Buying a laptop is never easy. This is especially true if you are trying to shop for something great that doesn’t cost a small fortune. You could invest in something with crazy specs and enough memory to hold a lifetime of information, but chances are you don’t really need it. Instead, why not focus on buying a computer that offers more for the money you spend on it? This list includes the top five 2013 laptop computers that offer the most bang for your buck. In fact, you might be surprised at just how much your money can buy you if you shop smart.
Acer C7 Chromebook
With an MSRP of just $279.99 in the U.S., it’s hard to beat this little Chromebook when it comes to affordability. The Acer C7 is widely regarded as the best Chromebook on the market today, and it has the stats to prove it. With an 11.6″ screen featuring the same 1,366 x 768 resolution as the Macbook Air, 4GB RAM, 320 GB storage, and Google Chrome OS, this little Acer is perfect for socially oriented internet users who don’t need a big screen. Unlike its competitor, the Google Chromebook, which costs $329, the Acer C7 is not equipped with 3G.
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Dell Inspiron 15
Dell is well known for being a budget computer brand but they’ve really outdone themselves with the Inspiron 15. The Inspiron is a 15″ laptop that retails for $350 in the U.S. and usually £399 elsewhere. The laptop features up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 500 GB of memory. You can also purchase it with an optional HD touchscreen, although this option does cost more. The Inspiron 15 does have some keyboard issues, but so long as you get it from a standard store, it’s literally the cheapest laptop you can get for this price.
Apple MacBook Air
While not cheap by anyone’s considerations, the Apple Macbook Air offers a lot of quality and power for the price. Starting at $999, the laptop features a 13″ screen with 4 GB of RAM and 128GB of memory. While the memory is a little low, Apple offers cloud storage for a relatively low price, which makes this an excellent option for most. The real beauty of this 17.5 mm thick laptp is that it has a battery life of 12 hours! However, the Apple Macbook Air does not have an optics drive. While it is a little pricey compared to other options on this list, you can expect your Macbook Air to last for five to ten years, compared with the average lifespan of a Windows of 3-8 years, you’re getting your money’s worth.
Coming in with an MSRP of just $479, the Lenovo G580 is an excellent budget laptop with a lot of bang for your buck. The G580 has a 15.6″ screen, one of the best keyboards on the market today, 4GB of RAM, and a 500 GB HDD hard drive. With a 2.5Ghz processor, it has a better CPU than almost any other laptop on this list. However, at 5.09 pounds, it’s also heavier than everything else listed.
The Acer V5 is not the best laptop on the planet, but it is a great one. Available with screen sizes of 11.6, 13.6, and 15.6 inches, the buyer can choose the size they want to suit their needs. Although it does have an MSRP of $999 for the 15.6″, the laptop is durable, affordable, and actually very good quality. With 4GB of RAM, a 500GB harddrive, and 2.5Ghz processor, it offers plenty of speed and power. The battery life is very short and the built in speakers are low quality. However, with the built in Nvidia GeForce 710M GPU, this laptop is one of the best quality graphics laptops to come around in years!
While there are plenty of budget laptops out there, not all of them are worth your money. Sometimes you do have to spend that little bit more to get a great laptop that will last for years.