The laptop market starts getting very interesting just under 600 dollars. Here is where laptops made for more specific usages start to appear. At this price range we will find a fair deal of laptops, from gaming laptops, business oriented laptops, multimedia laptops, design laptops and even some entry level ultrabooks.
The best laptop you can get for under 600 dollars?
Most people searching online for best laptops under 600 dollars already have some kind of usage in mind. This means they are looking for a laptop that is very good at that specific task (for example mobility, performance, gaming, etc.) but is also good enough to perform other tasks if needed. With that in mind I have made a shortlist of laptops under 600 dollars with a specific usage in mind.
Performance-wise I would recommend the Dell Inspiron 17R i17RM-5162sLV 17.3-Inch Laptop. It has a new 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U running at 1.6gHz (up to 2.6gHz with Turbo Boost) which features the improved Intel HD 4400. It comes equipped with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1024 GB HDD. For something with such a good looking exterior I really wasn’t expecting it to have an optical drive, but it does have a DVD drive.
Dell Inspiron 17R i17RM-5162sLV 17.3-Inch Laptop (Moon Silver)
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It preaty much has everything you would need to perform any task with it. It also has the Intel HD 4400 which means that gaming is also possible.
In case a 17-Inch Laptop is to big for your needs, you can also take a look at the Acer Aspire V5-552P-8471 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop. This device comes with a powerful AMD Quad Core A8-5557M Processor, running at 2.1 GHz, 8 GB DDR3 of RAM, the AMD Radeon HD 8550G for gaming and 750 GB of storage space. With it’s 4-cell battery it is good for up to 4.5 hours of battery life. It doesn’t feature an optical drive, but for that you get a sleek design and a touchscreen.
Acer Aspire V5-552P-8471 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Cool Steel)
Price: $649.99 Go to Store
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Overall I think this device might make a better choice for a student than the Dell from above because it’s also capable of doing some gaming.
The best gaming laptop for around 600 dollars at the moment is the Toshiba Satellite S55D-A5366.
Toshiba Satellite S55D-A5366 15.6-Inch Laptop
Price: $470.82 Go to Store
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This laptop features the very powerful AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M Accelerated Processor, 8GB DDR3 installed memory, and with the AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics card, gaming is guaranteed on this device. It also has a 750 GB, 6-cell battery good for up to 4.3 hours of battery life and a very sleek and clean design. It also features a DVD SuperMulti optical drive.
Following the new trend set by Microsoft Windows 8, touchscreen enabled devices have reached the marketplace and I have decided to also add another good choice to this list. Bare in mind that because of the expensive touchscreen the rest of the configuration will not match other devices in this price range.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (59387570)
Price: $659.97 Go to Store
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop offers a 10-point multi-touch 15.6” HD screen capable of flipping 300° to make it work as a tablet with a stand. It also has the design of an Ultrabook, having a thickness of less than 1″. The performance is also very decent, it comes with the same Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz Processor as the Asus and the Dell, 8GB of RAM and where those devices have 1024 GB of storage space the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex only has a 500 GB HDD. It lacks an optical drive, but we have come to expect this from thin Ultrabooks. On the plus side, it does have a full sized keyboard with numerical pad.
Most common configuration you will find on laptops under 600 dollars:
The most common configuration at this price range is usually a good processor, either Intel or AMD, 6 to 8 gb of RAM, hard drives of 750gb or higher, some of them even have SSDs, good displays, good sound systems and most of them will be very stylish. Also a large number of them will have some dedicated graphics processor.
Because of the price you can’t really get everything in one laptop so most laptops priced under 600 dollars have one or two very good characteristics but loose on the others. So you can find laptops with amazing performance and no dedicated graphics card or the other way around.
Who can use these 600 dollar laptops?
Well as explained before, in this price range we can pretty much find something to meet almost every need. To be thorough let’s explain what individual users can expect.
A student who is interested in buying a 600 dollar laptop is most likely looking for a more multimedia oriented experience. A big display to watch movies in the dorm, a good sound system and maybe some minor gaming ability to be able to play with friends. It should also be very well built for the occasional party or transport accident.
I think a student will find a good laptop witch fulfills all these needs well enough. There are plenty of laptops with really good performance, capable of handling almost any of the demanding applications even an engineering student might require and at the same time be a good all rounder for the everyday browsing, movie watching, playing music, writing and maybe some gaming also.
The Casual User will probably look at laptops under 600 dollars only if he is considering owning it for more than 3-4 years. Buying a good laptop initially ensures that you can use it for longer without needing to change it. If you are considering this, then I would recommend a laptop with 8GB of RAM and plenty of storage space(750GB or more).
In any case most if not all laptops priced under 600 dollars will suite the needs of any Casual User.
Power Users looking for laptops under 600 dollars want the most bang for their buck, and at this price range, they will not be disappointed. There are plenty of laptops with a lot of RAM and good Processors to chose from. Depending on whether you do graphical or video processing you will have to dial down on the Processor, RAM or HDD if you also want a good graphics card. There are plenty of models to chose from with either nVidia or ATI graphics cards.
Looking at laptops under 600 dollars a business man would most likely need mobility from his laptop. He needs to be able to be productive during down times (flight, commute, etc). At this price range there is plenty of performance for almost anything you could encounter in the business world so the emphasis will be on mobility.
The lack of a dedicated graphics card will also drastically improve battery life on most models and I don’t think that the lack of one will ever be an issue for a business man.
You can find Ultrabooks under 600 dollars which have a battery life usually over the 6 hour mark, they are lightweight, thin, and can be very easy to carry around with you wherever you go. Because of their Rapid Start Technology they are ready to use in seconds, so down times are reduced to a minimum.
If you are in the market looking for a gaming laptop under 600 dollars you are just about covered. You can find laptops with really good graphics capabilities, good processors and a good amount of RAM.
With the laptops priced under 600 dollars you can play virtually any of today’s games on medium to high details with reasonable frame rates. There are plenty of online videos showing demanding games running of laptops.
After looking at what laptops are available for less than 600 dollars right now, we can see that there are plenty of very good choices for very different people available. The performance of these laptops are above average and satisfy any need a potential user might have. The performance can also be optimized to better suite your usage by opting for models with more resources in the area you require most.