Updated on 23 June 2013 by

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
Average Rating
 3.8 stars
 3.6 stars
 3.0 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.1 stars
Display
30% Positive
70% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
Battery
100% Positive
100% Positive
Look and Feel
62% Positive
38% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
Keypad
71% Positive
29% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Performance
50% Positive
50% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative