4 Budget Laptops for Small Business 2015
Need to balance finances with computing power? There are many excellent options on the market to meet your needs at a price point below $500.
Higher-priced systems featuring more capable processors have more power to handle additional multi-tasking and computer-intensive tasks, explains Jason Kennedy, Intels director of business marketing and product management. Most budget displays are adequate, but not eye popping.
But if youre more focused on function than flash, budget models generally run basic business productivity software as well as their pricier counterparts do. And if you do your homework and skillfully use rebates, trade-ins and weekly technology deals, you can get similar features at a lower price.
Lets take a look at four terrific budget laptops (in alphabetical order):
Display size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 2.4 pounds
Memory: 2GB, 64GB eMMC
This tiny convertible easily stands in for your mid-sized tablet, and when you add the keyboard it provides a traditional laptop experience in a smaller form factor. Its small size makes it ideal for business owners who travel a lot and dont want to be weighed down.
Display size: 10.8 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds, depending on configuration
Memory: 2GB, 64GB SSD
Display size: 11.6 inches
Weight: 2.13 pounds
Memory: 2GB, 16GB SSD
The price tag is in budget, but the look of this touch-screen machine is higher end. Its paper thin (less than 1 inch) so it fits easily in even the most stylish messenger bag or tote. Battery life is up to 8 hours, giving you plenty of off-the-grid time.
Display size: 13.3 inches
Weight: 2.95 pounds
Memory: 4GB, 16GB SSD
CNETs pick for Best Chromebook, the Toshiba CB2 boasts a high-quality 1920x1080 IPS display, and is upgradable to 4GB of RAM for additional computing power. A textured exterior makes it easy to hold onto.
Ultimately, selecting the best budget laptop depends on how youll be using it, according to computer expert Guy Baroan of Baroan Technologies in Elmwood Park, NJ. Minimum processors, if a Windows® system is picked, would be the Intel® Core i3 processor with at least 4GB of RAM. You might be able to work with less if you select a Chromebook, but, again, it depends on the tasks you need to complete and how quickly you need to complete them.
So there you have it. Four laptops, each starting at under $500. At that price, you might want to get more than one.
Cant find exactly what you want at this price point? It pays literally and figuratively to shop around for deals, price-match guarantees and closeouts that can make more fully featured machines more financially feasible.