When it comes to finding the right laptop for you there are a number of things to take into consideration such as design, battery life, power and most importantly the price. This can be confusing because their are so many options to choose from.
Top Choices Under $400
It is easy to think that it’s near impossible to find a laptop that fits all of your needs at an affordable price, so we have made that issue slightly easier for you, here is the GizmoFusion list of the best laptops on the market for less than $400.
CPU: AMD Dual-Core A9-9425 | GPU: AMD Radeon R5 Series | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1366 x 768)| Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 14.96 x 9.99 x 0.94 inches | Weight: 4.63 lbs
Plenty of RAM
Lots of fast SSD storage
Lenovo is known for producing fantastic laptops at reasonable prices and this laptop continues this pattern.
The Ideapad uses components of laptops that are double its price, promising fast and powerful performance at a budget. It uses an AMD dual-core processor with clock speeds of 3.1GHz, though this processor is slightly less powerful than a quad-core processor, you will still experience some pretty fast processing of your data.
This is matched with an impressive 16GB of RAM which leaves some room for some smooth multitasking and you’ll have the capability to run some pretty RAM demanding applications.
The AMD Radeon R5 Series is slightly below the capabilities of a Geforce GPU, but still offers some fast rendering and the ability to run some mid-level games if that is what you want from a laptop.
The Ideapad has a resolution of 1366×768 on a 15.6-inch screen. This resolution is comparable to some older screens and is slightly disappointing. This is less clear than resolutions of 1920×1080, but won’t really be an issue unless you plan on using the laptop for things such as editing. If you just want to use the laptop for casual use, this really won’t interrupt your usage.
What is really appealing about the laptop is the 512GB SSD memory, which means you will have plenty of room to store all of your data. Not only will you have plenty of room, but your laptop and the applications that you have on your laptop will boot faster than if you just had HDD.
In terms of design, Lenovo offers a very basic grey cover. This is great for those of you that like a minimalistic design, but in some ways, it can come across as a bit underwhelming and will definitely fall victim to fingerprinting. But it is nice and thin and would make a fantastic computer to use on the go, with a low weight of under 5lbs and a long battery life.
You can expect around 8 hours of battery from this laptop, which would be plenty to take out for the day without worrying about constantly having to recharge.
Overall this laptop ticks all the boxes for a good budget laptop that doesn’t hold you back, it has excellent performance that caters to the use of a number of users. The IdeaPad offers
everything you would need in terms of connectivity, design, and power and is definitely a laptop that stands out in the market.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U | GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 3 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 3.5 lbs
Low battery life
The ASUS VivoBook comes in many different forms to fit a number of budgets. Though this laptop in the range is catered towards lower budget buyers, it certainly doesn’t seem like it.
This laptop uses an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor with clock speeds of up to 3.50 GHz, which is perfectly fine for casual use but is significantly less fast or powerful than an Intel i5 or i7.
You get 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is less than the Ideapad, but still plenty for your laptop to run and multitask smoothly.
The VivoBook uses an integrated AMD Radeon Vega 3 GPU. This is a GPU that is excellent value for money and offers great performance and impressive rendering. Not only does it perform well, but due to the fact it is integrated, it runs cooler and saves battery on your laptop. It also runs on the latest Windows 10 OS.
Somewhere that this laptop falls behind in is storage. For those of you who intend to use the laptop for general things such as saving documents or the odd picture, 128GB SSD will be more than enough.
But for those who intend on using it to house some more intensive software, you may need to use some external storage, which won’t be much of an issue as this laptop offers all that you would need in terms of connectivity, with USB, HDMI, and USB-C.
The display is fantastic, with a resolution of 1920×1080 on a 15.6-inch screen. You get crisp and sharp colors which would be fantastic for those of you who plan to stream videos or edit.
Design is somewhere that I think this laptop excels in. It’s thin and looks modern and sleek. Its aluminum casing makes it appear sturdy and worth far more than its price range. The laptop weighs 3.5lbs and is small in size, making it the kind of laptop you can just throw into your bag and take on the go.
The battery life is slightly weak, and you can expect around 5 hours of battery. This may be an issue for those who won’t be close to a power source but is plenty for anyone that just wants to take it to a meeting or a class.
The keyboard is also backlit, just like the screen, meaning you can use it in several environments.
An interesting feature of the laptop is the fingerprint reader, which ups the security of the laptop and means that the data within the laptop is fully protected.
HP 14″ Touchscreen
CPU: Intel Dual-Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366 x 768)| Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 41Whr | Dimensions: 12.76 x 8.86 x 0.71 inches | Weight: 3.22 lbs
Low battery life
HP has continued to deliver a fantastic device for all budgets yearly, and this HP laptop continues this trend of fantastic value laptops for everyday use.
This laptop utilizes innovation while also continuing to stick to a level of affordability, with its budget price point.
It uses an Intel Dual Core i3 processor with clock speeds of up to 3.9GHz. Intel offers some of the best processors on the market and even though this is one of the older processing models, it still remains to be perfect for casual use. But if you wanted to do some more strenuous activities, you will face a few drawbacks.
This is paired with 8GB of RAM which is plenty to fulfill all your multitasking needs and also means you will be able to run most applications without worry of lag.
This laptop also uses an integrated GPU, the Intel UHD Graphics 620. Though this is not capable of processing things such as high demand games, for general use, such as video streaming and editing, the rendering speeds are perfectly fine.
This laptop has a touchscreen feature, which will be beneficial for those who need to edit documents or for artists. But something that will let you down slightly on this front is the lower resolution of 1366×768 that this 14-inch screen has, meaning if you planned on using the touch screen feature for drawing/editing purposes, you may fall victim to the lower quality of the screen. This includes the duller colors and not very sharp imagery. Nonetheless, the touch screen can be utilized for a number of purposes.
However, where it falls behind in screen quality it more than makes up for in storage. You get 256GB SSD, which is plenty to store even some of the biggest software. The fact that its SSD means that you will have faster access to applications and the laptop itself will boot faster.
Following HP’s reputation, the design of the laptop is fantastic. It has a silver aluminum case which really fits in among more expensive and modern models. It’s slim and lightweight, weighing just 3.2 lbs.
Though this, along with the additional touch screen feature, should make it the perfect laptop to use on the go. However, the battery life does let this element down slightly. You will only really get 5 hours of use, meaning it will be slightly inconvenient for those who don’t have constant access to a power source.
Overall, this is a fantastic laptop that will cater to the needs of any casual user. It’s lightweight and its excellent components really make it stand out on the market and it remains to be another fantastic product by HP.
Lenovo Ideapad 330S
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6inch (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 14 x 9.5 x 0.75 inches | Weight: 3.96 lbs
No exciting features
This laptop is yet another example of Lenovo using some excellent components to create an excellently priced laptop.
This laptop uses an AMD Ryzen5 2500U processor which is a fantastic quad-core CPU that has faster initial clock speeds than even pricier CPUs such as an Intel i5. This is a brilliant processor, and when matched with the right amount of RAM and a good GPU.
Luckily with the Ideapad 330, you get a nice 8GB of RAM, which as we know is plenty to pretty much cover all of your general laptop needs. This laptop also uses an integrated GPU, the AMD Radeon Vega 8. This is a good budget GPU and offers some rendering faster than your average integrated GPU, along with the cooling benefits and power saving.
This laptop is a favorite among students and professionals on the go and you can see why. It’s lightweight, coming in at under 4 lbs and has a very good battery life of around 7 hours after a full charge.
Not only this, but it has a fantastic 256GB SSD of storage, which would be perfect for storing plenty of documents as well as a number of different software. SSD storage is also much more power-efficient than HDD, so this laptop only continues to extend its battery life.
The Ideapad 330 is just a brilliant yet simple laptop. The screen continues to show the laptop’s impressive features. The 15.6-inch screen has a resolution of 1920×1080 and offers sharp and crisp colors, however, the screen is a bit dull.
Though this can be a bit annoying, companies usually do this to save your battery slightly and it won’t really ruin your viewing, but it does take away from the immersion of the HD that the screen offers.
The screen has razor-thin surrounding bezels, which means no space is wasted. The actual design of the laptop is minimalistic, which makes it versatile as it can fit into many environments and isn’t too flashy. This along with its light weight makes it a good option if one of the aspects you’re looking for in a laptop is portability, as you will be able to use this laptop anywhere comfortably. This is also massively supported by its good battery life.
Something that this laptop can brag is its sound system, using Dolby audio and innovative placement of speakers within the case, the immersion of the high-quality screen can be continued with the high-quality audio.
Overall this just a fantastic simple laptop, perfect for a plentitude of possible uses. When you use a Lenovo device you get that comfortability of using a reliable device and so should definitely be a laptop you take into consideration.
HP 255 G6 Notebook
CPU: AMD A6-9225 | GPU: AMD Radeon R4 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 41Whr | Dimensions: 14.9 x 10 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.1 lbs
This is an extremely affordable laptop, built for convenience and advertised as the perfect on the go notebook.
The G6 uses a brilliant CPU, the AMD Dual-Core A6-9225 processor reaches clock speeds of up to 3GHz and runs on a higher operating frequency than processors like the i5. This means you are getting some powerful processing potential, worth double the price of what you would be paying for this device.
Along with this, you get a generous 8GB of RAM, this means that you will have plenty to work with the CPU to quickly access data and run some RAM intensive software, such as editing software.
The CPU also has an integrated Radeon R4 GPU which is a surprisingly powerful GPU, it has fantastic rendering and is even capable of casual gaming use and allows the laptop to run some 3D applications which would be useful for designers on a budget.
The device also comes with 256GB SSD, which is plenty to hold any required data, with quick access to this data.
Somewhere that the G6 falls behind slightly is the screen. The screen size is a spacious 15.6-inches which is useful for those who need to toggle between tabs as it means you can comfortably use the laptop’s split-screen function. The issue comes with the resolution, 1366x768p just doesn’t quite compete with the more modern 1080×1920 and is more comparable to the older plasma screen quality.
This decrease in screen quality is disappointing when you look at the laptop’s other fantastic features, but it really isn’t something too important and won’t ruin your use of the laptop.
Design-wise, the laptop looks fantastic. It’s a bit thicker than a lot of laptops on this list, but the design remains to be compact and fits nicely into the modern market.
One slight issue is the keyboard. It looks fantastic and fits with the general simplicity of the laptop, but the keys are quite small and close together so it’s less comfortable to type with than a larger laptop.
Aside from this, the trackpad is nice and responsive, which is often an issue with notebooks.
The laptop also has a good battery life, meaning you don’t have to worry about your laptop dying quickly during use. The G6 also has all you need in terms of connectivity, with USB, HDMI and earphone jacks, you won’t have any issue transferring data.
Overall this is just another reliable and simple laptop, though it may not stand out as anything too special, it delivers some really impressive components in a very affordable laptop and would be perfect for a variety of uses.
Lenovo IdeaPad 320
CPU: AMD A12-Series A12-9720P | GPU: AMD Radeon R7 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1366 x 768)| Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 14.8 x 10 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.8 lbs
Plenty of RAM
Bad battery life
The IdeaPad 320 prides itself on being designed to simplify your life, and through the integration of some good components within a compact laptop, you can see why.
This laptop runs on an AMD A12-Series A12-9720P CPU which is comparable to the power of an Intel Core i3 processor. It offers clock speeds of 2.7 GHz and is quad-core, but isn’t exceptionally fast and will not keep up with some more modern processors.
However, it is absolutely fine if you don’t plan on any heavy usage. You do get 8GB of RAM which is fantastic for such a low budget laptop and will mean you can happily do a lot of multitasking within the limits of the CPU.
The AMD Radeon R7 GPU that this laptop uses is relatively good, it’s nothing too powerful but it will be absolutely fine for the general user. If you’re looking for a laptop for gaming or some intensive editing, this laptop will not be a suitable choice.
This laptop differs from the majority of the list as it uses 1TB HDD. Though accessing your data and booting the laptop will be slightly slower than with SSD, you will have plenty of space to house all that you would need to.
One big disadvantage of using HDD is that it has a higher battery consumption than SSD, which isn’t great for this laptop as it already has a mediocre battery life of around 5 hours. Though this battery life would be fine if the laptop was used in an environment with many power sources, it would be slightly inconvenient to use on the go.
However, it is very lightweight and small and so if you still wanted to take it to work or school, you can do so comfortably.
Like many on this list, you get a nice 15.6-inch screen, but the resolution does not meet the preferred 1920×1080. This won’t be an issue if you plan to use the laptop to surf the web or draft documents, but if you want to stream videos you may notice a drop in quality.
An issue with the screen is that it has thick bezels, which really takes away from the otherwise modern design of the laptop. The laptop has a nice black to grey contrast color which makes it fit nicely among current laptop designs.
The keyboard is nice and the keys are a comfortable size to use and this laptop brags a more up to date touchpad with a multi-finger gesture feature.
Overall this is a good laptop that would be good for general use such as completing work, but I would not expect it to complete many powerful tasks.
HP 14″ HD Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i3-7100U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366 x 768) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.1 lbs
As we know HP doesn’t fail to release good laptops, no matter the price point, and this laptop is no exception.
The HP uses Intel technology. With an Intel Core i3 processor with clock speeds of 2.40GHz, you can expect some decent performance for the cost, but they aren’t capable of some things that higher-end CPUs are, such as hyperthreading. But for general use, they’ll work fine.
Once again you get a good 8GB of RAM, meaning you will be fine in terms of multitasking and running your software.
The laptop also has integrated Intel HD Graphics, unlike a lot of integrated graphics, this is actually quite a good GPU. It is capable of rendering data really fast and is even capable of running some mid-level games if that is what you’re looking to do.
This laptop is smaller than a lot of the laptops on the list and so has a slightly smaller screen than the rest. The 14-inch screen has a resolution of 1366×768 which is a bit disappointing as it doesn’t quite have the sharpness as a more modern 1920×1080 screen.
Once again, unless you plan on using the laptop for gaming or editing this resolution really shouldn’t affect your use of the device.
The actual laptop looks good. It has a unique rose gold color that really makes it stand out in the current market, but the keyboard looks quite flimsy and not as durable as a lot on the list.
The laptop advertises as having a 12-hour battery life, but realistically you’ll get around 6 hours. This isn’t too bad if you only use it for software like MS Word and browsing the
internet, but it won’t last throughout the day and so isn’t the best portable option compared to others on the list.
The HP laptop has 256GB SSD which accesses your data faster than HDD. It also drains your battery a lot slower, which is good considering the battery has a shorter life span than expected.
256GB of storage is also plenty of room to store all of your data, especially depending on the laptop’s capabilities as you won’t really need much room for some extensive software.
The laptop also has fantastic connectivity, you get several USB ports, an HDMI port and audio jack. This means that this laptop not only gives you plenty of space for your data, but you have the ability to transfer data easily. It also has a Type-C USB which means you’ll be able to link your device to some of the modern technology.
Overall this is a fantastic low budget laptop, which is capable of far more than just basic use and is in an exceptional value for money, with its use of some good components.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000
CPU: Intel Core i3-7100U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 405 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 40Whr | Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 3 inches | Weight: 2.65 lbs
1TB of storage
Dell have continuously made good laptops for a reasonable price for years and hold a very respectable place in the laptop market.
The Dell Inspiron 15 300 is a great laptop for a low price. It runs on an Intel Core i3 processor with clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz.
This is a dual-core processor and so you shouldn’t expect the speeds of quad-cores like the i5, but you’ll still get some pretty good performance, especially if you plan to use the laptop for general purposes.
This is paired with 8GB of RAM, which is fantastic and you can do plenty of basic productivity without noticing any lag in your laptop. If you wanted to, you could even do some low-level gaming.
The GPU is a little weaker than a lot on the list and is considered to be a more low level. However, this really won’t be an issue if you plan on using it for just general purposes such as drafting documents and browsing the web.
An area where Dell has often unfortunately fallen behind is with screen quality. This laptop has a resolution of 1366×768 which doesn’t meet the modern standards of screens.
However, once again unless you plan on using the laptop for gaming or for editing purposes you probably won’t notice the difference in screen quality, but if this is something that is important to you, it may be worth paying attention to.
The actual laptop looks good. It has a simple black design, but it is a little thicker than most laptops on this list. Though it is thicker it still weighs under 3 lbs which is fantastic if you plan on using this laptop on the go.
However, you shouldn’t expect more than five hours of use from a full charge and so if you do want to use it on the go, make sure that you’re near a power source. This laptop has a really good keyboard with a good travel distance between keys.
You also get a nice 1TB of HDD which leaves plenty of room to store all of your data, though it will not load software as fast as SSD, you do get the added reliability that your data will be safe.
This laptop also has everything you would need in terms of connectivity, so you will have no issue transferring your data between devices.
Overall this is a really good laptop for a more than reasonable price, but you should not expect it to be capable of tasks more than your average usage, such as forming documents or browsing the web.
Acer Aspire 5
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U | GPU: AMD Vega 3 Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 37Whr | Dimensions: 14.3 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.97 lbs
Low power consumption
The Acer Aspire 5 uses an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor which is a lower mid-range processor, comparable to the power of an i3 processor. You’ll get some pretty good use out of it and you’ll be just fine if you don’t plan on using the laptop for anything too intensive.
Even if you wanted to, you’ll be very limited in what software you can use because the laptop only has 4GB of RAM. This is not a lot but if you only want a laptop for basic uses, it will be plenty.
The Aspire 5 uses integrated AMD Vega 3 Graphics which really doesn’t offer much past basic rendering. However, it does have a very low power consumption that makes it perfect for a small device like this one.
With this laptop, you have a bit of limitation when it comes to storage. You get 128GB SSD, which will be more than enough if you want to house basic documents and pictures on your laptop. But if you would like to house a lot of software, movies or music on there you will definitely need some external storage.
One area where this laptop excels in is its screen. You get a fantastic 1920×1080 resolution on the 15.6-inch display. The colors are bright and crisp and the laptop does not fall victim to a dull screen. On top of this, it has really thin surrounding bezels that fit in nicely with its already modern layout.
It has a nice silver and black color combination that continues onto the keyboard. It also has an aluminum top cover that makes it look sturdy.
The laptop is very light, weighing less than 4lbs. This means that if you are looking for a good on the go laptop, this may very well be a good option.
On top of this, the laptop promises 7.5 hours of battery life after a full charge, so you won’t need to constantly be next to a power source.
This laptop has many fantastic features that would allow it to fit nicely into a laptop category of a much higher price range.
Its screen is great, it looks fantastic but it is, unfortunately, let down slightly by some underwhelming components.
Though that is a slight issue, there is always room to upgrade and for the price of the initial device, this would be a viable option.
Best Overall Buy
The Lenovo Ideapad holds the place of the best laptop on the list for a number of reasons. It has fantastic internal components, such as a powerful GPU and CPU. The fact that it comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM is also a massive deal, as is the fact of it having 512GB SSD storage.
You just get a lot for your money and this laptop offers a lot of versatility to meet a number of needs. For these reasons, this machine was a clear and worthy winner.
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James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.