The 9 best cheap laptops of 2019

When you have a low budget, choosing a laptop that will cover our basic tasks is more difficult than it might seem. If this is the case, do not miss the list of the best cheap laptops this year that PCWorld Spain brings you today.

Before continuing, we recommend you read our guide on what to consider before buying a cheap laptop. ORNo low-cost laptop can be a good option if you don't need the latest technology and you settle for a software simple.

On the contrary, if the price is not your main concern, you may want to consult our ranking of laptops not suitable for all budgets or our list of the best MacBooks.

Comparison: What is the best cheap laptop of 2019?

one. Acer Swift 1

Judging only its external appearance, it is hard to believe that the Swift 1 of Acer costs less than 350. In fact, this model is undoubtedly the most elegant Windows 10 laptop with the best finishes we can find in the market at this price.

In this sense, few things can be criticized for its metal housing – usually plastic on other similar devices -, its rugged keyboard and trackpad or to its 13.3-inch IPS screen and Full HD resolution.

However, it does not stand out especially for its performance. Its simple CPU unit and its minimum storage capacity make the Swift 1 suitable only for tasks such as word processing, web browsing or watching videos on streaming.

We have also tested the autonomy of the battery and, although the results are not spectacular, it is enough for a full day of work: in our case, it lasts almost 8 hours.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 339.40 x 234.90 x 17.90 mm
  • Screen: 14 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 kg
  • Battery: Up to 8 hours
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3060 Dual Core 1.6 GHz
  • RAM memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB

two. HP 250 G5

Although it does not stand out for its innovative design – there is nothing ostentatious or especially striking in it -, there is no doubt that the HP 250 G5 notebook is one of the models with the best value for money in the current market.

For just over 500, you will take home a device with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. If you can afford it, it is advisable to invest a little more money to get a superior model with Intel Core i5 processor.

Now, if you want a high quality screen, you will have no choice but to spend a considerably larger amount and bet on a device that we might not be able to consider cheap anymore.

In this sense, then, the 250 G5 panel is very practical, but the poor sharpness of its colors and contrast make this HP notebook not the best for entertainment.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 384.30 x 254.60 x 24.30 mm
  • Screen: 15.6 inches
  • Weight: 1.96 kg
  • Battery: Up to 8 hours
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-5005U
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB

3. Lenovo Ideapad 320S

It is hard to find a laptop with Windows 10 more tempting and attractive than Lenovo's Ideapad 320S. Its modern design and surprising portability make this the best companion to go to work in a coffee maker or a space of coworking.

In addition, this laptop does not disappoint in terms of performance and we celebrate that this time the Windows 10 works so well with a Pentium processor. The results are very close to that of models with Intel Core processors.

Now, the truth is that you notice the deficiencies of the Pentium processor when editing videos, using Photoshop or producing music. In these cases, we suggest always betting on a laptop with Intel Core.

We have also taken a big disappointment with the quality of your screen. The TN panel that uses this model is not enough to fully enjoy the content of platforms such as Netflix, something that can be done on laptops with IPS monitors.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 378 x 260 x 22.90 mm
  • Screen: 15.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Battery: Up to 5 hours
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 up to 8 generation
  • RAM memory: from 4 GB
  • Storage: from 128 GB

Four. Acer Spin 1

Those who want a portable hybrid at a good price and have relatively low expectations in terms of performance, should consider getting the Acer Spin 1. In return, they will receive a well-manufactured and easily transportable model.

In addition, this model has a screen of surprising high quality. In fact, this is undoubtedly its best virtue and stands out above many other similar models. 11.6 inches, the IPS LCD panel has excellent color and contrast.

Another of the merits of this product is its keyboard. It is very convenient to type and control the cursor with the touchpad. The strength and resistance of the keyboard area help to make this experience positive.

After performing a performance test, the results are not surprising if we consider that this model includes a Celeron processor. We can perform basic tasks without problem, but it is not the ideal laptop for video game lovers.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 298 x 210 x 20.30 mm
  • Screen: 11.6 inch
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.1 GHz
  • RAM memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB

5. Jumper EZBook 3 Pro

The portable EZBook 3 Pro from Jumper is also a good option if we have a small budget, although we will have to settle for a longer starting time than other similar models such as Chuwi LapBook 14.1.

With an Apollo Lake N3450 processor and 6 GB of RAM, this notebook is capable of performing basic computer tasks. It even supports poorly demanding video games, but we can't expect anything else.

In addition, the EZBook 3 Pro includes a storage capacity of only 64 GB, which may be insufficient for some. It is true that you can always change the hard drive afterwards or choose cloud solutions or external memories.

On the other hand, the size of the computer is the ideal balance between an easily transportable device, a screen where you can easily navigate and a sufficiently wide and comfortable keyboard to manipulate.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 315 x 209 x fifteen mm
  • Screen: 13.3 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
  • Battery: Up to 8 hours
  • Processor: Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core 1.1GHz
  • RAM memory: 6 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB

6. Chuwi LapBook 14.1

The LapBook 14.1 of the Asian Chuwi is not the fastest laptop you can buy today in the market, but it is certainly capable of performing basic tasks and doing it more effectively than most cheap computers with Windows 10.

The boot time is incredibly fast and in this aspect it is well above laptops of the same range, such as the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro, and even others much more expensive.

In its standard model, the 14.1-inch LapBook has a storage capacity of 64GB, of which you can use half. While it is true that you can easily increase the space with a 128GB microSD.

Although the touchpad It leaves much to be desired and it is better to acquire a separate mouse, it is true that lightness, the autonomy of the battery, the keyboard and the Full HD screen are some of the incentives to buy this laptop.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 329.20 x 220.50 x two0.50 mm
  • Screen: 14,1 inches
  • Weight: 1.74 kg
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3450 Quad Core 1.1 GHz
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB

7. Chuwi HeroBook

Chuwi is a brand known for offering quality laptops for very little money. An example of this is the Herobook, a notebook which catches our attention for its excellent value for money.

For less than 200 we get a device with a performance and specifications more than acceptable and an excellent battery life (up to 9 hours).

The truth is that the screen is not the best and that its processor can not be compared to the newer and more expensive models of laptops, but its price makes us overlook these details.

If you are looking for a computer that works well, that can help you to surf the Internet, write and watch videos from time to time and, if you also do not want to spend a lot of money, then the HeroBook may be your ideal purchase option.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions:
  • Screen: 14.1 inch
  • Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours
  • Processor: Intel Atom x5-E8000 4-core
  • RAM memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB

8. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is one of those laptops that some love and others hate. For us, although it includes several benefits to consider, the truth is that in other aspects we have been disappointed.

For such an affordable price, one cannot expect an equally powerful performance than in more expensive models such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, although it must be said that the strength of the structure is comparable.

The Intel Atom processor does not match well with Windows 10. Moreover, there are some on the market smartphones Y tablets Android at a good price that works much faster.

Nevertheless, this portable hybrid is very practical: the keyboard is attached to the screen by an intelligent hinge, which makes it very easy to separate one element from the other. In addition, this Asus model brings its own support and includes a optical pencil.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 259 x 170 x 8, 20 mm
  • Screen: 10.1 inches
  • Weight: 535g (tablet) + 255g (keyboard)
  • Battery: Up to 11 hours
  • Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  • RAM memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB

9. GamePad Digital Pocket

The GPD company has managed to create a computer that, despite its small dimensions, includes many features to be appreciated, especially for a much higher price than the models of other Chinese companies.

It is difficult to find a more portable laptop – redundancy is worth it – than the GamePad Digital Pocket, due in large part to its tiny size. That does not prevent, however, that the user can navigate through it with some ease.

The potential of this computer is even greater when we connect it to a second screen with the help of an HDMI cable and enjoy all that Windows 10 has to offer.

As a negative aspect, we miss a webcam with which to make video calls, as well as a trackpad. In addition, the keyboard is impractical, but you cannot expect more than a 182 x 109 x 19.9 mm notebook.

Basic Specifications

  • Dimensions: 182 x 109 x 19, 90 mm
  • Screen: 7 inches
  • Weight: 503g
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8750 Quad-Core 1.6 GHz
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB

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