Top 6 Budget Laptops Available On Amazon

If you are planning to buy a decent laptop right now, it is a good thing that you ended up here. And why is that? Well, for one, I will not tell you to buy something that is absurdly an overpriced computing machine when all you really want is some mid-range laptop to get the job done. What I will tell you is that you will have a good list of choices that will most likely meet what you really want and how you want to use it.

The following list does not say the best and the least-best laptop from Amazon. Any laptop here is the best for the right person and purpose. As much as I would want to talk about the latest and greatest beastly laptop in the market this year, let us consider the broader part of the consumers that only want good performing laptops at a low to midrange price. So without further ado, here are the top six laptops available now on Amazon.

Fusion5 14.1″ Lapbook x5-Z8350

Let’s start the list with the best-selling mid-range laptop from Amazon – the Fusion5 Computer Lapbook x5-Z8350. And if you are ever wondering why it sells like hot cake right now is because compared to other brands with the same price point, it is right up there.

The Pros:

Hardware specification wise, it is not lagging behind. Considering the price tag of $220 from $399, it is worth every penny. Sure, it is not from a very renowned brand, but upon testing, it can actually deliver one of the most amazing performances with its Intel-based processor Atom x5-Z8350 1.92GHz.

It is also supported by 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal eMMC solid state drive. With my experience, that 64GB SSD drive can deliver a boot-up time of 5-10 seconds upon pressing the power button.

Yes, the storage capacity is not much but with its price point, it is hard to complain compared to most brands such as Acer, Lenovo, and even HP. The good thing is that if you want to expand the storage capacity of this gem, you can put as much as 1TB of micro-SD card. Or use an external hard drive if you have one.

It has a sleek design that looks similar to that of Apple’s MacBook, and it is lightweight. Pretty much suited for portability purposes.

It is also worth mentioning that the Fusion5 brand company has a well-established reputation for honoring warranties. Talk about confidence at what they do. Perhaps, that is the very reason why it is selling great on the Amazon store.

The Cons:

Well, as much as I would love to commend this Fusion5 LapBook all day long, there are some factors that can be considered as a bit of a turn-off. First is that the battery can only last around 6-hours of normal to heavy use. Just around 4-hours with heavy 3D gaming which can be a hassle when you are already having fun.

The camera sucks at the 2-megapixel quality. It is just good enough for the person on the other line to see you smile and talk. And the display, while it is at 1080p resolution, it is not as vibrant or as good-looking as most high-end laptops. It is just alright at most. But then again, I am reminded that it is just over $200 to boot with.

Here is the rest of the spec:

  • 14.1 inches LCD screen at 1080p resolution
  • Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.92GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 64GB eMMC SSD ROM expandable up to 1TB
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • 37-watt hours of lithium batteries.
  • Windows 10
  • 1.82 Kg.
  • 2 USB slot (1 USB 3.0 on the right and 1 USB 2.0 on the left)
  • 1 headphone jack port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • Wifi b/g/n/ac
  • Currently priced at $209 from previous $399

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Acer One S1003 2-in-1 Detachable

Another popular and good-selling budget laptop in the market is the Acer One S1003 2-in-1 Detachable. Yes, another notebook model but hear me out on this first. This is as powerful as Fusion5 LapBook but with a slightly different twist – it is detachable.

The Pros:

It is the same Atom processor as the Fusion5’s offering so you can play 3D gaming just as smooth. By 3D gaming, I mean midrange titles such as Counter-Strike GO on mid-settings and low settings on DOTA 2.

It has also 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The internal memory is at 64GB but it is still eMMC SSD-type storage so read-write is still blazing fast. It is expandable up to 200GB of extra storage plus your external hard drive if you own one.

The design is elegant and not too shabby looking. The lightweight and sleek form factor makes it great for portable handling. It is detachable and can be converted into a tablet so there is that mobility factor. And the screen is great even on outdoor so thumbs up for that.

The battery is quite impressive at 8 hours on real-world usage. It gave me decent hours of browsing and some video streaming. Playing demanding games will last you at around 5 hours depending on the graphics settings.

The Cons:

Unfortunately, the glossy design of Acer One S1003 has some downside as well. It is a fingerprint magnet so after a whole day of handling this laptop, you may find fingerprint smudges all over it. The camera is also not that great.

While the battery is pretty good, I found that while in sleep mode, it still consumes an ample amount of juice. That means you cannot leave this laptop on an asleep state for a week without plugging it into a power source.

That 64GB internal storage is really disappointing though. Also, the screen resolution is just 720p. So if you are into the high-definition display, this laptop might not be suitable for you. Otherwise, it can give you enough performance for your basic to midrange needs.

Here is the rest of the spec:

  • 10.1 inch LCD screen at 720p resolution
  • Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.92GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 64GB eMMC SSD ROM expandable up to 200GB
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • 10,000mAh battery
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 2.8 lbs
  • 2 USB slot (1 USB 3.0 on the right and 1 USB 2.0 on the left)
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 mini HDMI port
  • Wifi b/g/n/ac
  • Currently priced at $228.50 from previous $380

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HP Stream 14-ax000na

For people who want a more reliable name on the market but does not want the pricey value, HP Stream should make you turn your head. This particular model is not a weak machine if you want a performance-driven portable device.

The Pros:

HP Stream has an Intel Celeron N3060 that runs at 1.6GHz-2.5GHz, a dual-core energy-saving CPU supported by a 4GB RAM. This might not be for your gaming pleasure but other less demanding tasks such as office-related activities will do just fine.

The display is a 14-inches LCD that uses WLED technology for a bright viewing angle. I used this laptop outdoor and the visibility is pretty good. That enabled me to write some stuff while staying in the park. Connectivity is also reliable but not really as lightning-fast as other high-end brands. But as long as you remember the price tag of this device, what can you really complain about for?

The battery performance is superb, it lasted me about 9-hours of browsing and streaming. I tried to use it on light gaming and it gave me 7-hours of screen time. Not bad HP.

The design is average and could appeal to younger users. It is lightweight so that is another good thing for portability.

It comes preloaded with Office 365 with a one-year subscription so you are covered if your activities include Microsoft Office utilities for most of the time. Plus, you get 1TB of cloud storage from OneDrive as soon as you activate Office 365.

The Cons:

Sadly, it only comes with 32GB of eMMC storage so you are limited to a certain amount of apps to be installed. But if you do not mind buying an extra SD card to expand that storage then you have lessee problem.

Again, it is not really great at gaming. Only light 3D games are playable. And it seems that aside from the pre-installed Office 365, HP Stream also comes pre-installed with bloatware which to most people probably are useless. Removing these unnecessary apps will add some smoothness to the overall performance of the laptop.

Also, the screen resolution is an average 1366 x 768. Since this is just for light productivity purposes, this resolution is good enough—or not.

Here is the rest of the spec:

  • 14-inch LCD display with WLED backlight support
  • Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz-2.5GHz dual-core
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB eMMC technology expandable up to 256GB
  • Camera unknown
  • 41-watt hours of lithium battery
  • Windows 10
  • 1.44 Kg.
  • 3 USB slots (2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 on the left side)
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 802.11 ac 2×2 Wi-Fi antenna
  • $249 for regular members and $219 for Amazon Prime members

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is a mid-range laptop strictly for heavy users but not for the hardcore ones. If you want huge storage for multimedia consumptions and what-not, this is a good buy for you. This laptop can deliver great multi-tasking performance but limited on raw computing power.

The Pros:

The 8GB RAM is an obvious reason if you like opening multiple tabs at once on your browser or if you are editing 20 documents at once. And the 15.6-inches WLED screen is a good choice for any type of viewing pleasure.

The battery is pretty decent which can last up to around 7-hours give or take. The 256GB SSD of storage is great for those who do mostly office works on their laptop. Not to mention that the SSD can deliver super-fast response rate when navigating through your local files.

Also, the slim edge design is great when you want a sleek looking design. And if you are still using an optical disc for your computing activities, this laptop has a DVD/RW feature.

The Cons:

While the design looks slim, it does not feel very sturdy or reliable. I could be wrong. And with more than 2 kilos of weight, it’s not heavy but not too comfortable when you are holding it for a bit longer.

The audio is not as promising as they advertised it to be. It is decent when you are in a room alone. But using this laptop in a noisy environment, you better have brought your headset or you will only be hearing muffled voices for most of the time. But hey, if you are most of the time indoors, the audio from this device is enough.

The AMD A6-9200 processor is not much to boast with. It is a dual-core CPU and pretty much only good for light and less demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop, and doing light multimedia tasks. Some heavy video rendering might keep you for a longer amount of time but it is doable.

Here is the spec:

  • 15-inch LED screen
  • AMD A6-9200 dual-core processor
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 256 SSD storage
  • Camera unknown
  • 40 watt-hours lithium battery
  • Windows 10
  • 5.51 lbs
  • 3 USB slots
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 DVD/RW optical drive
  • Wifi b/g/n
  • $389.50

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HP Probook 640 G1

Here comes a low-budget mid-range laptop that has all the sweet spot for a lot of users. The HP ProBook MT41 is worth looking out if you are after an average performing Windows machine with most of the needed feature inside.

The Pros:

The Intel Core I5-4200M CPU  at 3.1 GHz might not be your first power-house processor but it can handle most productivity task. It is good on battery and with light to average use. And speaking of battery, upon testing it lasted me about 7 hours of multimedia consumption and some video streaming.

Inside is a 500GB HDD so there is enough storage for average users, unlike the other similar priced laptops that have only 32GB-64GB storage. And despite the fact that it is using only HDD and not SDD technology, it does perform well and boots up quite fast. Just a couple more seconds compared to Fusion5.

The laptop is elegantly designed which comes pleasingly to the eye. It really looks modern. The keyboard is said to be spill-resistant but we never got to try it. Also, the overall feel of the device feels sturdy even if it is just refurbished.

The Cons:

The sound quality is not good. The camera is average. And the fact that its processor is aged from 2013, there is not much power to it if you are looking to use this for heavy 3D gaming or 3D rendering type of productivity.

The touchpad is not wide enough for my taste. Perhaps, it is just me but overall, I decided to use a USB mouse before I get totally annoyed. It is also worth noting that the laptop gets quite heavy after a while as it weighs 4.7 lbs. The display is not that bright outdoor but it is not too bad. Just needs some adjustment from first boot.

Here is the spec:

  • 14″ HD Anti-Glare LED-backlit 1366×768
  • AMD A4 4300m 2.5GHz-3GHz (Turbo41-watt ) dual-core processor
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Unknown camera
  • 65-watt 6-cell extended battery
  • Windows 10
  • 4.7 lbs
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 4 USB ports (2 USB 3.0 left and 2 USB 3.0 at the right)
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 DVD/RW optical drive
  • Wifi b/g/n/ac
  • $259.59 (Refurbished)

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HP Star Wars Special Edition

It wouldn’t be fair if we did not include an average gamer’s laptop on the list. The HP Star Wars Special Edition may have some gaming factors in it, but it still costs only around midrange price point.

The Pros:

The HP Star Wars Edition is powered by Intel® Core™ i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor. It is not the most beastly processor and certainly not one of the latest and greatest but it is not the weakest in terms of performance. In fact, you can play mid to high settings some of the popular game titles out there. Not to mention the 6GB RAM to support the impressive processing power inside.

Another factor to consider is the 1TB of the hard drive inside which can be filled with a lot of multimedia and personal files. The display comes at 1080p resolution with LED backlighting technology. It is good enough for outdoor activities.

The battery is not too shabby as well. It lasted me about 6-hours of gaming and 8-hours on basic web browsing and video streaming. Not bad, right?  Although, honestly it could be better. And it is also a Star Wars edition so if you are a fan, you should grab this right away because I heard that this is a limited edition.

The Cons:

One downside of having a powerful processor is its ability to get uncomfortably hot when using it for heavy and demanding tasks. Video editing and gaming really make it a bit warmer than it supposed to.

And yes, it is slow for video editing purpose. It is, after all, a dual-core processor. It is weighed 2.3 kilograms so it has some weight to consider.

Here is the rest of the spec:

  • 15.6 inch WLED backlit display
  • Intel Core™ i5-6200U 2.3GHz-2.8Ghz (Turbo boost) GHz dual-core Processor
  • 6GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 1TB of HDD
  • Unknown camera spec
  • 41 watt-hours 4-cell battery
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 2.3 Kg.
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 3 USB ports (1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0)
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Wifi a/c
  • around $500 to $1000 depending on the seller

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Did you find the laptop that suits you? If yes, which one is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Rene Manguerra

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