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Sep 18

Best Budget Laptop Under £400



Is your old laptop finally giving up the ghost and you have decided to buy a new one or maybe you just decided to treat yourself to something new and shiny and want to get the best budget laptop you can for under £400.

For a lot of people buying a new budget laptop is a minefield with all those different processors, RAM and hard drives and all those other acronyms that seem to be thrown around by sales people wanting you to have the latest machine that is way out of your budget.

The good news is that a budget laptop can be picked up nowadays for under £350 and if your current laptop is more than 4 or 5 years old a new one is likely to be much faster too.

Below are 4 of the best budget laptops currently out there.

Acer Aspire 5733 15.6 inch Laptop – The all rounder (£399.99)

Acer Aspire budget laptop

Specifications

Processor: Intel i3 2.53GHz
RAM: 8GB
Hard drive size:  750GB
Screen Size: 15.6”
Operating System: Windows Home Premium
Other notable features: Built in webcam, 2 in 1 card reader, DVD Writer

The 5733 has it all, performance, speed, graphics, lightweight and is ideal for those on the higher end of the budget. The i3 processor is seen by many as the budget processor of the i series but it still manages to perform everyday tasks and more  with ease especially with its 8GB of RAM and its huge 750GB hard drive for storing all those photos and music. There is also a built in webcam for skype, video recording and more.

Toshiba Satellite C855-10Z – Processing power (£389.99)

Toshiba best budget laptop

Specifications

Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz
RAM: 4GB
Hard drive size:  500GB
Screen Size: 15.6”
Operating System: Windows Home Premium
Other notable features: Built in webcam, 2 in 1 card reader, USB 3.0, DVD writer.

If its processing power on a budget you need then you can not go wrong with the C855 as it contains Intel’s 2nd generation i5 processor for great performance. On top of that it also comes stacked with 4GB of RAM which should make multi tasking or even basic gaming a breeze.

The laptop comes with a 500GB hard drive for storage as well as a built in webcam and card reader and ultra fast USB 3.0 Ports. This is a budget Laptop that packs a punch.

Toshiba Satellite C870-156 – Large screen entertainment (£379.99)

toshiba budget laptop

Specifications

Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.1GHz
RAM: 4GB
Hard drive size:  320GB
Screen Size: 17.3”
Operating System: Windows Home Premium
Other notable features: Built in webcam, 2 in 1 card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI, DVD Writer

Our previous budget laptops have all had a standard 15.6 inch screen but if you are looking for the best budget laptop for entertainment you may be looking for a slightly larger screen and the C870 provides that along with a variety of other features. With a Pentium dual core processor and 4GB of ram the laptop is no slouch and should handle all the basics with ease and enable you to watch your favorite programs on its large 17.3” screen with the built in HD graphics

The laptop also comes with a 320GB hard drive for storing your music and videos as well as USB 3.0 connections for transferring data at lightning fast speeds

Compaq Presario CQ57-475SA – The Basics (£314.94)
compaq cheap laptop

Specifications

Processor: Intel Pentium 2.2 GHz
RAM: 4GB
Hard drive size:  500GB
Screen Size: 15.3”
Operating System: Windows Home Premium
Other notable features: Built in webcam, card reader,DVD Writer

While the CQ57 does not pack the same power as some of the others here with is Intel Pentium processor if you are looking for a little machine to do the basic well such as Word, Excel , browsing, emails than you can not go wrong with this cheap little laptop.

Even at this low price it still manages a respectable 4GB or RAM and a 500GB hard drive as well as running windows 7 home premium. Ideal for students on a budget.

Samsung 305U – Cheap, Ultralight and stylish performance (£279.99)

Cheap samsung netbook

Specifications

Processor: AMD 1.65 GHz
RAM: 4GB
Hard drive size:  500GB
Screen Size: 11.6”
Operating System: Windows Home Premium
Other notable features: Built in webcam

The Samsung 305U is a very light and portable laptop with its 11.6” screen. It is a little different from the others on our list as the 305U is a net-book and therefore the screen is smaller. There is also no DVD drive on this laptop (you can pick up and external DVD drive cheap). Don’t let its size fool you though, with its AMD processor and 4GB of RAM it is more than capable of performing everyday tasks or ideal for university students who carry one around all day.

The 305U also comes with a large 500GB hard drive, built in webcam and windows home premium and is a bargain at under £280.