6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Top 5: Best laptops under $600

About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Best laptops under $600

3:01 /

Don't call them Netbooks. These inexpensive computers deliver the features of full-fledged laptops costing twice as much.

When it comes to laptops, everybody�s talking about Ultrabooks and Windows 8 convertibles. But behind it all, we�re seeing a ton of great, regular ol� laptops at rock-bottom prices. In this episode of Top 5 we�re counting down the best laptops under $600, picked by CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman. Starting off at #5: the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e. For the price of an iPad, you�re getting an 11-inch laptop that won�t shatter after a drop off the table. Like all of these laptops, it runs Windows 7, this one with a 320GB hard drive and a 1.3GHz dual-core AMD processor. It�s a little on the chunky side, but it�s tough. At #4, coming in at $550, we have the Acer Aspire V5-171-6867. Ask for it by name, if you can remember it. We�re still in the 11-inch tablet zone here, but this one�s thinner, and has a lot more to brag about. You get an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz processor, 500GB of storage, USB 3.0 and HDMI out. It�s a little cramped, but it�s a killer machine. But the winner of the awful name category goes to #3: the Sony Vaio E Series SVE11113FXW. Still 11-inches, still a little chunky and little slow by modern laptop standards, but the asking price is $449. That�s the lowest price you�re going to find on this list. If all you need is a stylish little laptop for surfing the web and checking email, this is a great option with impressive battery life. Coming in at #2, the HP Sleekbook 6. That name is murder on my lisp, and it gets us right up to that $600 mark. The tradeoff is that we�re making the jump to a 15-inch screen. Now that�s a proper laptop. You�re getting all the high-end design of an HP Envy laptop, but the horsepower is somewhat limited by the AMD processor. Bottom line: if you want a $600 laptop that looks like a $1200 laptop, this is the one. Now before we get to the top, let�s take a reality check over on CNET�s list of the best 5 laptops overall. Our #1 pick, the Apple Macbook Pro with retina display will set you back over $2,000. For the same money you could buy one of the laptops on this list for everyone in your home. And now, the best laptop out there for under $600 is: the Dell Inspiron 17R. What puts this one over the top is the 17-inch screen. That size, along with the Intel Core i3 chip under the hood, make this a full-fledged desktop replacement. Is it thin? No. And the resolution on that big screen is a bit of a let down. But for $599, you�re getting a lot of laptop for the money. So there you have it, five solid laptops for under $600. Be sure to check out Dan Ackerman�s budget laptop roundup at CNET.com. And for more Top 5�s like this, head over to Top5. CNET.com. I�m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Winning apps for coaches
1:03 March 27, 2015
Anyone who has ever coached youth sports knows the frustrations of communicating important messages to dozens of families. In this...
Play video
Imperial Star Destroyer joins growing fleet of 'Star Wars' drones, Ep. 197
4:35 March 26, 2015
This week on Crave, we navigate crowds while staring at our phones, catch space junk with fish nets, and ogle a new "Star Wars" taking...
Play video
Birdly uses VR, a fan and your flapping arms to simulate flight (Tomorrow Daily 151)
28:21 March 26, 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out bird-flight simulator Birdly (complete with hydraulic flapping arm mechanism), a father...
Play video
Expect the new Apple TV at WWDC 2015
5:28 March 26, 2015
Reports point to a a brand new Apple TV in June; we take a look at an Apple Drone concept; and the App of the Week is Memoji Keyboard....
Play video
A too-small oven stymies Electrolux's gas range
2:03 March 26, 2015
Electrolux's mid-price 30-inch Gas Freestanding Range with IQ Touch Controls has entry-level capabilities.
Play video
2015 Kia Sedona
5:39 March 26, 2015
Brian Cooley test-drives the Kia Sedona minivan and offers his take on how it stacks up against its rivals.
Play video
Xiaomi Yi Action Cam is way better than its price
1:25 March 26, 2015
The Yi's video quality and shooting options are well above other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessori...
Play video
Facebook's new features and Twitter launches Periscope
2:58 March 26, 2015
Facebook lays out new features, Twitter launches a Meerkat hunter and Steven Spielberg gets the call to direct "Ready Player One."
Play video