Check out our Holiday Gift Guide

Buying a New Laptop


How will you use your laptop?

Light use: Surfing the Web, paying bills online, e-mail and social networking, organizing and sharing digital photos.

Average use: Storing and streaming music and movies, tasks like spreadsheet and document creation.

Demanding use: Multitasking with multiple tabs and programs, sophisticated graphics and photo editing, and video production.

More demanding users will want to invest a bit more in a higher resolution screen, a faster processor, more system memory, and a larger hard drive.

How important is portability to you?

Screen size, the type and capacity of built-in storage devices, and the presence or lack of a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive all affect a laptop’s size and weight. Laptops generally fall into three categories of weight:

  • 3 lbs. or less: These streamlined laptops are great for students and travelers who need to perform basic e-mailing and Web surfing tasks on the go.
  • 4–5 lbs.: This midrange selection provides a balance between power and portability, great for users who occasionally work from coffee shops or airports.
  • 6 lbs. or more: These workhorses provide powerful processing and larger screens, ideal for gamers and professionals who rarely use their laptops away from their desks.

Does your laptop look and feel right?

You can learn a lot about a laptop by handling it. Hinges and clasps should feel sturdy enough to withstand daily use. Test the lid and body — typically made from plastics or aluminums — to see if they are adequately rigid and lightweight. Make sure that the keyboard’s spacing and depth allow for comfortable typing. The trackpad and mouse buttons should allow you to solidly click, scroll and zoom without skipping. Also, if you rely on 10-key for data entry, be sure the machine you select has a numeric keypad. If you won’t have an opportunity to check it out in person, you can still check product pages and user reviews for recurring comments about look, feel and build quality.

 

Best Selling Laptops under $400

Advertisements

Amazon Deals

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM HD, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black

$349.99
18 new from $349.99
1 used from $ 384.99
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • 15.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display supporting Acer ColorBlast technology
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life

Product Description

Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB SATA Hard...

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam

$49.43
124 new from $49.43
10 used from $ 38.69
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows
  • 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients. Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. Automatic low-light correction, Tripod-ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
  • H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. controls: Video and photo capture, Face tracking, Motion detection
  • Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later. Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.6 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video-calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS,Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video-calling clients),USB port,Internet connection

Product Description

HD Pro Webcam C920 With the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, you’ll be seen in more clarity and detail than ever before with Full HD 1080p video calling—the highest quality available. Enjoy vibrant, true to life video clips that capture the smallest...

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel, Works with Amazon Alexa

$249.99
$249.00
28 new from $219.98
27 used from $ 171.88
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Google Home works with Nest. Feeling chilly? Just say, "Ok Google, set my temperature to 72 degrees."
  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
  • Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody's home to help you save energy.
  • Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Product Description

The brighter way to save energy. Meet the 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It has new rings and a big, sharp display. And it helps save energy. That’s the most beautiful part. There’s a ring for every home. The Nest Learning...

Microsoft Surface Dock

$125.99
37 new
9 used from $ 114.00
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Compatible With Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pro, and Surface Laptop
  • 2x Mini Display Ports, 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1x Audio out port
  • Magnetic Surface Connect Cable
  • High-Speed Data Transfering

Product Description

Microsoft Surface Dock (Compatible With Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pro, and Surface Laptop)

Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible, 11.6-Inch HD Touch, Intel Celeron N3150, 4GB DDR3L, 32GB, Chrome, CB5-132T-C1LK

$299.99
$299.00
47 new from $278.00
4 used from $ 199.00
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz
  • 11.6" HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display, Multi-touch screen, supporting 10 finger touch
  • 4GB DDR3L Onboard Memory, 32GB Internal Storage
  • Up to 10-hours Battery Life
  • Operating System - Chrome OSTM,Graphics : Intel® HD Graphics,DDR3L Shared graphics memory, Connectivity : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

Product Description

Acer Chromebook R11 CB5-132T-C1LK comes with these high level specs: Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz, Chrome, 11.6" HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display (1366x768 resolution; 16:9 aspect...

Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)

$66.99
73 new
7 used from $ 49.60
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Cost-effective storage upgrade for laptop or desktop computers
  • Store all your games, music, movies and more with up to 4TB of storage
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance
  • Seagate Secure models for hardware-based data security
  • Instant Secure Erase allows safe and easy drive retirement; protect data with Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) models

Product Description

Versatile and dependable, the fierce Seagate Barracuda drives build upon a reliable drive family spanning 20 years. Count on affordable Barracuda drives as 2.5 and 3.5 inch HDD solutions for nearly any application-working, playing and storing...

SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB Solid State Drive (SDSSDA-240G-G26) [Newest Version]

$74.99
41 new from $74.99
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • Faster boot-up, shutdown, application load and response
  • Up to 20X faster than your old hard drive
  • Read/write speeds of up to: 530MB/s/440MBs
  • Generous battery life
  • Cool, quiet operation

Product Description

Step up to SSD speeds and inject new life into your laptop or desktop PC with a durable solid state drive from SanDisk.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 with Intel Core m3, 12.5-Inch Touchscreen, 64GB storage and 4GB RAM

$459.99
$429.99
40 new from $429.99
6 used from $ 365.49
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • The flexible 360 degree hinge and 12.5" Full-HD touchscreen lets you use the C302 in tablet or laptop mode.
  • Extremely lightweight at 2.65 pounds with the protection of a sleek aluminum metal body.
  • Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, thanks to a long battery life rated up to 10 hours*.
  • Intel Core Processor with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM for fast and efficient performance.
  • Work anywhere online or offline regardless of your internet connection. Enjoy your favorite games, entertainment, and keep up with work, wherever you go.

Product Description

The ASUS Chromebook C302 is the ultimate Chromebook for the pros. Flip and touch full HD screen, Intel Core processor, aluminum metal body, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash storage, and long battery life make this the ideal Chromebook for those who love the...

Tile Mate & Slim Combo Pack, Key/Wallet/Item Finder, 4-pack

$69.99
$69.00
3 new from $65.00
1 used from $ 64.39
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • The Tile Combo pack includes 2 Tile Slim and 2 Tile Mate Bluetooth trackers - perfect for keeping track of your essential items like your keys, bag, wallet, and laptop.
  • Tile Mate is designed with a convenient hole to loop onto keychains or drop in a bag, Tile Slim is as thin as two credit cards and slides into your wallet or sticks to thin objects like laptops.
  • The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you'll always know where to look. Mate: 34 x 34 x 4.65mm Slim: 54 x 54 x 2.4mm
  • Use your smartphone to make your Tile ring when it's nearby but out of sight. Can't find your phone? Simply double press the button on your Tile to make your phone ring -even on silent!
  • If your Tile isn't where you left it, the Tile community can anonymously help you and update the location of your item if another phone running the Tile app comes within range of your missing item.

Product Description

Never lose your keys, wallet, purse, laptop or phone again with the Tile Combo Pack —Bluetooth trackers designed for all your essentials. Tile Mate is designed with a convenient hole to easily loop onto keychains or drop into a bag or purse. Tile...

Apple 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MD506LL/A)

$79.00
$74.54
12 new from $61.99
68 used from $ 40.48
Free shipping
Buy Now
amazon.com
as of November 12, 2017 10:20 am

Features

  • The 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector so if someone should trip over it, the cord disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook Pro stays put safely. It also helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.
  • When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector lights up; an amber light lets you know that your notebook is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC cord is provided with the adapter for maximum cord length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives you an even easier and more compact way to travel.
  • Designed to be the perfect traveling companion, the adapter has a clever design which allows the DC cable to be wound neatly around itself for easy cable storage.
  • This power adapter recharges the lithium polymer battery while the system is off, on, or in sleep mode. It also powers the system if you choose to operate without a battery.
  • Compatible with MacBook Pro with Retina display

Product Description

The 85-Watt A1424 MagSafe 2 Power Adapter from Apple offers a clever design to be the perfect travel charging companion by winding around itself for easy storage. The magnetic DC connector helps guide the plug into your device for a quick and...

If you’re not a Prime member, sign up now for a free 30-day trial
Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.