These are the best cheap laptops you can buy in 2022

These are the best cheap laptops you can buy in 2022

The best laptops out there pack mouth-watering specs and premium features in some stunning designs that are still light and portable. For tech enthusiasts like us here at XDA, they’re what makes the tech industry so fun and interesting. But all of those high-end pieces of hardware are not something everyone can afford, and if you’re on a smaller budget, it can be easy to look at those laptops with envy. Don’t fret, though — there are some great laptops out there with much more affordable prices, and in this article we’ve rounded up the best cheap laptops you can buy so you still get a good experience without breaking the bank.

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First off, let’s set some ground rules. We’re setting our budget at $700, though if you want to go lower, we also have an article focused on the best laptops under $600. We’re also relying on sales for many of these, and that’s because in this price range it can truly be worth it to look out for a sale. Many high-end laptops that might normally cost almost $1,000 can often be found discounted to prices in this range, and they’re going to give you a fantastic experience. Of course, that means they fit our price range at writing time, but you may find slightly different prices when you’re reading this.

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Best overall laptop: Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1

If you’re like me and you love convertibles, the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is a fantastic choice at this price. This laptop is available in both Intel and AMD variants, but the AMD version is a bit easier to find for an affordable price, so that’s what we’re recommending.

Specifically, this model comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5625U, which means you get 6 cores and 12 threads with boost speeds up to 4.3GHz. This isn’t the newest AMD processor around, but you won’t find AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors on any laptop at this price, and this is still a very fast CPU. Additionally, you get 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, which is a very good combination for a convertible at this price. You can’t upgrade any of this without going past our budget, but most people shouldn’t need to. This will already give you a pretty good experience.

The same can be said for the display, which is a 14-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. While it’s not the only laptop with this taller format on this list, it’s still quite uncommon to see it on laptops this affordable, especially convertibles. It comes in Full HD+ resolution (1920 x 1200) which, for a screen of this size, is very sharp. Another great thing about it is that the base model already has 400 nits of brightness so you can use it outdoors without much of a problem, something laptops often skip out on in this price range. Of course, it’s a convertible, so it also supports touch and pen input.

And there’s a notable advantage this one has over the HP laptop above – the webcam. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 comes with a 1080p webcam, something that’s becoming the standard for most laptops in 2022. Unfortunately, there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition on this one, but you can use a fingerprint reader to log in easily and securely.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 also has some unique elements to its design that help it stand out a bit more. For one thing, it comes in a subtle green shade, which you don’t see all that often and looks more unique than most laptops in this price range. Then there’s also the palm rest, which is actually made of glass. That’s interesting because, instead of having a touchpad cut out of the palm rest, it’s actually cut into the palm rest – it has three-sided borders, so at the top, it blends seamlessly into the laptop. It makes for a unique look overall. As for portability, the laptop is 17.86mm thick at its thickest point and weighs 3.61lbs, which isn’t too bad for a convertible.

Coming around to the ports, the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 13 packs a decent supply that covers all the basics. You get two USB Type-C (10Gbps) ports, one USB Type-A (5Gbps) port, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a full-size SD card reader. The USB Type-C ports also support DisplayPort if you want to connect more monitors that way.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is one of the best value-for-money convertibles you can get right now, with great specs, a solid display, and a Full HD webcam. For this price, you’ll be very well served.

    The Dell Inspiron 14 is a very capable convertible laptop with a tall screen and solid webcam.

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Best lightweight laptop: HP Pavilion Aero

Front view of HP Pavilion Aero 13

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the HP Pavilion Aero is one of our top recommendations. This is one of HP’s newest laptops, and it’s got pretty much everything you could ask from an affordable laptop wrapped up in a design that’s still premium in a few ways. It launched at an official MSRP of $750, but you can find it for much less — right now it’s just $550, which is an absolutely fantastic deal.

So, what do you get for that price? For starters, you get an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor, starting with a 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 5625U with boost speeds up to 4.3GHz. This is already a fantastic processor for this price range, and you’re going to get great performance for just about any daily task related to work, school, or just web browsing. Plus, you get 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD in the base configuration, and overall, this is a really strong combination of specs for the price you pay. And because it’s so heavily discounted right now, you have some wiggle room for upgrades in that $700 budget if you want even more.

But the Pavilion Aero doesn’t stop there. It also comes with a 13.3-inch display that comes in a tall 16:10 aspect ratio, which is usually something you only find in premium laptops. That extra vertical space is great for productivity, and the base model already comes in Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) resolution, and it has brightness up to 400 nits, which is very rare for this price. To sweeten the deal, though, you can upgrade to a super-sharp Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) panel for just $30. Either way, the screen goes up to 400 nits of brightness, which means it’s going to be decently visible outdoors, something many laptops at this price tend to cut corners on.

A fault of the Pavilion Aero, however — and this will be a common theme on this list — is the webcam. It’s a 720p camera, so the quality won’t be the best out there, and it doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition, either. Instead, you get a fingerprint reader below the keyboard, which is still nice, but not quite as convenient.

In terms of design, the Pavilion Aero 13 looks like a fairly standard clamshell, but it’s actually made of magnesium, something you don’t see a lot on cheaper laptops. This allows it to be very light, weighing less than 2.2lbs, and it’s also relatively thin at just over 17mm. Something else that’s unique to the Pavilion Aero is that it comes in four color options to choose from, so you can choose what suits your style the best. The colors are all fairly subdued, but considering so many laptops barely give you any options at all, this is still nice to see.

Finally, there are the ports. You get one USB Type-C port (3.2 Gen 2), two USB Type-A ports (3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s a setup that covers all the basic needs you might have, though it doesn’t support Thunderbolt because it’s an AMD-powered laptop. Even if it wasn’t, cheap laptops often don’t include Thunderbolt 4. The USB ports could be faster, but if you just want to connect a mouse or transfer files occasionally, it works well.

With all of that, there’s no doubt that the HP Pavilion Aero is one of the best cheap laptops you can buy right now, and it has earned our recommendation.

    The HP Pavilion Aero is powerful and light laptop with a premium-feeling design and a great display.

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Best for students: Surface Laptop Go 2

Surface Laptop Go 2 with lid partially closed

Microsoft doesn’t make a whole lot of budget-oriented devices, but the Surface Laptop Go 2 is a really good example of one. This iteration is a very big upgrade from the previous model in terms of performance, and it delivers a balanced experience all around, making it great for students and more casual users.

Performance-wise, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is powered by an Intel Core i5-1135G7, a quad-core, eight-thread processor that can boost up to 4.2GHz. This isn’t the newest Intel processor around, but that’s part of what allows this laptop to be as cheap as it is. Plus, you get Intel Iris Xe graphics, and this is a major upgrade from the original Surface Laptop Go, which had a very weak integrated GPU. The Surface Laptop Go 2 also comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, though that configuration usually costs more than $700. Still, the mid-tier configuration costs just under $700, and it includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, which is already pretty good.

The display on the Surface Laptop Go 2 is pretty unique compared to everything else on this list. It’s a relatively small 12.4-inch panel, making it more suited for younger students, but it’s also got a 3:2 aspect ratio, which makes it feel significantly larger. A 3:2 aspect ratio is even taller than 16:10, and all the benefits you usually get with 16:10 are even more prevalent this way, so this 12.4-inch screen can feel much bigger than that. It comes in an odd resolution, 1536 x 1024, but for a display of this size, that’s plenty sharp. Plus, it supports touch, which is always nice to have.

The webcam is a potential letdown, seeing as Microsoft stuck with a 720p camera for this laptop. That’s not too uncommon for laptops in this price range, though, and Microsoft says the camera has been enhanced from the previous generation (even though it’s the same resolution), so it’s not too bad. There’s no Windows Hello facial recognition support, but the mid-range and top-tier configurations both offer a fingerprint reader built into the power button to make it easier to unlock the PC.

Surface devices have a very clean design that could almost be considered boring, yet they somehow still look iconic, and the Surface Laptop Go 2 stays true to that. There’s really not much that can be said about this design, but it works well, and it gives you four colors to choose from, including Platinum, Matte Black, Sandstone, and Sage. Being a relatively small laptop, the Surface Laptop Go 2 weighs just 2.48lbs, and it’s 15.7mm thick, so it’s a very portable machine.

Some may not love the port setup on the Surface Laptop Go 2, however. There’s one USB Type-C port, one USB Type-A, a headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port for charging. It’s a somewhat limited setup, but if you’ve used Surface devices, you know that’s pretty typical.

It’s not a perfect laptop, and in terms of performance, you can probably get some better options on this list. But the Surface Laptop Go 2’s compact size and premium feel make it an option worth considering, and it’s still one of the best cheap laptops out there.

    The Surface Laptop Go 2 is a budget-oriented laptop, but it still has great performance the clean Surface design language, and a tall 3:2 display.

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Best cheap business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad L13

Any laptop can be used for work, but if you’re interested in a true business laptop, the ThinkPad L13 is one of your best cheap options. This is a fairly modern laptop with the iconic ThinkPad design and some important features like an optional Windows 11 Pro license. Like most business models, and it’s officially a bit more expensive than our $700 budget, but it’s very often discounted below that.

This model comes starts with an AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 5675U processor, with 6 cores, 12 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.3GHz, delivering very strong CPU performance, along wth security and manageability features unique to Ryzen Pro processors, which businesses often appreciate. You also get 8GB of RAM, though upgrading to 16GB is an option, and a 256GB SSD is also included by default. Upgrades are difficult because this is already close to our threshold, but depending on sales, you might be able to get a bit more. Still, this is already a solid laptop out of the box.

You also get a 13.3-inch display and it comes in a 16:10 aspect ratio, which – as we’ve mentioned – is better for productivity. It’s a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) panel, and you can add touch support if you have the need for it. There are no resolution upgrade options, but this is a very solid display already, especially at this size. At 300 nits of brightness, it’s not the best for outdoor use, but it should be serviceable.

By default, the ThinkPad L13 Gen 3 comes with a 720p webcam, which isn’t the best, but you can upgrade to a 1080p camera to get better quality out of it. And if you do upgrade, you get Windows Hello facial recognition support, too, making this a very compelling upgrade option. A fingerprint reader is also available as a paid upgrade if you prefer that.

On the flip side, the ThinkPad L13 will feel like home if you’re a long-time ThinkPad fan. It’s available in Black or Storm Grey colors (though you can only get the Full HD webcam with the black version), and features like the red TrackPoint and duplicate mouse buttons above the touchpad are still here. Aside from that, it weighs 2.76lbs and measures 17.3mm thin, so it’s actually fairly portable and easy to carry around.

As for ports, that’s usually one of the strengths of business laptops, and the ThinkPad L13 delivers a solid experience. You get two USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A (3.2 Gen 1) ports, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack. There’s also the option to add a Smart Card reader if you have the need for that.

Lenovo has a configurator where you can fully customize your laptop, but there are also pre-built configurations that can sometimes be cheaper. At writing time, your best option is to configure your own, but it’s also a good idea to check the pre-built configurations in case there’s a better deal there.

    This model of the ThinkPad L13 includes powerful Intel processors and features aimed at business users.

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Best cheap 15-inch laptop: HP Pavilion 15

Angled view of the HP Pavilion 15 over blue gradient background

If you want a slightly bigger laptop and more power to boot, this HP Pavilion 15 is frankly a phenomenal choice, and the only reason it’s on this list is because it’s currently seeing a very big discount that brings it under $700. For the specs you get here, this $670 price tag is phenomenal, and even for its official price, it’s very good.

For starters, this configuration comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor – that means you get 8 cores, 16 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, making this a very fast laptop for this price. It’ll handle just about anything you throw at it, and that’s also helped by the 16GB of RAM you get alongside it. These are truly impressive specs for this price, and you’re getting a fantastic deal here. There’s also a 512GB SSD, which is also great. This could pass for a premium laptop based on the specs alone.

The 15.6-inch display comes in a typical 16:9 aspect ratio, which you might consider a downside depending on how you feel about taller screens. It comes in Full HD (1920 x 1080) so it’s decent sharp and it should look good enough indoors. Things change if you go outside because this panel maxes out at just 250 nits, which means strong sunlight is going to obfuscate whatever is on the screen.

As you’d expect, the camera on the HP Pavilion 15 comes in 720p resolution, and it doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition. While we’ve seen some exceptions to this rule on this list, this is still the most common for laptops at this price. Unfortunately, there’s also no fingerprint reader on this one, so unlocking this laptop won’t be as convenient as we’d like.

Looks-wise, there isn’t much the HP Pavilion 15 does stand out. This model comes in a plain silver color and the design is fairly clean, but it’s not unique in any way. At 17.78mm of thickness and 3.86lbs of weight, this is a surprisingly portable laptop considering the 15-inch size. It’s obviously heavier than smaller laptops, but you’d be fine carrying this around in a backpack.

Rounding things out with ports, there’s one fully-featured USB Type-C connection, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. It doesn’t really make use of the available space on this chassis, but it’s hard to complain about this setup of ports, as you get good variety and quantity overall.

If the bigger screen is something you value a lot, the HP Pavilion 15 is a very good laptop, and this configuration at this price is an absolute steal. If you want the most performance, this is really your best option.

    The HP Pavilion 15 comes with top-tier AMD Ryzne processors and other high-end specs for a surprisingly low price (as long as you can take advantage of this sales)

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Best cheap gaming laptop: Dell G15

Angled rear view of the Dell G15 over an orange gradient background

If you’re on the other side of computing and you’re more interested in play than work, the Dell G15 is a great affordable choice for gamers on a budget. It doesn’t have the most powerful hardware, of course, but it’s good enough to run a lot of games, including more modern ones, as long as you’re willing to tweak some settings. Like most gaming laptops, the only way to get this for under $700 is to take advantage of discounts, because it’s usually priced a bit higher.

In terms of performance, this is naturally one of the most powerful laptops on this list. It comes with AMD’s 45W Ryzen processors, specifically a Ryzen 5 5600H with six cores, 12 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.2GHz. This is different from the Ryzen processors in the other laptops on this list, which were only 15W. The higher power rating means the laptop can run faster for longer, so it’s ideal for gaming and other demanding workloads. Backing up that processor is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 GPU with 4GB of dedicated memory. While it won’t blow you away if you’ve seen high-end gaming laptops, it’s good enough for playing all kinds of games at solid frame rates. Rounding things out, we have 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD in the base configuration.

As the name suggests, the Dell G15 has a 15.6-inch display, and it comes in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, regardless of the model you choose. This model comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, too, which is great for gaming, but also just to improve the general smoothness of using the laptop. For competitive games, this means you can get faster reaction times, too, since the screen updates at double the speed of a usual laptop.

The webcam on the Dell G15 is a 720p camera and there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition. In fact, there’s no Windows Hello support at all, as there isn’t even a fingerprint reader here. That’s a bit of a bummer, but it’s not uncommon in gaming laptops, and even some more expensive laptops cut corners in this department.

Being a relatively powerful and cheap gaming laptop, the Dell G15 isn’t exactly small, and it’s not meant to be the most portable machine around. It weighs 5.39bs and it’s 26.9mm thick, so it’s not the kind of laptop you can carry around all day if you’re walking around everywhere. In terms of looks, it has some elements of the typical “gamer” aesthetic with some angular edges and a bulky design overall, but it’s frankly still fairly clean. This grey model has small specks of black, which give the laptop a unique look when you look closer. Thanks to the large chassis, a number pad is included, which might come in handy.

Finally, in terms of ports, the Dell G15 has a solid range of connections spread all around the laptop. On the back, you get one USB Type-C port along with one Type-A port, HDMI and the power connector. On the right side, there are two USB Type-A ports for peripherals, and on the left, a headphone jack and RJ45 Ethernet. That’s a pretty wide selection, and it covers just about any needs you might have.

All in all, the Dell G15 is far from a high-end laptop, but if you want to play some modern games without breaking the bank, this is a great way to enjoy them, ideal if you’re on a tight budget or just dipping your toes into gaming. It’s one of your best options if you want a cheap gaming laptop.

    For gamers on a tight budget, the Dell G15 is a great option to run most modern games without breaking the bank.

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Best cheap 17-inch laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad 3i

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 17

Some of us like small screens, and some like really big screens. If you’re one of the latter and you’re in the market for a cheap 17-inch laptop, the IdeaPad 3i is probably one of your best options.

First off, it comes with an Intel Core i5-1235U processor with 10 cores, 12 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.4GHz. This processor also includes Intel’s Iris Xe graphics, so you can do some light GPU tasks on this machine, too. In addition to that, you get 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, giving you plenty of storage space for files and solid overall performance. This is still one of Intel’s latest processors, and the rest of the specs are in line with or better than most other laptops on this list.

As expected, this model of the IdeaPad 3i has a 17.3-inch display, and it comes in the typical 16:9 aspect ratio. The resolution is Full HD (1920 x 1080), which is decently sharp, and definitely the best you’ll find in a laptop at this price. 17-inch displays won’t look super sharp at this resolution, but it’s perfectly usable. The display also reaches 300 nits of brightness, which is alright. You’ll likely need to max out the brightness to see well outdoors, but it should still be usable.

Above the display there’s a 720p webcam, and once again, there’s no Windows Hello facial recognition support. Instead, a fingerprint reader is built into the power button, so you’re not completely missing out on the convenience of Windows Hello. The camera also has a privacy shutter for the more privacy-conscious users.

Design-wise, the IdeaPad 3i looks fairly standard, coming in a dark Abyss Blue color that looks very subdued and shouldn’t stand out too much, though it avoids being too boring or generic. Being a 17-inch laptop, it’s obviously not very light, but considering its size, the 4.49lbs of weight are actually very reasonable. It does manage to come in just under 20mm thin, so it should still fit easily in a laptop bag or backpack.

As for the ports, the IdeaPad 3i comes with one USB Type-C (3.2 Gen 1) port, two USB Type-A ports (one USB 3.2 Gen 1, one USB 2.0), HDMI, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack. The setup covers most of the basics, though it would have been nice to see Thunderbolt 4 support. Still, it should get the job done for most people, and for this price, it’s hard to ask for much more.

17-inch laptops don’t come cheap, and they usually make a few more compromises than their smaller siblings. However, with the current discount on Lenovo’s website, you’re really not missing out on much with this bigger model, and it’s an easy recommendation if you want a large screen for a small price.

    The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is a solid 17-inch laptop with powerful specs and a Full HD display.

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Best tablet: Surface Go 3

Front view of Surface Go 3 on bricks

If what you want is more of a tablet that can also serve as a laptop, the Surface Go 3 is probably the best option in this price range. It’s a budget tablet, but it makes some careful choices to offer a premium experience in aspects that are the most important. It starts at just under $400, so you also have room for some upgrades.

The performance is one area where the Surface Go 3 makes some sacrifices, but it still offers a solid experience. The base model comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor with two cores and four threads, as well as boost speeds up to 3.4GHz. That’s not on par with the Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors on this list, but it should still be good enough for basic tasks like web browsing and writing up documents. You also get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage in the base model, but these are two areas where we recommend upgrading. The $700 budget is fairly generous, and for $550, you can go up to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, which we absolutely recommend. There’s also a model with a faster processor for $630.

Where the Surface Go 3 excels, however, is the display. Across all configurations, you get a 10.5-inch Full HD+ (1920 x 1280) display, which is very sharp and bright. It also comes in the signature 3:2 aspect ratio of the Surface family, and it’s one of the very few laptops you’ll find with a tall display like that. This aspect ratio is great for productivity and reading, so whether you’re browsing the web or working, it’s going to serve you well. Of course, it also supports touch and the Surface Pen, which is sold separately.

The Surface Go 3 also stands out from the pack thanks to its fantastic webcam. The front-facing camera on the Surface Go 3 is a 5MP sensor capable of recording 1080p video, which means it’s already far ahead of any other laptop on this list. Not only that, but it actually supports Windows Hello facial recognition, make it very easy to unlock the PC just by looking at it. And there’s even another camera on the back, this one being an 8MP sensor also with 1080p video. For students with online classes, or even if you’re just trying to call far-away relatives, this is great to have and it makes the Surface Go 3 really stand out.

Being a small tablet, the Surface Go 3 is also easily the most portable device on this list. It’s made of magnesium, which allows it to be just 8.3mm thin and weigh just 1.2lbs. This is truly a device you can take anywhere, and you can even slip it into a large handbag. Of course, that’s without the keyboard, which is also sold separately, but even if you add that, it’s easily the most portable device on this list.

One of the more unfortunate sacrifices of the Surface Go 3 is the ports, which is somewhat typical of Surface devices. You get one USB Type-C port, one Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. This port setup makes sense for a tablet, so it’s hard to say it’s terrible, but when you compare it to other laptops, it’s not very capable. You’ll likely need an adapter for display output using the USB Type-C port, and the same goes for any USB Type-A peripherals you might still have.

Despite its sacrifices, the Surface Go 3 offers a fantastic experience in key aspects like the display and webcam, while still offering good enough performance and extreme portability. It’s easy to recommend, but there’s a big caveat since the keyboard and Surface Pen are sold separately. If you want either of them, you need to account for that when considering the price.

    The Surface Go 3 is a budget laptop with a great display and an ultra-portable design.

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Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Angled view of two Acer Chromebook Spin 514 laptops back to back with the lids partly open

Acer makes some of the best Chromebooks around, and the Chromebook Spin 514 is a great choice if you’re looking for something relatively affordable. It’s official price goes slightly above our budget, but thanks to a discount at Amazon, it’s much more affordable, and it’s just a great laptop all around, on top of being a convertible, too.

First off, there’s performance. The latest model of the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is powered by an Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor with four cores, eight threads, and boost speeds up to 4GHz. This is a 9W processor so it’s a bit slower than the 15W models we see on some other models, but Chrome OS is very lightweight, and this is still going to give you very good performance overall. Plus, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, you’re all set for a great experience. Keep in mind Chrome OS runs on devices with very weak processors and other low-end specs, so this is a major step up from those.

For the display, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 gives you a 14-inch panel with a typical 16:9 aspect ratio. This is a very standard affair, and so is the Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, which makes for a solid viewing experience on a display of this size.  That screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and since this is a convertible, touch and pen input are supported, and there’s even a pen built into the laptop itself, which you can use for doodles or taking notes.

Something else that’s great about this laptop is the webcam, which is a 1080p camera. We’ve seen that in a few laptops on this list, but there aren’t a ton of Chromebooks offering this just yet, especially near this price range

The design of the Chromebook Spin 514 is fairly standard for a convertible, but it’s stillfairly premium. It uses an aluminum chassis for the most part, and as we’ve mentioned, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, so it definitely feels high-end in that regard. It’s also durable, meeting the military MIL-STD-810H durability standard. In terms of portability, it weighs 3.2lbs and measures just over 17mm in thickness, so it’s fairly lightweight and compact for a convertible of this size.

Coming around to connectivity, you get two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port, HDMI, and a headphone jack, which covers most of the basics you could want. It’s not an overly generous setup, but it’s far from bad, too.

While this is a great laptop, we’re only including it on this list because it’s significantly below $700, and it still offers a great experience. But if you can spend a little more, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is a major upgrade in every way and costs $730, so we recommend checking that one out if you can afford it.

    The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is a very capable Chromebook, with fast Intel processors, a Full HD webcam, and durable design.

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Those are, in our opinion, the best cheap laptops you can buy right now. All of these are great devices for their asking price, though each of them is more geared towards a specific kind of user. We chose the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 as our best overall pick because it brings together great performance with AMD’s latest Ryzen processors, a great display with a tall aspect ratio, a Full HD webcam, and the versatility of a convertible. It’s a really compelling combination, but other models on this list are also great.

If you’re not necessarily looking for a cheap laptop and you want Thunderbolt 4 support above anything else, check out our list of the best Thunderbolt 4 laptops you can buy today.