I realize that “cheap” is in a person’s eye of the beholder. Not only that — the laptops in this article might not even be as cheap as something you have access to off ebay or even as inexpensive as a restored laptop.
But, face it: new laptops have been going to dell inspiron 3511 are more expensive than the equivalently put together desktop pc because of the need for miniaturization of the components. And laptops have to use different (more expensive) technologies to maximize battery life.
Bottom line: you’re going to pay more for a laptop; or you’ll receive less laptop for your dollar compared to a desktop pc.
That said, these three laptops — Sony VAIO, HP Pavilion, and Dell Latitude — are all solid buys in a range of prices that is very competitive for brand new equipment. And they come from decent companies and offer you a choice of features as well.
Let’s get started…
Sony VAIO N170GT
The nice thing about this Sony model is that it doesn’t have a lot of junky frills on it. It is a clean looking design that is stylish, too. The screen is very bright, yet you don’t get a lot of glare. The speed and performance is okay — nothing to brag about, but for the price it’s not bad. The battery is good for probably around four hours. That’s enough to watch a movie if you’re on a aircraft flight, but again — nothing to write home about.
On the downside, this laptop uses an adult Intel Core Duo processor. This processor comes with integrated graphics, which means that the performance is not to be that great. But again, you are not paying a lot of money, relatively speaking, or this laptop. If you’re going to install Windows Windows vista on this machine you’re going to want to upgrade the memory.
Overall, this type of Sony’s VAIO gives you a good price, but doesn’t give you a really powerful processor. But the laptop looks great and it’s really very stylish and attractive. If looks count and you want to save some dough, this is a great machine. Brand-new, out-of-the-box this model will run you about $1100 plus tax and shipping.
HP Pavilion dv6205us
This laptop is the main HP Pavilion DV6000 series, and it is designed to appeal to the mass market. It is a very stylish laptop with a shiny finish — designed to appeal to the same customers who might think about a Sony or an Apple laptop. It has a series of high-end components and multimedia features at a price that’s less than the comparable Dell laptop.
For example, this laptop has some pretty nice stereo speakers from Altec Lansing. They’re located above the controls. But remember that if you close the top the sound gets can get muffled. This laptop also has a 1. 3 megapixel Web cam built right in, as well as two microphones. There is a line of buttons above the keyboard that starts features like the media player, volume-control and playback. The keys look nice, but they make a really annoying beeping sound when you press them (and you can’t really turn that off either).
This laptop weighs about a little over 6 pounds, so that it is lighter than the comparable Dell laptop. When you add the AC adapter it brings the whole lot up to and including little over 7 pounds.
The screen is 15. 4 in . wide, with a kind of a shiny finish that makes colors very bright and vibrant, although it provides the appearance a bit of a glare in bright sunlight or next to a window.
The keyboard is very comfortable. The touchpad has an on-off button. This is very cool because it keeps your cursor from flying off in the wrong direction if your hand passes over the touchpad while using an external mouse. This laptop has a decent number of ports including a FireWire port, a VGA port, S-video and 3 UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS 2. 0 ports. You also get a mic jack and two headphone jacks.
As far as processors go, you have a couple of choices. You can do a 1. 90 GHz Celeron or a 2. 0 GHz Core Duo. This laptop can be put together for about 2 GB of RAM, and it’ll work with computer drives all the way to 200 GB in capacity.
Bottom line: it has lots of entertainment features, you can configure it many different ways and it is very inexpensive. Brand-new out-of-the-box, you can get one for as little as $600-$800 plus tax and shipping.
Dell Latitude D600
The D series laptops from Dell use the Pentium Michael which comes in 1. 3GHz, 1. 4GHz, and 1. 6GHz speeds–all matched with Intel’s new 855PM chipset. You can this laptop with between 128MB — 2GB of fast 266MHz DDR SDRAM. It also includes a faster 40GB hard drive, or either 20GB, 30GB, and 60GB drives running at slower speed.
It has a 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics computer chip. There are a number of swappable adventures for the single internal clean, including CD, DVD, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW, floppy, a second hard drive, or a second battery.
The average-sized, 14. 1-inch screen isn’t super. But it includes a pretty good 1, 400×1, 050 local resolution. (You can also save a few bucks by opting for the 1, 024×768 display instead. )
It’s very fast, and it includes a built-in wireless antenna that is of the dual-band type. This means that if you are within choice of a Wi-Fi hotspot that runs either “b” or “g” wireless protocols, this laptop will be best with either protocol. It also has built-in Wireless bluetooth.
On the downside, this laptop is the main D-series netbooks for Dell which means it will not be best with C-series Dell laptops. This means that if you have a C-series docking station, you’re out of luck. And if you have media adventures that are for another C-series notebook you’ll have the same issue.