Finding the Best Laptops Under $400

surfing on the beach. Laptop display is cut with clipping pathThis guide is focused on laptops under $400, one rung up in the price range from our previous guide to laptops under $300 .  The $400 dollar price range offers a number of full fledged 15 inch laptops as well as more portable Netbooks that will cover most basic computing needs, ranging from work, media consumption and even entry level gaming.   Around 350$ is the entry level for most grooving new laptops meaning you are guaranteed a shiny fresh product every time – and hopefully one that’s well worth your money.

Laptop Buying Guides

CNET Laptop Buying GuideBefore we go any further if you’re not too clued up on all of the technical jargon when it comes to PC’s I would recommend checking out CNet’s laptop buying guide. It’s an excellent resource if you’re not sure what to look out for when buying a new laptop written in pure non techie English. Fellow geeks please feel free to ignore.

Current Laptops Under $400 on Sale – April 2014

These specials change regularly but more often than not provide excellent value for money – it is not uncommon for retailers such as Amazon.com to sell models with extra stock at below cost price.

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR

The ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR is a pioneering touchscreen laptop from ASUS that has received critical acclaim is a budget netbook. It features sappy performance, a detachable keyboard for doubling up as a tablet, excellent portability, lengthy battery life, and top notch build quality. The T100TA-C1-GR received stellar feedback and is currently top of our list of budget netbooks – not to mention that it doubles up as a tablet for couch surfing on the fly.  The T100TA-C1-GR is currently on special for $350 at a discount of $49. [Editors Choice]

  • Preinstalled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013
  • Keyboard Dock included
  • Intel Atom Quad Core Processor – Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz (Turbo 1.86GHz)
  • 64 GB Solid-State Drive Storage
  • 2 GB DDR3

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR

Lenovo-IdeaPad-S210-59387503

Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503

The Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503 is a popular option from Lenovo that delivers a sleek and sturdy netbook experience at the fraction of the price of many alternatives, including a sleek metallic finish and excellent touchscreen and keyboard. If you are after a portable work machine or plan on using your laptop on the go the S210 is a top option currently on special at a discount of $50 for $369.

  • Intel Pentium 2127U 1.9 GHz Processor (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Display, Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8, 4-hour battery life

Lenovo-IdeaPad-S210-59387503-buy

Asus-X200CA-HCL1104G-sideAsus X200CA-HCL1104G

Asus X200CA-HCL1104G is another bestselling touchscreen netbook that has received a ton of positive feedback from reviewers. Similiar to the Lenovo above, it was praised for a great touchscreen, its ultra thin build, and solid all around performance on the go. For basic users on the hunt for the best netbook for your $400 it may turn out to be a toss up between these two power players. At the end of the day it often boils down to personal preference and style choice – fans of ASUS will enjoy the X200CA’s more contemporary design, while Lenovo fans will enjoy the S210′s sturdy build and pro finish.The X200CA-HCL1104G  is currently on special with a hefty discount of  $253 for $326.

  • 11.6-inch High-definition touch screen, Intel UMA graphics
  • 320GB HD, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, media card reader, Webcam
  • Intel Celeron 1007U Dual-core 1.5GHz Processor, No optical drive
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45), USB 3.0, 3-cell battery
  • Portable 3 lbs, 1.2″ thin, Black case, Windows 8

Asus X200CA-HCL1104Gbuy

Acer Aspire V5-122P

Acer Aspire V5-122P-0857 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

The V5-122P-0857 is a mid-range touchscreen notebook from Acer currently sporting a  19% ($90) discount at $389.99. If you’d like to hop onto the touchscreen bandwagon as soon as possible to take full advantage of Windows 8, and could use some extra graphics processing power for games or media, then the V5-122P-0857 is an excellent option with its Radeon HD 8210 and Dual Core AMD processor, more powerful than most other options in this price range. Add to the deal a fully functional multi-touch display and you’ve got a serious deal on your hands.

  • AMD A-Series Dual-Core A4-1250 Processor – 1.0 GHz (1 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Display, AMD Radeon HD 8210 graphics
  • Windows 8, 3.5-hour battery life

Acer Aspire V5-122P buy

Dell-Inspiron-15-i15RV-6190BLK-sideDell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK

For those looking for a large display you’ll find options in this price range are quite limited – that said, the i15RV-6190BLK is a solid option sporting a full size 15-inch display, although lacking touchscreen functionality. For users who need a basic all-purpose laptop for work and media with a stylish well rounded design and would prefer to wait for Windows 9 before jumping on the touchscreen bandwagon, then this Dell is one of the top performers in the 15-inch market segment. It also comes with a host of connectivity options and a DVD drive. The 15RV-6190BLK is currently on special for $399 at a discount of $32.

  • Intel Pentium Processor 2117U (2M Cache, 1.8 GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen; Windows 8
  • Left Side: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Right side: 1 USB 2.0. ADD: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader, 1 HDMI 1.4a

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK-buy

Netbooks

The following are Netbooks within the sub 400 dollar price range. These are the 11-inch portable variety best for students or users on the move.

Chromebook-3G

Samsung Chromebook (3G, 11.6-Inch)

This version of Samsung’s Chromebook has 3G built in, perfect for those who are constantly on the move or as a holiday work station where you aren’t likely to get continuous WiFi. As mentioned in our post on sub $300 laptops, Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a streamlined operating system aimed at dedicated web users. If you are on the move without easy access to WiFi and want a laptop that you’ll have instant access to the web whenever you need it, then this bad boy might be the one.

  • 11.6 inches Display
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Chromebook-3G-buy

15 Inch Laptops Under $500

The following are full size 15-inch laptops for those requiring a bit more screen real estate, though at the cost of a slightly larger form factor. ASUS K55N-DS81-full

ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6-Inch Laptop

The ASUS K55N-DS81 is probably the most powerful laptop on this page hands down, with a AMD A8-4500M quad core 4mb L2 cache CPU and a Radeon 7640G 512MB graphics card to boot. The impressive hardware make this a prime budget gaming laptop or for anyone who wants seriously snappy performance.  It’s finished off with an excellent design and keyboard. This is definitely one of the best deals out there right now if you’re looking for a full size display and comes highly recommended.

  • AMD A8-4500M Processor (1.9GHz Quad Core)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • ATI HD 7640G
  • Windows 8

ASUS K55N-DS81 buy Toshiba-Satellite-C55D-A5240NR-side-500x448

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5240NR 15.6-Inch Laptop

The C55D-A5240NR is currently one of Toshiba’s top contenders in the budget laptop market. It offers competitive hardware specs as well as the durability and build quality synonymous with most of Toshiba’s products. Another great recommendation, especially for Toshiba fans.

  • AMD E-Series Dual-Core E1-1200 1.4 GHz
  • 4 GB DIMM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 7310 graphics
  • Windows 8

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5240NR buy toshiba-satellite

Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 15.6-Inch Laptop

The Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 is another a popular budget laptop from Toshiba, albeit a slightly older model. The major differences are purely aesthetic as the hardware is almost identical.

  • AMD E-Series Dual-Core E1-1200 AU 1.4 GHz
  • 4 GB DDR3 Expandable to 16 GB DDR3
  • 320GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA)
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon™ HD 7310, 3-USB (2.0)
  • Windows 8

 

Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 buy Lenovo-G585

Lenovo G585 15.6-Inch Laptop

The Lenovo G585 is a popular 15.6-Inch Laptop with an AMD Brazos 2.0 E1-1500 processor. Despite the relatively basic CPU the laptop did well in benchmark tests though understandably may not handle some power hungry applications too comfortably. The laptop features great build quality and an exceptional keyboard, traits typical of Lenovo. Perfect as all around workstation or for budget gaming.

  • AMD Brazos 2.0 E1-1500 Processor (1.48 GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • ATI Radeon HD 7310 Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 8, 5-hour battery life

Lenovo G585 buy

Samsung ATIV Book 2

Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K01US

The ATIV Book 2 was one of Samsungs leading 2013 laptops on the market. Usually known for their smartphones and other electronics, the NP270E5E-K01US still carries the weight of one of the most popular electronics manufacturers in the world. Now marked down by 24% ($110), this model has reasonable specs and a great design . If you are a fan of Samsung products then I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a shot.

  • Intel Pentium 2117U
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8

Samsung ATIV Book 2 buy

HP 2000-2b09WM

HP 2000-2b09WM Fusion E-300

The 2000-2b09WM  is a stylish HP laptop currently marked down by %11 ( $50) with a Dual Core AMD chip and a Radeon HD 6310 graphics card.  Fans of HP laptops will enjoy the streamlined slick design, perfect for users who aren’t planning on using their laptops for anything too advanced and need a sturdy machine they can carry around with them that looks good. The E-300 also has expandable memory slots for increasing performance for users who require more multitasking power.

  • 15.6″ HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366×768)
  • Thin and light (5.39 lb) Award-winning HP Imprint finish in winter blue color.
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
  • 6-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 4 hours battery life, 1-year HP warranty
  • Touchpad supporting multi-touch gestures with on/off button
  • AMD E-300 Accelerated Dual Core Processor (1MB L2 Cache)
  • Radeon HD 6310 Discrete-Class Graphics (1972MB total graphics memory).
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 DIMM) (expandable to 8GB)
  • 320GB hard drive

HP 2000-2b09WM buy
NE56R34u

Gateway NE56R34u 15.6-Inch Laptop

The NE56R34u is currently Gateways top selling budget category laptop. It offers fairly standard specs without a dedicated Graphics card though packs a powerful dual core Intel processor as well as a large 500GB harddrive and Intel graphics for media consumption. Reviewers were impressed with the build quality, and overall feel of the machine receiving a large number of positive reviews from users.

  • Intel Pentium B960 2.2 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8, 4.5-hour battery life

NE56R34u buy

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLKDell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK 15.6-Inch  

The Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK is currently one of Dells bestselling laptops on the market.  It’s an affordable student or media laptop with some decent specs, although some users were wary of the build quality not being 100% up to scratch. If you enjoy the look and feel of a Dell designed laptop then this is definitely one of your best budget option.

  • Intel Pentium Processor 2117U (2M Cache, 1.8 GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen; Windows 8
  • Left Side: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Right side: 1 USB 2.0. ADD: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader, 1 HDMI 1.4a

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK buy

Lenovo G505

Lenovo G505 15.6-Inch Laptop

The G505 is a new laptop from Lenovo with some impressive specs that’s currently on sale for a $30 discount at only $320. The addition of an ATI Radeon 8210 graphics card  makes this a great gaming option and will also improve media performance. Lenovo is well known for their build quality and solid products (previously IBM) and despite reports of some faulty units the G505 was praised by its users .

  • E1-2100 1.4 GHz Dual Core (1 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • ATI RADEON 8210
  • Windows 8, 5-hour battery life

Lenovo G505 buy

This covers all of the current laptops we’ve covered that we’d recommend checking out. If you can spare a few bucks be sure to check our guide to laptops under $500 . For more options and reviews be sure to checkout our other guides to cheap laptops which can help save you time in money in the search for the ultimate machine to meet your needs. If you have more than a few hundred bucks to spare then our best laptop guides will be your best bet to find premo machines at awesome prices. The hunt is on.

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