Best budget laptopsUpdated April 14, 2014 1:47 PM PDT
The era of the $300 Netbook maybe long gone, but you can still find basic Atom-powered hybrids or Core i3 touch screen laptops for between $500-$600, and step-up versions for a little more.
Asus Transformer Book T100
The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.
Lenovo Essential G500 - 59372004 - Black - 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3230M (2.60GHz 1600MHz 3MB)
For basics on a budget, the Lenovo G580 gets the job done. Just don't skimp on the configuration.