While tablets are certainly the new kid on the block when it comes to technology and popularity, there is still definitely a place for laptops. Tablets are great and can be really useful for mobile connectivity for work or just for fun and games on the go. However, for some things you need something a little more substantial.
If you are doing some proper work and you need to do a large amount of writing a laptop computer is much more convenient than a tablet, on which you will get bored typing very quickly. The larger screen of a laptop is of course another advantage which makes everything from work presentations to movies easier to see. The drawback with laptops is that they are not super cheap. Having said that though, there are some superb laptop computers currently on the market that offer a great deal if you are working to a budget.
Here are perhaps the top 5 budget laptops of 2013:
1) Samsung Series 3 Chromebook
This is a sleek and useful laptop which is cheaper than a number of tablets at just £230/US$330. This is a minimalistic laptop which doesn’t run an operating system like windows, but instead simply runs Google Chrome and related web apps. It is therefore easy to use and provides you with a good quality laptop at a great low price.
2) Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Although the battery life on this computer is not as great as some other laptops, this Lenovo model offers a decent little package at a mere £350/US$400. It is a lightweight, attractive piece of kit which will easily perform basic tasks, so if you are not too demanding of your equipment, this laptop could be ideal.
3) Asus VivoBook S200
At £450/US$715 the Asus VivoBook S200 presents a slightly higher challenge to your chequebook but the features it offers make it well worth considering for your next machine. With an Intel Core i3-3217U processor it packs some power, so you won’t have any problems even if you push this laptop hard.
4) HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1126sa
HP is still a name that carries weight in the technology world and that is thanks to items such as the Sleekbook, which comes at a reasonable price of £500/US$780.It has a great audio system and a large screen so is very user friendly and ideal for music and movies, plus other everyday tasks.
5) Toshiba Satellite P855-32G
At around £650/US$1,030 this laptop is pushing the budget description, but it still offers decent value for money. The performance it offers for the price really is very good thanks to the third generation 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3201M and 8GB of RAM. A large bright screen and excellent graphics capability add to the appeal of this Toshiba beast, which also has booming Harmon Kardon speakers.
Sam B is a technology blogger who writes about everything from android phones to the best types of ethernet cable on the market.