Top 10 Best Laptops Under $400 (October 2016) – Tech Brij

Top 10 Best Laptops Under $400 (October 2016)


Brijesh Gohil

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37 Responses

  1. Marina says:

    I liked this post. Thank you. Which of the above are best for music and movies?

  2. Pam says:

    Thank you so much for this guide, it is great!!! I’ve been through several guides and yours is buy far the best. Similiar to the above question. I am buying this for my 14 year old for Christmas. Her primary purpose is school work, watching movies, social media (of course) and playing some online games like club penguin. She would prefer a 15″ screen and I would prefer windows 10 touch screen. So with that said, if you had to pick one from your list, which would you recommend?

    • Hey pam, thanks for those kind words. I would recommend you to buy Dell Inspiron 11 2 in 1 laptop(7th in list). It doesn’t have 15-inch display but it has 2 in 1 design which will be better for your younger one to use it as a tablet and laptop both.

  3. Susan says:

    Great info. Very helpful for 55 plus buyer. Thank you.

  4. Bgrim says:

    Is the Asus X555LA a touch screen?

  5. AaronG says:

    You missed the Lenovo IdeaPad 100 on newegg for $369. it has a core i5 5200U at 2.2GHz and is easily faster than any laptop in this list.

    • Hello AaronG, thanks for reminding me that it is at lesser price on NewEgg. There is HP 350 G2 with i5 5th gen in this list.
      Actually Lenovo Ideapad 100 is listed in list of laptops under $500 here.

  6. Nathan says:

    Which one of these will have the best processing speed? I am going to be using this for college work.

  7. Al says:

    Hello. I’ve been looking at the Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300. I love the look of it and it has features I like. I need a laptop only for streaming Netflix/Hulu, playing some games occasionally (like mahjong or Sims), using iTunes for my iPhone and iPad, and just general web surfing. Sometimes I’ll use it to type stuff up. I’ll also use it to stream my AT&T Uverse cable from time to time. Is the one I’m looking at worth it? Any suggestions? My budget is right at $400 or less. My screen size has to be 15 inches and it needs Bluetooth and a cd/DVD drive, webcam, etc. thanks for looking. Look forward to your suggestions.

  8. Steve D says:

    Hi Brijesh,
    Thank you for this informative information. Do any of these devices come with some sort of word processing software?

    • Hey steve,
      In windows laptops there is default wordpad which you can use to create and edit documents. You can also install MS Office suite on these laptops which includes softwares like MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook etc.

  9. Saidat Adeleke says:

    Hi Brijesh,
    Thank you for your informative post. I like all the computers on your list. However, I am quite indecisive on what the best computer for me is. My budget is a little bit above $400. I am a college student, a bioinformatics major, so I am doing some light programming. I am also taking programming classes online, so I need a computer that has a capable storage capacity. I would like a computer that is fast, light, slim, durable, with nice graphics and good battery life, and kinda stylish. I also stream a lot of movies online. I don’t really play games so I don’t need a gaming computer although I really liked the Lenovo G51(#1 on your list). I know all the things I listed may put the best computer above my budget but I’d really like your help in making an informed decision in getting a computer within my budget.

    • Hello Saidat Adeleke,
      Yup Lenovo G51 is a good laptop for your needs but I would recommend you to go with recently launched Toshiba Satellite Laptop(See on Amazon). It has 5th Generation i3 Processor which outperforms AMD A8 processor of Lenovo G51, 8GB RAM same as Lenovo G51, Intel HD integrated graphics which also out performs AMD Radeon R5 graphics found in Lenovo G51. But it has 500GB hard drive which is lesser than 1TB hard drive in Lenovo G51. In real life we don’t really need that much space, I think 500 GB will do for your daily works. Still it’s your choice either get more storage with Lenovo G51 or half of the storage and more performance in Toshiba Satellite Laptop. You can also checkout this college student laptops buying guide. Tell me if you need any further more help…

  10. Shey says:

    Sorry to bug. Which laptop would you recommend:
    Returning to college, not computer literate, DVD/CD player, anti-glare screen ( I like to be outside), and under $350?
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • Hey Shey,
      First of all you don’t have to be sorry to ask me your doubts 🙂
      I have found best laptop for your college. It is from HP (See on Amazon) It will cost you $349. It has CD/DVD player but it does not have anti-glare display but it gets enough bright to let you work from outside. Even this laptop from Lenovo is good within your budget (see on Amazon) but it does not have optical drive.
      Let me know if you need any more assistance to buy laptop…

  11. Jarrett Embry says:

    I think you’re missing a very good all around contender. The Lenovo Z50 is on for 379.99$. It has an A10 AMD processor, 8gb RAM, 1TB HDD, R6 Graphics, etc.

  12. Angel says:

    What computer would be the best for gaming

  13. Cameron George says:

    I have an HP Pavilion dv7 and I’m looking for something comparable to that but under 250. The fan needs replacing and it would cost me about 140 bucks and I figure if I can give up money for that, I could give a little more and get something similar. I want it to be able to handle playing something like DC Universe online..

  14. Jamie Crowley says:

    Hi Brijesh,
    Thanks for the nice breakdown of these laptops. I’m totally clueless on “techy” stuff. So it still looks like Greek to me…haha. What do you think would be a good choice for me, I need a laptop for business, spreadsheets, documents, email, ect. I need it to be fast, have decent memory, not overheat easily, good battery life. Also I was wondering what is the difference between the solid state drive vs. Hard drive? This might sound like a silly question, but I have a project coming up where I have to do high-resolution pics 1500 x 1500, does the quality of the laptop come into play? And one more thing, I need one that DOES NOT have a jumpy cursor, that drives me crazy! what do you think?

    • Hey Jamie,
      I would recommend you to go with Asus X555LA. It would be perfect laptop for your needs. And SSDs are faster than HDDs but SSDs are still rare to spot in budget laptops…

  15. Nicole Hutchinson says:

    Thank-You for all this info and time you put into this I know I appreciate all you’ve done and then answer everyone’s questions is so nice and helpful!!!! Not many people would do all this to just help out people least I know there’s still nice people out there.

    Hi Brijesh! Please bare with me I know it’s long and I have quite a few questions to ask besides what laptop would you recommend for me. Since I’ve been out of High School I’ve not really been into laptops and the storage so I’m pretty dumb when it comes to it now. I mean it’s been almost 16 years now lol but I’ll start off with the pretty command question and then ask the other questions. If you could help me out with all these questions I’d really appreciate it but I’m sure your a busy guy.

    I’m looking for a laptop that’s great for storage. I’ve took all the space up on a iPhone 64GB phone and a 32GB iPad Air 2 and I need a laptop that can hold a whole lot of pics I’m buying a nice camera also so I’ll be saving pics to the laptop from my camera to so is there a laptop that has Bluetooth, SD slot, 1TB Storage, CD/DVD Burner, HD if possible for $400 or less???????

    I also have a few questions I saw where Jamie asked what the difference between SSD and Hard Drive was and I’m still not understanding what the difference is besides the SSD is faster but I saw online where it said this
    “The average laptop computer equipped with a SSD will have around 128 to 256GB of storage. This is roughly equivalent to what laptops of several years ago came equipped with. Today, most laptops feature 500GB or more of storage with a hard drive. Desktop systems have an even greater disparity between SSD and hard drives as the average desktop comes with 1TB or more of storage.”
    So does that mean the storage on a SSD storage is different then a Hard Drive storage as in if I bought a 256GB SSD it would be the same as a 1TB Hard Drive? Just doesn’t make sense to me cause it said it’s roughly equivalent.

    Other Question: I saw a few things I wanted to make sure I understood what it meant
    one said it had built-in card reader and DVD writer. What doesn’t that mean
    Then one said It has memory card slot does that mean SD Slot?
    Also CD/DVD burner built-in and all other required ports and slots. What does it mean when it said and all other required ports and slots? Like USB and SD Slot?

    I wasn’t sure if you know all the answers to my question that I was confused on or not but thought I’d try and ask. I know I had a lot of questions but if all possible if you could help me out with all these questions or what you do know I’d really appreciate it a lot!!!!!!!

    I know wanting a laptop with Bluetooth, SD slot, USB slot, 1TB Storage, CD/DVD Burner, and HD if possible for $400 or less might sound crazy but my Husband and I both want certain things so trying to find a laptop that have what we both want lol
    Thank-You so so much for all your time and for helping me out with whatever you can!!!!!!!

    I told ya bare with me lol

    • Hi Nicole,
      Let me start directly by clearing all your doubts first,
      1) Difference between SSD & HDD storage of laptop.
      – HDD are conventional or older storage which can still be spotted on majority of new laptops today whereas SSD are newer gen storages which is installed mostly in costly or high performance laptops.
      – HDD as the name suggests Hard Disk Drive, It has disk which rotates to read or write data on it whereas SSD are Solid State Drive which is small computer chip (somewhat similar to micro SD cards).
      – HDD provides lesser read/write speeds whereas SSD can provide whopping 600-700 MB/s of read/write speeds.
      – These amazing features of SSD makes it costlier than HDD therefore SSD is found only on the costly laptops (Laptops Above $650).
      Therefore there are no ‘NEW’ laptops in $400 price range with SSD storage. You might find old laptop or refurbished laptop within $400 with SSD on Amazon.

      NOTE – there is nothing like 256GB SSD equals to 1TB HDD. That’s completely false statement.
      BUT, the price of 256GB SSD may equal to price of 1TB HDD. This can be true.

      2) built-in card reader/ memory card slot / SD slot are all equal in laptop.

      3) CD-DVD burner and DVD drive in laptop are different.
      – If the laptop has CD-DVD burner then you can read and burn (write) CDs and DVDs on laptop but if the laptop only has DVD drive then it can only read CDs and DVDs and CANNOT write.

      All other required ports and slots means, laptop has all ports like HDMI, USB 2.0, 3.0 ports and memory card reader slot.

      I hope my answers would clear your all doubts of laptops under $400.

      According to me the best laptop under $400 for you’ll be Asus F555LA-AB31 15.6 Inch Full HD Laptop (7th in the list). It has full HD display, 500GB of storage (little less but decent if you could manage), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SD card slot, CD/DVD burner, ofcourse USB 2.0 and faster USB 3.0 port.

      You can ask me if you need any further more help without worrying about number of questions.

  16. Barry Brownstein says:

    Hi there. My needs are very basic and specific. I want a laptop under $400 that will provide excellent audio and video when I skype my family overseas. I’ll be using that for basic internet (e-mails, radio streaming, and Facebook connections. I’ll also occasionally get a DVD from the library to view. I’d appreciate your input

    • Hey barry,

      Go with the Lenovo G51 (1st in the list). It has got built in HD webcam and mic for video calling and it has “Bose” stereo speakers which sound really great. I think it would be perfect for your requirements.

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