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Whether you are in need of a new laptop for work or school purposes, you might find yourself limited to a certain budget. Particularly those who are students, you know that it’s important to keep your cost as low as possible. You might fear that buying a cheap laptop may not have the best specification of them all. Fear not, as there are in fact many laptops out there that are good value for a low price. Better yet, you can always consider laptops that are on sale as you will find that most of them are usually sold at a higher price and most likely to have more specs as well.
To help you find the perfect and a low-cost laptop, we’ve gathered the following articles that may be helpful during your search. Let’s take a look at them below.
So you want computing power and great value? First, decide on what you’re after. Screen size is key, and most laptops at low prices tend towards smaller displays (11-inch is common). Next, pick a processor, aiming for AMD A-Series or Intel Core i if you can. At this price range, storage is usually limited (32GB is common) which is no more than many smartphones. However, you can often expand on this fixed storage using a memory card, if an SD card slot or microSD card slot is included. As a guide, a 64GB storage card costs around £15.
1. HP Stream 14: £249.99, Argos
This is a great price for a 14-inch screened Windows laptop. Its 32GB storage can be boosted using an SD memory card, which almost tucks right into the laptop so you can leave it there pretty much permanently. The battery lasts a good eight hours and performance is decent. At 1.44kg it’s not as light as some here, but still manageable. And with that bright blue hue all over (only the keys are white), it’s great to look at, too.
2. Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA: £249.95, John Lewis
The aluminium lid on the Transformer makes this an attractive laptop. The 11.6-inch touchscreen display folds round for tablet mode, which is handy in cramped spaces, and which also means you can stand it up in an inverted V-shape to watch movies, say. The 32GB storage is boosted using the memory card slot (microSD). The keyboard isn’t spacious but is comfy enough. There are more powerful laptops in this list, but this does well for looks and versatility. read more at independent.co.uk
“Cheap” is no longer a dirty word when it comes to laptops. These days, manufacturers are inventing new ways to outsell each other, including aggressive price cutting. Now we’re seeing full-size and ultraportable Windows 10 notebooks with processors powerful enough for use at home, school, or work, as well as full-featured chromebooks and hybrid systems that give you both laptop and tablet functionality in one device.
You have to accept fewer compromises with the budget laptops of today than you did in the past. Intel’s Atom and Celeron processors have evolved to the point that they can support most of your Web browsing and basic productivity needs without being overly slow. The newest integrated GPUs can hold their own in browser-based Flash games and even some online games like World of Warcraft, but meeting the higher demands of AAA titles still requires a discrete GPU, which you won’t find in this price range. If money is no object, check out our top-rated gaming laptops. read more at pcmag.com