Thanks to the upcoming Black Friday the laptop market starts getting very interesting just under 600 dollars. Amazon is offering a 20% or more discount on select laptops for this occasion.
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.
The best performance laptop you can get at the moment in the 600 dollar range is the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US in Black. I think the specifications are way above what you can find in this price range at the moment. You get an AMD Elite A6-5350M Accelerated Processor running between 2.9GHz and 3.5GHz as needed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and on top of this you also get a 256GB SSD making this laptop extremely responsive and powerful. As a bonus to the Processor you also get the AMD Radeon HD 8450G Graphics card, turning this laptop into a very capable gaming laptop. Thanks to the SSD and good Processor this Laptop has a declared battery life of up to 6 Hours. You also get a 2-year Warranty with this Laptop which is a big plus point.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US 15.6″ AMD A6-5350M 2.90GHz 8GB 256GB Solid State Drive Win 7 Pro 64 Laptop Computer (1 Year Warranty)
Price: $630.51 Go to Store
(43 Customer Reviews)
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
This device is a real bargain at the moment and I would expect to see its price go up after Black Friday.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series i7347-7550sLV 13-Inch Laptop is another awesome device that made it to this price range thanks to Black Friday. It’s a transformer laptop, meaning it is both a tablet and a laptop, but where most transformers have very low performance, this device packs a real punch. It comes with the 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD.
Dell Inspiron i7347 13-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i5 Processor
Price: $689.99 Go to Store
(111 Customer Reviews)
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
Based just on its specifications alone you wouldn’t have expected this device to also be touchscreen enabled and a transformer. It’s a very good deal right now. Get it while it’s still available.
As a counterexample to the Dell I will also post a device with typical specifications for this price range on sale right now.
Lenovo E440 Touch (20C5008VUS ) 14-Inch Laptop
Price: $858.00 Go to Store
(3 Customer Reviews)
The Lenovo E440 Touch (20C5008VUS ) 14-Inch Laptop comes with everything you would expect from a laptop at this price range. It comes with the 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200M Processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. This is the basic specification for most devices priced around 600 dollars. The difference is, this laptop comes with a touchscreen display and is also priced under 600 dollars.
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.