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Mainstream budget laptops with 13 to 14 inches screen display are the best notebooks under $800, and are best suited for personal use, children/teens and college students.


Our pick for the best notebook under $800 is the Asus ZenBook UX305F which has been widely acclaimed as the only notebook capable of competing with the Macbook Air. The Asus Zenbook holds its own in all departments against the Macbook Air, but cedes a little bit of ground in the performance department. Still, the Asus ZenBook UX305F is highly recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 85% - the Asus ZenBook UX305F has garnered excellent reviews from most reviewers, but it might not come with the latest specifications as it is a relatively old model.

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HP Pavilion x360 13t
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Lenovo ThinkPad E450
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Jul 2015
Aug 2015
May 2015
May 2014
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
14 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
Hard Drive
256 GB, SSD
500GB , 5,400rpm
256GB SSD
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5,400rpm
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SSD Drive
500 GB, HDD
516 GB, HDD, SSD
Installed Memory
8 GB
4 GB
4 GB, 4 GB
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Windows 8.1
Processor
0.8 MHz, Intel Core M 5Y10
2.10 GHz Intel Core i3-5010U
Intel Core i7-5500U
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-5200U
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-4200U
Laptop Type
General Purpose, Ultraportable
Business, Small Business
Ultrabook

The Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 may be extremely thin and feather-light, but an ultraportable laptop can't get by on those aspects alone.

The ports are entirely underwhelming, too, with one USB 3.0 socket, two slower USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI output and an SD card reader – the bare minimum, even for a hybrid.

Poor value for money compared to other variants.

Keyboard is not backlit.

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