Shopping for that one perfect Laptop has never been an easy task. It is even more difficult nowadays with all the new options trying to overtake the market.
There are some key features you need to consider before investing in a laptop.
Make sure you set a price under which the laptop of your choice should lie.
Make sure the laptop has ample RAM, at least 2 GBs for even the lightest possible work, good internal disk space of at least 32 GBs for light work and 500 GBs for heavier work
- Battery Life
If a budget laptop has excellent features but a below par battery life, you need to ask yourself if it is worth it. Maybe for primarily home use it would be suitable as an outlet will always be available, but if you need to travel once in a while, make sure your laptop has a good battery life
Not the most important thing to look out for but not useless either is the design. These days, laptops are all about that slim and sleek look, the big bulky ones just look outdated and awkward. The sleek designed laptops are more convenient and have the added benefit of looking stylish.
It is imperative to look out for laptops are come from reliable brands. HP, Lenovo and Dell laptops have been the most dominant laptops in the market for a long time.
For students who are on a budget or to simply buy an affordable laptop for light, non-specific tasks, it is ideal to find a laptop that has all the necessary key features like decent RAM, good internal storage memory and a fast processor. These laptops must ideally not exceed the price tag of about $350 and offer a number of advantages.
Most of these laptops consist of low internal storage memory, but that issue can be solved by the fact that they all contain SD card slots which can support up to 256 GBs of external memory.
Some of the best budget laptops to buy this year are the following:
One of the best laptops under $200 has been the Lenovo IdeaPad series. The IdeaPad 110s is an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×786 pixels. According to laptopmag.com, this particular model retails for a mere $199 and contains the following key features:
- 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron Central Processing Unit N3060
- Windows 10 Home edition pre-installed as the operating system
- 2 GBs of RAM
- 32 GBs of Hard Drive
This laptop is ideal for light amounts of work.
The colour of the laptop is white which gives it an ancient MacBook like appearance. It is quite plasticky and the overall design is quite plain.
The Asus VivoBook is a convertible, flip-type notebook that can be considered as one of the best laptops to buy under $200. It too has an 11.6-inch display with a touch screen and pen support, along with a 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used like a tablet. The total dimensions of the VivoBook are 11.5″ x 7.8″ x 0.67″ and the machine weighs about 2.4 pounds.
The Asus VivoBook consists of the following key features:
- Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor or Pentium N4200 quad-core processor as processor options.
- 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB internal memory options
- 2 or 4 GB RAM options
Asus has also introduced a non-convertible counterpart of this laptop which comes with either 500 GB or 1 TB memory. It also lacks pen support. The laptop also comes with the label of low-power budget laptops.
HP laptops have always held a great share of the laptop market. The HP Pavillion X2 is one of the best HP laptops that can be bought on a budget.
A 10-inch screen with convertible options and a detachable screen which can be used as an individual tablet, the HP Pavilion X2 is priced from $250-$300. This makes it a great budget option which you can easily carry when on the go and use for light, documentation tasks, browsing the internet or holding Skype calls.
The key features of this laptop include the following:
- 1.44-GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor
- Windows 10 pre-installed
- 32 GB or 64 GB memory options, depending on the price
- 2 GB RAM
Windows 10 on this device complements the Tablet mode of the screen as soon as you detach it. It comes with newer tablet features like Cortana.
The best feature of this HP laptop is its battery life which can go up to 9 hours or more, making it extremely portable and convenient.
Acer Aspire Cloudbook
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook also easily makes the list of one of the best budget laptops to buy. Priced at around $229.99, it has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366×786 pixels.
The key features of this laptop are the following:
- 1.6 Ghz Intel Celeron N3050 processor
- 2 GB DDR3 Ram
- 16-32 GB of storage
The Acer Cloudbook also has the added advantage of having a subscription to Office 365 and OneDrive.
The laptop is only 17.9 mm thin and thus looks quite fashionable while weighing a mere 1.15 kg. It has the added advantage of having a triple storage feature, which includes Internal memory, an SD card slot, and 1 TB of memory available on OneDrive.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a very high performing Dell Laptop you can buy on a budget. It is priced at merely $180 for which you get 64-bit Windows 10, pre-installed.
The key features of this laptop include:
- 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3050 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of storage memory
The design of this laptop is entirely plastic and not very impressive, but it is not much to complain about in the price range. The battery life of the laptop, although is quite impressive, lasting around 10 hours and 36 minutes when you start at 100% charging.