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Best budget laptops of 2017

The era of the Netbook may be long gone but you can still find their successors.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 6 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

    A sharp screen in a thin body for cheap

    The Galaxy Tab Pro S is one of the best deals out there with a 12-inch AMOLED display, Core M3 processor, and keyboard for no extra charge.

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  • HP Stream 11

    Chromebook-style Windows PC

    The HP Stream 11 aims to be a cloud-focused laptop, much like a Chromebook, but with the added utility of Windows 8. It's a rock-bottom budget laptop, so don't get your hopes up, but the battery life is impressive.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 6 Features
    • 6 Performance
    • 9 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 7 Battery
    Microsoft Surface 3

    Premium design at a budget price

    The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.

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  • Lenovo Ideapad 100S

    Great keyboard for the price

    The Lenovo Ideapad 100S has the best keyboard we've seen on a low-budget laptop, and more than enough battery life to get through day, but a dated touchpad holds it back.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 6 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Acer Chromebook R11

    A finger-friendly hybrid Chromebook

    Acer's Chromebook R 11 has a neat hybrid design and the price is right, but simpler, non-touch devices offer better value.

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  • Hisense Chromebook

    Cuts the right corners

    The Hisense Chromebook offers just enough power and comfort for far less money than the competition.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 7 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 6 Battery
    Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

    The king of budget laptops has arrived

    At $750, they're not the cheapest budget laptops -- but they are the best equipped. Dell's 13- and 15-inch Inspiron 7000 come standard with accurate touchpads, Core i5 processors, backflipping screens and 256GB SSDs.

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  • HP Spectre x360 (2016)

    Best all-around

    For under $1,000, you can't beat the HP Spectre x360's combination of speed, style, battery life and full-size ports. A beautiful backflipping touchscreen also doesn't hurt.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 6 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 6 Battery
    Origin PC Eon17-SLX (GeForce 980)

    Best for VR

    Stepping up to virtual reality requires an oversized desktop PC, unless you get something like this rare beast -- one of the only laptops in the world that supports Oculus and Vive.

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