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With a $400 budget you can avail some of the best performance laptops for professional, business and home use. The best notebooks under $400 are also netbooks excelling in display features. A bunch of these laptops also come with 15-inch screens falling into midsize category. These affordable laptops run Windows 7/Windows 8/Chrome OS and are powered by Intel/AMD processors.

When buying a laptop under $400 you would definitely want to get features which can help you in accomplishing basic tasks like web browsing, word processing and multimedia handling. You should go for the laptops in this price range which have processors running at speed greater than 1.3 GHz and RAM size of at least 4GB.

A few of the top notch laptops under $400 avail SSD with free cloud storage but most of them house 320GB SATA HDD for accommodating good amount of music, videos and photos.

Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Toshiba and Acer are major manufacturers of the top rated laptops under $400.

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Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)
Toshiba Chromebook 2
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340
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Release Date
May 2015
Sep 2015
Jul 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2014
Display
12.5 inches, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1440
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
Hard Drive
128 GB, SSD
64GB , eMMC
500 GB, HDD
32 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
8 GB, 8 GB
4 GB
2 GB
4 GB
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Processor
1.2 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y71
1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3050
1.83 GHz, Intel Celeron N2930
1.6 GHz, Intel Celeron 3205U
2.58 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840

The biggest weakness of the quad-HD T300 Chi was its poor battery life.

In many areas the notebook is an excellent budget system.

Not a good value

Although the Chromebook 15's 1080p screen is plenty large, it doesn't offer a great picture.

Impressive Chromebook for the cost