Best budget laptops (Updated May 3, 2013 6:44 AM PDT)
The era of the $300 Netbook maybe long gone, but you can still find basic Atom-powered hybrids or Core i3 touch screen laptops for between $500-$600, and step-up versions for a little more.
Dell's Inspiron line continues to look sharper than its budget reputation would suggest. The new touch-enabled version of the 15z works as a reasonably priced Windows 8 laptop with a big screen and an optical drive.
MSRP: $899.00 4 stars Read full review
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With a great design for the price and some better-than-expected graphics power, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook may be worth overlooking its shortcomings if you're on a tight budget.
Price: $649.99 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review