Buying a laptops is a little like buying a car. You need to do your research. Before you even think about the one you’d like to have, you’ve got to consider the cost and your budget too. Well we’ve done the hard part for you, and put together a list of the five best budget laptops of 2015 with something for everyone, no matter what you want to use it for.
Toshiba Chromebook 2
It would be a crime not to mention Chromebooks while discussing budget laptops. The Chromebook 2 is the follow-up to the original Toshiba Chromebook, which launched early last year. It’s a 13 inch laptop that comes in two different versions. It’s similar in shape to most modern-day laptops, and has clearly taken design tips from the MacBook Air.
It has the basic connections – the charging port, micro USB 2.0 and SD card slot on the left and the HDMI-out, the headphone jack, a Kensington security lock and the USB 3.0 slot on the right.
The display has rich and bright colors, which is quite impressive considering its price. The speakers are by Skullcandy, and are completely invisible because they’re hidden under the keyboard. The speakers are loud and deliver a really crisp sound. e
The keyboard is a good size, with the keys having enough space in between to make typing easy. You might miss the backlighting on this machine, but in the this price, you can’t complain. The trackpad is large and easy to easy. It supports a wide range of gesture controls.
The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron processor and has a 4 GB RAM, but you only get 16 GB.
Starting price: $250
HP Stream 11
The HP Stream 11 is a stylish Windows laptops that is unbelievably affordable. It comes with the full version of Office 65 Personal which means you can access work, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote for one year.
It comes in a bold Horizon Blue color with a matte finish that wraps around the entire chassis and has a bright white keyboard which gives the Stream 11 a kiddie laptop look. It’s compact enough to take anywhere, weighing 2.74 pounds.
The right side of this notebook houses a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI port, while an SD Card slot, headphone jack, power jack and lock slot line the left side.
The keyboard is comfortable in typing and maneuvering about and the speakers are quite loud. Thought he playful design isn’t for everyone, it will definitely stand out.
With only 32 GB hard drive, a 2GB RAM and Intel Celeron processor and 1,366×768 display the specs aren’t the greatest, but you can’t argue with it’s rockbottom price.
Starting price: $200
HP Stream x360
The HP Stream x360 is in between the Stream 11 and the Switch 10. The specs and design are similar to the previous model, powered by an Intel Celeron chip with 2GB RAM.
The display is touch enabled and can be flipped 360 degrees to rest on its back side and act as a tablet.
Starting price: $270
Acer Aspire Switch 10
The 10 inch 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard is a flat improvement to last year’s model. Though they look identical, the Switch 10 has inherited a Gorilla Glass 3 shell from Acer’s flagship Aspire S7 Ultrabook.
The specs on this laptop aren’t the best, with a quad core Intel Atom processor, backed up by 2 GB RAM, but it functions well and you probably can’t get anything better for this price.
With such a tiny machine, you may find the keyboard too cramped for your style. If you shop around a bit, you might be able to knock off as much as $100 off that figure.
Starting price: $330
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series
The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series offers an alluring design, speedy performance and loud speakers for a great price. For an affordable laptop, the Inspiron 15 5000 sure doesn’t look or feel cheap.
It has an attractive cherry-red finish exterior, but it’s also offered in blue and silver if red isn’t your thing. The Dell has the power to back up its good looks too. It has an Intel Core i3 processor that handles basic multitasking with ease. If you spend a bit extra you’ll be able to get a touchscreen, a more competent processor and double the storage.
The Inspiron’s ports are spread across its rosy edges, with HDMI port, Ethernet port, USB 3.0 and SD card reader on the left, and a Kensington lock, a DVD drive, headphone port and two additional USB 2.0 ports on the right. It looks and feels like a sturdy laptop, but that sturdiness makes it a bit hefty.
Starting price: $330
Eventhough we promised you 5 of the best budget laptops we thought we’d give you a Bonus:
Acer Chromebook R11
It’s slim and four modes of usage make this a great hybrid laptop. Acer has recently debuted its Chromebook R11 during the IFA 2015 event in Berlin.
The device has a hinge that is capable of flipping a full 360 degrees, allowing it to assume four modes, laptop, pad, display and tent modes. The laptop is pretty thin making it quite portable.
Powered by an Intel Celeron processor, the Chromebook R11 is fast enough for smooth surfing and work processing tasks. The R11 comes with two storage options, 16 GB or 32 GB.
Starting price: $300