Best Entry-Level Laptops

Last updated on 04/25/2013

Need to buy an entry-level laptop this holiday season? No problem. In this holiday guide, LaptopAdvisor takes a quick look at some laptops that are ideally suited for new or inexperienced users -- folks who just need a web-surfing, email-checking machine.

Cheap but Good

AMD Dual-Core A6-4400M Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 7520G graphics for powerful performance. 4GB DDR3 memory for multitasking power. Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media
To be just what you need

The $340 Gateway NE Series Notebook exists to fulfill one goal: To be just what you need. This anyday, everywhere laptop is simple to use, letting you focus on your tasks at hand. And it delivers the time-tested technologies you desire even as it offers the kind of efficiencies you love.
Affordable, Every Day Ultrabook 

Designed for everyday productivity and entertainment, the Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook (model U945-S4130) is everything your average laptop wants to be and more. It's thin, light, powerful and packed with Toshiba-exclusive features. Usually, quality comes at a price, but this 14-inch Ultrabook is surprisingly affordable. For less than what you'd expect to pay for an Ultrabook, you get an ideal mix of portability, features and performance, including the reinvented Windows 8 operating system.
Share your digital content on a big-screen TV in full HD resolution with an HDMI port, and amplify your audio experience with stereo speakers featuring SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement technology. Power your smartphone and other devices--even when your Ultrabook is off--with USB Sleep and Charge. You'll also lighten your load with a slimmer, lighter system featuring a 0.8-inch profile and a 4-pound weight.
The Bargain 

Built to last and ultimately affordable, the Lenovo G580 notebooks make sure that you have all your essentials in place. It features Intel Pentium processor. HD graphics support, Stereo speakers and Integrated DVD Disc drive make these notebooks good for basic multimedia. Plus, features like VeriFace face recognition technology provides a fun and easy way to login to your PC