So you need a new laptop but you’ve got a budget? That shouldn’t mean that you have to compromise for sub-par performance. After all, nothing sucks more than having your day dragged out by slow and sluggish hardware/software. So making the best possible purchase is of the utmost importance.

Truth be told, you can get some pretty great deals for not too great a price. We’ve hunted out some of the best buys for you guys to peruse and listed an overall impression. Better get going quick, though! Some of them are nearly sold out.

Best Budget Laptops Under $400

Newest HP 17.3″ Flagship Premium High Performance Laptop

A reasonably solid choice, nice internal workings for the price. A high ratio of people have gotten technical difficulties with this one, though a fair bunch reported being happy with their money’s worth. With four gigabytes of RAM and 500GB of storage the average person should be satisfied. The laptop is a bit heavy at 6.2 pounds but has a solid, definitely not flimsy feel to it. The processor is quite up to the task and Windows 10 runs smoothly on it with the Radeon Graphics Card giving a warm feel to an excellent display.

Processor 2.4 GHz AMD A Series
RAM 4 Gigabytes
Storage 500 Gigabytes
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R4 graphics
Average Battery Life 5 hours
Weight 6.2 pounds

New Edition Lenovo 17.3-inch High Performance Premium Laptop

Right, so this one has tons of space, and not too short battery life. 4 Gigs of RAM helps the processing time keep reasonable and the Quad-Core also boosts performance. This laptop comes equipped with the latest operating system from Windows and has a very nice graphics card for excellent display. Unfortunately, there are some issues with the vertical viewing angle being somewhat limited but with proper posture at your desk this shouldn’t be a problem. The laptop is on the heavy side, so not the most portable, but the large screen and great resolution makes up for this.

Processor AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 2.0GHz
RAM 4 Gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
Average Battery Life 6.5 hours
Weight 6.5 pounds

ASUS VivoBook E403SA-US21 14″ FHD lightweight Laptop

The first major advantage of this laptop is the Solid State Drive which means managing, moving and loading your files is a lot faster than on a regular hard drive. Unfortunately, there’s also less space available because of that. A very doable tradeoff if you either have an external hard drive or simply don’t need that much space. Next is the fantastic battery life – 14 hours! It is also very light and portable. It’s screen is unfortunately on the small side but has high defintion 1080p. The laptop is sleek and feels sturdy, especially for being so light.

Processor 2.4 GHz Pentium N3700
RAM 4 Gigabytes
Storage 128 Gigabytes (Solid State Drive)
Average Battery Life 14 hours
Weight 3.3 pounds

Best Gaming Laptops Under $400

Dell Latitude E6530

This laptop packs some 8 Gigabytes of Ram with a powerful i7 Processor. I.e. it can tackle most any game. A bonus is that it runs on the faster Windows 7 operating system. In addition, it has enough space to hold quite a few games. The widescreen LCD screen is excellent for gaming, though it could have been slightly larger. The battery life lasts quite long and the anti-glare screen is great for late night gaming. The casing is sturdy and though it is on the heavy side this should not interfere with you getting a rampage at all.

Processor Intel i7 Quad Core 2600 MHz
RAM 8 Gigabytes
Storage 320 Gigabytes
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000
Average Battery Life Long lasting
Weight 6.3 pounds

Newest HP Pavilion 15 Flagship HD 15.6-inch Laptop

Packing one terabyte of data, this laptop has more than enough space for all your games. With a nice graphics card and 4 gigabytes of RAM it’ll run most games quite well. With the latest operating software there’s no chance of you not being up to date enough to run a game, software wise. The laptop itself is on the light side at 4.7 pounds making it nicely portable. The processor is a relatively strong i5 with which most games can be run at quite a decent speed. It also has a full size keyboard with numeric pad, which comes in handy.

Processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 Gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 5500
Weight 4.7 pounds

Lenovo IdeaPad High Performance 15.6″ HD LED Backlit Display Laptop

This laptop has a good graphics card and 4 gigabytes of RAM so it can run most games relatively easily. The laptop is on the heavier side at 5.1 pounds but still portable in my opinion. There’s space enough for games and more as the laptop has a 1 Terabyte hard drive. Most games will be handled quite well by the i5 processor. There is a full keyboard with a numeric pad which can come in handy for shortcuts during gaming. The laptop design is sleek and the display is relatively large at fifteen inches.

Processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 5500
Average Battery Life 4 hours
Weight 5.1 pounds

Best Touchscreen Laptop Under $400

HP Touchsmart 15 in Sunset Red 15

Sporting an impressive 8 gigabytes of Ram, to bring you a very fast touch screen experience and 1 terabyte of storage space which should be more than sufficient for the average person, this laptop also has Windows 10 which is the latest operating system from Windows and ideal for a touch screen laptop. The battery lasts quite well at 6 hours and the laptop is not too heavy at 4.9 pounds. The graphics card is strong enough to deliver a quality viewing experience, perfect for movies and photo slide shows.

Processor 1.8 GHz AMD A Series
RAM 8 Gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R4 graphics
Average Battery Life 6 hours
Weight 4.9 pounds

HP Pavilion 15-ab223cl 15.6″ Touch Laptop

An reasonably impressive i5 core drives this laptop with an exceptional 8 gigabytes of RAM to give an ultra-smooth touchscreen experience. This laptop comes loaded with Windows 10 which is ideal for a touch screen laptop. In addition, there is 1 Terabyte of storage to sate the appetite of just about anyone. The laptop is on the heavier side but is still sleek in design. The graphics card is strong enough to deliver very positive screen quality whilst viewing movies and the like.

Processor Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz
RAM 8 Gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 5500
Weight 5.5 pounds

Lenovo EDGE 15 – 80H1000MUS 2-in-1 laptop

This is a more reserved touch screen laptop performance wise with the nifty ability of being able to flip the screen through 180 degrees to provide a nice view for skype interviews and watching movies. It is quite capable of keeping up though with six gigabytes of Ram and an i5 processor. With one Terabyte of space there should be more than enough for the average Joe. The smaller strength graphics card still delivers quite well on viewing experience. Windows 8 is unfortunately not as good as Windows 10, being less advanced.

Processor 4th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-4210U
RAM 6 Gigabytes
Storage 1 Terabyte
Graphics Card Intel HD 4400
Average Battery Life short-lived
Weight 5.1 pounds
*Any prices mentioned in the article were at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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