Top 5 Laptops Under $400 Dollars

Even if the economy is booming, there's always a strong market for really cheap laptops, such as laptops for under $400 dollars.

And whilst laptops used to cost a minimum of $1,000 just 5-6 years ago, nowadays advances in technology have thankfully allowed for budget laptops to be sold for under $400.

Naturally budget laptops won't have the latest technology and they won't be the most powerful, although they can still offer a good level of performance considering the price.

Hence this article will look at 5 of the best laptops which are on the market today for under $400.

And whilst it is possible to get some great deals in-stores or at local shops, this article will focus on laptops being sold on the internet and by reputable and well known laptop vendors.

The list below is in no particular order; we suggest that you look at all the ones mentioned in this article.

1) Dell Inspiron 15

The Dell Inspiron 15 range starts at $399.99, although the 'Economy' laptop in this range (the $399.99 one) comes with a decent amount of power and features to make this a recommendable 'Under $400' purchase. It comes with a Intel Celeron 900 processor (which isn't too powerful, but it's aimed specifically for budget laptops), 2GB of RAM (which is plently for most uses) and a 250 GB hard-drive which is also plently for most users.

A Dell Inspiron 15 laptop Screenshot from Dell.com website, correct as at 5th November 2010

2) Toshiba Satellite C650D-BT2N13 Laptop

This well reviewed laptops is available for just $349 and comes with a AMD V140 processor, 2GB of RAM ('memory') and a 250GB hard-drive. The processor in this machine is slightly faster than the one in the Dell Inspiron 15 which is a definite advantage.

The Toshiba Satellite C650D-BT2N13 Laptop Screenshot from ToshibaDirect.com website, correct as at 5th November 2010

3) Toshiba Mini-Notebook NB305-N440RD

This Toshiba retails at $379 and is a notebook. What this means is that - unlike the above 2 laptops with 15-16" screens, it has a smaller, 10" screen instead. So be sure that you want to buy a notebook before hitting the buy button since they can take a bit of getting used to!

This system comes with an Intel Atom N455 processor (which is slower than the two laptop's processors earlier), 1 GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive. This notebook comes with a slightly cut-down version of Windows 7, so 1GB of RAM should be sufficient.

The Toshiba Mini-Notebook NB305-N440RD system Screenshot from ToshibaDirect.com website, correct as at 5th November 2010

4) Compaq Presario CQ62Z Laptop

This laptop retails at $379.99 and provides fairly good performance. It is pretty similar to the Toshiba laptop at number 2 in that it has the same processor (the AMD V140), 2GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard-drive. It is naturally more expensive than the Toshiba though; although look at the warranties and extras offered on both to decide whether the extra price of the HP is worth it.

The Compaq Presario CQ62Z Laptop Screenshot from HP.com website, correct as at 5th November 2010

5) HP Mini 210 Notebook

This notebook is the lowest priced system we look at in this article, priced at just $329.99. This has the same specification as the Toshiba notebook: it has an Intel Atom N455 processor and 1GB of RAM. Its default is a 100GB hard-drive, although you can purchase a 250GB one for just $10 extra.

HP Mini 210 Notebook Screenshot from HP.com website, correct as at 5th November 2010

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