Four laptops under $400 are examples of ‘insanely affordable’ notebooks


Laptops are “insanely affordable now,” with great speed, mobility and battery life, writes David S. on the Windows Experience Blog. To prove his point, he shares information about four devices under $400 at different sizes and shapes to show that “by every measure, you simply get more for your money now.”

He starts his list with the ASUS T100TA, for $349.99, which has a 10.1-inch display and comes with Office Home and Student 2013. But the marquee feature, he writes, is the detachable keyboard. “You can turn this thing into a tablet with the push of a button, and click the keyboard back in to make it a laptop again.”

Toshiba C55

Next is the Toshiba C55, for $373, with a 15.6-inch display, 500 GB hard drive, HD webcam and multi-format media card reader. “It also has a big ol’ keyboard with a 10-key number pad. While still compact enough to take with you, this would make a rock solid home machine or a great PC for a student.”


Dell Inspiron 15R

Dell’s Inspiron 15R starts at $279.99, and has a 15.6-inch display and 4 GB of RAM. “It’s also surprisingly slick, at less than an inch thick, with a pleasingly textured lid and palm rest.” It comes with ports galore: two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and HDMI 1.4 and RJ45 Ethernet ports.

Acer V5

Acer V5

The Acer V5, at $399, has both a backlit keyboard and a touchscreen on its 11.6-inch display, and is a “great way to get the full Windows 8.1 experience,” he writes. “Everyone has their own preferences for the size of a laptop, but I think there’s a lot to be said for the 11.6-inch display of this one.”

Prices were accurate at the time of publication in the U.S., he writes. And there are plenty more choices. Check out the Microsoft Store or another retailer, “because there are a lot more where these came from.”

To read his full post, head over to the Windows Experience Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
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