Best Budget 13 inch Laptops Under 400 – As stated, here are our 5 best laptops under $400, led by the Aspire 5 and followed by brands like Dell, HP, Asus, and more.
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Keep in mind that some models are not compatible with certain games like we mentioned before. Hence, choose your pick accordingly.
1.Acer Aspire 5
On first acquaintance, the Acer Aspire 5 feels like a refuge from circa 2015. The slightly dated design is notable chiefly for big, fat bezels top and bottom of the 14-inch display. That said, slim side bezels at least ensure fairly compact overall proportions.
At 1.7kg and 17mm thick, portability is decent and is aided by the compact 45W power supply. If you want something more stylish, head to our Asus Vivobook 15 vs Acer Aspire 5 comparison – the Asus is a slicker looking laptop for a similar price, but there are compromises elsewhere.
It’s worth noting the power supply uses an old school barrel connector. The Aspire 5 does have USB Type-C connectivity, but only for data. You can’t charge it via USB-C, more’s the pity.
2.ASUS VivoBook 15
Between a range of component options, supply shortages, and pricing wars, the budget laptop game is fierce in 2021. For weary shoppers seeking a super-affordable machine, the Asus VivoBook 15 (in model F512JA-AS34 we tested) is a low-frills but reasonably priced option. It’s slightly quicker than most of its like-priced competitors and features an above-average selection of ports and decent battery life.
The biggest concessions are a display with subpar brightness balancing and sharpness, and a tight (but not unusual in this price range) 128GB SSD for storage. It may not be too exciting, but for the money, it’s a fully functional 15-inch Windows laptop that can get through easier tasks and last through the day. Its larger sibling, the Asus VivoBook 17 M712, is one of our top budget picks.
3.HP 14″ HD Laptop
Not all budget laptops are complete nightmares; you just have to dig a little deeper to find the quality ones, like the HP 14 Laptop (DF0023CL).
For , the HP 14 Laptop offers a solid 8th-Gen Core i3 processor comboed with a clicky keyboard and a decent 1080p display. You’ll have to deal with a relatively short battery life and a middling graphics card, but overall, the HP 14 Laptop is a solid budget laptop for the price.
4.Lenovo IdeaPad 3
And not long ago, such an economy model would have had a lowly 1,366-by-768-pixel display instead of the IdeaPad’s full HD (1,920 by 1,080) resolution. Otherwise, though, this 15.6-inch slab of silver-gray plastic is hard to get excited about.
It will suffice for browsing, email, and homework, but its performance is tepid, and it lacks basic comforts ranging from a backlit keyboard to a USB Type-C port, seen in some other economy models we’ve tested in recent weeks. One, the Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA), is a better 15-inch machine for the same price, while the MSI Modern 14 is an Editors’ Choice winner if you want to go a little smaller. Of course, upping your budget to will get you a much more enjoyable notebook.
5.Dell Inspiron 15
The underside of the base is only covered in metal on areas where it’ll be visible, and the keyboard, wrist-rest and screen bezel are all finished with underwhelming matte black plastic.
The port situation is pretty standard here, too, with a trio of USB connections, a HDMI output and Gigabit Ethernet alongside an SD card reader. Interior access is decent: the base panel lifts away after just two screws have been removed, and the memory, hard drive, battery, processor and wireless card are all easily reachable. That’s great news for anyone that wants to be able to repair or upgrade their own laptop.
Best Budget 13 inch Laptops Under 400 – A sub-$400 price range doesn’t allow you to be expressive with the laptop purchases. Instead, you need to prioritize your requirements and get hold of laptops that offer the most value for money. Going under 400 dollars means that you would be concentrating on budget laptops, which is a keenly contested arena, comprising ultraportable, Chromebooks, and durable gadgets.