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You might be looking for a laptop which delivers more performance for a relatively small price tag. Notebooks that fall in this category are affordable under $700 and their performance lie between cheap and high end laptops. The best performance budget notebooks are designed for use in gaming and multimedia handling.

The best price performance laptops are configured with either an Intel Core i3 or Intel Core i5 processor with speed above 2 GHz, at least 4GB RAM and 500GB of hard drive capacity. Most budget laptops arrive with pre-installed Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

Lenovo, Sony, Dell, HP, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung and Acer are the notable manufacturers of these less expensive performance laptops.

Options from manufacturers:

  • For casual to 3D gaming, these budget notebooks deliver very decent CPU and GPU performance. Lenovo and Dell laptops are specialised in this category of highly ranked performance budget notebooks with their gaming and multimedia capabilities.
  • Long battery life, good display quality, HD webcams and excellent audio support are some of the features you can find in budget laptops from Sony.
  • You may also opt for thin and light laptops from HP and Toshiba which have large hard drive capacity up to 640 GB. The top rated price performance notebooks from HP have finger print reader enabling you to access your online accounts readily.

Do refer our listing of the best performance budget notebook of 2013 which features mid-size laptops running on AMD and Intel processors.

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Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT)
Toshiba Chromebook 2
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 (L15W-B1302)
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Jun 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2014
Nov 2014
Processor Speed
2.16 GHz
2.16 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.58 GHz
2.16 GHz
Installed RAM
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
8192.0 MB
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
Display
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
14 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
11.6 inches, 1366 x 768
Hard Drive
16 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
1000 GB, HDD
16 GB, SSD
500 GB, HDD
Installed Memory
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
4 GB
4 GB, 4 GB
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Windows 8.1
Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1
Processor
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
2.16 GHz, Intel Atom N2840
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i7-5500U
2.58 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
Laptop Type
Value
Value, Widescreen
General Purpose, Tablet
Value, Widescreen

  • The Dell Chromebook 11 is an affordable 11-inch Chrome OS laptop that offers excellent battery life, good overall performance, and a durable construction.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 with Core i3 processor delivers speedy performance and lasts all day on a charge.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 Touch is more rugged and less expensive than before, but it sacrifices some performance that made the old Dell Chromebook 11 great.


  • The affordable Dell Chromebook 11 Touch has a touch screen and a beefy, rugged design making it a good choice for classrooms.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 with Core i3 processor delivers speedy performance and lasts all day on a charge.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 Touch is more rugged and less expensive than before, but it sacrifices some performance that made the old Dell Chromebook 11 great.


  • The Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT) is a moderately priced convertible-hybrid laptop with a large screen and a Core i7 processor for speed. Its dual hinge offers versatility, but it lags behind competitors in terms of screen quality and overall features.


  • The CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2, Toshiba's second inexpensive Chrome OS laptop, is a solid system with a full HD display, Skullcandy speakers, and 4GB of memory, but it doesn't stand out in this increasingly competitive category.


  • The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is one of the best Chromebooks money can buy. Its 1920 x 1080-pixel display is bright and colorful with wide viewing angles, and the Skullcandy-powered speakers offer plenty of punch. I also really like the sleek design, comfortable keyboard and long battery life. For $30 less, the Acer Chromebook 13 offers better graphics performance and slightly longer endurance, but it's display isn't nearly as vibrant and its design not as attractive.


  • If you're looking for an all-around solid Chrome OS experience -- with one of the best screens we've seen on a Chromebook -- the Toshiba Chromebook 2 should be your starting point.


  • The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 (L15W-B1302) is a convertible-hybrid laptop that doubles as a tablet and offers a basic Windows 8 system at an affordable price.


  • The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 transforms from laptop to tablet with ease and is one of the most affordable 11-inch hybrids, but its endurance is lacking.


  • The Satellite Radius looks relatively cheap at £329, assisted by Toshiba pocketing additional revenue from the third-party services that are configured into the machine. As a laptop the L10W is rather slow, while an arguably superflous touchscreen means costs have been cut elsewhere to accommodate this divisive feature. But if your checklist is confined to the hybrid combo of overweight tablet and underperforming laptop, the Toshiba ticks all boxes.


Top 5 performance budget notebook:

  1. Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
  2. Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
  3. Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT)
  4. Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340
  5. Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 (L15W-B1302)