Best laptops under $400 you can buy in 2017

So you’re on a budget and looking for a great value laptop? Look no further, because we have done the research for you!

Back a few years ago, a laptop under $400 meant getting a slow, cheaply made machine that you can only use for basic things. Well, things have changed, and today for less than 400$ you can have a wide array of affordable laptops to choose from. Still, you will have to spend more for some premium and high end features, such as dedicated graphics or ultra high definition displays, but there are lots of budget laptops out there that offer great value for the money.

In our guide, we have listed some of the best laptops under $400 as of 2017. For our list, we chose laptops that offered the best specs (such as a recent processor, a faster drive, a laptop with ips screen), and we also took into consideration different user reviews and benchmarks. Please note that the laptops are not ranked in any particular order.

 

  • Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM: Hands down the best laptop under $400…Period!

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If you’re looking for a reliable cheap laptop, then the Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM should be first on your list. It’s actually hard to find another laptops that comes with the same features as the Aspire E 15 at this price range: a 7th generation i3-7100U processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, a full HD screen,  a backlit keyboard….and the list goes on. What more can we ask from a sub 400$ laptop?

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM also offers a free M2 slot in case you need to add an SSD later, the laptop actually has a Sata slot used by the 1TB hard drive, and a free M2 slot. This feature alone should make you fall in love with the Aspire E 15.

Battery life is simply excellent, you can easily get 10 hours of use from a single charge, something you can only get from a 900$+ ultrabook. The Aspire E 15 is also a best seller on Amazon, and you can check the thousands of happy buyers on their website. So you if you’re looking for an affordable laptop under 400$ for home use, don’t pass on this one.

Processor Intel i3-7100U Processor
RAM 4GB
Storage 1TB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen 15,6 inch, 1920X1080
Connectivity and Ports 1- USB Type C

2 – USB 3.0 port

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 12 hours battery life

 

  • Lenovo Flex 4 (2016 model): Best 2 in 1 laptops under 400

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The Lenovo Flex 4 is a budget 2 in 1 laptop intended for home use and productivity tasks, it is perfect if you’re looking for a 14 inch laptop for college for example. The Flex is essentially a budget version of the Lenovo Yoga line, and this particular model comes with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core 4405U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a standard 500GB hard drive. This CPU scores a total of 2975 points of CPU benchmark.

The 14 inch screen has a resolution of 1366X768 pixels, and has a 10-point multitouch. The chassis has a thickness of 0,8inch and the laptop weighs more than 3,5lbs, which makes using the Lenovo Flex 4 in tablet mode a little problematic. If you need to use the laptop in tablet mode most of the time, we can also recommend the Lenovo Yoga 710, which is also priced under 400$, but thinner and lighter than the flex 4.

What you certainly love about the Flex 4 is its keyboard, the keys have a decent key travel distance which is comparable to that found in premium Thinkpad laptops. Battery life is also great, and you can expect around 8 hours of use from a full charge.

Processor Intel Pentium 4405U Processor
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 520
Screen 15,6 inch, 1366X768
Connectivity and Ports 2 – USB 3.0 port

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 8,5 hours battery life

 

  • Dell Inspiron 15 (I3543): a 5th gen Intel core I5 laptop under 400

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Although it was released more than a year ago, we included the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series (I3543) on our list because it is one of the few laptops with an Intel i5 processor and a graphics card you can get for less than 400$ (new).  The Inspiron 3543 has a 5th generation Intel i5 5200U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. This combination is more than enough for everyday computing tasks, and you shouldn’t see any lag even when running multiple programs.

The Inspiron 3543 also comes with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics card: it is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap gaming laptop under 400. The 820M is an entry level chip, and while it can handle non demanding games as long as the setting are low-medium, don’t expect playing new titles or any graphically demanding games.

Processor Intel i5-5200U Processor
RAM 4GB
Storage 500B, HDD
Graphics Dedicated, Nvidia Geforce 820M
Screen 15,6 inch, 1366X768
Connectivity and Ports 1 – USB 3.0 port

2- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 5 hours battery life

 

  • Dell Inspiron 15 (5566): A great value touch screen laptop

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Sporting a classic design, the Dell Inspiron 15 5566 has everything you need for yoru everyday computing tasks: it comes with an intel core i3-7100U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The core i3-7100U scores a total of 3719 points on CPU benchmark, which is a very decent number.  The Inspiron 5566 is an all purpose budget laptop, and if you are searching for a laptop to browse the internet, word processing, watching movies…etc, the Inspiron 5566 has the power to handle all that. The only bottleneck of this laptop is probably the hard drive: if you need to work/transfer with lots of files, or want a more responsive laptop, it is recommended to get a laptop with an SSD, or upgrade to an SSD later.

The 15,6 inch touch screen has a standard resolution of 1366X768 which is to be expected on a laptop at this price tag, but we hoped Dell could make an effort there. However, the screen is sharp and colors are bright.

Processor Intel i3-7100UProcessor
RAM 8GB
Storage 1TB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen 15,6 inch, 1366X768
Connectivity and Ports 2 – USB 3.0 port

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 5 hours battery life

 

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