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The best affordable laptops that you can buy right now

The traditional laptop computer may be slowly going out of fashion as the rise of the tablet continues, but there are still plenty of people who want a full desktop experience on the go. Take a look at three of the best affordable laptops that you can buy right now:

Super Portability: Asus X200CA 11.6-inch notebook – £197

asus x200ca

Weighing less than a kilogram and bearing a small footprint, the Asus X200CA is a  superb sub-£200 laptop. It’s dual-core Intel Celeron CPU and 4GBs of RAM should keep it motoring along swiftly enough, while it’s 500GB hard drive is more than enough for most people. The small footprint of the 11.6-inch notebook and relatively light weight makes it a solid, super-portable option. And to top it all off, the Asus comes with a touchscreen, which makes it work seamlessly with the newer versions of Windows.

Big, basic and affordable: Lenovo G50 15-inch notebook – £280

lenovo g50

While people increasingly opt for 11 or 13-inch laptops nowadays, prioritising portability over screen real estate, there is still a place for larger laptops. The Lenovo G50 is a nice looking 15-inch laptop, currently going for less than £300 on Amazon. For that you get an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive – not a bad set of specs for a sub-£300 15-inch laptop. Watch out for the relatively poor battery life though – you’re not going to get more than four hours out of this guy.

For those who don’t want Microsoft Windows: Toshiba Chromebook 2 – £250


I really quite like Chromebooks. They offer a fresh alternative to the standard ways of computing, with their extraordinary focus on cloud computing and their great value. If you’ve decided on a Chromebook, then definitely have the Toshiba Chromebook 2 on your shortlist, because it’s relatively fast (for running Chrome OS) with an Intel Celeron and 4GB of RAM, as well as solid state storage. Go for the model with a full-HD display and you’ll have some stunning visuals too! It’s a bargain at £250.

*All images are sourced from the respective manufacturers

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