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Entry-level laptop reviews


We test 10 laptops that can handle your mobile computing needs without breaking the bank.

Last updated: 10th December 2015

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good basic laptop, or even a hybrid model that does double-duty as a touchscreen tablet. With each new generation, performance goes up and price comes down. So, whether you're looking for a thin and light ultraportable or a family all-rounder, you can still get plenty of bang for your buck.

We bought and tested 10 laptops ranging in price from $272 to $803, with nine of those models under $600. We’ve also included four convertible (hybrid) models with a built-in touchscreen so they can be used as a tablet as well as in traditional laptop mode.

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