia use and office products such as Word and Excel.  It’s standard 4GB of RAM is  enough for light multitasking with some limitations and its 500GB hard drive will give most users plenty of space to store their files along with a DVD drive for movies and other media. Overall the E1-532-29574G50 provides a great option for anyone looking for a design sure to turn heads and a laptop more than capable of handling day to day tasks without costing a fortune.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor1.40GHz, 2MB Cache
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 8GB)
  • 500GB SATA hard drive – Store 333,000 photos, 142,000 songs or 263 hours of HD video and more
  • DVD-Writer drive
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel GMA HD Graphics
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Lenovo Z50 59436266

This Lenovo is a popular budget multimedia laptop that aims to make a solid desktop replacement or all round laptop for home or office use. Lenovo’s exceptional build quality are a flagship of their brand and the Z50 59436266 is no different, offering a chassis and build texture a cut above most budget competitors. On the hardware front the 59436266 may not compete quite as strongly as some other options, powered by a 4th generation Intel Celeron P2957U processor and 4.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM at 1600 MHz, but unlike many more enticing hardware offers you can rest assured that the 59436266 was built to last and features a more solid and rugged build than most similarly prices options that will stand the test of time.

  • Intel Celeron Processor 2957U (1.40GHz 1600MHz 2MB
  • Windows 8.1 64
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • 4.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
  • 15.6″ HD LED Glossy (1366×768)
  • 500GB 5400 RPM
  • DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
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Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK

Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK 15-inch Laptop

For just under $399, we have the Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK, a laptop that attempts to include some speedy hardware features despite its low price. It has an Intel Haswell Core i3 processor on-board putting its overall performance on-par with some of the top laptops in its category and the RAM is more than enough to run multiple light applications. The onboard Intel 4400 graphics should easily run older as well as some newer, low requirement games and the hard disk size is enough to store a fair amount of media. It also includes an optical drive in case you want to backup any files. Considering its price and selection of features, the i3542-3333BK makes for an attractive budget laptop despite some shortcomings such as a glossy screen and a slightly bulky build.

  • Intel Core i3-4030U Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 8.1

Asus D550CA-RS31

ASUS D550CA-RS31 15.6-inch Laptop

The ASUS D550CA-RS31 features an elegant design with a textured finish for a comfortable grip with superb scratch prevention. Weighing just 4.7 pounds, it is more lightweight than many other 15-inch budget priced models and hasn’t excluded the DVD burner to shed its weight. The Intel Core i3 processor is a nice upgrade from the slower Celeron and Pentium N series normally found on cheaper devices. The overall performance is just below the former Intel Core i5-2467M and the 6GB of memory is the highest amount of RAM offered in this price range. The C55-A5281 is the only other laptop with same amount of RAM, but it has a slower processor and a much higher price. This configuration allows you to breeze through general tasks as well as some slightly demanding applications like Photoshop. However, the integrated Intel HD 4000 won’t allow you play the latest games on anything less than the absolute lowest settings. While all the usual connectivity features are included, there are only two USB ports onboard which may be a limitation for some users. The D550CA-RS3 is a great laptop that makes minimum sacrifices on the essential features, doesn’t cost as much as other portable alternatives and delivers a smooth experience for the average Windows user.

  • Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz. Win 8
  • 6GB RAM. 500GB Hard Drive.
  • DL DVD±RW/CD-RW Super Multi. 720P HD Webcam.
  • Wireless 802.11N, Ethernet port.
  • 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, SDXC card reader.

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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.

  • Intel® Pentium® Processor 3558U (1.7 GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3L memory: Upgradeable to 16GB, 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 17.3-inch diagonal, HD+, TruBrite®, LED-Backlit Display. (1600 x 900)
  • DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats.
  • Windows 8.1
  • 3.5 hours battery life

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More 14 to 17-inch Laptops Under $400

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Dell Inspiron i3542-3267BK 15.6-inch Black

The Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch is a minimal designed laptop that falls short of the luxurious metal bodies on premium laptops. It is powered by a third generation Intel Core i3-4030U  which has decent multi thread performance equivalent for this price category. Backed by 4GB of RAM, overall performance should be more than sufficient for daily tasks like Internet browsing, multimedia and office use. The graphics capability of the onboard Intel HD graphics is limited meaning only much older and less demanding games will play smoothly, but  acceptable for its price. Overall this is another great value for money laptop with sufficient power to meet the needs of the average user without leaving a dent in your wallet.

  • 15.6″ Touch-Screen
  • Intel Core i3-4030U
  • 4GB Memory
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • 4-cell lithium-ion battery

Dell Inspiron i3542-1666BKDell 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.

  • Intel Pentium 3558U Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 8.1
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Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15-inchToshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15-inch

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 has very good standard specs for its price, featuring a high frequency Dual Core Intel Celeron processor capable of easily handling day-to-day tasks including Internet browsing, document editing and playing HD videos. The integrated graphics isn’t the latest or greatest but this shouldn’t be a concern for basic users. The C55-A5105 is heavier than much of the competition, but much of this weight is added by the inclusion of a full keyboard and a DVD-Burner. Despite its size the battery life is acceptable and will last long enough to enjoy movies away from an outlet. While power users and hardcore gamers should look elsewhere, first time buyers or light users won’t have many complaints with this very reasonably priced budget laptop from Toshiba.

  • Intel Celeron Processor N2820 2.17GHz with Intel Burst up to 2.39GHz
  • 15.6″ LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display
  • 4GB DDR3L Memory / 500GB Hard Drive / Intel HD graphics
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW / Webcam & Microphone
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit / WLAN 802.11b/g/n
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The Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 bundles all the basics you need for work with room for a little bit of playtime on the side.  Powered by an AMD A8 2.0 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM, you will have plenty of power for basic tasks like word processing, internet surfing and even some light gaming.  The case is made of mostly plastic, which makes it very light but also rather flimsy feeling at the same time.  One of the biggest complaints people have with this machine is the RAM cannot be upgraded, meaning you are stuck with the the stock standard 4 GB which may disappoint those looking to squeeze some extra performance. Overall, the Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 is a well built laptop that focuses on the basics, perfect for users who just need a laptop for every day tasks, although it may fall short for some high end applications.  Despite this, its price is incredibly hard to beat and it makes a great option for Toshiba fans or anyone looking for a new laptop that won’t cost you a small fortune.

  • AMD A8-6410 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8.1
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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.

  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 3205U (1.5 GHZ)
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 16-Inch HD Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome, Up to 9-hour battery life
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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.

  • Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7 GHz (3 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Chrome, 8.5-hour battery life
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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.

  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32 GB Internal Storage
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
  • Chrome, 11-hour battery life
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Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 13.3-inch Laptop

While most manufacturers brought out a more portable 11-inch Chromebooks, Toshiba wanted to give people more screen space with its 13.3-inch CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2. The original Toshiba Chromebook was criticized for being large, bulky and less portable than many competing Chromebooks. The latest Chromebook 2 has a new and improved design that is sleeker, thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and is closer in size to its small-screen rivals. The keyboard is excellent and so is the trackpad featuring smooth multi-touch gesture controls. Other areas of improvements include screen quality, battery life and processing power. The screen is a Full-HD 1920×1080 IPS display, with rich colors, crisp text and excellent viewing angles. Packed neatly inside is a power efficient Intel Celeron N2840 processor which runs cool and silent and facilitates a lengthy battery life of up to 9 hours. Although, not a particularly fast CPU, it beats most older Intel Atom equipped machines. While the average user should be happy with the Chromebook 2, power users will prefer something in the line of the Intel Core i3 equipped Acer C720. Connectivity ports are also abundant, with multiple USB ports, a full-sized HDMI port and an SD card slot – an essential feature since the system comes with only 16GB of internal storage.

  • Intel® Celeron® Processor N2840
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13-inch IPS Screen, Intel HD graphics
  • 9-hour battery life

Samsung Chromebook 2 13" (XE503C32)Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C32-K01US 13-inch Laptop

The Chromebook 2 is currently one of our top laptop picks running on Chrome OS. It is pricier than other competing models but is worth the premium price considering its stylish looks, lightweight design and solid set of features. Many consider this a netbook or a good tablet alternative but it actually looks and feels like a high-class laptop. There is also a big leap in quality over previously released Chromebooks including a sharper full-HD display, faster processor, double the memory and longer battery life. Regular online users will prefer this model over most Windows notebooks in its price range thanks to it’s top class design, excellent portability and exceptional battery life. Even though the Chromebook 2 is not currently on special, it comes highly recommended, although the more budget conscious may always want to consider the latest Toshiba Chromebook which offers similar performance at a cheaper price.

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 2.0 GHz Processor (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, 1920 x 1080 LED Full HD Resolution
  • Chrome OS, 8.5-hour battery life

 

Netbooks

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.

Dell Inspiron 11 i3147-3750sLDell Inspiron 11 i3147-3750SLV 11.6-inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop

The Dell Inspiron i3147-3750sL is a versatile device offering the convenience of tablet and laptop in a single package. Considering its price, it looks very classy with a much more solid build than a standard netbook. It is very thin and light but feels quite bulky in tablet mode with the 11-inch screen 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 N3530 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 is possible. The 7 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. The i3147-3750sL 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.

  • Intel Pentium N3530 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8.1, 7.5-hour battery life

Dell Inspiron i3147-3750sLV 11.6-Inch
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 (as of 19-06-2015 11:13 UTC) Details

HP Pavilion 11-n010dx x360 11.6-inch

HP Pavilion 11-n010dx x360 11.6-inch

Like many budget convertible laptops, the 11-n010dx x360 is basically a Windows tablet with an attached keyboard. When compared to the latest tablets, it is thicker and heavier, but considering its internal hardware and dual functionality, its price sounds more reasonable. The small 11-inch screen is what makes this laptop compact but the size is still large enough for a comfortable viewing experience while reading ebooks, browsing the web or watching movies. Inside, it houses an Intel Pentium N3520 Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. This specification outperforms many Celeron processor equipped competitors available at this price range. Furthermore, the port options are plenty with three USB ports, an HDMI-out and Bluetooth. The built-in dual speakers with subwoofer produce clear sound enhanced by Beats audio technology, but it’s definitely not a stand out feature on this laptop. If you’re looking for a basic laptop with a modern design, the 11-n010dx x360 has a 360 degree flip and fold design. Besides the normal laptop mode, you can fold the screen on top of the keyboard to use it as a tablet or simply flip it into stand mode to sit back and enjoy your videos.

  • Intel Pentium processor N3520  2.17GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.42GHz.
  • 11.6-Inch LED-backlit touch-screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)with Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system 
  • Note: Optical drive not included
HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx 11.6 Inch
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 (as of 07-07-2015 15:45 UTC) Details

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR(S)

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-H1-GM

The ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM-H1-GM offers a full Windows 8 experience wrapped into a tablet design with an included keyboard dock for laptop functionality. The perfect 2 in 1 device, the T100TA-H1-GM is powered by an Intel Atom 1.46Ghz processor with 2GB of RAM. This combination is great for day to day tasks such as web surfing and document editing using the included full version of Microsoft Office, but is rather limiting in regards to multitasking. The included 64GB SSD greatly enhances the speed of the system and guarantees fast load and boot times during use however while you can add storage via microSD card it is not possible to add a second hard drive internally limiting its storage capacity unless you are willing to invest in an external hard drive. The design is sleek and stylish although some might not enjoy the plastic casing used in the design. Overall, the the T100TA-H1-GM is a great budget purchase for those wishing they had both a laptop and a tablet in one device.

  • Preinstalled Full License MS Office Home & Student 2013. Full Version Win 8.1.
  • Includes Keyboard Dock with USB 3.0 port.
  • Intel Quad Core Baytrail-T Z3775 1.46GHz. 2GB RAM.
  • Storage Capacity: 64GB Solid-State in tablet + 500GB keyboard doc
  • 11-Hour battery life. 1.2MP Webcam. mHDMI, mUSB, mSDXC slot. BT 4.0. Wireless Dual-Band 802.11N
ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM-H1-GM 10.1-Inch
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 (as of 07-07-2015 15:43 UTC) Details

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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.

  • Intel Celeron processor N2840 1MB Cache 2.16GHz up to 2.58GHz
  • 11.6″ LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen 10-point multitouch display
  • Mobile Intel® HD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3L memory
  • Built-in high-definition webcam and microphone
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Toshiba Satellite Radius L15W-B1302 11.6-Inch
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 (as of 07-07-2015 15:45 UTC) Details

Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 11-inch Touchscreen LaptopAcer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3

The Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 is a relatively new touchscreen laptop that hits almost all the right notes for an all-around budget laptop. It features a netbook like design, but with its faux brushed aluminum finish it looks modern and stylish. It is powered by a Quad-Core Intel Celeron N2930 processor, which paired with 4GB of RAM offers enough performance for document editing, web browsing and watching videos but you must keep in mind that the processor is entry-level and won’t be able to handle resource intensive applications or games. The 500GB hard drive should be enough for average users to store their files and media. Other standard connectivity options are also included but, like most 11-inch laptops, it lacks an optical drive. This, however, shouldn’t be problem because there are three USB ports for connecting external drives including one of the faster USB 3.0 ports. This lightweight laptop has a battery life of 7 hours, which is exceptional at this price range. The speakers are better than average, with the bass and treble balancing out well even with minimum distortion at maximum volumes. All in all the V3-111P-C9Z3 is a worthy entry in the ultraportable category due to its decent performance, long battery life, excellent audio, and a compact chassis.

  • Intel Celeron N2930 1.83 GHz Processor (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8.1, 7-hour battery life
Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 11.6-Inch
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 (as of 07-07-2015 15:43 UTC) Details

 

ASUS K200MA-DS01T-WHASUS K200MA-DS01T-WH 11-inch Touchscreen Laptop

Most would expect a typical bargain notebook to be unimpressive both in looks and performance. The ASUS K200MA-DS01T-WH tries to break this stereotype with its vibrant touchscreen display, attractive chassis and lightweight design, and smooth performance for general use. While much of the competition struggles to keep away from the outlets for a long time, the K200MA-DS01T-WH manages to run for well over five hours. For the price, its reflective display and slightly soft keyboard aren’t likely to deter most buyers. All in all the K200MA-DS01T-WH is an affordable travel-friendly laptop for light tasks on the go.

  • Intel BayTrail-M N2830 Dual-Core 2.16GHz (Turbo up to 2.41 GHz)
  • 11.6-Inch HD Display Touch Screen
  • 500 GB Hard Drive Storage, 4 GB RAM
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x SDXC card slot, 1x Ethernet Port
  • 1.2MP HD Web Camera. Wireless 802.11BGN
ASUS K200MA-DS01T-WH
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 (as of 28-05-2014 21:51 UTC) Details

This covers all of the current laptops that we’d recommend checking out. If you can spare a few bucks be sure to check our guide to laptops under $500 . For more options and reviews be sure to checkout our other guides to cheap laptops which can help save you time and money in the search for the ultimate machine to meet your needs. If you have more than a few hundred bucks to spare then our best all-purpose laptop guides will be your best bet to find top of the line machines at awesome prices.   If you find a new laptop you think deserves a spot on our list not listed here feel free to drop us a line and we’ll get right on it. Let the hunt continue!

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