Laptops under $400 don't tend to have stylish looks, full 1080p displays and excellent battery life, but that's what makes the Asus VivoBook E403SA our favorite budget notebook. The VivoBook also offers a solid keyboard, a slick brushed-metal design and a USB Type-C port for power and data transfer. Its Pentium CPU and 4GB of RAM provide enough pop for solid multitasking.
It may not be the most powerful sub-$500 laptop, but the Ideapad 100S offers the most value for your money. Lenovo's 2.2-pound, 11-inch laptop combines solid performance, an attractive design, a bright screen and over 9 hours of battery life. The Windows 10-powered Ideapad 100S even comes with a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
If battery life and price are your top concerns, the $330 Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 is just the laptop for you. It's the only budget laptop we've tested that lasted more than 10 hours, and it has a bright, accurate 13.3-inch 1080p display. Add to that an excellent keyboard, and you've got a low-cost system that's worth more than the sum of its parts.
Versatile and vibrant, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 sports the most colorful display in its class along with zippy Intel Pentium performance. Other highlights include 6 hours of battery life, surprisingly loud speakers and an attractively slim design that makes it easy to transform from laptop to tablet mode (or tent or stand mode).