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Best Quality Cheap Laptops Review 2013 - 2014

Updated on December 3, 2013

Finding the Best Laptops 2013

In the rapidly growing world of technology, students, teachers, parents and even children need to keep up with the social updates and be organized.

This post features 4 of our favorite laptops this year and gives pros and cons for each.

5 stars for Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140 14-Inch Ultrabook

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140 14-Inch Ultrabook

Standing at 14” the Toshiba Satellite is the perfect choice when it comes to a laptop. Not only is it lightweight, but the Satellite also has a very long battery life and a new Intel Core i5 CPU. So, if you are looking for a laptop that could be invested into work, school, or even just browsing, this laptop is definitely a price-friendly option.

Pros: The Toshiba Satellite has 4GB of memory, a 640GB hard drive, Chipset Intel HM65 Graphics and an Intel HD 3000 Operating system. A worthy competitor of the Satellite is the MacBook Pro, which is almost two times the Satellite’s price.

Even the Satellite offers a step-up in features from the MacBook with an integrated DVD drive, USB 3.0 ports, and eSATA ports. All of the features on this laptop and its spectacular price make it a top competitor in its class.

Cons: The Intel’s graphics are better than usual, they are still not the best for gamers. Also some features like Bluetooth and the broadband cellular option are limited in the configurations.

There is also no Blu-Ray option only the basic DVD option.
Overall, the Toshiba Satellite is the best priced computer for all of the features it has to offer. If you are looking for a fast, lightweight computer with a good amount of memory, this is the way to go.

Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch

MacBook’s are known for their high speed and incredible programs. With the MacBook Air, Apple has upgraded its laptop so that users get more for the price.

With a 13” inch screen, i5 core processor, and a sweet backlight keyboard, the MacBook Air is the perfect companion for any student or even business man or woman.

Pros: The Apple MacBook Air comes with 1.7GHZ Intel Core i5 intel, 4GB of memory, and a 128 GB Hard drive. It operates on the OS X 10.7 Lion System and has Intel HD3000 graphics.

The latest version of the 13-inch MacBook Air outperforms many other computers. With its backlit keyboard, and its fast processing system it is definitely a good choice for a laptop.

Cons: The hard drive is only 128GB SSD is pretty small for the price being paid.

HP Envy x2 11-g010nr 11.6-Inch Convertible Laptop

Combining features of a PC with that of a MacBook, the HP Envy 14 is an outstanding laptop with an affordable price tag. With an Intel HM55 processor and a ton of memory, the HP Envy is a great choice for the price.

Pros: The HP Envy comes with a 14” inch screen size which is bigger than both the Macbook and Toshiba Portege. It also has a lot of memory, which makes this a top player in its class. With a whopping 6GB of memory, and 750GB hard drive, you do not have to worry about saving too much on this baby.

It weighs in at about 5.3 pounds and comes with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, which are stunning. The HP Envy continues to work with Beats Audio and it includes special bass-boosting software and hardware making the audio on this computer unbeatable.

Cons: The touchpad on the HP Envy does not match the track pad found in a Macbook. It also suffers with a shorter battery life.

Overall, the HP Envy is a perfect computer for those who want a little bigger screen, more memory, and a higher audio level. At an affordable price, it has features that beat out most other laptops in its class.

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Lenovo G500s 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

With a great deal of memory, the Lenovo G500 seems to be a clear cut competitor in the laptop world. This computer has a number of convenient power management options that make the battery life of this computer long and the performance exceptional.

Pros: The top of the Lenovo’s lid was made in order to not collect fingerprints, it is durable, and has long lasting battery life. The G500 also comes with 4GB of memory, a 13” inch screen, and a 320 GB hard drive. It has the best gaming graphics for the price and also comes with 3D business graphics too.

It comes with awesome one-key back-up options for saving data, and it also features AnchorFree’s HotSpotShield. This app is very convenient when searching for unsecured hotspots. The Lenovo G500 also comes with an integrated webcam, which is a fun feature to use.

To put use of this camera, the computer comes configured with Cyberlink Youcam software, which allows users to take photos and videos and mess around with them similarly to the Macbook’s Photobooth. So, this laptop stands out with its quick processor, amazing graphics, low price, and outstanding durability.

Cons: It only has 3 USB ports, and comes with no firewire. It is also said to have a slow warranty repair process as opposed to other brands.

All in all, this computer is easy to start up, and has a ton of features. It is also super thin, lightweight, and fun to use. So, for the price, this computer is a great competitor and places a high expectation on the graphics of other computers.

In a world where a laptop is an everyday necessity and you want the most bang for your buck so to speak, the Toshiba Satellite wins as the all-around winner for price. If you are looking for an upgrade from the Toshiba with more memory, and a slightly bigger screen, the HP Envy 14 is definitely the way to go.

© 2013 Jackie Jacobs

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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am in the market for a laptop, as I am sick of writing on our larger computer tucked in a room way back in the house. The Toshiba one you discuss interests me. Thanks for the info!