Best Budget Laptops for 2018

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Samsung Chromebook Pro

    Adding Android apps and a premium stylus, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is my new budget laptop to beat.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 9 Battery
    Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762)
    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.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Battery
    Lenovo Miix 510
    Surface Pro alternative

    If you want the look and feel of Microsoft's 2-in-1, but for much less, the Miix is an excellent option.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop
    Best for mainstream gaming on a budget

    Good gaming graphics power and solid battery life makes this a great bargain.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Acer Swift 1
    Best for all-day web surfing

    What it the Swift 1 lacks in performance, it makes up for in design and battery life.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 9 Battery
    Acer Aspire S 13
    MacBook Air alternative

    What it lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in performance and battery life.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 5 Features
    • 6 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Lenovo Flex 11 (2018)

    Lenovo’s latest 360-degree hybrid keeps costs down but makes for a decent laptop and tablet on-the-go.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 6 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    HP Stream 14-ax010nr
    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.

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