The cheapest notebooks
Buying the best budget laptop proves to be a bit easier than other tasks. There are less and less people with generous salaries and it seems that laptop manufacturers have realized this; therefore they started targeting the segment of customers whose pockets are not that heavy with money, with the budget laptops. As a result, markets everywhere are filled with laptops that are considerably cheaper than those sold in previous years.
Of course, a disadvantage is that the majority won’t come with great processors or a ton of features, but it all depends on what customers want from a laptop. Manufacturers are obliged to produce quality systems for as little as possible and this translates into tradeoffs in the software and hardware departments.
Here is our list of the best budget laptops available.
Toshiba Satellite L635-S3104
The Toshiba Satellite L635-S3104 is a portable device, with some very good features, performance and good-looks. Among its specifications: 13.3″ widescreen, LED Backlite, TruBrite TFT display (1366 x 768 native HD resolution), 4GB memory (upgradeable to 8GB), 640GB Serial ATA hard disk drive, 16:9 aspect ratio, Intel HD graphics, 8x SuperMulti DVD drive, webcam, microphone, multi-format memory card reader, built-in stereo speakers, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth V2.1, VGA video output, 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN and a 6-cell Li-Ion battery. The processor it runs on is a 2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M and the operating systems it uses is Windows 7 Home Premium.
Other advantages of this laptop are its lightness and slimness.
HP Pavilion g6-1a69us
Although it’s a cheaper laptop, launched in 2011, the HP Pavilion g6-1a69us offers good performance thanks to its Intel Core i3-380M dual core processor and the 4GB of DDR3 memory. The fact that it comes in other colors than the classic black is a very good idea; some of these colors include purple, blue and red.
Some of the problems of this device are its keyboard and the large amount of preloaded software, but the HP Pavilion g6-1a69us compensates with a dual layer DVD burner (featuring LightScribe support), a 500GB hard drive and a 15.6″ screen.
Samsung’s PV511 is a 2011 model scored high in the top with the best laptop budget with people everywhere because of its specifications and features; the manufacturers of this cheap laptop have included the following: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3-380M processor, 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, Intel Wireless Display, HDMI output, 0.3 megapixel webcam, built-in 4G WiMAX and three USB 2.0 ports.
HP Pavilion dv6-3225dx
Another well-loved cheaper than most laptops is this HP Pavilion dv6-3225dx. It got good scores in our top with best cheap notebooks on specialized sites and positive ratings, although some of the reviewers weren’t too pleased with its touchpad; according to them, when you want to buy this product, it’s better to get an external or wireless mouse.
Some of the specifications and features on this laptop are as follows: 15.6″ LED display, 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M processor, 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, 5-in-1 media card reader, Intel Wireless Display technology, integrated 4G WiMAX, CD/DVD drive, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB/eSATA combo connection.
The design of this laptop is subtle and stylish.
Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4106
The Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4106 offers more features than other laptops out there, although it is slower than them because of its AMD Phenom II X2 N440 dual core processor. But this product excels in the hard drive department with its 640GB and an optical drive which is compatible with the Blu-ray technology; other good features: the HDMI connector and the e-SATA.
The manufacturers from Acer have launched their new Acer AS5742-6475 a while back, in 2011. Since then many people have fallen in love with it. The reasons: its good performance, multimedia features, connectivity and specifications. The screen measures 15.6″ and it comes with a CineCrystal LED backlit HD display; the laptop runs on 2.53GHz Intel Core i3-380M processor, has a memory of 4GB, and a 1.3 megapixel integrated cam. The hard drive comes with a 500GB 5400 RPM SATA; the operating system is Windows 7 Premium.
Here are some of Acer’s AS5742-6475 features: 2-in-1 digital media card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, 8x SuperMulti Double-Layer drive, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, HD Audio Support, HDMI port and a multi gesture touchpad.
Lenovo G560 Series 067999U
One of the strongest basic budget laptops in 2011 is the new Lenovo G560 Series 067999U. It has good-looks, good performance and is light. The screen is a 15.6″ 16:9 with a LED backlight display. Among its specifications and features we find an Intel Pentium Dual Core processor, 320GB hard disk, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, One Key Rescue System, Intel GMA HD graphics numeric keypad, DVD Super Multi drive, 5-in-1 media card reader, integrated mic and webcam and built-in high-speed Wi-Fi.
Some drawbacks: the laptop has no HDMI port, the sound quality is pretty bad and the cord of the laptop charger is short.