Budget laptops are getting better and they come at a cheap price. You can get prime features at an affordable price rate.

There are budget laptops which are touchscreen already. There are those with premium-looking chassis. Some comes with an HDMI port, a backlit keyboard or a stylus support.

But the pressing question is which feature is the most important for you? Since these laptops have weak points to achieve their affordable price tags, what are you willing to give up?

In this article, we will explore the best budget laptops that are worth buying.

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1. Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14

Its not easy to balance a tight budget with good features. Thus, when you come across a standout inexpensive laptop like the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14, take your chance. At $519, this 14-inch machine has everything you’d want for a notebook in its price range, as per PC Mag.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 has a full HD display, a sturdy chassis, and a comfortable keyboard. It is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. All these features are pulled together by on-point performance.

2. HP’s Envy x360 13

At $850, HP’s Envy x360 13 has a high-quality and sturdy convertible build, as per The Verge. It comes with an excellent keyboard plus a bright, colorful screen. And it’s not only the outside that’s exceptional, the inside is excellent as well with AMD Ryzen processor, an all-day battery life and a very smooth performance.

There are some minor rough cuts, however, as its screen is 16:9, which is not an ideal aspect ratio for multitasking. There is also limited port selection, notably without a Thunderbolt and HDMI. However, at Envy’s price point, none of these are deal-breakers.

3. Microsoft Surface Go 3

Microsoft Surface Go 3 runs on Windows 11 and can be used with an optional keyboard. This machine is designed to compete with Chromebooks and the Apple iPad. You can get it at a starting price of $399.99.

With its refined styling and high-quality construction, this is the best inexpensive Windows-powered 2-in-1 tablet. With its affordable price point, this is one of your best options in the market.

4. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

If you want a really affordable Chromebook that would get the job done, try the $260 Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It is a 10-inch aluminum alloy Chrome OS tablet. It already comes with a kickstand and keyboard cover.

Appearance wise, it looks sturdy and classy, and you can use it either as a tablet or a PC. Even with its size and price, the performance is not compromised. Another selling point of this machine, is it has 11 hours of battery life, which makes it one of the longest-lasting Chromebooks, as per The Verge.

5. Asus VivoBook 15

If you’re seeking for a super-affordable machine, the Asus VivoBook 15 is a good choice for $399. This laptop is a bit quicker than most of its competitors with the same price range.

Asus VivoBook 15 has an above-average selection of ports plus decent battery life. However, the biggest compromise is a display having subpar brightness balancing and sharpness, and a limited 128GB SSD storage.

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