New Research Finds Quality Cheap Laptops for Consumers on a Budget

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Top laptops under $650 include the speedy and well-equipped Lenovo IdeaPad V570 and the Toshiba Satellite L745-S4210 with excellent battery life.

Cheapism’s top picks contain must-have features and reflect expert performance evaluations.

Many laptops carry hefty price tags, but a new buying guide by -- a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products -- identifies the top cheap laptops costing less than $650. Four laptops rose to the top of the list based on their technical specs and analysis of performance reviews. Frugal shoppers will fall for the Lenovo IdeaPad V570, with its super-fast system and generous memory and hard drive. The Toshiba Satellite L745-S4210 impresses with six-plus hours of battery life and a quick processor. The Dell Vostro V131 offers even better battery life -- more than eight hours in expert testing. The HP Pavilion g6-1a69 is a good basic laptop that gets the job done well with few complaints from users.

Cheapism’s top picks contain must-have features and reflect expert performance evaluations. The number of configurations can be daunting, so Cheapism breaks down all the critical technical specs. The best cheap laptops, the Lenovo IdeaPad V570 and the Toshiba Satellite L745-S4210, boast powerful Intel processors, 4GB to 6GB of memory, 640GB hard drives, and extended battery life. Subpar memory and hard drive space and excessive bloatware consign the Dell Inspiron 14R to the bottom of the list along with the Gateway NV55C38u, which comes with a bare minimum 2GB of RAM. Laptop reviews indicate that consumers care about overall performance on daily tasks, gaming ability, and battery life. Users also want comfortable keyboards and responsive touchpads. All the models on the list meet or exceed expectations on these matters but generally disappoint in the audio department.

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Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap,” is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Cheapism is the only review site that focuses exclusively on low-price products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.

Max Levitte


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