Cyber Monday is a good time to think about replacing that old laptop. But what if money is a little tight or you’re not comfortable shelling out $1,000 for a MacBook or one of those fancy ultrabooks?
Luckily, there is also plenty of choice at the lower end of the price scale, with some incredible deals surfacing just in time for the Holiday season. And a lower price doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice power or hard drive capacity; we know your laptop needs to handle movies and photo collections along with those work projects!
So here are four of the best: great deals on brand name laptops that will put a smile on your face…and leave a few extra bucks in your bank account!
Samsung Exynos 5 Processor
2GB RAM; 16GB hard drive
11.6-inch screen; 2.5lbs weight
Google Chrome OS
If you want a no-nonsense notebook at an unbeatable price, then take a look at a Chromebook. Less than a conventional notebook but more than a tablet or a netbook, Chromebooks are filling an increasingly popular niche. This Samsung Chromebook is one of the best. The Google operating system means a crash course in cloud-based tools like Google Docs and Google Drive, but if your main goal is e-mail, web surfing, and on-the-go entertainment, then it’s hard to beat the price.
Where to buy: Best Buy, Amazon.com
AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 Accelerated Processor
4GB RAM; 320GB hard drive
15.6-inch screen; 5.5lbs weight
An entry level laptop with great firepower at an affordable price. The AMD E1-1200 Processor, 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive make this rugged machine one of the best deals on the market. Has all the features you’re looking for, including full wireless capability, a fully integrated webcam, and powerful speakers. No pretty colors to choose from, as everything is in a workman-like black, but if you want no frills power, then this is the laptop for you!
Where to buy: ToshibaDirect, Best Buy
2nd Generation Intel Core Processor
4GB RAM; 500GB hard drive
15.6-inch screen; 5.2lbs weight
A great workhorse laptop from a reliable brand name. Light enough to take anywhere and will fit right in at home, work, or on the road. Reliable, solid performance, with enough power to effortlessly run all those office and media applications. Plenty of jacks and USB ports to hook up to entertainment systems and peripherals. Comes standard in black.
Where to buy: Dell
Intel Pentium B980
4GB RAM; 320GB hard drive
15.6-inch screen; 5.39lbs weight
This stylish and affordable notebook includes everything you need for business or pleasure, plus the reliability of the HP brand. The 15.6-inch screen, stunning visuals and Altec Lansing speaker make it ideal for presentations or entertainment. Optimized for Windows 8 Pro, this durable machine provides a top-notch mobile computing experience.
Where to buy: HP, Best Buy
Monica Vila is “Chief Technology Mom,” born and raised in Mexico and co-founder of The Online Mom, the market leader in providing online and off-line tools to make parents of kids K-12 smarter and more comfortable with the technology that touches their family. The Online Mom is a website, an online newsletter, a forum for discussion, a network of certified experts and a social community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in a family’s life.