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Best for fans of legacy ports and DVD drives
The 15.6-inch laptop has a lot of things that have been dropped from higher-end PCs and has solid performance and battery life to boot.
The Chromebook for the Chromebook skeptic
Adding Android apps and a premium stylus, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is my new budget laptop to beat.
Ideal for schoolwork and writing
A 13-inch Chromebook with the design and quality we like the ThinkPad brand for.
What a tie looks like when price and performance rumble
The Origin PC Eon15-S plunges into the budget-gaming-laptop melee and emerges less bloody than most.
Chromebook-style Windows PC
The HP Stream 14 aims to be a cloud-focused laptop, much like a Chromebook, but with the added utility of Windows 10. It's a rock-bottom budget laptop, so don't get your hopes up, but the battery life is impressive.
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.
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.