Basic Laptops

Basic laptops are meant for light home and office use. You might do Internet browsing, e-mail writing and Skyping with them. Basic laptops don’t need a lot of power or fancy extras. Rather, an ideal basic laptop is affordable and easy to use.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is a big-screen budget laptop that delivers a bright 15.6-inch display, a comfortable keyboard, and enough horsepower for daily ...

Asus Chromebook C523NA-DH02 Review

$219.99 $264.99
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The Asus Chromebook C523NA-DH02 proves that it’s possible to make a quality 15-inch laptop with a luxury feel for a reasonable amount of money. The swift ...

Lenovo Chromebook S330 Review

$219.99 $264.99
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The Lenovo Chromebook S330 has three redeeming features: It’s one of the most affordable Chromebooks on offer, it’s nicely designed, and it gets a great ...

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The Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K06US sports a solid build, improved battery life and good performance for an 11.6-inch laptop, making it a solid entry into ...

Best Laptops under $500

$204.97 $219.99
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You don’t have to feel like you’re settling for less when shopping for an under $500 laptop. Currently there are tons of pint-priced notebooks that boast the ...

Lenovo Chromebook C330 Review

$249.99 $299.99
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It was only a matter of time before a laptop would pop that perfectly converges Chrome OS and Android to its full potential. Affordably, for that matter. It ...

PC manufacturers are making their Chromebooks stand out with a roost of features like rugged designs and convertible designs, but the Acer Chromebook 11 ...

Describing the 14-inch Asus L402WA-EB21 couldn't get any easier. It’s a budget notebook that has all the things you want –that’s if you’re a student, all the ...

While notable designs have come to the MacBook Air, clones are putting the 2018 iteration in an odd spot. The newest Air doesn’t struggle to rock the same ...

Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-C1YA Review

$229.99 $249.99
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Value systems are all about compromises –sluggish performance, mediocre displays and poor designs. This is especially true if the laptop you buying costs ...

The Acer Aspire 1 is a budget laptop that’s a lot less expensive than most Chromebooks. If Windows is a must-have, then it’s a safe buy without a second ...

ASUS L402WA-EH21 Laptop Review

$196.88 $229.00
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Describing the 14-inch Asus L402WA-EH21 couldn't get any easier. It’s a budget notebook that has all the things you want –that’s if you’re a student, all ...

With the VivoBook E203NA-YS03, Asus delivers a budget netbook in the 11.6-inch format. It is powered by a dual-core Celeron (Apollo Lake generation), which ...

The HP 15-BS020WM would be an appealing bargain if you need a basic, daily use laptop. Like its budget competitors, this version of the HP 15 provides ...

You can buy a cheap, bare-bones laptop, but a Chromebook costing the same will give you better performance, longer battery life and lots more. The Samsung ...

HP 14-ax040wm Laptop Review

$218.00 $219.99
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The HP 14-ax040wm is a compact budget laptop that is designed to compete with inexpensive Chromebooks. It’s a full Windows 10 PC for folks who can’t bring ...

The HP Stream 14-ax050nr is a compact budget laptop that is designed to compete with inexpensive Chromebooks. It’s a full Windows 10 PC for folks who can’t ...

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At launch, Google had a premise of portable and very affordable Chrome OS-powered alternatives to mainstream notebooks. Over the years, the number of ...

HP Stream 14-ax010nr Review

$229.99 $249.99
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The HP Stream 14-ax040nr is a compact budget laptop that is designed to compete with inexpensive Chromebooks. It’s a full Windows 10 PC for folks who can’t ...

The Acer Aspire E Series has always been a solid line of laptops, especially for value hunters, and the Acer Aspire E5-553-T2XN is no exception. This entry ...

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The Acer Premium R11, a convertible-hybrid Chromebook running on Google’s Chrome OS, offers an inexpensive alternative to the traditional PC experience. If ...

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Chromebooks are oddly placed in the laptop marketplace. Apart from acting as an easy access to Google Chrome, their target is simple and singular: surfing ...

Sometimes what you need is a well-designed, competent, and not too-expensive laptop with decent features for schoolwork, accomplish basic work, or simply ...

The Chromebook category has evolved over the past two years, with some models selling cheaply while others bump up that price to add one or two unique ...

The ASUS L402SA is the hallmark of a value laptop, offering a useful set of features and god hardware for a fair price. It does a fine job as a general-use ...

Chromebooks are now center stage; and, the 2017 Samsung Chromebook Pro makes a compelling case for “premium” chromebooks. It combines the strengths of a ...

HP 15-AY103DX Review

$329.00 $379.99
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Simple, durable and reliable. Is the ultimate definition of a laptop meant for a small business, sole proprietorship, media consumption or even college. ...

There’s always a thin line between machines you use for work and play. When it comes to the former, the Acer Aspire TC-780-UR11 suffices as an affordable ...

HP 15-ba009dx Review

$229.99 $249.99
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The HP 15-ba009dx doesn’t struggle to shine in the basic laptop category. It is made for folks who find inexpensive chromebooks attractive, but having ...

With military-grade design, reinforced hinges, and rugged build, the newest Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (4749894) is one tough midrange convertible-hybrid ...

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