Saturday, October 5, 2019

Best laptop bargains 2019

Best laptop bargains

Here are 2019's best laptop bargains, hand-picked by The Froogal Stoodent!

You'll find everything from general-purpose to gaming laptops (but mostly general-purpose). The sweet spot is usually $400-500 for a good, reliable machine that will get the job done.

ASUS Vivobook F441 - $440

  • 8 GB of the latest DDR4 RAM 
  • AMD A9-9425 processor 
  • 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) version highly recommended

ASUS Vivobook K570ZD - $650
  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM 
  • Ryzen 5 2500U processor
  • 256 GB SSD
Are you a student who hopes to game on a tight budget? It's possible with this laptop.

Lenovo 330S-15ARR - $410
  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Ryzen 5 2500U processor
  • 128 GB SSD
High-performance on a tight budget. It's also possible to game on this one, though with the tight storage requirements, I wouldn't recommend it.

ASUS X555QA - $350

  • 8 GB of RAM
  • AMD A12-9720P processor
  • 128 GB SSD ($350) OR 512 GB ($440)
I'd get the 512 GB one for $440 if I were shopping for myself.

ASUS Vivobook 15 F512DA-EB51 - $550

  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Ryzen 5 3500U processor
  • 256 GB SSD
This should handle just about anything you want to throw at it!

ASUS VivoBook F505 - $560

  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Ryzen 5 2500U processor
  • 256 GB SSD
Also high-performance without a high price tag.

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP412 - $450 to $850
  • 4-8 GB of DDR4 RAM (depending on model configuration; 4 GB for $450 version, 8 GB for $750 and $850 versions)
  • Pentium 4415U ($450 version); i5-8250U ($750 version); i7-/8550U ($850 version)
  • 128 GB of storage ($450 version); 256 GB of storage ($750 and $850 versions)
  • touchscreen
The Pentium 4415U in the $450 version is surprisingly strong, and the 128 GB of storage is tight but probably sufficient for many people's needs.

If you wish, you can purchase additional storage via Transcend JetDrive Lite ($45 for 128 GB) or my preferred solution, a mini flash drive like this PNY Elite Fit or this SanDisk Ultra Fit. The PNY and the SanDisk retail at about $20 for 128 GB.

Either the JetDrive or the mini flash drive can be left in the computer at all times; expanding your storage capability without jumping to a much pricier configuration.

ASUS VivoBook F510UA - $550

  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • i5-8250U processor
  • 128 GB SSD + 1 TB regular spinning hard drive
Very high performance, with plenty of storage capacity. A logical balance of price and performance.

ASUS VivoBook Flip TP410UA-DB51T - $615

  • 6 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • i5-7200U processor
  • 1 TB regular spinning hard drive
While I'm not enthusiastic about the lack of a solid-state drive at this price, it's not a bad option if you want lots of storage and the versatility of a 360-degree hinge.

Want to work in peace? My favorite headphones will shut out the world...
without busting your budget!

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