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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42-R9YN) Laptop Review – Wow AMD!

When it comes to “budget ultrabooks”, there isn’t a wide variety of choices. Most of the ultrabooks that you can score under the price tag of $700 focus on better specs packed in a substandard plastic body. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the 2020 The post Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42-R9YN) Laptop Review – Wow AMD! appeared first on Laptop Under...

When it comes to “budget ultrabooks”, there isn’t a wide variety of choices. Most of the ultrabooks that you can score under the price tag of $700 focus on better specs packed in a substandard plastic body. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the 2020 Acer Swift 3 laptop. The Swift series of laptops are renowned for its premium design and ultra-lightweight form-factor, and the new Swift 3 laptop follows all the prerequisites of Acer’s Swift series and comes in a svelte looking ultraportable chassis.

So you might think that it would have sub-standard performing specs to match its price tag? Well, there are no compromises on the inside, either. In fact, performance is the strongest point of Acer Swift 3, and it outperforms even the premium Intel-powered ultrabooks like MacBook Pro 13 and XPS 13 that cost more than double. How is it possible? Well, all thanks to the newest AMD Ryzen 7 4700U octa-core processor inside, which has more cores, more clock speed and consumes less power than its Intel counterparts. Hence, the Acer Swift 3 offers exceptional performance for a thin and light notebook and lasts a full day while doing that! Apart from that, it also has all the bells and whistles like a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint scanner. And it retails at an aggressive price tag of just $649, which is why it’s selling like a hot cake right now.

So is Acer Swift 3 an all-around win? Well, not exactly. When you’re offering an ultrabook at such a competitive price point with top-of-the-line construction and specs, there have to be a few downsides. With Swift 3, it’s the display, which is simply not great to look at, and there are few small misses. Read the full review to find out if this is the right laptop for you.

Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42-R9YN) Thin & Light Laptop

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Features

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Mobile Processor (Up to 4. 1GHz) with Radeon Graphics | 8GB LPDDR4 Memory | 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 14" Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080 resolution; 16: 9 aspect ratio)
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802.11ax | HD Webcam (1280 x 720) | Backlit Keyboard | Fingerprint Reader
  • 1 - USB Type-C port USB 3. 2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 1- USB 3. 2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging), 1 - USB 2. 0 port & 1 - HDMI port
  • Just 0. 63" thin and 2. 65 lbs and up to 11. 5 hours of battery life!

Design

With Swift series, Acer has aimed to create thin and light laptops with premium-grade components since its debut in 2016. The 2020 Acer Swift 3 carries that proud lineage forward with its ultra-portable magnesium-aluminum chassis. It’s available in three different colors, silver, dark blue and a light red (almost pink), silver being my personal favorite, also seems to be the most popular choice among the buyers.

2020 Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 7 4700U) Design and Build Quality Review

The design of Acer Swift 3 is quite similar to premium ultrabooks such as the MacBook Air or the Dell XPS. Its all-metal chassis has a matte-finish, which is contrasted by black plastic bezels around the display. The lid features a smooth finish with a reflective ‘Acer’ logo in the center. Unlike Acer’s more budget-friendly options like the Aspire 5, the gaps on the case are precise, and there isn’t any flex on the deck or display. Unfortunately, getting inside the laptop is a bit of a hassle since there is no maintenance hatch.

The Swift 3 measures in precisely 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches and weighs 2.65 pounds. The entire device is just 0.63 inches thick at its thickest end, making it one of the lightest and most portable laptops out there.

Opening the lid, a colorful display with minimal edges greets you. The matte-finished aluminum chassis continues to the deck as well. The laptop is held in place by a smooth to operate hinge, with a ‘SWIFT’ engraving in the middle. When you’re resting your hand on the deck and working on the laptop, you wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from a premium ultrabook. If it weren’t for that black plastic bezels around the screen, the Swift 3 would truly be a premium ultrabook.

Despite the budget-friendly price tag, Acer has not cut any corners with the built and design of Swift 3.

MORE: The Best Laptops for College Students – Powerful performance, Lightweight chassis & Full day battery life

Ports & Slots

Unlike its premium rivals, the Acer Swift 3 offers a hearty selection of ports. On the right-hand side, you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, and a Kensington lock slot. On the left, you get an HDMI port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, the charging port, and a Type-C port with fast charging support. With the addition of charging support on the Type-C port, the DC-in charging port is redundant, a missed opportunity for Acer. Fortunately, you’ll also be able to enjoy super-fast data transfer and 4K output with the USB Type-C port.

On the wireless end of communications, the Swift 3 is equipped with the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 card supporting Bluetooth 5.0, which is rather impressive for a budget ultrabook like this.

Display

The Acer Swift 3 features a 14 inch Full HD IPS panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen on the Swift 3 is surrounded by narrow “plastic” bezels, which houses a 720p webcam on the top. It boasts a fabulous 82.73% screen to body ratio, which looks beautiful and on par with the 2020 standards.

However, it’s not the most colorful screen on laptop, being ‘okay’ at best. Acer has added a few software optimizations, namely Acer Color Intelligence™ and ExaColor™, to increase the color contrast and overall performance of the screen. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make the screen any better.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN Review - Display and Viewing Angles

The screen covers 62% of the sRGB gamut and just 38% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The brightness maxes out at 251 nits, making the display lean on the dimmer end. You can’t work on it under the sun or in brightly lit environments. Thankfully, the IPS panel allows decent viewing angles. The display is fine for daily use and moderate content consumption. Professional color-sensitive work on the Swift 3 is still a pipe dream.

If you’re in the market for a budget thin and light content creation laptop, then Swift 3 is not the right option. You can look at the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15, which offers almost similar hardware for a little more money, and it has a bigger, more colorful and brighter panel with a peak brightness of 300 nits.

MORE: The Best Mid-size 14-inch Laptops – Our Top Picks

Performance

The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN can push out serious performance with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Processor and the integrated Radeon graphics. Multi-thread processing, as compared to the 10th Intel i7, is off the charts. In fact, the Ryzen 7 proved to be 67% faster than its Intel counterpart in the Cinebench R20 benchmark.

Apart from the processor, it has an 8GB of RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD as the primary storage drive. Thanks to its fast 3200MHz LPDDR4 RAM, the Chrome, that’s notorious for hogging RAM, ran smoothly without any trace of lag with almost two dozen tabs open and working simultaneously. The SSD unexpectedly also has phenomenal read and write speeds, being 2100 MB/s and 1200 MB/s, respectively. In our tests, we managed to duplicate a 5GB file in just 15 seconds.

2020 Acer Swift 3 (AMD Ryzen 7 4700U) Laptop Benchmarks and Performance Overview

The system does not have a dedicated graphics unit, but the AMD Radeon graphics are far better than Intel’s integrated graphics. Swift 3 can easily handle 4K video editing and even run all the new games. During our performance tests, it rendered 15 mins of 4K footage in just 10 minutes, which is very impressive for a $650 machine! It also impressed us with its gaming capabilities. It touched upwards of a 100FPS on the latest Valorant and the evergreen Overwatch with low settings. It can even manage Doom Eternal, a demanding game, at low settings with 60 FPS. Such performance has never been seen before with the integrated graphics. Even single-player games such as The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and GTA V maintained a playable frame rate above 30 FPS with medium to low settings. Despite the fabulous performance, the fans never get too loud, peaking at 42-45 Dbs. And since there is no dedicated graphics, the battery performance is also up a notch than the competition.

Speaking of the battery, Acer claims a battery back-up of 11.5 hours. However, the PCMark 10 Battery Life measured Swift 3’s battery at 7 hours and 25 minutes, almost an entire day of work without charging. If you were to use this laptop more conservatively, not watching videos or playing games, you could easily squeeze a day’s performance on a single charge.

Overall, Swift 3 can manage heavy loads of work, including gaming and media editing, without a sweat.

MORE: The Best Gaming Laptops Under $800 – Our Top 10 Recommendations Right Now

Audio

The Swift 3 comes with bottom-firing stereo speakers. They are loud enough to deliver decent sound but fail to ‘surround’ you. The audio also leans on the thinner end with minimal bass.

Speakers happen to be one of the areas that suffered the consequences of the low price tag. You’d be better off with an external speaker or a set of headphones.

You may like to check out: The Best Laptops for Music Production – Our Top Picks for Musicians & DJs

Keyboard & Trackpad

Since Acer Swift 3 is quite a thin laptop, it is served by a chiclet-style keyboard with low key travel. The keys are flat and have clear actuation points. Despite being shallow, it provides a clicky and springy feedback which makes typing on the Swift 3 a delight. The keyboard also happens to be surprisingly quiet, so you won’t disturb your co-workers even when you are gashing out a hundred words a minute. The keyboard is also equipped with a single-stage back lightning. The latest model comes with silver keys that look fantastic with the white backlight flashing below them.

2020 Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light 14" Laptop Backlit Keyboard and Trackpad

The only slight problem that we can point out is the arrow keys. The right and left arrow keys are not full-size keys; they’re half-sized keys like the up and down arrow keys. The real estate acquired by shrinking the arrow keys is used to add a page up and down keys, both of which are also quite small. This problem will affect quite a small niche, but it’s a big problem for that niche.

Right below the keyboard on the right-hand side, you’ll also find a Windows Hello enabled fingerprint scanner that allows you to quickly log-in to your computer.

The touchpad is placed right under the spacebar. It’s a regular-sized plastic touchpad, unlike the ginormous glass ones on the likes of MacBooks or Dell XPS lineup. The touchpad has a smooth finish in line with the rest of the laptop and responds well to gestures.

READ: The Best Laptops For Programming – A Complete Buyer’s Guide

Software

The Acer Swift 3 ships with Windows 10 Home and a ton of bloatware like Norton Security and LinkedIn’s Desktop app, to mention a few. If bloatware bugs you, you’ll need to spend some time uninstalling the long list of apps while setting up the laptop.

Fortunately, Swift 3 also has a pleasant surprise for content creators. CyberLink’s PowerDirector 14, for video editing and PhotoDirector 8 for photo editing are preinstalled on the system. Both the software cost $100 each in the aftermarket.

Upgradability

One of the downsides of buying a thin and light laptop like Acer Swift 3 is there are no additional slots under the hood to upgrade the laptop. The glued-on back and the lack of maintenance hatch are clear indications that Acer doesn’t want you to get inside the laptop. However, if you decide to get inside, you’ll quickly find out that the RAM is sodded on the motherboard to save space, but 8 GB of RAM should suffice for any day-to-day tasks and light gaming.

2020 Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 7 4700U Upgradability Options

The SSD, on the other hand, is upgradeable. There isn’t any extra slot for expansion, but it’s not sodded either, so you can swap it out for a bigger SSD when you run out of space on the provided 512GB SSD.

Check out: Best Desktop Replacement Laptops – Upgradable just like PCs!

Conclusion

Acer Swift 3 2020 AMD

The Acer Swift 3 is an excellent ultraportable laptop that will not dent your bank account. The chassis is built out of premium aluminum, something that’s found on premium ultrabooks. The menial construction and 2.65 pounds weight make it the perfect laptop for those who’re always on the go. Despite the minimal design, the performance is off the charts for the specs and price. The backlit keyboard is comfortable to type on, and the Windows Hello enabled fingerprint reader is a neat touch.

However, there were a few compromises to achieve attractive pricing. The display on the Swift 3 is underwhelming and leaves a room for improvement. The colors are off, and the whole thing looks dim, but that’s not to say that this display is ‘unusable’ for day to day tasks as long as you are indoors. It will perform just as well for writing, web browsing and emails as any premium ultrabook.

Overall, we highly recommend this notebook. The performance from the Ryzen 7 4700U and Radeon graphics is awe-inspiring. Playing the demanding games was deemed impossible on the ultrabooks with integrated graphics, but Acer Swift 3 has bridged that gap. Its performance is on par with ultrabooks that cost twice as much, and that makes it one of the best budget ultrabooks you can buy right now.

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Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $400

It is a real headache to buy the best laptop these days as there are a lot of laptops available in the market and all of them tend to be the best. We consumers cannot take the risk of buying a laptop by seeing such The post Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $400 appeared first on Laptop Under...

It is a real headache to buy the best laptop these days as there are a lot of laptops available in the market and all of them tend to be the best. We consumers cannot take the risk of buying a laptop by seeing such hype created by laptop manufacturers. So to help you out, our team of laptop professionals has picked top 10 best laptops under 400 dollars which will reduce your work of shortlisting best laptops and ensure that you’ll end up buying the best laptop under $400 for yourself.

To find the best budget laptops, we thoroughly examined the laptop market. We visited stores and also checked all the major e-commerce websites which sell laptops. We found that there are many good laptops available to buy in under $400 price range. We checked the hardware specifications of each laptop to know their capabilities, we saw build quality and also customer reviews and ratings. After considering all these things, we compiled a list of best budget laptops under 400 dollars to reduce your headache of sifting and buying the best laptop for your requirements.

So here are our top 10 recommendations with reviews, hardware specifications and links to get the best deals on each laptop! Let’s begin…

…Shall we?

Best Laptops Under 400 Dollars – Top Picks

Product CPU | RAM Size | Weight
Asus VivoBook 15 Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2GHz | 8GB 15.6″ | 3.7 lbs
HP 17z-ca200 17-inch Laptop AMD Athlon Silver 3050U 2.3 GHz | 8GB 17.3″ | 5.2 lbs
Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U 2.1GHz | 8GB 15.6″ | 4.0 lbs
Dell Inspiron 5593 Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz | 4GB 15.6″ | 4.0 lbs
Lenovo Ideapad 3 14″ AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz | 8GB 14″ | 3.3 lbs
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Notebook AMD Ryzen 3-3200U 2.6GHz | 4GB 15.6″ | 3.9 lbs
Dell Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 Laptop Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.4 lbs
HP 14-df0020nr Laptop Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz | 8GB 14″ | 3.2 lbs
Dell Inspiron 15 3593 Laptop Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2GHz | 8GB 15.6″ | 4.8 lbs
HP 15-ef0021nr Professional Laptop AMD Ryzen 3 3200U 2.6GHz | 8GB 15.6″ | 3.7 lbs

1. Asus VivoBook 15

ASUS VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34 15-inch Laptop

Asus VivoBook 15 is a recently launched laptop which is the best choice for students and frequent travelers who are looking for a good sub-$400 laptops. It is finished in a slate gray color which adds premium looks to it, and it is also a lightweight machine.

It sports a 15.6-inch full HD display which isn’t bright enough to be used in direct sunlight, but it’s a decent panel overall for work and multimedia with good viewing angles. The bezels around the screen are very small, which lends a modern look to this budget notebook.

The backlit keyboard of the ASUS VivoBook 15 is ergonomically designed to provide the comfortable typing experience, and its touchpad is also huge and provides good precision. It comes equipped with all daily required ports and slots, and comes with Wi-Fi 5 for wireless internet connectivity, which isn’t the latest but considering the price of this laptop that’s fine. Powerful 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor sits beneath its durable outer-body, and it is coupled with 8GB of RAM to deliver the best performance for all your works. Storage department on the laptop is managed by the small yet speedy 128GB of SSD. It has Intel UHD integrated graphics which offers adequate graphics back up to run Adobe Photoshop and other similar software efficiently.

Because of the latest specs and features that ASUS VivoBook 15 offers, it is one of the biggest contenders in the best laptops under $400 segment.

Read our full ASUS VivoBook 15 Review

Hardware Specifications of Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 3.4GHz)
 RAM 8GB RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD (Upgradable)
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
 Display 15.6-Inch Full HD NanoEdge Display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life Up to 7 hours
 Weight 3.7 lbs

$379.99 | Buy Now From Amazon

The ASUS VivoBook Flip is also an excellent option if you’re looking for a convertible laptop in $400 price range. It comes with 14-inch full HD display and is powered by an Intel Pentium N5000 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. It is a nice travel laptop for web browsing, watching movies and everything else in between. | Check Price on Amazon

2. HP 17z-ca200 17 Inch Laptop

HP 17z-ca200 17-inch Laptop

HP has been the best laptop brand for many years, and its laptops are always the contending laptops in all categories. Well if we talk about this notebook from HP, then it is one of the best looking and well-built laptop under 400 dollars.

It has massive 17.3 inches of LED-backlit display which produces decent gamut of colors and it is bright as well. It provides a whole lot of connectivity options to ensure you stay connected with your loved ones from any place. It comes with latest Windows 10 pre-installed which runs buttery smooth by co-operating with its powerful AMD Athlon dual-core CPU (up to 3.2 GHz) and 8GB of RAM. It offers mammoth 2TB of hard drive on which you can store all your required files, your collection of movies and games.

Although it isn’t the pro-gaming machine, it does allow to play some of the best all-time favorite games such as Counter-Strike. This laptop can also be used for photo editing because it has got the large display. Though, its bigger size makes it a little bulky device at around 5.2 pounds. Overall, the HP 17z-ca200 is the best laptop under 400 dollars for people who are looking for a budget laptop for photo editing, gaming and other similar stuff.

Hardware Specifications of HP 17z-ca200 Laptop
 Processor AMD Athlon Silver 3050U Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
 RAM 8GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 2TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
 Graphics AMD Radeon Graphics
 Display 17.3-Inch Diagonal HD+ Anti-Glare WLED Display with 1600 x 900 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 5.2 lbs

Check price on HP

3. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15.6″ Laptop

Lenovo Ideapad S340 - best gaming laptop under 400 dollars

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is a comparatively old model, but inside it packs a pretty powerful hardware which makes it still a great buy for under $400. The heart of the matter, an Intel Core i3 processor with the maximum clock speed of 3.5GHz powers it, which makes this laptop a well-capable machine in the $400 price segment.

Apart from powerful processor, this laptop has 8GB of RAM for smoother and efficient multitasking, and it also comes with 128GB of solid state drive for storage. Performance wise this laptop is ideal for all types of power users, plus it has an integrated UHD 620 graphics, so it can handle moderate gaming and photo-video editing as well. The display on this laptop isn’t the best we can find in the sub-400 dollars laptop segment, but it looks good. The 15.6″ LED-backlit panel with the standard 1366 x 768 HD resolution produces good colors, but it isn’t bright enough to use in direct sunlight. However, it has an anti-glare coating, which slightly helps to use the laptop in well lit areas.

Apart from that, this laptop comes with all the standard required ports and fast WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. So, if you don’t mind a slightly older model, then Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is a pretty good budget laptop with some negligible drawbacks.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 (High Performance Laptop under $400)
 Processor Intel Core i3-8145U dual-core 2.1GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.9GHz)
 RAM 8GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics Intel UHD 620 Graphics
 Display 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit Anti-Glare Display with 1366 x 768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 4.0 lbs

$408.00 | Buy From Amazon

4. Dell Inspiron 5593 15-inch Laptop With 10th Gen Intel Processor

Dell Inspiron 5593 15.6 Inch Laptop

Dell’s Inspiron series of laptops are designed to suit the requirements of the wide array of users. They are good looking and come with adequate power inside to do all everyday tasks efficiently. This is the newest model from Dell Inspiron lineup, and it is also no exception. It is finished in silver color and follows the similar design language as the other Inspiron series of laptops by Dell. There’s nothing exceptional about the design, but it looks good and feels sturdy in hands.

It has 15.6 inches of full HD display with narrow bezels, and the panel has an anti-glare coating which helps in reducing eye strains. It has stereo speakers with MaxxAudio technology and also a built-in HD webcam. The keyboard of this laptop has a full layout, and its touchpad is also big with enough palm rest area. It provides all required ports and slots; however, it doesn’t come with an optical drive, so if you are a CD/DVD person, this is not the laptop for you. The newest 10th Gen Intel Core i3 Ice Lake processor on the laptop produces enough power to do all the basic to medium demanding tasks efficiently on this laptop, and its 4GB of RAM helps to multitask on this laptop efficiently.

Surprisingly, it has 128GB of solid state drive for storage of your files, and it also features integrated Intel UHD graphics which helps to boost its overall performance. This laptop has a 42WHr battery which juices this laptop for about 5 hours. So, overall this Dell laptop offers a pretty sweet deal for people finding the best budget business laptop for themselves and hence it is on our this month’s top 10 laptops under $400 list.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 5593 15-inch Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor (Turbo up to 3.4 GHz)
 RAM 4 GB DDR4 RAM 
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
 Display 15.6-Inch Full HD Anti-Glare (LED-backlit) Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home S mode 64-bit
 Battery Life Up to 5 hours
 Weight 4.03 lbs

$391.99 | Buy At Dell

You may like to check our – Top Picks of Best Laptops Under $300

5. Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14″ Laptop

Lenovo Ideapad 3 14-inch Laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is known for its decent performing hardware packed inside a thin and light chassis. It is one of the best gaming laptop under $400 for all the budget gamers right now. Although the design of this laptop suggests otherwise, its high-performance hardware can let users play some of the popular gaming titles and do demanding tasks such as a photo or video editing. It isn’t a pro-gaming laptop or anything, but it does get the job done for budget gaming laptop buyers.

The laptop is finished in abyss blue color as you can see in an image above and it is also durable to resist everyday wears and tears. It has 14-inch full HD display with narrow bezels, which is fairly color accurate and bright as well.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 boasts powerful AMD Ryzen 5 processor and 8GB of RAM which makes it the most powerful laptop in this segment! It has integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics which handles gaming and other works on this laptop pretty easily. With all standard ports and slots and decent battery life, this Lenovo laptop stands best for the people looking for the mixture of work and play in their new laptop.

If you are looking for more better laptop to play games, then we recommend you to checkout our guide to buy best gaming laptop under 500 dollars. They are the best budget high performance gaming laptops which won’t break the bank.
Hardware Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad 3 – Best Gaming Laptop Under $400
 Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.7GHz)
 RAM 8 GB DDR4 RAM (Expandable up to 16GB)
 Storage 256GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
 Display 14-Inch Full HD Anti-Glare LED-backlit Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life 5 hours
 Weight 3.3 lbs

$439.00 | Buy Now From Amazon

6. Acer Aspire 5 (A515-43-R19L) Notebook #1 Best Seller

Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L - best laptop under $400

Acer is also not behind in manufacturing value for money laptops. This is another laptop in this list of best laptops under $400 which comes packed with impressive hardware specifications. That said, it is the one of the very few laptops in this price range that offers a full HD display and a backlit keyboard. Moreover, it doesn’t even compromise in specs department or build quality which makes it our top pick in sub-$400 laptops category.

It is built from high quality plastic which is also heat resistant to keep temperature of this laptop in control. It has precision touchpad and a full backlit keyboard with numpad for easier data inputs. This laptop will be perfect on-go partner for students for their school or college homework and assignments. It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD which smoothens the overall performance of Windows 10 on this laptop. It also has all the standard ports and slots lined up on either side.

Acer Aspire E15 E5-576-392H, the predecessor of this particular model was also one of the most value for money laptops in $400 price range which came with a kaby lake Intel Core i3 processor. Now as it is updated, it is better than ever. This laptop is suitable for large array of users because it doesn’t compromise on any of the features and it packs in the latest processor. Hence, Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L laptop is currently the best laptop to buy under $400.

Hardware Specifications of Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Laptop
 Processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 3.5 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
 Display 15.6-Inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS Display with 1920×1080 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 in S mode
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.9 lbs

$329.99 | Buy Now From Amazon

The Acer Aspire 5 is also available with the 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 (Up to 4.1 GHz) processors, so if you prefer Intel hardware over AMD, then you can get the Acer Aspire 5 with newest Intel processors. | See it on Amazon

7. Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Laptop

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Business Laptop Under $400

All the Inspiron series of 2-in-1 laptops from Dell are best sellers across the globe and Inspiron 5000 is one of the most versatile budget laptops that Dell makes right now. It sports a 14 inch anti-glare touchscreen HD display which is perfect for playing touch-based games, watching movies and of-course working on-the-go. It comes with 2 x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C and HDMI ports, and it also has a microSD card slot. It also has fast Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth to ensure you stay connected with fast internet everywhere.

It is powered by the newest Intel 10th Gen i3 processor which produces reliable amount of power for everyday computing. It has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage which is decent for everyday productivity tasks. It runs Windows 10 Home out of the box which runs pretty smooth by cooperating with the hardware of this laptop. 

This laptop does not have a numpad on keyboard which might discourage few business people from buying this laptop, but you cannot ignore the fact that this laptop weighs just three and a half pounds which makes it the best budget convertible laptop in 400 dollars price range.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 5400 2-in-1 Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 Dual Core 1.2 GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.4GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
 Display 14-inch HD LED-backlit Touchscreen Display with 1366×768 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.42 lbs

$421.39 | See on Dell

Lenovo Flex 5 - best convertible laptop under $400

Lenovo Flex 5 13″ Chromebook

If you’re looking for the best convertible chromebook under $400, then Lenovo Flex 5 13″ is our pick. It is a 13-inch convertible Chromebook which packs in powerful hardware inside to handle all the everyday needs. It is powered by the latest Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD. The laptop comes with a beautiful 13-inch full HD touchscreen display, and it can be rotated completely to use it as a tablet. Apart from that, it comes with a backlit keyboard, all required ports and slots and fast WiFi 6 connectivity, making it a complete package. | Check Price on Amazon

8. HP 14-df0020nr Laptop

HP 14-df1020nr best laptops under 400 dollars

If you are looking for a laptop under $400 that has a full HD display, then you should look at nowhere than this 14-inch notebook from HP. There are very few laptops that comes with full HD display in this price range, and this is one of them. So, this is an excellent all-around performing laptop which can even handle gaming up to an extent.

The laptop can handle multitasking with ease as it has 8GB of RAM and it comes with fast 256GB of SSD storage for faster read/write speeds. Apart from performance, the build quality of this laptop is also good. It is finished in silver color and it has shiny HP logo on its textured lid which looks beautiful and also adds up as the grip to hold this laptop firmly with one hand. The keyboard on this laptop is also perfect. Although it isn’t backlit, the keys feel good and offer mushy feedback while typing.

It comes with all the necessary ports lined on either side of the laptop, and it also offers pretty good battery backup. On a final note, HP 14-df0020nr offers a lot more than you would expect at this price and with latest hardware specifications and full HD display, it is one of the best budget laptop under 400 dollars to buy right now.

Hardware Specifications of HP 14-df0020nr Laptop
 Processor 10th Generation Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.4 GHz)
 RAM 8GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM
 Storage 256GB SSD
 Graphics Intel UHD Integrated Graphics
 Display 14 Inch Full HD IPS Anti-Glare Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS
 Battery Life 5 hours
 Weight 3.2 lbs

$399.99 | Buy Now From HP

9. Dell Inspiron 15 3593 Laptop

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series Laptop - best laptop under $400 2020

Another laptop from Dell in this budget laptop buying guide and it totally deserves to be on this list of best laptops under 400 dollars because of its unique features. It has matte black chassis and durable build quality as you would expect from the brand like Dell.

It has 15.6-inch HD LED display which provides great visuals and is also bright panel. Its keyboard is ergonomically designed to provide a more convenient typing experience, and its plastic touchpad is also smooth and accurate. It has powerful 10th Generation Intel Core i3 processor sitting inside, and it has 8GB of RAM which can be extended up to 16GB! It has the speedy 128GB solid state drive for storage and Intel UHD integrated graphics which maintains robust performance on the laptop. It comes with all ports, slots and it also has loudspeakers for enjoying movies and your favorite music albums.

By looking at its features, we can conclude that this laptop provides everything which one will need from their day to day working computer and its hardware is also powerful enough to carry out all types of intensive tasks. So whether you are a student who likes to play games or businessmen looking for a productivity machine, this Dell Inspiron laptop is the best bet for your money.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 3593 Series Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz Processor (Turbo up to )
 RAM 8 GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics Intel HD 620 Graphics
 Display 15.6 Inch Full HD Anti Glare LED Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home S 64-bit OS
 Battery Life Up to 6 hours
 Weight 4.8 lbs

$391.99 | Buy at Dell

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10. HP 15-ef0021nr Professional Laptop

2020 New HP Thin and Light Laptop Under 400 Dollars

If you’re looking for a thin and light looking laptop under $400, then this HP laptop would be perfect choice for you. It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 processor which outputs almost similar performance as an Intel Core i3 powered laptops, and it has 8GB of RAM which lets you multitask without any limits. For storage it offers 256GB of SSD, and it has integrated AMD Radeon Vega 3 graphics which can support some low-end games.

Design and build quality of this laptop is great with thin profile and polycarbonate chassis which helps to reduce weight. Although it doesn’t have a built-in CD/DVD drive, but it provides all the required ports & slots. It comes with a 15-inch HD display, and it is a WLED panel which gets enough bright to use this laptop in well lit spaces. However, colors on the display look slightly inaccurate, but it can be fixed by calibrating it correctly.

Overall, this is an excellent laptop if you prefer AMD hardware, and it would be perfect choice for those who don’t like carrying their laptop’s bulk around.

Hardware Specifications of HP 15-ef0021nr Thin and Light Laptop
 Processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core 2.6 GHz APU (Turbo up to 3.5GHz)
 RAM 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
 Storage 256GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
 Display 15.6 Inch HD Anti-Glare WLED Display with 1366 x 768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS
 Battery Life Up to 9 hours
 Weight 3.7 lbs

$399.99 | Buy Now From Amazon

These are the top 10 laptops to buy under your $400 budget. Read reviews, check hardware specifications and buy the laptop which suits best for your daily requirements. Feel free to comment below, if you have any questions about the laptops listed above.

I hope this budget laptop buying guide help you to buy best laptop under 400 dollars for yourself.

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Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $300

Nowadays you don’t need to break the bank to buy the best laptop because even budget laptops are more capable these days. Well if you are planning to spend $300 on your new laptop, then there are some of the most proficient laptops available to The post Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $300 appeared first on Laptop Under...

Nowadays you don’t need to break the bank to buy the best laptop because even budget laptops are more capable these days. Well if you are planning to spend $300 on your new laptop, then there are some of the most proficient laptops available to buy in this price range. Laptops under $300 are best for day to day works and also for moderate gaming! So which are the best laptops under 300 dollars? Are these budget laptops really capable of doing intensive tasks like gaming? Let’s find it out.

In this highly competitive laptop market where new laptops are launched after every few weeks, it is hard for people to buy the best laptop for their daily computing needs. However, for budget buyers, this has been no less than a boon because laptops which were launched just 5-6 months back are getting substantial price cuts due to newer laptops launched in the market! This creates an opportunity for budget buyers to buy more capable laptops at lower prices. Well if we talk about buying laptops under $300 budget specifically, then there are a lot of powerful laptops available to buy in this price range. You can efficiently perform all day to day works on these budget laptops and also do some photo editing and even light gaming. But, you should not forget that…

Laptops under 300 dollars are budget laptops, i.e., low-performance laptops. They have got power to let you do intensive power demanding tasks but not as fast as high-end laptops can do! So you need to be very patient while doing photo or light video editing and other similar works on these budget laptops. Same goes for gaming as well. You won’t be able to play all the latest games, but you can enjoy some old games at low settings on these laptops.

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Now as you have a clear idea on capabilities of these budget laptops, you can proceed with the list of best laptops to buy under your budget of 300 dollars.


Best Laptops Under 300 Dollars – Top Picks

Product CPU | RAM Size | Weight
Lenovo Ideapad 1 AMD A9-9420U Dual Core 3.1GHz | 4GB 15.6″ | 4.6 lbs
Asus ImagineBook 14″ Laptop Intel Core m3-8100Y 1.1 GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.5 lbs
Lenovo Chromebook C340 Intel Celeron N4000 1.1 GHz | 4GB 11.6″ | 2.6 lbs
Dell Inspiron 11 3195 2-in-1 Laptop AMD A9-9420e 1.8GHz | 4GB 11.6″ | 2.5 lbs
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2 GHz | 4GB 15.6″ | 4.8 lbs
HP 14z-dk100 Laptop (Our Top Pick) AMD Athlon Silver 3150U 2.4GHz | 8GB 14″ | 3.2 lbs
Acer Aspire 1 (New Release) Intel Celeron N4020 1.1GHz | 4GB 15.6″ | 4.1 lbs
Acer Chromebook 314 Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.3 lbs
HP 14-fq0013dx 14″ Laptop AMD Athlon 3050U 2.3GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.2 lbs
Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen) AMD A4-9120C 1.6GHz | 4GB 11.6″ | 2.6 lbs

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 1

Lenovo IdeaPad 1

As we all know, Lenovo is one of the most trusted laptop brands when it comes to buying a reliable laptop in a limited budget. Lenovo Ideapad 1 is also of the same kind. It is a lightweight, robust, and durable notebook, and it is ideal for students and business people because of its small 14-inch size and comparatively high-performance hardware.

The laptop is finished in gray color and has a plane lid with subtle Lenovo branding on the side, which adds a professional vibe to the laptop. Its 14 inches of HD LED display isn’t the best when it comes to resolution, but it is good enough for typical day-to-day office work. From its thickness, it seems like it is a bulky laptop, but it weighs just 3.0 pounds, so traveling with this laptop wouldn’t be a problem. The connectivity is a breeze on this laptop as it has two USB 3.1 ports and an HDMI port, and it also comes has an SD card slot.

For fulfilling all performance needs, this laptop has an AMD A9-9420E dual-core processor with a clock frequency of up to 2.7GHz, which is coupled with 4GB of RAM. It generates enough power to multitask and run all the everyday productivity apps and software without any lags. However, you get only 64GB of storage, which is less than the other laptops in the segment. But overall, it is a pretty decent machine, and it can handle light photo editing and even gaming up to an extent. As far as its low storage is concerned, you can extend it with the memory card.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-Inch Premium Business Laptop
 Processor 7th Gen AMD A9-9420E APU 1.8GHz Processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM (Upgradable up to 8GB)
 Storage 64GB eMMC
 Graphics AMD Radeon R5
 Display 14-Inch HD anti-glare Display, 1366 x 768 pixels Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.0 lbs

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 laptop is the best mixture of work and play, and therefore it is the most recommended laptop in $300 price range for businesspeople and students.

$269.99 | Buy at Lenovo

DEAL ALERT: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15″ with Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $299 from Walmart

2. Asus ImagineBook 14″ Laptop

ASUS ImagineBook 14-inch Laptop

Asus ImagineBook 14″ is a recently launched laptop with premium looking chassis and best in class performance. It is finished in a white color, and its textured lid gives this laptop a stylish look and also provides good grip. It has 14 inch of full HD display which is bright and colorful making this laptop best for watching movies on Netflix. It also has integrated HD webcam for video calling on Skype, and its clear sounding speakers add more life to your favorite music and movies. It has a keyboard with decently spaced keys for comfortable typing experience. Its touchpad is also big and supports multi-finger gestures providing convenience to use Windows 10 on this laptop.

It comes with all required ports and slots including USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, and memory card slot. Moreover, the laptop weighs just 3.5 pounds making it best for daily commuters.

This laptop has Intel Core m3 dual-core processor inside with integrated Intel HD graphics which makes this laptop powerful enough to play games likes Asphalt 9 and for other everyday tasks. It has 4GB of RAM which helps in running Windows 10 fluidly fast, and it has speedy 128GB of SSD storage to store your essential files.

Hardware Specifications of Asus ImagineBook 14-Inch Laptop
 Processor Intel Core m3-8100Y Dual-Core 1.1GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.4 GHz)
 RAM 4 GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD (Upgradable via SD card slot)
 Graphics Intel UHD 615 Graphics
 Display 14-Inch Full HD LED Display, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S Mode
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.5 lbs

Asus ImagineBook is one of the best built and performing laptop in this price range. It is also one of the best laptops for college or school students because of its lightweight chassis. So, if you are looking for the laptop which is stylish, durable and better performing, then this is the best option under your $300 budget.

$269.00 | Buy at Amazon

For those who are looking for versatility in their new laptops and don’t mind spending a little bit extra, the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is also an excellent option which comes with a 14-inch full HD touchscreen display. It is a convertible laptop with equally capable specs as the ImagineBook, and it weighs slightly less at 3.3 pounds, so very portable, and it can last up to 9 hours on a single charge. | Check Price on Amazon

3. Lenovo Chromebook C340

Lenovo Chromebook C340 - best laptops under 300 dollars

Looking for a convertible laptop under $300? Then Lenovo Chromebook C340 might put an end to your laptop search. It has an 11-inch HD touchscreen IPS display which can be rotated entirely to use this laptop as a tablet, and it has a solid hinge to support all modes of this 2-in-1 laptop.

Its all-aluminum chassis finished in a platinum gray color looks vibrant while its black color keyboard balances the professional styling of this laptop. Even though it is a 2-in-1 laptop with comparatively small form-factor, it sports full chiclet keyboard and big touchpad which gives the pleasant experience to use this 2-in-1 as a standard laptop while traveling or by students in class for taking notes.

Though Lenovo C340 does not have an optical drive, it does have all standard ports which include 2 x USB 3.1 and 2 x USB Type-C ports and also an SD card slot. A dual-core Intel Celeron processor powers this laptop, and 4GB RAM supports that power to deliver smooth user experience of Chrome OS on this laptop. This laptop comes with 64GB of internal storage, and it also has integrated graphics.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo Chromebook C340 Chromebook – Budget Convertible Notebook
 Processor Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-core Processor (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)
 RAM 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC storage
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
 Display 11.6-Inch HD IPS Multi-Touch display with 1366×768 Resolution
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life Up to 10 hours
 Weight 2.6 lbs

Lenovo Chromebook C340 with the support of Android apps and long-lasting battery is perfect for avid travelers and students. So, if you were planning to buy the convertible laptop under your 300 dollars budget, then this is the one to go with.

$270.23 from Amazon

If you are looking for a 2-in-1 laptop under $300, then recently launched Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a great option. It is a 10.1-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard that delivers a great experience to use android apps or play games. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB eMMC storage, which are decent specs to run Chrome OS smoothly on the device. Moreover, it lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge and weighs just 2 pounds with a keyboard. That makes it an excellent device for students or anyone who want an ultralight Chromebook to work on the go. | $299 from Best Buy

4. Dell Inspiron 11 3195 Convertible Laptop

Dell Inspiron 11 3195 - best 2-in-1 laptop under $300

Dell Inspiron 11 3195 is another convertible laptop in sub-$300 price range for the people on a budget. It is built from a high-quality plastic which looks premium, and it is perfect for the people to work on-the-go.

It has a sturdy hinge which holds this convertible laptop in whichever position you want with confidence. You can easily convert this laptop into a tablet, or you can keep it in a standing position on your desk which is an ideal position for watching movies or showing presentation to the group of people.

It has 11 inches of touchscreen display with the resolution of 1366 by 768. Its touchscreen is responsive but it isn’t much bright, and even color looks vanished sometimes; still, it is okay to get everyday work done. Its keyboard is ergonomically designed for such small sized laptop, and its touchpad is also responsive. The design of this laptop makes hard to believe that this laptop costs less than 300 dollars and it also packs a pretty powerful hardware inside.

This laptop is powered by an AMD A9 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and 128GB of solid state drive for storing all your data. The Dell Inspiron 11 3195 isn’t made for gaming obviously, however, it can handle games like Asphalt 9 or other touch based games available on Microsoft Store. Overall, it’s a sort of budget all-rounder laptop, and can work great for students to take notes in class or businesspeople for doing all the office-oriented work.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 11 3195 2-in-1 Laptop
 Processor AMD A9-9420e Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.5 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB eMMC
 Graphics AMD Radeon R5 graphics
 Display 11-Inch HD LED-lit Touchscreen display with 1366×768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S Mode
 Battery Life Up to 6 hours
 Weight 2.5 lbs

The Dell Inspiron 11 3195 is one of our most recommended budget convertible laptops in $300 price range right now. Its powerful hardware specifications and an impressive multi-touch display make it a favorable choice for a wide array of users.

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5. Dell Inspiron 3000 15.6″ Laptop

2020 Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop

Dell Inspiron 3000 is the best budget all-purpose laptop for people who are seeking for the best combination of work and play within 300 dollars. It is a well-built laptop like all other Dell laptops and the material used to build this laptop is also heat resistant, so this laptop stays cool during long computing sessions and gaming.

It has 15.6 inches of LED-backlit display with 1366 by 768 resolution and features a built-in webcam and microphone for seamless video calling experience. It does have all required ports and slots for easily connecting it to other peripheral devices, and an optical drive is also present to read or burn CDs & DVDs. You can use this laptop for doing all types of tasks because it has got powerful and battery efficient Intel Core i3 processor accompanied by 4GB of RAM and integrated Intel UHD graphics which together outputs enough power to play games like Counter-Strike, Minecraft and other similar old yet popular games.

It also has one extra RAM slot to increase this laptop’s RAM up to 8GB and squeeze some more performance out of it. It has stereo speakers with MaxxAudio technology of Dell which acts as an icing on this budget gaming laptop. It comes with Windows 10 pre-installed and 1 year of accidental warranty cover from Dell.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 3000 15″ Budget Performance Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.2GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.4 GHz)
 RAM 4 GB DDR4 RAM (Expandable up to 8 GB)
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
 Display 15.6-Inch HD Anti-Glare LED display with 1366×768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode
 Battery Life 6.5 hours
 Weight 4.8 lbs

Dell Inspiron 3000 15 laptop is the best budget performance laptop under 300 dollars which lives up to the expectations of mediocre cum hardcore users, but its 5 pounds of weight might discourage some of you from buying it.

$293.99 | Buy from Dell

6. HP 14z-dk100 Laptop Our Top Pick

HP 14z-dk100 - best laptops for school under 300 dollars

HP 14z is the stylish looking laptop with decent performing hardware inside. It has powerful AMD Athlon 3000 dual-core processor with integrated Radeon graphics which makes it one of the best laptops for gaming under $300. Of-course that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run the newest games on this machine, but it can run some old less demanding titles without any problems.

The exterior of this laptop is finished in a silver color which looks good, and its minimalistic design gives it a professional look. It has a 14-inch display with HD resolution and good viewing angles, and it also has loud and clear sounding speakers to take your entertainment game at new levels. All standard ports are lined up on both sides of the laptop ensuring more comfortable access to each of them.

For efficiently doing all types of works on this laptop, it comes with 8GB of RAM, and to store all your required files, games and software it has 256GB of fast solid state drive storage. Overall, this laptop is a great performer, and it can handle everyday work and light gaming easily.

Hardware Specifications of HP 14 inch Laptop
 Processor AMD Athlon Silver 3150U 2.4 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 3.3 GHz)
 RAM 8GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 256GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Integrated Graphics
 Display 14-Inch HD WLED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home S 64-bit OS
 Battery Life Up to 6 hours
 Weight 3.2 lbs

This HP 14z is one of our most recommended laptop for college students because it has a decent battery life and 3 pounds of weight. Even this laptop is recommended for gamers on budget, because of its powerful hardware. Although it’s priced a bit higher than $300, we think it’s absolutely worth spending extra for the added performance.

$329.99 | Buy Now at HP

Acer Aspire 5 - best cheap gaming laptops under $500

Acer Aspire 5 – The Best Laptop Under $300

The recently launched Acer Aspire 5 is our another favorite laptop in this price range which is also powered by the AMD processor. It has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of speedy SSD for storage which although provides less space, it is great in terms of performance. Moreover, it has 15.6-inch full HD IPS display and it comes with a backlit keyboard which are hard to find features in the laptop at this price point. | Check Price on Amazon

ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) Review – A Solid Budget-Friendly Laptop

7. Acer Aspire 1

Acer-Aspire-1 best lightweight notebook under $300

Acer Aspire 1 is another lightweight and compact notebook which is perfect for basic requirements like note taking, surfing web, email, word processing, etc. The laptop weighs under 5 pounds and has an exquisite looking design. Although its chassis is made up of full plastic, it is durable and resistant towards the daily wears and tears.

The display on this laptop is one of the best you can get in 300 dollars price range laptops (actually $200 price-range). It has 15.6-inch full HD display which is the sharpest display you can get for the price. On the hardware front, this laptop sports a basic set of specifications, but it is perfect for routine uses. It has a dual-core Intel Celeron processor inside paired with the 4GB of RAM.

The laptop comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, and it’s hardware handles the basic multitasking with multiple Windows apps and software easily. For storage, this laptop provides just 64GB of eMMC storage which is very low and might be deal breaking for some users, but considering the price of this laptop, its specs are justifiable.

Hardware Specifications of Acer Aspire 1 – Affordable Notebook Under $300
 Processor Intel Celeron N4020 Dual Core Processor (Up to 2.8GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC Storage
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
 Display 15.6-Inch Full HD LED-backlit display with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode
 Battery Life Up to 7 hours
 Weight 4.1 lbs

Overall, Acer Aspire 1 is one of the best affordable notebook under $300 with a lightweight chassis and the hardware that is perfect for everyday tasks.

$199.99 | Buy from Aamazon

You may like to read – Acer Aspire 1 Review – The Best Inexpensive Notebook?

8. Acer Chromebook 314

Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C884 - Best Chromebook under $300

Acer Chromebook 314 is one of the most powerful and beautifully designed Chromebooks under $300 price range. It has a plastic outer body, but it looks like an aluminum chassis, and it feels premium in hands. It has 14-inch full high definition display which produces a really good gamut of colors and also has great viewing angles because it’s an IPS panel.

It comes with Google’s Chrome OS, and this chromebook hardly takes 5 seconds to boot, which is half the booting time of any Windows laptop. It has USB 3.0 and Type-C ports located on either side of the chromebook, and it also has fast wifi (802.11ac) with MU-MIMO support for faster and uninterrupted internet access.

This Chromebook is powered by Intel Celeron dual-core processor with integrated UHD graphics, and 4GB of RAM which produces enough power to easily multitask with 10-12 tabs of chrome on this laptop. It provides 64GB of internal storage and 100GB of Google Drive storage for storing all your required files offline and online respectively.

Hardware Specifications of Acer Chromebook 314
 Processor Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)
 RAM 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC (100 GB of Google Drive Storage)
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
 Display 14-inch Full HD IPS LED Display with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life 12 hours
 Weight 3.3 lbs

Acer Chromebook 314 provides blazingly fast access to all your work from anywhere. It is light in weight and has a battery backup of 12 hours which makes this laptop perfect for online business owners and students. It is also our favorite and most recommended budget chromebook to buy in 2020.

$289.99 | Buy Now From Amazon

The Acer Chromebook 514 is also excellent option with similar performing hardware, but in a svelte looking all-metal chassis. It costs a little bit more than $300, but for the price you get a better built laptop and also a backlit keyboard. | Check Price on Amazon

9. HP 14-fq0013dx Laptop

HP 14-fq0013dx 14-inch Touchscreen Laptop - best all-purpose windows laptop under 300 dollarsHP 14-fq0013dx is one of the best laptop you can buy in your budget of $300. It is not only a good looking laptop but it also comes with a powerful set of hardware specifications. It is powered by an AMD Athlon dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Togetherly, it outputs enough power to play older games and run demanding software on this laptop.

It is finished in a black color which makes this laptop look bold and its textured lid provides nice grip to easily hold this laptop even with one hand. Its 14 inches of display is perfect for performing day to day tasks and watching movies is also enjoyable on this laptop due to its loud stereo speakers.

It has a well-laid out keyboard with a dedicated num pad. It provides all required ports like USB 3.0, HDMI, and Type-C port and also memory card slot. Moreover, the laptop comes with speedy 128GB of solid state drive to store all your data.

Hardware Specifications of HP 14-fq0013dx 14″ Notebook
 Processor AMD Athlon 3050U Dual-Core 2.3GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.2GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Integrated
 Display 14 Inch HD WLED display with 1366×768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life Up to 5 hours
 Weight 3.2 lbs

Due to HP 14-fq0013dx premium looking design, normal day to day work capabilities, less weight and battery life of up to 6 hours, it is among the greatest contenders in budget laptops under $300 category.

$329.99 | Buy Now from Best Buy

10. Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen Water Resistant

Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen - best chromebooks under $300

Lenovo 100e is one of the most practical Chromebooks available in the market right now. You can use this Chromebook without worrying in the kitchen or while having your coffee at office because it comes with a fully sealed water-resistant body, and its keyboard is also spill resistant. It is priced at just $250 so by buying this Chromebook you can save a lot from your $300 budget for your other expenses.

Lenovo 100e Chromebook being a budget chromebook, doesn’t compromise on performance in any way. It is powered by AMD A4 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM. For storage, this chromebook offers just 32GB of flash storage, but it has memory card slot to expand the memory. These hardware specifications make everyday tasks on the Chrome OS buttery smooth.

Apart from excellent performance, this is also a pretty good looking chromebook. It comes in dual-tone gray and black color finish which looks stylish and even professional at the same time.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen)
 Processor AMD A4-9120C Dual Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.4 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC (Comes with SD Card slot)
 Graphics AMD Radeon R4 Graphics
 Display 11.6 Inch HD Anti-Glare 1366×768 Display
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life 10 hours
 Weight 2.6 lbs

On an overall note, Lenovo 100e Chromebook is the best budget laptop under $300 for anyone who wants a rugged computer for everyday productivity works.

$258.00 | Buy at Amazon

For those who need similar rugged form-factor in a more versatile chassis, the ASUS Chromebook Flip is another excellent option. It comes with same reinforced chassis and spill proof keyboard but in a convertible form-factor so you can use it in different modes like tent or tablet. | Check Price on Amazon


These are our most recommended laptops to buy at your budget of $300 right now. All these laptops are the newest models of well-renowned brands with all the latest hardware and features. Moreover, we have also make sure that all of them have good reviews and ratings from the people who have already purchased them, so you don’t just see what we love here, it’s loved by many others as well.

Keep checking this page for the updated list of laptops, and we hope that this budget laptop buying guide helps you to buy the best laptop under 300 dollars for yourself.

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Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $200

Gone are the days when you had to spend a hell lot of money to buy a good laptop because now many laptop manufacturers are offering decent performing laptops for the price lesser than $200! They are best for basic everyday tasks, but still, there The post Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $200 appeared first on Laptop Under...

Gone are the days when you had to spend a hell lot of money to buy a good laptop because now many laptop manufacturers are offering decent performing laptops for the price lesser than $200! They are best for basic everyday tasks, but still, there are many tasks which these cheap laptops can’t perform. So which are the best laptops under $200? Are the laptops under 200 dollars really worth buying? Let’s find it out.

Of course, while buying the budget laptop, you have to keep your expectations in check, but when the budget is $200, you really have to take that seriously!

You can’t expect to play the newest games or perform demanding tasks such as video editing on these budget laptops, because the Windows Netbooks and Chromebooks that you would usually find in this price range are simply not made for it. They run on the lightweight operating systems such as Windows 10 S and Chrome OS and are powered by an entry-level CPUs paired with very less amount of RAM and storage which although can’t handle demanding workloads, they are perfect for everyday productivity tasks such as surfing the web, editing documents, managing small excel sheets and creating presentations. They also come in a very small and lightweight form factor, and as its less powerful hardware consumes very less power, most of them have good battery life as well.

So, they can be a great option for frequent travelers, students, or anyone who wants an inexpensive laptop for answering emails, editing documents, and other such basic tasks. However, for anything more than that, the sub-$200 laptops will be way underpowered. If you were expecting more from these budget notebooks, then we strongly recommend you to increase your budget and check out other budget laptop buying guides on our website which includes more capable laptops that cost just slightly more than $200.

Well, if you think that these budget laptops are what you have been looking for, then as I said earlier, while searching for the best cheap laptops in the market, you will see there are mostly Windows netbooks and Chromebooks available to buy under $200 budget. So, the first thing which you have to decide is whether you should buy a Windows laptop or a Chromebook?

Windows Laptop or Chromebook: What should you buy under $200?


To buy the best and reliable laptop within your limited budget, you have to decide whether Windows laptops are best for your daily needs or Chromebooks. Below are a few comparisons which shall give you a proper idea of what is Chromebook and how it is different from Windows laptop that you’re probably used to. Go through it and then take your decision for buying the best cheap laptop under 200 dollars for yourself.

If you already know what you’re looking for then feel free to skip this and scroll down to begin with the list of our top laptop picks below.

  • As we all know Windows is the most used operating system on computers so getting used to a new windows laptop will be no problem for most of us. Whereas, Chrome OS, on the other hand, is still used by very limited amount of users. While getting used to it won’t be much problem, as its UI is almost similar to using Chrome on Windows laptop but for those who don’t use Chrome, it can be a bit of work.
  • There are no software compatibility problems on Windows laptops. You can download apps and games from Microsoft Store and even install software from other third-party sources. On the other hand, Chromebooks are still limited to apps in the Chrome web store and Android Play Store. While, it’s a good thing that chromebooks support all the apps on Play Store, but those apps are made for android smartphones and tablets, so they aren’t fully optimized to run on the Chromebooks. If you are planning to buy the Chromebook, then make sure to get the touch-enabled one to get the better experience.
  • If you are looking for a cheap laptop to work on the MS Office, then definitely Windows laptop is the only option, as Chrome OS doesn’t support it yet. However, if you rely on Google’s suite of applications heavily and have to work online mostly, then nothing can beat Chromebooks at that. Chromebooks are also fast and battery efficient than Windows laptops as Chrome OS is a very lightweight cloud-based operating system.

There are many more differences between them, but these are the major ones. You can search about it on the internet for more in-depth idea about it. Keep your needs in mind and decide whether you should buy a Chromebook under $200 or a Windows laptop under $200.

So, now as you have decided what type of laptop you want to buy for yourself, we can proceed with the list of best laptops to buy under your budget of 200 dollars.

Note -
All budget laptops under $200 come with very little internal storage (64GB at most), so to buy a laptop with more storage, we recommend you increase your budget a bit and look at our guide to buy the best laptop under $300. With little extra money, you can buy a much more powerful laptop than these windows netbooks and Chromebooks.

Best Laptops Under 200 Dollars – Top Picks

Product CPU | RAM Size | Weight
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 AMD A6-9220e 1.6GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.0 lbs
Acer Aspire 1 (Our Top Pick) Intel Celeron N4020 1.1GHz | 4GB 14″ | 4.1 lbs
HP Stream 14 Notebook AMD A4-9120e 1.5GHz | 4GB 14″ | 2.8 lbs
Samsung Chromebook 4 Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz | 4GB 11″ | 2.6 lbs
Lenovo 100e Chromebook MediaTek 8173C 2.1GHz | 4GB 11″ | 2.6 lbs
Acer Chromebook 311 Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz | 4GB 11″ | 2.4 lbs
ASUS VivoBook L203MA Intel Celeron N4000 1.1 GHz | 4GB 11″ | 2.2 lbs
HP Chromebook 14 AMD A4-9120 2.2GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.3 lbs
ASUS Chromebook 11 Intel Celeron N3350 1.5GHz | 4GB 11″ | 2.2 lbs
HP 14″ Laptop AMD Athlon 3050U 2.3 GHz | 4GB 14″ | 3.2 lbs

1. Lenovo Ideapad 1

Lenovo IdeaPad 1

Lenovo Ideapad 1 is designed and manufactured by keeping needs and budget of everyday users in mind. It is a Windows laptop which offers reliable performance and battery life in a good looking chassis. The laptop is finished in a platinum gray color which gives this laptop a professional and stylish looks. It is less than an inch thick and also weighs around 3 pounds which makes this chromebook ideal for people who travel more often.

It has a keyboard with adequately big keys to type conveniently, and it has a decent touchpad as well. This chromebook is powered by an AMD processor and 4GB of RAM. It offers 64GB of eMMC storage which can be further expanded via memory card slot.

With up to 8 hours of battery backup, this windows laptop is best option under $200 for school and college students or businesspeople.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad 1 Chromebook
 Processor AMD A6-9220e 1.6 GHz Processor (Burst up to 2.4 GHz)
 RAM 4 GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC
 Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon R4 
 Display 14.0-Inch HD Anti-Glare Screen (1366 x 768), 220 nits
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.0 lbs

$229.99 | Buy from Best Buy

2. Acer Aspire 1 Our Top Pick

Acer Aspire 1 (2020) - best cheap laptops for students under 200 dollars

Acer Aspire 1 is a sleek-slim windows laptop packed with adequate hardware inside to carry out your daily works. From editing documents to multi-tabbed internet surfing, this Acer laptop is capable of handling all basic tasks pretty smoothly.

This laptop is finished in an black color, which makes this laptop look more stylish while its 4.1 pounds of weight makes it easier to carry and use this laptop from anywhere on the go. It has a 14-inch full HD screen which is bright and sharp enough to view everything in detail, but its webcam has sub-par video quality, and it’s only suitable for occasional video calls. It has a chiclet keyboard with separate num pad to type comfortably for long hours. Its touchpad isn’t much responsive, but it supports multi-finger gestures which makes it easy to scroll and navigate while multitasking.

This laptop gets power from the Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor which handles all regular works pretty smoothly on this laptop. It has 4GB of RAM to give extra smoothness to your multitasking needs, and it comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded by inserting a memory card. The Acer Aspire 1 is the best cheap laptop in $200 price range right now, so if you don’t mind spending a little over $200, then this is currently the best windows laptop you can get for yourself within your small budget.

Read our full review of 2019 Acer Aspire 1

Hardware Specifications of Acer Aspire 1
 Processor Intel Celeron N4020 Dual-Core Processor (Up to 2.8 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
 Display 14-Inch Full HD Screen (1920 x 1080)
 Operating System Windows 10 S Mode
 Battery Life Up to 10 hours
 Weight 4.1 lbs

$199.99 | Buy at Amazon

3. HP Stream 14

HP Stream 14 Laptop - the best gaming laptop under 200 dollars on Amazon

HP Stream 14 is the most anticipated laptop in $200 price range because of its beautiful design and unmatched performance. It has got an HD 14-inch display, which is perfect for working with this laptop in indoor and outdoor conditions, and its webcam is also ideal for Skype. It has a fan less design which eliminates ugly air vents from its outer body while keeping the overall design slimmer.

Its chiclet style keyboard is comfortable enough for long typing sessions, but its keys aren’t perfectly laid out so it will take some time to get used to it. Its touchpad on the other hand is responsive and provides nice tactile clicks. HP Stream 14 is powered by an AMD A4 dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM. This laptop also has 64GB storage and integrated graphics like all other laptops in the same segment. You get all daily requiring ports and slots for more convenient and better connectivity, but it doesn’t have a built-in CD/DVD drive.

It has the latest WiFi 802.11ac and also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. Overall this HP laptop is best in all the ways, and if you are looking for the stylish color options in your laptop, then it might put an end to your search of best cheap laptops under 200 dollars.

Hardware Specifications of HP Stream 14
 Processor AMD A4-9120E Dual Core Processor (1.5 GHz – 2.2 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC
 Graphics AMD Radeon Integrated Graphics
 Display 14-inch HD WLED-backlit Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Windows 10 Home in S Mode
 Battery Life Up to 14 hours
 Weight 2.8 lbs

$219.99 From Amazon

The HP Stream 14 is also available with Intel Celeron processor and it has better display with full HD resolution. Plus, it comes in shiny silver color option. | Check Price on Amazon

4. Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung has been into laptops market for 9 years now, and its laptop models are competing with few of the highest contenders right now. Samsung’s Chromebook 3 is still an excellent laptop for budget buyers, but their new Chromebook 4 is even better with some essential changes.

The exterior of the laptop is entirely made up of plastic, and it has an aluminum lid, giving it a premium look. Its lid has a slightly grainy finish which not only looks good but also helps to hold the laptop with confidence. Like most laptops under $200, the Samsung Chromebook 4 also has an 11-inch display, and its hardware specifications are also almost identical. It is powered by Intel Celeron processor clocked at 1.1 GHz, and it comes with 4GB of RAM to handle multitasking smoothly. It has 32GB of eMMC storage which is less, but you can insert a memory card to expand storage on this budget chromebook.

It has all essential ports like a full size USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack so overall it is a pretty great all-around performing laptop. With about 12 hours of battery and just two and a half pounds of weight, this chromebook is best for businesspeople who are looking for the best cheap laptop under 200 dollars for themselves.

Hardware Specifications of Samsung Chromebook 4
 Processor Intel Celeron N4000 1.1 GHz Processor
 RAM 4 GB DDR4 SDRAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC
 Graphics Intel HD Graphics
 Display 11.6-Inch LED-lit Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life 11 hours
 Weight 2.6 lbs

$183.33 | Buy from Amazon

5. Lenovo 100e Chromebook

Lenovo 100e Chromebook - Cheap Rugged Laptop Under $200

For those who are a fan of Lenovo laptops, here is another laptop under 200 dollars which is actually a Chromebook designed with student’s requirements in mind. It is beautiful and really well-built laptop as you would expect from the brand like Lenovo. It is finished in black color, and it has rubbered edges with tough polycarbonate case. The laptop is shock proof and can withstand drops from up to 29 inches which also happens to be average height of desks in classrooms. It has standard in segment 11 inches of LED display with the resolution of 1366 by 768.

This laptop is small so it does not have DVD drive but its small chassis has enough room to fit all the required ports including USB Type-C, USB 3.0, microSD card slot and an audio jack. The keyboard on this laptop is very good considering the price that it comes for. It is spill-proof and its keys travel enough distance to deliver nice tactile feedback while typing and touchpad also provide fluid navigation to use Chrome OS on this laptop. This laptop is powered by 2.1 GHz MediaTek processor which is fast and also battery efficient.

It has 4GB of RAM which makes everyday tasks on this Lenovo laptop buttery smooth and it has 32GB of inbuilt flash storage. It can run up to 8 hours on one full charge of battery and it also weighs just 3 pounds which makes this laptop ideal for writers, frequent travelers and also for school and college students.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo 100e Chromebook
 Processor MediaTek 8173C 2.1GHz Processor
 RAM 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC Flash Memory
 Graphics Imagination GX6250 CPU Integrated
 Display 11-Inch Anti-Glare Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life Up to 10 hours
 Weight 2.6 lbs

$169.00 | Buy at Best Buy

6. Acer Chromebook 311

Acer Chromebook 311 - best chromebook under $200

Another Chromebook in this list of best cheap laptops under 200 dollars. I should say that Acer has done a great job with this Chromebook. From build quality to performance this chromebook is perfect to get things done on the go. It’s hard to believe that this chromebook costs less than $200 because its build quality is perfect and its dual color finish makes this laptop more eye catchy.

It has 11 inches of high definition LED display which does not strain eyes while working for the extended period. Its keyboard is chiclet styled with enough palm rest area, and its touchpad is also smooth and accurate. This chromebook is also powered by Intel’s Celeron processor clocked at 2.6 GHz and 4GB of RAM. It has 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded via memory card slot or you can use Google Drive to store all your files and folders.

With long-lasting battery life, light in weight design and faster wifi connectivity this chromebook is one of the top-selling chromebook in the market. 

Hardware Specifications of Acer Chromebook 311 (C732-C6WU)
 Processor Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)
 RAM 4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC Flash Memory
 Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
 Display 11.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Display, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life Up to 10 hours
 Weight 2.4 lbs

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7. ASUS VivoBook L203MA Laptop

ASUS VivoBook L203MA 11-Inch Laptop

This is another cheap yet best laptop which is recently launched by ASUS with the best everyday performance hardware. The laptop is finished in gray color, and it looks very premium. It has lid finished in dark blue color and has a very slim case. It is probably one of the best-looking laptops you can buy in $200 price range right now. The laptop also feels durable in hand and very well put together.

The laptop comes with a 11 inch anti-glare LED display which reduces eye strain and it gets enough bright to use this laptop outdoors. It has a nice keyboard with big and perfectly placed keys for typing with ease and its trackpad supports multi-finger gestures which allow better control over windows 10 on this laptop. The ASUS VivoBook L203MA laptop is also powered by an Intel Celeron processor which is an abled one and outputs enough thrust of power to carry out all types of daily works without any problems. For multitasking, it has 4GB of RAM and offers 64GB storage.

It provides all basic required ports like USB 3.0, Type-C and HDMI so there are no connectivity problems as well with this laptop. Overall it is best brand new laptop from Asus which you can buy at your budget of $200.

Hardware Specifications of ASUS VivoBook L203MA 11″ Laptop
 Processor Intel Celeron N4000 Dual Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.6GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 64GB eMMC
 Graphics Intel UHD 600 Graphics
 Display 11.6-Inch HD Display with 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Windows 10 S Home 64 bit
 Battery Life Up to 9 hours
 Weight 2.2 lbs

$188.28 | Buy From Amazon

You may like to read: The Best Laptops under $100 – Includes New & Refurbished Laptop Models

8. HP Chromebook 14

HP chromebook 14 - best laptop under 200 dollars

HP as we all know is a well-renowned brand, and its laptops always have superior build quality with all the latest tech inside. The recently launched HP Chromebook 14 is a perfect secondary computer for students to take notes in class and for the businesspeople who have to work online. It has 14-inch HD display with built-in HD webcam. It features almost same keyboard as HP Stream 14 Notebook, but as this is Chromebook, it has slightly different control keys.

Regardless of its smaller size, this laptop has a huge touchpad to perform daily tasks with ease. It doesn’t feature DVD drive, but it does have all the required ports and slots. It has fast 802.11ac wifi for faster internet connectivity on this Chromebook, and it also has Bluetooth 4.2. It is powered by 2.2 GHz AMD A4 processor and 4GB of RAM which delivers enough performance for your basic requirements like editing word docs and surfing internet. It has 32GB of eMMC storage which will help you to store your few required documents offline, and you will also get 100GB of free Google Drive space and memory card slot to expand its memory further.

This Chromebook will be perfect for businesspeople and online learning students because of its less weight, long lasting battery, and loudspeakers.

Hardware Specifications of HP Chromebook 14
 Processor 2.2 GHz AMD A4-9120 Dual Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.5 GHz)
 RAM 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC
 Graphics Intel HD Graphics
 Display 14-Inch HD WLED-backlit display, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life Up to 9 hours
 Weight 3 lbs

$194.79 | Buy at Amazon

The HP Chromebook 11 is also great option if you are looking for a smaller chromebook. It comes powered by an Intel Celeron processor paired with 4GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage. Just like every other chromebook of this size, the HP Chromebook 11 also has 11-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It has nothing exceptional but it is good enough to get things done. Its battery lasts for up to 11 hours so overall its great option for students or anyone who is looking for an inexpensive laptop with full day battery life. | $139.99 from Amazon

9. ASUS Chromebook 11

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6- Rugged Laptop

Asus Chromebook is a premium built lightweight Chromebook which we think is worth considering while looking for the best cheap laptops under 200 dollars. It’s quite surprising how well-built devices Asus offers at such low prices. ASUS C202SA is one of the toughest, compact and lightweight notebook to buy under 200 dollars.

It is finished in gray color chassis which makes this laptop look and feel premium. It is a very professional looking device which will blend well in a corporate environment. It has full size ergonomically designed chiclet keyboard with 1.6mm key travel distance which is ideal for typing on the go, and it also sports large smart gestures supporting trackpad.

Chrome OS is pre-installed on this laptop, and it runs pretty smooth because it has powerful Intel Celeron processor inside paired with 4GB of RAM. For offline storage of data, it provides very low 16GB of eMMC storage, but it has a memory card slot to expand its storage further.

With all the fast wireless connectivity options (Bluetooth 4.2 & 802.11ac WiFi), long-lasting battery and smooth performance the Asus Chromebook 11 will take your daily working experience to the next level.

Hardware Specifications of Asus CX22NA 11.6-Inch Chromebook
 Processor Intel Celeron N3350 Processor (Turbo up to 2.4GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
 Storage 16GB eMMC Flash Memory
 Graphics Integrated Graphics
 Display 11.6-Inch Anti-Glare LED Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels resolution
 Operating System Chrome OS
 Battery Life Up to 10 hours
 Weight 2.2 lbs

$189.99 | Buy From Best Buy

10. HP 14-inch Laptop On Sale

HP 14z windows 10 laptop under $200

HP is one of the most reliable laptop manufacturing brand because HP laptops are not only sturdy, and well-performing laptops but they also come with an accidental warranty which makes its laptops ideal for students and daily commuters. Well, if we talk about this HP laptop, then it is slightly bigger than other laptops in this price range. It has a more prominent 14-inch display. So if you like to work on bigger screens, then this HP laptop is for you. It has a full keyboard with big keys which makes long typing documents and emails convenient on this laptop. Its touchpad is also big and smooth to operate. The overall build quality of this laptop is very sturdy which makes this laptop best for school and college students who are always in a rush.

It runs the Windows 10 operating system fluidly fast thanks to its hardware. It has an AMD Athlon 3000 processor accompanied by 4GB of RAM and integrated Radeon graphics. It features 128GB of SSD which is great considering all other laptops in $200 price range offers very less storage space. Moreover, you can also insert the memory card to increase the storage on this laptop, and you can use free cloud storage services such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox.

Overall this HP laptop is best for anyone who wants a laptop for home and education purposes and is ready to spend a little over 200 dollars for the added features.

Hardware Specifications of HP 14″ Windows 10 Laptop
 Processor AMD Athlon 3050U dual-core 2.3GHz Processor
 RAM 4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
 Storage 128GB SSD
 Graphics AMD Radeon Integrated
 Display 14-Inch HD WLED-backlit Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Windows 10 S
 Battery Life Up to 8 hours
 Weight 3.2 lbs

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These were the best cheap laptops to buy at your $200 budget. You might have noticed that all laptops mentioned above have almost similar hardware specifications, so all you have to check is design, weight, and battery backup to buy the perfect laptop for yourself.

I hope this budget laptop buying guide help you to buy the best laptop under 200 dollars for yourself.

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Top 5 Best Budget Refurbished Laptops Under $100

Laptops under $100? Do they really exist? The answer is YES! There are few laptop manufacturers who are offering laptops for the price as low as 100 dollars. But, finding a best cheap laptop isn’t an easy task as there are very few “box packed new laptops” The post Top 5 Best Budget Refurbished Laptops Under $100 appeared first on Laptop Under...

Laptops under $100? Do they really exist? The answer is YES! There are few laptop manufacturers who are offering laptops for the price as low as 100 dollars. But, finding a best cheap laptop isn’t an easy task as there are very few “box packed new laptops” available in this price range so buying a refurbished laptop is the only way to crack a deal here. So which are the best laptops under $100? Are these dirty cheap laptops really worth it? Let’s find it out.

Technology is improving every day and to cope up with all the latest technologies in the market, laptop manufacturers launch new laptop models with minor improvements to its predecessor laptops. As a result, the older laptops which are still great performers get huge price cuts when newer laptops are launched in the market. And, this is what makes buying older laptops still worthy. Well if we talk about buying the laptops under $100 budget specifically then you will hardly find any new laptops in this price range because one hundred dollars isn’t enough to buy a device like a laptop. But still, there are few refurbished laptops to buy under $100 which will let you do basic works like editing documents, making presentations, surfing the internet and other low performance requiring works. Yes, we will have a look at the list of best cheap laptops in a while but before that…

Are laptops under $100 really worth buying?


The answer to this question can change from person to person because the requirements of everyone are not same.

Well, if you are looking for a laptop which can let you manage small excel sheets, edit word documents, surf internet, watch movies and perform other similar less demanding tasks, then you can go with any laptop under 100 dollars. They all are good enough to perform such basic tasks.

But, if you are expecting more from your new laptop then sorry! You need to increase your budget to buy your dream laptop.

Recommended Top 10 Best Budget Laptops Under $200

You should also know that,

  • At this cheap rates, you will get a laptop with very old hardware and most of them will run old Windows XP or 7 operating system. Though it does support most of the file formats used by newer operating systems, still it’s old, so there will be many things where it will totally give up.
  • As I said earlier, while finding cheap laptops under 100 dollars, you will see very less or no new laptops because 100 dollars is a very-very less money to buy a laptop. So there’s no other choice for you other than buying a refurbished laptop but refurbished laptops also has its own pros and cons. Well, I’m not going to talk about that here, so if you want to know more, then refer – Whether you should buy a refurbished laptop or not?
  • These laptops do not come with HDMI port, but they do have VGA port in case you want to connect it to projector or external monitor. Even you won’t find integrated mic and webcam on screens of most of these low-budget laptops.

So after knowing all the goods and bads of buying the cheap laptops, you can conclude whether these cheap laptops under $100 are for you or not.

Now, If you have decided to go with these ultra-affordable machines, then below is the list of best laptops to buy within your budget of 100 dollars or else, check out our other laptop buying guides (use the main menu above) to find the perfect laptop match for yourself.

Best Cheap Laptops Under 100 Dollars – Top Picks

Product CPU | RAM Battery Life
Dell Latitude D6310 14″ Notebook Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz | 2GB 2 hrs
Apple MacBook 13 MB403LL Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz | 2GB 4 hrs
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 14″ Notebook Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz | 4GB 4 hrs
Dell Inspiron 5420 Refurbished Laptop Intel Core i3 2nd Gen | 4GB 3.5 hrs
HP Stream 11 Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz | 4GB 10 hrs
Dell Latitude E6420 Laptop Intel Core i5 2.5GHz | 4GB 2 hrs

1. Dell Latitude D630 14.1 Inch Notebook

Dell-Latitude-D630-14.1-Inch-Notebook-Laptop

After seeing this laptop, we can say that Dell has been the reliable laptop brand since many years because this laptop was launched back in 2007 and still it stands among best cheap laptops under 100 dollars that’s amazing!

As you can see the build quality of the laptop is good, and toughness is everywhere you see on this Dell laptop. Its 14-inch display is nice to perform normal day to day works. Its keyboard is not the most convenient like we see in modern laptops, but you’ll get used to it. Inside its durable plastic body, there is an Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz Processor accompanied by 2GB DDR2 RAM.

For storing all your required files, it has 80 GB of hard drive. Streaming videos through Netflix and YouTube will be buttery smooth on this laptop because it comes with Intel integrated graphics. Overall, the Dell Latitude D630 is a pretty nice laptop for basic home and business uses.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Latitude D630 Notebook
 Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.8 GHz Processor
 RAM 2GB DDR2 RAM
 Storage 80 GB Hard Drive
 Graphics Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
 Display 14.1-Inch Screen, 1280 x 800 pixels
 Operating System Windows 7
 Battery Life 2 hours
 Weight 4.4 lbs

From $91 on Amazon

2. Apple MacBook 13 MB403LL

Apple MacBook 13 MB403B/A

Who doesn’t want a MacBook for under $100? Well, you might not be able to buy the latest MacBook with this budget, but a refurbished 2013 MacBook, you surely can.

Being such an old machine, it is still one of the best-looking laptops you can buy for under $100. Its body is finished in white color, and its lid has Apple logo that lights up when you start the computer. As far as performance of the laptop is concerned, you can use this laptop for all sorts of productivity works, but playing games won’t be a good experience on this laptop because of its old hardware.

Even it runs a very old version of macOS which might limit you from using some modern apps on this MacBook. But overall, this MacBook is a great deal if you’re looking for a cheap productivity machine under $100.

Hardware Specifications of Apple MacBook 13 MB403LL
 Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Processor 2.1 GHz
 RAM 2GB SDRAM
 Storage 120GB Hard Drive, 5400 RPM
 Graphics Intel Integrated Graphics
 Display 13.3-Inch LCD Screen
 Operating System Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
 Battery Life 4 hours
 Weight 5.07 lbs

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3. Lenovo ThinkPad T410 14″ Notebook

Lenovo-ThinkPad-T410-Notebook - best cheap laptops under 100 dollars

Lenovo’s ThinkPad series of laptops has been popular among corporate users and professionals for years. Yes, this is an old ThinkPad model, but still, it has that business laptop DNA in it. It has signature ThinkPad keyboard for typing long emails and documents. It also features a fingerprint scanner which makes this laptop the most professional ultra budget business laptop. The build quality of the laptop is good, but that makes it a bit heavier and cumbersome to carry at different places.

It has standard 14 inches of LCD screen which is bright, but it’s not anti-glare so using this laptop in direct sunlight might not be easy for eyes. It is powered by Intel’s Core i5 2.4 GHz Processor supported by 4GB of RAM and spacious 250GB of HDD.

Moreover, it comes with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, so overall it is a decent business-oriented laptop with enough power for productivity and up to 4 hours of battery life which is more than other windows laptops in the sub-$100 laptops category.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo ThinkPad T410 14″ Notebook
 Processor Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.4GHz Processor
 RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM
 Storage 250GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
 Graphics Intel HD Graphics
 Display 14-Inch Screen, 1280 x 800 pixels
 Operating System Windows 7 Pro
 Battery Life Up to 4 hours
 Weight 5 lbs

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The Lenovo N22 Chromebook is also an excellent option for basic everyday tasks. It runs smooth thanks to its Intel Celeron N3050 processor and 4GB RAM. However, for storage, it offers only 16GB of SSD storage, but you can extend the storage with an SD card, and you can always use an external drive or online storage. Overall, it is a great laptop with full day battery life and adequate power to surf the web, watch Netflix, and to use all Google’s suite of apps. | Check Price on Walmart

4. Dell Inspiron 5420 Refurbished Laptop Top Pick

Dell-Inspiron-5420

Another laptop from Dell and this one is from the Inspiron series of notebooks, and hence its design is different from other Latitude series laptops in the list. Well if we look at the build quality of Dell Inspiron 5420, then it is also tough like D630, and it can protect laptop from all types of daily wears and tears.

Keys of its keyboard travel enough distance to provide good tactile feedback while typing which results in a pleasant typing experience. Its touchpad is small but it’s serviceable. This laptop has a 14.1-inch display, and it has loudspeakers which make this laptop suitable for media consumption as well.

It is backed by Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. It has 250 GB of hard drive which makes this laptop perfect buy for people who are looking for a cheap laptop with more storage. This laptop runs Windows 10 Home, and it comes with many useful software pre-installed, so it’s ready to be your daily driver straight out of the box.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 5420 Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i3 2nd Gen Processor
 RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM
 Storage 250GB Hard Drive, 5400 RPM
 Graphics Intel integrated graphics
 Display 14.0-Inch Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Windows 10 Home
 Battery Life 3.5 hours
 Weight 5.3 lbs

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5. HP Stream 11 Best Windows Netbook

HP Stream 11 Laptop

If you’re a student and looking for a laptop to take to classroom, then the HP Stream 11 is perfect laptop for you. It is an 11-inch lightweight Windows netbook which offers perfect balance of performance and battery backup for normal everyday tasks.

The laptop sports a modern design unlike other models in this list and although, it is made completely from plastic, it is strong enough to resist normal wears and tears. As far as performance goes, this laptop comes with 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM which can handle basic tasks like surfing internet, watching YouTube or Netflix and editing word docs easily. But, it offers just 32GB of eMMC storage which might force users to carry an external hard drive along with them or use cloud storages to save their files and folders.

Thankfully, it doesn’t compromise in any connectivity options and comes with fast (802.11ac) WiFi and Bluetooth. Moreover, it also comes with all the required ports and slots including an SD card slot which can be used to increase its inbuilt storage. 

Despite its few problems, the HP Stream 11 is still one of the best laptops under $100 to buy right now. It is portable and packs enough power for basic computing making it right choice for students and businesspeople who are looking for a cheap laptop that lasts long and is easy to work on-the-go.

Hardware Specifications of HP Stream 11
 Processor Intel Celeron Dual Core N3060 Processor 1.6 GHz (Turbo up to 2.4 GHz)
 RAM 4GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage 32GB eMMC 
 Graphics Intel HD Graphics
 Display 11.6-inch diagonal HD anti-glare display with 1366 x 768 Resolution
 Operating System Windows 10 Home 
 Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
 Weight 2.5 lbs

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ASUS C200MA 11″ is also an excellent option for a price tag that’s near to $100. You will find it used or refurbished for around $120 and for the price you get a good looking chromebook which is excellent for surfing web, watching videos or for productivity apps. It is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage. Moreover, it also features integrated graphics which provides extra punch of power when needed. | Check Price on Walmart

If you’re into Chromebooks, then Dell Chromebook 11 is another excellent option for students which can be bought refurbished for little over $100. It is capable of handling all the basic internet based workloads and its long battery life ensures you never run out of juice. Moreover, it weighs just 3 pounds making it one of the lightest laptops in its category. | See it on Amazon

6. Dell Latitude E6420 Laptop

Dell Latitude E6530We can say that Dell latitude series are still ruling in ultra-budget laptop market because you will find most of the Dell laptops within $100 price range. Well if we talk about Dell Latitude E6420 laptop then it is a rugged laptop, so it is extra sturdy, extra durable and extra powerful laptop as well. 

This laptop is powered by Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz processor and has 4GB of RAM. It has 250GB of hard drive with 7200 RPM which ensures faster speeds while transferring files. All these hardware produces enough power to work smoothly with Windows 10 on this laptop. It is a smaller laptop with 14 inches of HD display (1366 x 768 resolution). It has a keyboard with very closely placed keys, but still, it is good for typing on such small sized laptop.

It has all required ports and slots, but it does not have CD/DVD drive which might be deal breaker for some. But, overall the Dell Latitude E6420 is the best cheap laptop under 100 dollars for people who are looking for portable yet tougher laptop for their daily needs.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Latitude E6420 Laptop
 Processor Intel Core i5 Processor 2.5 GHz
 RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM
 Storage 250 GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
 Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
 Display 14.1-Inch HD Screen, 1366 x 768 pixels
 Operating System Windows 7 Pro
 Battery Life 2 hours
 Weight 4.6 lbs

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The Best Laptop Under $100 of 2020

Samsung Chromebook 3 (Brand New)

Samsung Chromebook 3

Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 1.6 GHz Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC
  • 11.6 Inch HD Anti-Glare Display with 1366×768 Resolution
  • Google Chrome OS with Play Store
  • 11 hours battery

The Samsung Chromebook 3 offers best specs to perform basic activities and it stays juiced up to 11 hours. Its price frequently drop around $100 during sales, which makes it our top choice of laptop under $100 of 2020.

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That’s it people. These are the best laptops to buy within your $100 budget.

I hope this budget laptop buying guide helps you to buy best cheap laptops under 100 dollars for yourself. Feel free to ask us all your questions in comments below.

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ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) Review – The Best Budget Laptop of 2020?

The ZenBook series by Asus makes the headlines with its sleek form factor, ultra-slim bezels, and solid construction, but the ZenBooks usually cost a fortune. What do you get if you want something along the lines of the Asus ZenBook in a tight pocket? The The post ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) Review – The Best Budget Laptop of 2020? appeared first on Laptop Under...

The ZenBook series by Asus makes the headlines with its sleek form factor, ultra-slim bezels, and solid construction, but the ZenBooks usually cost a fortune. What do you get if you want something along the lines of the Asus ZenBook in a tight pocket? The answer is the Asus VivoBook 15.

The Asus VivoBook 15 offers a pathway to the Asus’ premium range of ZenBook laptops for a lot less money. At the price tag of just $400, you get a lightweight laptop with the latest design and sleek bezels, a full-size backlit keyboard, and respectable specs for the price. It’s a fantastic budget offering that gets you the best of both design and specs. We have finally got our hands-on the laptop and here’s what we think about it.

ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) Laptop

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Features

  • 15.6 inch Full HD (1920x1080) 4-way NanoEdge bezel display with a stunning 88% screen-to-body ratio
  • Latest 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU (4M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor activated via windows hello
  • Exclusive Ergolift design for an improved typing position

Design

On first glance, it looks premium and speaks business with its subdued colors and lack of any flashy trims. On the back, there’s a simple ‘Asus’ logo in the centre with a metal finish. On the front, you’ve got a sleek ‘Asus VivoBook’ branding on the bottom bezel. The metallic branding lends a fresh air to the subdued plastic finish.

2020 ASUS VivoBook 15 Laptop - Design and Build Quality Review

The most striking feature on the VivoBook 15 is the ErgoLift, a design feature that was previously reserved for Asus’ premium ZenBook series of ultrabooks. The ErgoLift slightly lifts the deck of the laptop when the lid is opened. In the case of this particular laptop, that lift is 2°. While that might not seem like a significant lift on paper, it does help a lot in real life.

ErgoLift immensely improves the typing experience as the keyboard is tilted towards you. Moreover, as the bottom of the laptop is not touching the surface, it improves the airflow, which allows the laptop to remain calm under heavy tasks.

When you open the lid, you’re greeted by quite narrow bezels around the screen, something that looks very pleasing to the eye. Asus has thankfully managed to house the webcam on the top, despite the narrow bezels. The high screen to body ratio allowed Asus to accommodate a 15.6-inch screen in a comparatively smaller form factor. So if you’d keep the VivoBook 15 and another 15.6-inch laptop, say the Acer Aspire 5, the VivoBook 15 would appear considerably smaller in size despite the same screen size.

2020 ASUS VivoBook 15 Laptop Slim Screen Bezels

Asus is proud of the VivoBook’s lightweight, 3.7 lbs, making it one of the most portable laptops out there. Other budget laptops with a similar price tag usually weigh over 5 lbs, and even the premium ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 15 and Microsoft Surface Book 3 weigh well over 4 lbs.

The lightweight and compact chassis make this a perfect budget laptop for students, writers and business professionals who do not intend to do heavy tasks or run demanding software.

Ports & Slots

Despite the compact form factor, the Asus VivoBook is rather well connected and features a decent array of ports.

On the right side, you’ve got a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type C port, a USB Type-A port, an HDMI port, a micro SD slot and the power input. On the left side, you’ve got 2 USB A 2.0 ports. It’s becoming quite common to see the USB Type C port on budget laptops nowadays as it adds a touch of future-proofing, but unfortunately, it’s not a thunderbolt connector.

ASUS VivoBook 15 Review - Ports and Slots

On the wireless end of connectivity, the VivoBook 15 has an integrated Wi-Fi 5 card and a Bluetooth 4.1. It’s a shame that Asus did not opt for the latest Wi-Fi 6 card, yet it’s reasonable given that this is a budget laptop. What’s not reasonable is that you cannot upgrade the Wi-Fi card yourself, since it’s an integrated card.

Display

The Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) features a 15.6 inch full HD Display. The ‘nano-edges’ on all four sides lend the screen an incredibly slick look with a screen to body ratio of 88%. It’s a very low-quality TN panel with the anti-glare coating on top which helps while using it in sunlight or a brightly lit environment, but the brightness on the panel is quite low.

ASUS VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34 - Full HD Display Review

Despite the robust build, there is flex in the screen. While we don’t have any complaints with its full HD resolution, the colors on the screen seem washed out and quite inaccurate, even for day to day usage. It covers just a narrow sRGB gamut of 58% and an Adobe RBG gamut of 37%. That’s quite poor even for a budget laptop. The Acer Aspire 5, another popular choice in the budget market, covers 64% of the sRGB gamut and 47% of Adobe RGB.

One cannot even imagine doing color-sensitive tasks such as a photo or video editing. However, given the specs, you wouldn’t buy this ultrabook to edit videos. It’s not good for content consumption either. While watching videos in our screen tests, the skin colors on the screen appeared green-ish in certain scenes.

To conclude, apart from the slim bezels, the actual display is quite disappointing on the VivoBook 15.

MORE: Best Laptops Under $500 – Our Top Picks of the Month

Performance

The Asus VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34 laptop offers the best bang for the buck when it comes to specs. It is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 dual-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB SSD. Ofcourse, it doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics unit, but its CPU integrated UHD graphics does a pretty good job. It’s also worth mentioning that these are the base specs of the VivoBook 15, and it can be specced all the way up to an i7 processor, 512GB SSD and 1TB SATA Drive HDD for additional storage.

The boot-up and launching of applications is quick, thanks to the SSD. The Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM are more than enough to do basic, everyday tasks such as word processing, web browsing and watching YouTube or Netflix. The laptop is also capable of handling multitasking up to an extent, and it held up pretty well during all our tests. However, whenever we tried to do anything intensive like opening a large number of tabs in the web browser, the fan kicked in pretty quickly. It also starts spinning while watching a 1080p video on YouTube. The fan itself isn’t particularly loud, and you can expect a very quiet experience with the VivoBook while you’re typing and browsing.

During our tests, the keyboard deck and palm rest area were always at comfortable temperatures, and it didn’t show any sign of lag or stutter even when we pushed it to the limits, which is a good thing.

The battery on the VivoBook 15 has improved as compared to the previous year’s model. Although it’s just a small two cell 37 Wh battery, thanks to the software optimizations and low demanding specs, it can go on for almost 8 hours. Even when we tested the battery while editing photos on Photoshop “with a full HD monitor attached”, it could still last for 5 hours. This laptop also features fast charging which can charge 60% of the battery in 49 minutes. That’s not the fastest of the charging we’ve seen on budget laptops, but it’s still respectable. In contrast, the ThinkPad X1 carbon can charge from 0 to 80% in that same amount of time, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the ThinkPad costs more than double the price of VivoBook 15.


Audio

The speakers on the VivoBook 15 use Asus SonicMaster technology to deliver a better sound output. It takes the physical output capacity of the speakers and then tweaks and tunes the audio with the software, which results in the best sound output that this laptop can produce.

There are two speaker grills on the laptop, both of which are bottom-firing. While the sound output is loud enough, it’s hollow and devoid of bass. So everything sounds quite flat. Once again, as a content consumption device, it’s disappointing.

There is no special software to optimize the sound via the headphones, but depending upon the quality of the headphones that you’re using, you would probably get a better audio performance than speakers.

MORE: Best Budget Laptops Under $300 – Our Top Picks of the Month

Keyboard & Trackpad

The VivoBook 15 features a full-size keyboard with a dedicated numpad on the right. The ErgoLift hinge provides an excellent angle for a better typing experience on the keyboard. Given that the laptop itself is quite compact, the clicks don’t feel tacky. The chiclet-style keyboard feels soft and squidgy. While the keys are well spaced out, it might take you a while to get the hang of it.

2020 ASUS VivoBook 15 Backlit Keyboard and Trackpad Review

In our tests with the keyboard, we felt that the num pad was a bit cramped and did not feature the huge ‘+’ and ‘Enter’ key on the right that add to the accessibility. Apart from that, the keys have soft and rounded edges, which doesn’t affect the typing experience, just a visual thing. The keyboard is also backlit, which makes typing in darker environments much easier.

The trackpad is of decent size and has nothing special to offer, apart from the fingerprint reader which can be used to log-in to the laptop with Windows Hello.

Upgradability

Getting inside the VivoBook 15 is not the most straightforward task. Firstly, you have to remove 10 Phillips head screws on the bottom plate that hold it in place. Once you’re done with that, you’ll need to pry the edges with a scalpel or a pick before you can remove the panel.

Internal Design and Upgradability options of VivoBook 15

Once you’re inside, you get a clear picture of all the components. In terms of upgradability, there are no empty RAM slots on this particular model (F512JA-AS34). However, while 4GB RAM is sodded, the other half can be upgraded. You can add a bigger RAM stick in DIMM socket for expansion. Beneath that, the M.2 drive can be upgraded as well. There’s also a slot for 2.5 inch SATA drive to add an HDD.

MORE: The Best Budget Gaming Laptops Under $500

Bottom Line

The ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) sets itself apart from the competition in terms of design, features and overall performance. The ErgoLift hinge, narrow bezels and a lightweight chassis lend the laptop a modern, sleek and premium look. We have no complaints against the keyboard, and the backlit keys add to the premium aesthetic.

The specs are also best you can get in a laptop for the price. It offers the newest current generation CPU paired with a respectable amount of RAM and an SSD storage. That’s hard to find in a laptop that costs under $400. Although it has got a sub-par display and nothing can make up for its dull brightness, we think you still can’t go wrong with it considering the price and overall package.

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