I have made a list of the cheapest laptops a couple of years ago and boy have the laptop world changed! Today, the list of the most affordable laptop computers includes some laptop-like computers that borders on not being laptops at all. In this list, we are going to omit mentioning affordable laptops that have processors that were developed many years ago. Such laptops may be cheap, but we personally feel that they don’t make good buys due to their lack of computing power. These laptops already are considered ‘not powerful’ by today’s standard. Imagine their utility is just 2 or 3 years time. We would also omit talking about 2nd hand laptops, as it is hard to gauge their price. With that out of the way, here is a list of very affordable, budget-friendly laptop computers.
Chromebooks are, hands down, the cheapest laptops that money can buy. They are so competitively priced that there are no other laptop models that can even come close to rivaling its price points. Chromebooks is a laptop sub-specie that was introduced by Google a couple of years ago. Unlike traditional laptops that either runs on Windows or Apple operating systems, they run on Chrome, a browser-like, operating system from Google.
While Chromebooks look like regular ultrabooks on the outside, they work very differently under the hood. Chrome is a heavily internet-dependant operating system where many of the laptop’s feature requires an internet connection to work. Nevertheless, more and more offline apps are being introduced as we speak closing the functionality gap between it and regular laptops. Just to give you an idea on how cheap they can be, you can get a 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook for under $250.
Windows 8 Tablets
If getting a Windows experience is important for you, the next cheapest laptop that you can get is a laptop-tablet hybrid that runs on Windows 8. The cool thing about the new Windows 8 operating system is that in incorporates the Windows 8 Tablet experience together with the your regular PC desktop Windows experience. You can get a Windows 8 tablet, bundled together with a keyboard for around $400 or less. While $400 isn’t exactly cheap by laptop standards, we think that it is exceptional value considering that you are getting a tablet and entry-level windows laptop at the same time.
After all these years, amongst all the major laptop brands, Acer still provides the best specs-to-price ratio when it comes to computers. If you find a set of specs that you like on a non-Acer laptop, chances are, you will be able to get the same set of specs on an Acer laptop for $100 or $200 less. If you search hard enough, you can get a brand new, Intel Core i3 Acer laptop for less than $360. You just can’t go wrong with an Acer laptop when it comes to pricing. If you settle with an Acer laptop, rest assured that you will be getting a great value for your money.
Tip On Buying Cheap Laptops
The truth is, with old laptop models and 2nd hand laptops thrown into the mix, it is always possible to get laptops that are much cheaper than the prices listed above. With that said, it may not always be wise to do so. The hardware on a laptop from a good brand can last up to 10 years when it is well taken care of. More often than not, most users get rid of their old computers not because they hardware has failed or broken down, but because they have become so slow that it has become a pain to use.
The truth is, computers do not become ‘slow’ over time. It is the change in the design of the software that makes a computer slow. As time passes, websites, software, games and applications become more and more resource hungry. Because of that, you want to make your that you new laptop have specs that would not go obsolete two or three years down the road. At the time this list was written, it is best to get a laptop with at least an Intel Core i3 processor and one that runs on 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Preferably, the RAM is upgradeable to 4GB. This way, when you start to notice your laptop slowing down a couple of years down the road, you can have the choice of adding some extra RAM to boost the laptop’s performance for a couple more years.
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