It’s that time for you to decide the best budget laptops, here are 10 inexpensive laptops for students. There’s not going to be a comparison of them, it’s just three individual laptops and depending on what you do as a student or what you want to do with your laptop, you might be interested in one of these. Many factors were involved with putting this list together for determining which budget laptops were the best including system specs user and critic reviews, units sold, bill quality and most importantly overall value. We will go for the key features of each laptop as always additional information can be found in store and they’re all great options for personal business or for school use.
1. Acer Aspire 5
Let’s start off with the Acer Aspire 5 first, this is a great device for students who want to get a laptop for school but also want to do some light gaming. Basically, It’s an inexpensive regular looking 15-inch laptop that can handle current gaming titles reasonably well because of the video card.
It has an MX 150 from Nvidia which is kind of like the GT 1030 and most current titles are very playable on this machine. The configuration with the MX 150 cost $600 and it’s a great laptop for the money. Now there were two things like might be an issue for students:
First is the battery life, it’s only getting around five hours of battery life so if you want to bring it to school and you have a full day of class, you’re gonna have to bring your charger with you.
The second thing is that it’s not super thin or light, it’s not like a really thick gaming laptop, but it has some size to it. Now if you are looking for something that’s a little thinner and lighter that is still a good price point.
Lenovo 320S so this thing starts at around $550 for the base model, it’s a full aluminum build but the chassis has some flex to it. The bottom panel is easy to open up for upgrading the RAM and storage, the screen is a little dim and the base model isn’t a 1080p screen. Videos and pictures still look really sharp at normal viewing distances the keyboard is comfortable to use but the keystrokes are little softer and there’s no backlighting. The trackpad uses Windows precision drivers which are really good and the battery life is surprisingly good as well. It’s overall a great device for students.
Next up we have the Asus UX330 which is not super cheap. It’s 700 bucks. This laptop has great build quality and a pretty simple design. It has two regular USB ports, a USB C, and a micro HDMI. It has a good screen 1080p matte finish.
It gets pretty bright, it has a nice backlit keyboard and windows precision trackpad. Tracking is really good on the surface. It’s just a nice texture, but the button clicks are a little shallow. The speakers on this one are really good. They’re located on the bottom and it’s kind of crazy how good these speakers sound for this price. It still doesn’t have strong bass, but it’s a very clean, audio, and you’ll be happy with these speakers.
It is a 13-inch screen. It’s a little bit smaller than the other two laptops we’ve mentioned so far. So depending what you do or what you want to do with your laptop this might be too small, but if you’re looking for a 13-inch device, just grab this laptop. The one thing we don’t like about this device is actually the fan noise. It comes on way more often than you’d like it to and when it does, it’s pretty loud and actually comes on when you’re doing very un-intensive stuff like watching a YouTube video or browsing the web.
Now for the price for $700, it’s not something that is for someone looking for the cheapest laptop right, there are going to be cheaper laptops on this but if you’re in the market for some of that’s kind of higher-end like an XPS 13 or an HP Envy Those are like 900 bucks or more. This thing is a lot less But still a really good laptop.
Dell 13″ Inspiron is a two in one device. They’re so versatile. This one’s around $650 and it’s the best foldable two in one device at this price point now. There’s a lot of inexpensive two in one device and a lot of them suck. Just they’re not good as laptops, they’re even worse as tablets, but this one is very usable in both forms. The keyboard, in particular, is surprisingly good for the price. It’s a Windows precision driver, the whole thing has excellent build quality lots of metal, impressive speakers for the price. There are two things that we don’t really love it, they are the screen and the battery life. The screen feels a little dim and because of the dimmer screen you can’t use it outdoors readily, and the battery life could be better. You will only get about five hours of life on this thing, but for a cheap but well built two and one, this is our top pick.
The Asus Chromebook C202 which features an 11.6 inch HD anti-glare display. It has a semi rugged design with reinforced rubber surrounding the frame and a spill proof keyboard, so it can take a beating. On the inside, it features an Intel Celeron processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM, there are sixteen gigabytes of flash storage which is not a lot but since Chromebooks are tied to the cloud most of the data will not be stored on your computer. It comes with 100 gigabytes of 2 free Google Drive storage for the first two years and the battery life is not too bad with up to 10 hours. This 11.6 inch Asus Chromebook weighs in a little less than three pounds and is currently selling on Amazon for around $219.
Next up is the HP Notebook 15 featuring a 15.6 inch HD W LED backlit display, it has four gigabytes of RAM and a 500-gigabyte hard disk drive. The ports included are 1 USB 3.0 2 USB 2.0 and an HDMI port. The AMD processor is quad core and running Windows 10. Unlike the Chromebook mentioned earlier, a DVD optical drive is included, the battery life is up to five and a half hours so you’ll want to keep the charger with the laptop at all times. It weighs in at almost 5 pounds. The HP Notebook 15 is selling for around $265.
We’ll take a look at the Acer Aspire E 15 which is the best-selling laptop on Amazon. The display is 15.6 inches and is in full HD at 1920 by 1080, it gives you a dual core seventh generation Intel Core i3 7100 processor four gigabytes of RAM one terabyte hard disk drive five and a DVD Drive. It features dual band Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports one USB 3.1 one USB 2.0 and an HDMI port. For a laptop this size, the battery life is impressive with up to 12 hours, this laptop also allows for easy upgrading for those that want to replace the hard disk drive with an SSD or for adding more memory, it also features a backlit keyboard. Weighing in at more than 5 pounds and for around $350, this just may be the best value on this list. Another great value is the upgraded version of this laptop which has an SSD a faster processor and more RAM which sells for around five hundred and eighty.
Next up is the HP X360 which is for those of you that like convertible two and one laptops. This one transforms into four different modes and features a 15.6 inch, 1920 by 1080 HD display, Core i5 processor 8 gigabytes of RAM and a one terabyte hard drive, two USB 3.0 one USB 2.0 and an HDMI port are included. The backlit touchscreen has ten finger multi-touch support and the battery life is up to eight hours. Weighing in at four point six pounds, the HP X360 is currently selling for around $536.
We have this 14-inch HP laptop. Now, at first glance, it looks just a little bit old school. However, for a little bit over $200, there’s a lot to like here. It has a solid selection of ports, with VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, and three USB ports. This one is actually cooled by a fan. So a lot of the budget Intel laptops are fanless. However, this AMD option does have a fan, but it’s not too loud. This one is powered by a quad-core AMD E2 processor with four gigabytes of RA and 32 gigs of eMMC storage. It’s going to be totally fine for basic usage. That AMD processor is a little bit unusual in budget laptops, but it’s not that bad So when it comes to more heavy usage, such as gaming, it’s not going to be great, but for normal stuff like watching the video, it’s not bad. So, for $220, we’re getting a full 1080p IPS panel. It might not be a powerhouse, but if you’re just looking for a budget laptop to get the job done, this is definitely worth considering.
If you’ve got a little bit more budget to work with, you may want to consider picking up the ASUS VivoBook E403. At just a little bit under $400, while it’s not a huge jump over the HP, there a lot of little things that definitely add up. It is still plastic. But it’s thinner, it’s lighter, and it just feels like a more premium laptop. This guy also has a solid selection of ports with an HDMI, a USB 3, USB Type-C, which is nice. And if you flip it over, we’re also going to get an additional USB Type-A as well as an SD card reader. While this might not be the most powerful laptop in the world, it can definitely get the job done. So inside, it’s rocking a quad-core Intel Pentium processor, four gigabytes of memory, as well as 128 gigabytes of eMMC storage. You can do a bit of very light gaming on this laptop, but it really is meant for more normal usage. So it also has a solid 1080p panel with good speakers, solid trackpad, keyboard. There’s really no one part of this laptop that falls apart.
You might wanna check out our other top picks as well.
First off, we have the Lenovo Z50. So this is the middle ground between a budget laptop and something that can handle gaming. This one’s all about cramming the maximum amount of specs into the cheapest possible computer. This is the biggest laptop here with 15.6-inch display, but that’s also probably it’s biggest weakness, as it is only a 1366 by 768 resolution. On such a big screen, it just doesn’t look great. And on top of that, it’s a fairly low-end TN panel, which means the color, and especially viewing angle and contrasts, could be a lot better. The upside is that it has an AMD FX-7500 quad-core APU, eight gigabytes of RAM, and Radeon R7 integrated graphics. At this price, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a more powerful gaming laptop.
Stepping up the budget a little bit, we have the Lenovo Y700. What I like about this is that even though it’s a gaming laptop, it’s actually nicely well-rounded. With a 14-inch display, it’s still somewhat portable, but you have plenty of room for gaming, and I actually really like the look of it. A lot of gaming laptops can be a little bit over the top, but with this, it’s actually a fairly subtle design. Inside, it has fairly powerful specs.
With an Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor, 16 gigabytes of DDR4 memory, as well as dedicated Radeon R9 370 M graphics. Jumping into a game like Overwatch, this is totally playable. So on 1080p, on medium settings, we’re getting anywhere between 40 to 60 frames, depending on how much action’s going on But regardless, this is very much playable This guy also has a 256-gigabyte M2 SSD, paired with a one-terabyte hard drive. And when you put it all together, not only is this a solid laptop for taking with you every day, but it can definitely handle some gaming.
You can get some very cheap laptops out there for like 200 bucks that have Windows 10 on them but those laptops wouldn’t last for regular use for what a student does day in day out putting it out of your bag using it every day. The 10 are very well-built, well-priced laptops that all do different things. Hope you get one that meets your requirements.