Laptops really are for everyone — even if you are working with a limited budget.
Sure, we'd all have the latest and greatest ultrabook if we could, but the real world doesn't work that way. Lots of us can't — or just don't want to — hand over thousands of dollars for a laptop.
Fortunately, there's a lot of choice for the budget laptop buyer in present times. Sure, there are compromises you have to make compared to the expensive high-end machines. But you can still get a great Windows 10 experience on the go.
So, if you're looking for a great, cheap Windows 10 laptop, we've rounded up the best of the bunch.
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook
If a no-frills laptop is what you're looking for, then the Cloudbook should be on your radar. Available in 11- and 14-inch models, it's a great little machine for more casual uses such as web browsing and light work like using Microsoft Office. It's fairly well built, and the chiclet keyboard has a nice feel to it when you're typing.
Inside you're getting an Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of eMMC storage. It doesn't leave you out cold with ports, with USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI and full-sized SD card all present. Out front you'll be looking at a 1366x768 resolution display which isn't going to blow you away, but the price may well.
The Cloudbook starts at just $169 for the 11-incher and $199 for the 14-inch. You get full Windows 10, and if you get the signature edition from the Microsoft Store you'll get either 100GB of free OneDrive storage or a free one-year subscription to Office 365 thrown in for good measure.
HP Stream 11
You might have noticed some small, brightly colored laptops around, and there's a strong chance it was a HP Stream. The Stream 11 is a small, full Windows 10 notebook that clocks in at the $200 mark and comes with a year of Office 365 Personal to boot.
When it comes to hardware the Stream 11 is on par with the Acer Cloudbook. You get an 11.6-inch 1366x768 resolution display and an Intel Celeron N3050 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.
The Stream 11 also has USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI-out, and boasts a battery life of around 8 hours. With full Windows 10 on board and a body that only weighs 2.5lbs, the Stream 11 is a great choice for the frequent traveller or student who needs to get some light work, a bit of web browsing or some media consumption going on.
Dell Inspiron 14 3000
Dell makes some of the hottest laptops around right now, but it also still caters for folks looking for a more cost-effective experience. The Inspiron 14 3000 comes in a variety of configurations and starts at just $200.
For that you only get 32GB of storage, but if you jump up to a not-unreasonable $279 you get a 500GB Hard Drive with 4GB of RAM, a Pentium N3700 processor and a 1366x768 resolution 14-inch LED display.
Perhaps the best option, though, is a touch display. You're not forced to have it, so you can spend less and not touch your laptop screen. But choice is never a bad thing and it's great that Dell offers it. And with a battery life around 8 hours, it should keep you rolling all day long.
Lenovo Ideapad 100S
Lenovo gets a lot of credit for its flagship products, but you shouldn't ignore its entry level either. The Ideapad 100S is priced from just $179, a great price for an 11-inch full Windows 10 notebook.
For that you get an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of eMMC storage and a 1366x768 resolution LED display. The USB ports are only of the 2.0 variety, but there are two of them, along with HDMI and a microSD card slot.
It weighs just over 2lbs, should keep you going for around 8 hours and comes in a few different colors. Lenovo also makes great keyboards, even on its cheaper models, so typing on the Ideapad 100S is a good experience.
ASUS Transformer Book T100HA
The Transformer Book T100HA from ASUS is more expensive than others on this list. But, it can also boast of being a 2-in-1, so you get a tablet and a laptop for $300.
And you're getting quite a bit for your money, too. The 10.1-inch display is 1280x800 resolution, there's an Intel Atom x5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage and battery life of around 12 hours.
The freedom of having both a tablet and a laptop is something that's becoming more and more popular. The whole package together weighs only 2.38lbs, so it's perfect for those long days away from your desk without running away with your wallet.