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Budget Laptop Computers: Top Picks

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Authored by Kumara Velu in Computer Hardware
Published on 03-09-2009

Are you looking for a computer to perform basic tasks like surfing the Net and handling emails? Do you have a tight budget in these hard economic times and are thinking twice about buying a new laptop computer? The first thing to do is avoid buying machines with all the bells and whistles that will burn a hole in your pocket. You could opt for budget laptop computers that could perform as well as the expensive models when it comes to basic computing tasks.

Here are some top picks for budget laptop computers.

Acer Aspire One AOA110-1295

Acer is becoming an established name in the notebook computer market offering laptops with impressive specs at attractive prices. If portability is your concern, Aspire One would certainly interest you. The screen size is about nine inches and it packs a processor speed of 1.6GHz and a RAM of 512MB. This is sufficient for Internet surfing, word processing and emailing.

Lenovo Thinkpad T30

Are you a student looking for a suitable laptop computer to complete your assignments and store research notes? Are you a business professional on the go, who needs a laptop computer for Powerpoint presentations and taking notes during meetings?

Thinkpad T30 would fit your requirements. It comes with a screen size of 14.1 inches. It’s also a durable unit with its titanium composite cover that could tolerate quite a few knocks especially when you’re on the go. RAM at 512MB would be sufficient for college or office related computing tasks. The hard disk space of 40GB would also be sufficient for your data storage needs if you’re not into downloading music or movies.

HP 2133 Mini Notebook Computer

If processor type is not an issue, you would want to consider HP 2133. It comes with a VIA C7M processor at a speed of 1 GHz. Thrown in is a Linux operating system and the unit supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Hard disk space is also impressive at 129GB. With 1GB of RAM you’ll have enough power to go a little beyond basic computing tasks.

Mobility will not be an issue as it weighs only 1.3 kg. Screen size is at 8.9 inches sporting WXGA display, a norm for computers of its type. You would also like to know that the screen is scratch resistant.

Dell Vostro 1000 Notebook

If you would like to use a notebook computer on the go, you would be particular about its weight. But if you’re buying a laptop to save desk space, then you would not mind considering Dell Vostro 1000.

The issue with Vostro 1000 is its weight. At close to six and a half pounds, you would find it quite a chore to lug it around. But then it makes up for this shortfall with a display size of 15.4 inches and a 80GB hard disk drive. Also, with a processor speed of 1.8GHz and 512MB RAM there’ll be no room for complaints if you’ll be leaving the computer on your table most of the time.

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