5 Budget Laptops Worth Buying This 2017
The entry of the new Microsoft Surface laptop has pointed the spotlight at budget laptops. What exactly makes a laptop a budget laptop? The first thing on everyone's minds is the price. Of course, a budget laptop should be affordable. Microsoft seems to have misunderstood this concept when it made its first ever traditional laptop.
The Surface Laptop is impressive, don't get me wrong. What boggles the mind is that Microsoft claims the device targets students and the education-centric market though it is worth almost $1000, a price tag, not every student could afford. To be fair, the Surface Laptop is cheaper than the MacBook Pro. If you're looking for something really cheap, however, then you need to consider these 5 budget laptops worth under $500.
At $390, Lifewire considers the Asus F556UA-AB32 as the best over-all laptop under $500 and for good reason. The Asus laptop looks and feels good with its black matte finish. It is powered by Intel Core i3 with a clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz. It sports a 15.6-inchfull HD display and runs on Windows 10. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and an amazing 1TB of internal storage.
HP Pavilion x360
HP's $468 Pavilion x360 makes a good case for itself as the best over-all budget laptop. It comes at a smaller 13.3-inch display which may actually be a better fit for people on the move like budget-conscious students. The Pavilion x360 comes with the 6th-gen Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB internal storage, Windows 10, and a chassis that allows it to turn a full 360 degrees to attain tablet mode.
Microsoft Surface 3
If the Surface Laptop's asking price is still a bit too steep, the Surface 3 is a logical alternative. It's very affordable at its original retail price of $499 though it sells for $350 at Amazon. Its main selling point is that it now has the full version of Windows OS, something that its predecessor did not have as CNET pointed out. The problem with the Surface 3 is its hidden expense. The 2-in-1 does not include a snap-on keyboard which is certainly a necessity. To complete the laptop experience, you need to dole out an additional $129.
HP Notebook 15
A Windows laptop for less than $300? HP made it possible with the Notebook 15. The budget laptop sports a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, 4GB of RAM and 500GB internal storage. It's a bit on the heavy side at 4.74 pounds so it's better off as a home or work laptop.
If you can't believe how cheap the HP Notebook 15 is, you'll be astounded to know that this Asus laptop is worth only $199. The Asus E402MA has a 14-inch display with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 2GB of RAM and only 32GB of internal storage. The specs are understandably less impressive than others but if you want a cheap laptop under $500 that can do the basic stuff, then the Asus E402MA fits the bill.
Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook (2016): There Can Only Be One
The newly launched Microsoft Surface Laptop may have what it takes to be the "MacBook Killer".
HP Spectre X360 Makes A Great Case For The Best 2-in-1 Laptop Today
The 2017 HP Spectre X360 is one of the best if not the best 2-in-1 laptops today.
Samsung Chromebook Plus Now Available For Pre-Order
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is now available for pre-order at the Samsung website and selected retail stores.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: How It Stacks Up Against Its Laptop Counterpart
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a sleek but rather expensive hybrid version of the popular XPS 13 clamshell.
MIcrosoft Surface Laptop Has A Dirty Little Secret
The latest Surface laptop has a dirty little secret about its fabric cover. A number of users have complained about the stains that appear on their laptop's interior surface.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Fitness Expert, Jolene Cherry, Explains How to Build Good Fitness Habits Using Tech
Cherry explores several different technology gizmos and gadgets to keep in mind when the initial burst of fitness motivation runs dry.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
Eight Must-Have Tools to Keep Your Car Out of Garage
We all dread taking our car to a garage for repairs. We might just want to avoid the inconvenience of being off the road or maybe the costs associated, which can even lead to knock-on effects on things like our holiday plans.
6 Hacks for Students to Choose a Laptop While on a Budget
The modern world tries to drown us in the sea of choices. One can’t simply buy a laptop - there are hundreds of laptops around and sometimes our budget becomes the only real limitation we can rely on. But how to choose other parameters to get the best laptop possible?