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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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Asus ZenBook UX305F
HP Pavilion x360 13t
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Lenovo ThinkPad E450
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
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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
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  • With its ultraslim profile, the Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 midrange ultraportable certainly redefines the concept of thin. Unfortunately, its performance isn't as impressive.


  • The Asus UX305 is almost perfection in affordable ultra-portable laptops. Its stylish, well built, incredibly light and has a screen, keybaord and battery life to rival the best. All for under £650. A tiny slip-up with the trackpad and a definite compromise on performance mean it doesn’t quite take home maximum points, though.


  • - If the company is smart about promotion, this could be a very successful product.
    - The speakers fire downwards and sideways from the bottom of the laptop, which means you only get decent sound if it's placed on a flat surface.
    - The UX305F is remarkably thin at 12.3mm and weighs just 1.2kg, making it very easy to carry around in one hand.
    - It looks great and is extremely easy to carry around.
    - The keyboard is crisp and comfortable.


  • The HP Pavilion x360 13t offers very good performance for the price and impressive audio, in a highly flexible, 13.3-inch design.


  • The HP Spectre x360 delivers a high-end, flexible Windows laptop design at a mainstream price with a battery that runs all day.


  • We like the HP’s divisive red design, and its hinged mechanism and build quality are both good, but this budget system is too slow to rival the superior


  • The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a 2-in-1 that offers solid performance in a premium soft-touch design, but its screen isn't good enough for the price.


  • While its specifications look great on paper, this Inspiron is marred by mediocre performance and an unfortunate as-tested price.


  • Go for this 15.6-inch notebook only if you don’t want a number pad, and will be using it mostly on a desk with a mouse attached.


  • The Lenovo ThinkPad E450 is a moderately priced business laptop with a professional-looking design and a work-friendly feature set.


  • The Lenovo Yoga 2 13 is a well-designed convertible hybrid laptop, but the construction feels flimsier than that of previous iterations, and good-but-not-stellar performance doesn't help it stand out from the crowd.


  • If you can't quite afford the Yoga 2 Pro but still want a full-time laptop and a part-time tablet, the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 is an excellent choice.


  • Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 2 13 should be called the Yoga 1.5. While it’s certainly better than its predecessor, the new model feels like an incremental update. That wouldn’t be a problem if the Yoga was frequently updated, but we’ve been waiting well over a year for a new entry-level model, and what a year it has been. Everyone but Apple has a convertible on the market, and some competitors, like the Dell XPS 12 and HP Spectre 13t, are remarkably competent. Comparing the Yoga 2 13 to these alternatives results in a mix of pros and cons.


Top 5 notebook under $800 of 2016:

  1. Asus ZenBook UX305F
  2. HP Pavilion x360 13t
  3. Dell Inspiron 15 7000
  4. Lenovo ThinkPad E450
  5. Lenovo Yoga 2 13