Once upon a time, getting a decent laptop meant spending a thousand dollars or more. But those days are long gone. Laptop makers are inventing new ways to outsell each other. And when you’re looking at mainstream laptops nowadays, price cutting is number one. Here are our top picks for low cost laptops that can handle everyday computing and sometimes more.
The colorful ACIS Vevo Books s fifteen is a great example of a strong value in a budget laptop in 2020.
There’d be little to criticize even if the price were a little bit higher. Build quality is first class and the laptop remains plenty portable despite a fifteen point six inch screen.
It’s not a productivity powerhouse, but it isn’t meant to be, and it performs close to machines that are much more expensive. While it only comes in a single U.S. configuration option, it delivers a nifty slim design, a good selection of ports, long battery life and reasonably speedy performance.
If you’re looking for a daily driver of a desktop replacement that’s travel friendly and won’t break the bank.
The Vevo book S. Fifteen is easily the best we’ve seen so far this year. Budget laptops are starting to see a new face in their component lists in twenty. In some systems rise in mobile S.P.. Use the idea.
Pat Fleck’s 514 is one of the first systems to use HMD newest rise in mobile U. Series Chips, which are also known by the codename Renoir and are designed for light laptops. We were very impressed with the performance of the Rise five chip in this laptop. It has six cores and works well for demanding tasks like editing the occasional video or tweaking photos.
This laptop also works as a two and one, so you can bend the screen around and use it in a tablet mode or stand it up in a ten style.
The aggressive pricing on this machine meant that it was selling out pretty quickly when it first came out in the middle of the year. It’s a great deal if you can find one.
The Lenovo Chromebook duet is a ten point one inch tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard and a kickstand for a low price.
You can grumble about its having only one port, a USB 2.0 type C Lenovo throws in a three point five millimeter audio adapter for your headphones, but it’s nonetheless a full fledged Chromebook. And in every way, from comfortable typing to smart tablet gestures, it’s a nifty productivity and streaming entertainment device. In addition to running Android apps via the Google Play store, to do it offers tethering to Android phones.
The eight megapixel autofocus rear camera is snappy, and the duet lasted just under 14 hours.
And our battery life test. We wish it had a faster c.p.u, but a lot of users should still be very happy with it. It has the look and feel of a product costing much more.
The surface go to is a worthy competitor to both conventional laptops and the Apple iPad in ways that its 2018 predecessor wasn’t. Improvements over the original surface go include better battery life, a slightly bigger display and faster performance. It’s not as powerful as a comparably priced laptop, but it’s far more versatile.
It also has a leg up on the iPod.
Windows is more capable than the eye OS operating system for a wide range of productivity and creative apps, and the built in kickstand is incredibly useful.
Just make sure you budget for the keyboard attachment, which is not included in the box. The surface go to isn’t cheap once you factor that in. But for most casual users, it’s a better choice than the more expensive surface. Pro seven acers all aluminum Chromebook 714 offers fancy features like Google assistant. A comfortable backlit keyboard.
And a fingerprint reader, as well as a perky core i3 C.P.U and the 14 inch Cheney P touchscreen.
There is one Achilles heel. It would be nice if the screen got a little brighter, but it’s a cutting edge and rugged feeling Chromebook for a good price and in many ways the best argument yet for Chrome books in the business.
The Lenovo Yoga See 640 is a lightweight and well-built two and one convertible laptop. It has some nifty features, like a fingerprint reader and a built-In webcam privacy filter.
But best is its battery life, which is extraordinary.
If you plan to spend a lot of time away from a power outlet, its core i3 C.P.U isn’t the quickest and it’s cooling fan. It’s a little noisy, but at five hundred ninety nine dollars for the entry level configuration we tested. It will appeal to anyone looking
for a sensible, long lasting laptop.
You can occasionally convert into a tablet. Unlike budget laptops that come in flimsy plastic chances. The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 has a durable aluminum lid and keyboard deck, as well as premium styling with razor thin screen bezels.
This mid-range ultra portable has a tenth generation intel core ie five processor, eight gigs of memory and 256 gig solid state drive.
The C.P.U and Rame will be good for years, but the drive won’t hold a big library of photos and videos. So you want to use an external drive or cloud storage? The screen could be a bit brighter, but ultra portables tend to be expensive.
So this Inspiron is a great value.
Although pricey by Chromebook standards, the Dell Inspiron, Chromebook 14 two and one isn’t your average Chromebook. It packs the type of features you’d expect in a premium P.C. or MacBook, like an aluminum exterior, a backlit keyboard and a vibrant display with EMR pen support.
Its core i3 processor and 128 gigs of storage are plenty for chrome OS.
Battery life is only average. But this Dell is definitely well equipped for five ninety nine. The Dell Inspiron 14 five thousand is mid-range laptop that occupies a bit of an in-between place on the pricing ladder.
It delivers solid performance with a tenth generation Intel core C.P.U with the overall design dominated by more traditional ports and components.
You do get three type A USB ports, which some shoppers will prefer, and both a full size net Jack and a full size HDMI port. It has a plastic enclosure that gives off strong budget vibes and could use thinner bezels or brighter screen and maybe a USB B.C. port or two.
Even so, for the money, it’s worth a look. If you need something a notch or two above an entry level model that has lots of physical ports, P.C. Labs is always reviewing new laptops and our top picks change often.