Best Laptops Under 400 Dollars

Best Laptops Under 400 $  in 2018

Dell Inspiron 

Acer Aspire E 15

Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBN 1 Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Lenovo Ideapad

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Price $$$ $$$ $$$ $$$ $$$
Editors Rating 4.7 4.9 4.6 4.8 4.7
Screen Size 15.6″  HD

15.6″ 

15.6″  15.6″  15.6 inches
Resolution 1366×768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768
CPU AMD Dual-Core A6-9220 2.50GHz Intel Core i3-8130U Intel Celeron N3350  AMD A6-9200 P  Intel Dual-core Celeron N4000 / 1.1 GHz (1.1 / 2.6GHz, 4MB)
GPU AMD Radeon R4 Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Radeon R4 Graphics

Intel HD 600

RAM 4GB DDR3   6 GB 8 GB 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Drive 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 1TB HDD 1TB HDD 128  SSD 1TB HDD
Ports: USB 3.1,3.0, 2.0, HDMI USB 3.1,3.0, 2.0, HDMI USB 3.0, 2.0, HDMI USB 3.1,3.0, 2.0, HDMI USB 3.0, 2.0, HDMI
Battery 3000mAh 6-cell Li-Ion

(2800 mAh)

Li-Ion
Li-Ion
2-cell lithium ion,
OS Windows 10  Windows 10  Windows 10  Windows 10

Windows 10

The E15 E5-575-33BM is a better machine, in my opinion. The backlit keyboard is a definite plus. As far as the installed HDD capacity, this machine has more at 1TB, but the HDD cards in both are best suited for file storage. Both of these laptops desperately need the upgrade to an SSD hard drive and the adjustments to clone the HDD drive to the SSD and make the SSD boot first. The difference is outrageous. And this machine’s 2GB card in the extra memory slot is actually counterproductive; the slots’ performance is optimized when you have them “mirrored” (identical quantities in each slot). Essentially, 2 – 2GB cards would perform better than 1 – 4GB card and an empty slot. So the 2GB card should either be removed or replaced with a matching 4GB card.

This machine uses DDR3l memory; less capability the DDR4 of the 7th gen.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H comes with these high level specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.4GHz, Windows 10 Home, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 6GB Dual Channel Memory,  8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW (M-DISC enabled), Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer True Harmony, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, , Up to 13.5-hours Battery Life, 5.27 lbs.

CONS:

1. The screen isn’t the best, but it is acceptable. Doesn’t compare to my i7, 4k touchscreen laptop, but it’s also about $800 cheaper.
2. The 1tb HDD is very slow, only 5400 RPM (really common on laptops without an SSD).
3. The memory installed is a single 4gb and a second 2gb module, so no dual channel. Really, under 8 gig of memory, just say no.
When using the on CPU graphics, this is a serious handicap (not dual channel).

PROS: 

Built in DVD drive. Probably not important to a lot of people nowdays, but a plus still.
Latest gen CPU from Intel, the i3 may be pretty mediocre, but if you are comparing it to a machine 3 years old, you’ll be VERY happy.
VERY easy access (3 small phillips head screws) to upgrade memory, hard drive, and an empty M.2 slot for an SSD (screw & standoff included).

Lenovo Ideapad 330 15.6 Inch Laptop 

  • 15.6 Inch (1366×768) HD LED Backlight Display, Intel HD Graphics 600, 802.11ac,
  • Choose your CPU: 1) Intel Celeron Quad-Core N4100 Processor -4MB Cache, 1.10 GHz burst up to 2.4Ghz, 2) Intel Celeron N4000 Processor (4MB Cache , 1.1 GHz up to 2.6 GHz), 3) Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (4MB Cache , 2.2 GHz up to 3.4 GHz), 4) Intel Core Quad-Core i5-8250U-6MB Cache, 1.6 GHz up to 3.4 GHz. 5) 8th Gen Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U -1.8 GHz turbo to 4.0 GHz,
  • Choose from a) 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM; b)1st HDD (Boot) 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD for better performance; and c) optional 2nd Optical Drive without DVD: 500GB/1TB Hard Drive for extra storage space. A solid State Drive (SSD) will boost the overall performance for the computer
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type A, 1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. | 1-Year UpgradePro Limited Warranty* | View description and warranty section below for more details.

 Premium Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch HD Display Laptop PC

I could not be more happy, especially given the very reasonable price. I experience no slowness at all, and I am very picky and impatient with a boggy computer. I will likely add RAM, but honestly even with M$ Word, Excel, and a dozen browser windows open it runs just fine. No, it is not an Intel i7 processor with 32 Gb of RAM and no solid state drive, but it was only $253 delivered, so I have absolutely no complaints.

Well, one grump. It is really put together in a somewhat tamper-proof way. Swapping out the hard drive for a SSD and adding more RAM will take some effort to be sure, instead of 5 minutes for my previous laptop. I may wait until the warranty expires before doing it, because opening up this baby will definitely void any warranty, but frankly as an IT professional with decades of experience, I have deployed literally thousands of Dell workstations, laptops, and servers, and I could count the number of warranty issues on the fingers of one hand! If you are on the fence about this I hope my review helps. Of course I can’t guarantee your experience will be the same as mine, but I would be truly surprised if you follow the steps I have outlined above when you first get the laptop.

You can to weigh up the pros and cons before you decide whether to take the laptop.

PROS:

  • no slowness at all
  • Powered by 7th Gen AMD Dual-Core A6-9220 2.50GHz Processor (Boost up to 2.90 GHz, 1MB Cache)
  • 15.6″ diagonal HD (1366×768) WLED-backlit display, AMD Radeon R4 Integrated Graphics
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive, Drive DVD writer
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 RJ-45, multi-format SD media card reader
  • Windows 10 64-Bit Home, 4‑cell 40 WHr Battery, Color: Black

HP 14-ck0000na 

Thin, sleek and more stylish laptop – easy to take anywhere. With its beautiful brushed finish and seamless bar hinge, the smartly designed HP 35.6 cm (14″) laptop looks as good as it performs
Rely on long-lasting performance and Intel Core i3 processor for all your streaming, surfing, and multi-tasking needs. Plus, extensive quality testing ensures it keeps up with your active lifestyle
Stay connected and entertained for up to 12.5 hours with a battery with HP Fast charge, rich HD Display and HD webcam.Boot up in seconds with 128 GB SSD and store you music, photos and documents.
Simply insert an SD or Micro SD card and increase your device’s storage for more movies, photos, and music, or easily access any content you have stored on an existing card.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBN 1

Everything about the IdeaPad 320 is designed to simplify your life. It will handle any task with ease, thanks to powerful processing and discrete graphics options. Preloaded with Windows 10 Home, you’ll have the personal assistance of Cortana, designed to help open apps and answer your questions—whether typed or spoken. From the new streamlined design to a cleaner desktop interface, you’ll enjoy the simplicity that IdeaPad 320 offers. The biggest challenge you’ll face is choosing your perfect colour. Featuring up to 8th Gen Intel Quad Core i7 processing, the IdeaPad 320 guarantees lightning-fast responsiveness and top-of-the-line performance. The latest generation of Intel Core i7 processing offers up to a 40% boost in application performance from previous generations of Intel processing. You’ll be able to stream high definition videos, run multiple programs without being slowed down, and more.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimised for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.

The IdeaPad 320 offers a range of graphics options, including a powerful NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. Discrete graphics cards rely on their own processing power, so you’ll experience smoother graphics, less screen tearing and better gaming performance without compromising overall speed and responsiveness. Whether you’re playing a game, creating, or editing content, you’ll enjoy crisp visuals.

PROS :

  • Latest generation of Intel Core i7
  • Run multiple programs without being slowed down.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch HD Laptop

Stay powered up with this lightweight, 15-inch laptop featuring an Intel Pentium processor, excellent battery life and sound by Waves MaxxAudio Pro.

Stimulate your senses:

It’s easy to watch your favourite movies and shows on this roomy, 15-inch screen.

Loud and clear:

You’ll be amazed at the sound clarity provided by GRAMMY Award-winning Waves MaxxAudio technology. Whether you are chatting with a friend or watching a movie, the sound will astound.

Strong wireless connections:

Keep the conversation going thanks to the wireless connection that give you get a fast, strong connection with impressive range.

Packed with essentials:

The Inspiron 15 3000 Series has a slim 22 mm edge, so you can slip it in your laptop bag or travel bag without losing precious space.

No outlet, no worries:

You can’t live your life next to an outlet and with at least 8 hours of battery life, you won’t have to.

Feel connected, Seeing is believing:

Show off that smile and connect with distant friends and family using the built-in webcam.
Store the things you love: Save all your pictures, home movies, important documents and that funny cat video you’ve watched a million times on a large, 1TB hard drive. With 8GB of memory, you open and run multiple applications without freezing.

Accessories I bought:

Logitech Wireless Mouse: Works great with this computer. The little wireless fob discreetly stays in the USB port.
Evecase: Works great for taking this computer and accessories on the go.

Plug in to all your devices: Connect to your other digital devices through fast USB ports or an HDMI port.

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