The 10 Best Budget Laptops

This review has been updated 18 times since it was first published in October of 2015. Most office workers and students do not need much more from their laptops than a reliable way to browse the web, watch videos, and open and edit documents. The good news is that models that do just that very well are relatively cheap — and abundant — these days. But finding the best budget options can be exhausting, so check out our selection to help take the guesswork out of the process. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

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10. HP Stream 14

  • Front-facing webcam
  • Very long battery life
  • Some preinstalled bloatware

9. Lenovo Ideapad 120s

  • 1 tb of expandable storage
  • Has an optical drive
  • Screen can look washed out

8. Apple MacBook Air

  • High quality construction
  • Fast speeds with turbo boost
  • Relatively pricey option

7. Microsoft Surface Go

  • 3 ways to use it
  • Runs windows 10 home in s mode
  • Keyboard sold separately

6. Asus Chromebook Flip C101

  • Fast solid state drive
  • Works well online and offline
  • Limited storage options

5. Lenovo Yoga 720

  • Long-lasting lithium battery
  • 7th gen intel core i3 processor
  • Weighs just over 2 pounds

4. Dell Inspiron 15

  • Backlit led display
  • Intel uhd 620 graphics card
  • 10-key number pad

3. Samsung Chromebook Pro

  • Great for taking notes
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Highly portable size

2. Asus VivoBook F510UA

  • Very thin bezel
  • Lots of port options
  • Ssd variation also available

1. Acer Aspire E 15

  • Amd r5 graphics card
  • Good for students and professionals
  • 8th gen intel core i3 processor

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