The best low-cost laptops to kick off the year

The best low-cost laptops to kick off the year
January 6, 2017 Felicity Anderson

Low-cost laptops

If you need a new laptop but don’t need the full features of an expensive model, then there are lots of great low-cost laptops currently available.

Chromebooks offer a cheaper alternative to conventional laptops. Plus, they are ideal for basic tasks such as word processing, web browsing and working on the go.

There are also lots of great deals on smaller laptops, known as notebooks, for when you need the storage or full functions of a more powerful machine.

Below we round up some of the best offers available right now and where to find them.

The best Chromebook deals

Chromebooks are a low-cost alternative to higher priced laptops. Instead of running Windows 10 or Mac OS X, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS.

Designed to be used while connected to the internet, most documents are usually stored in the cloud.  This makes them lightweight and fast and ideal for doing work on the move.

HP 11-v050na 11.6″ Chromebook – Grey, £189.00

£189.00 (was £199.99)

Top features:

·       User-friendly Chrome OS prioritises internet use

·       Reliable processing with a 12-hour battery life

·       User-friendly

·       Intel® Celeron™ Processor N3060

·       RAM: 2 GB / Storage: 16 GB eMMC

Running Chrome OS, the HP 11-v050na Chromebook lets you enjoy a simple experience. One that prioritises Internet and app use – just like a smartphone.

Quickly access the internet and enjoy every game, app and website with the 11.6” HD screen. A display, which makes every image look great using LED backlighting.

Weighing only 1.2 kg, the HP 11 Chromebook is lightweight and mobile.

Offer currently available at Currys PC World

ACER Chromebook 14 – Silver, £199.00

Top features:

·       Work in style with a stunning aluminium alloy design

·       Enjoy stunning portable movies and photos on a Full HD screen

·       Last the day with a 12-hour battery life

·       Browse the web faster with speedy WiFi

·       Better quality webcam conference calls with HDR quality

·       Aluminium alloy design

·       Chrome OS

·       Intel® Celeron™ Processor N3060

·       RAM: 2 GB / Storage: 16 GB eMMC

Crafted from 100% aluminium alloy, the Acer Chromebook 14 is a stunning piece of kit you’ll want to show off. A lightweight, yet durable construction makes it perfect for carrying anywhere with minimum hassle.

Currently available for £199.99 from Currys PC World.

Asus C201PA 11.6″ Chromebook – White, £199.99

Top features:

·       Web-based laptop that uses Google services

·       Up to 13 hours battery life

·       Ultra-lightweight and super-portable at 0.9kg

·       ARM processor with 4GB RAM & 16GB storage

·       HD screen – for a stunning, clear picture

This Chromebook by Asus uses web-based Google services like Gmail, Chrome and Google Docs. It has an incredible 13 hours of battery life, so it’s perfect for taking with you on-the-go.

The Full HD screen makes watching videos and movies a pleasure too – thanks to the crisp, clear picture quality.

Currently, £199.99 at ao.com.

The best low-cost laptop deals

Best low-cost laptops

If you need more storage or will need to use applications without internet access, a more conventional laptop or notebook may be a better fit for you.

There are many low-cost options available and some great offers in the January Sales.

Lenovo IdeaPad 110 15.6″ Laptop – Black Texture, £249.00

£249.00 (was £269.00)

Top Features:

·       Up to 3 hours battery life

·       Standard weight laptop at 2.2kg

·       Celeron processor – for basic tasks like web browsing

·       4GB RAM – run 3 to 6 things like streaming & work docs

·       1TB storage – the equivalent of 310,000 hi-res photos

This laptop from Lenovo has a 3-hour battery life and weighs 2.2kg, so it’s better suited for home use. With a Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, you can stream video or music and browse the web at the same time, with ease.

The huge 1TB hard drive gives you enough space for 310,000 hi-res photos.

Offer currently available from ao.om.

Acer ES1-522, 15.6-inch Laptop, AMD A8, Windows 10, 8GB RAM, 1TB – Red, £299.00

£299.00 (from £329.00)

Top features:

·       15.6-inch HD CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD display

·       AMD Quad-Core processor

·       1TB hard drive capacity

With an almost noiseless operation and long battery life, the Acer Aspire ES1-522 is the perfect companion for work and play.

A 1TB hard drive capacity provides you with ample space to store all your photo, music, video and data files. In addition, it has a built-in webcam and microphone, as well as USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader and an HDMI socket.

Offer currently available at Tesco Direct.

Lenovo B50-50 Core i3-5005U 4GB 128GB SSD 15.6 Inch Windows 10 Laptop, £329.97

£329.97 (from £399.97)

Top Features:

·       15.6″ – 1366 x 768 Screen

·       Intel Core i3 i3-5005U – 2 GHz Processor

·       4 GB RAM

·       Windows 10 Home Operating System

·       DVD-Writer Optical Drive

·       HD Graphics

This laptop has a large 15.6″ anti-glare screen and stunning 1366×768 resolution. With these specifications, you can work more efficiently and productively without any display glitches. Plus, there’s a built-in webcam and mic to chat with others in crisp detail.

Offer currently available at Laptops Direct.

HP Pavilion 15.6″ Laptop with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, £399.00

£399.00 from (£599.99)

Top features:

·       Every day: All-rounder for work and play

·       Windows 10

·       The latest Intel® Core™ i5 processor

·       RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 1 TB HDD

·       Up to 9.5 hours battery life

·       Available in gold, red, blue, white and purple

The Pavilion Notebook 15-au191sa is part of the HP Everyday range of simple and reliable PCs. It is suitable for browsing the web, working on documents and watching videos.

The HP Pavilion Notebook 15-au191sa 15.6″ provides power and responsiveness. This is so that you can watch your favourite films before bed, or play games on long trips without hiccups.

Offer currently available from Currys PC World.

Final thoughts on low-cost laptops

It’s easy to fall into the trap of opting for the highest price tag when shopping for a new laptop. Those attractive Macbooks and think pads can often be a lot of style over substance. If all you need a laptop for is to go about your daily word processing and web browsing business, one of the low-cost laptops above could very well be a far better option.

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