Best Laptops Under $600 in 2018

Buying a new laptop is a big decision. Sure, you'll likely be safe going with a high-profile device, but prices don't always agree with your wallet. If you have about $600 to spend on new hardware, I've rounded up some of the best laptops you can find in that range.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 320S

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S

Lenovo is known to make a good selection of budget laptops, and the 14-inch IdeaPad 320S, starting at about $480, is no exception. You're getting a 1080p display, a 7th-Gen Core i3-7100U processor (CPU), 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD) inside.

The chassis is thin enough to not be a bother when on the go, but you still get a decent selection of ports, including USB-A 3.0, USB-A 2.0, USB-C 3.0, and HDMI.

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000

Dell Inspiron 15 5000

Dell's refreshed Inspiron lineup, in this case the 15-inch 5570 (about $550), can offer a good collection of hardware for your hard-earned dollar. Get inside an 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB HDD, plus enjoy a large 1080p display.

The chassis houses an optical drive and plenty of ports, including HDMI, USB-A, and Ethernet, and the full keyboard and large touchpad help boost productivity.

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Acer Aspire 5

Acer Aspire 5

The Aspire 5 from Acer (about $600) ups the ante by adding a dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics card (GPU) and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) to the 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and 8GB of DDR4 RAM.

That extra bit of graphics acceleration can provide a decent gaming or editing experience, and the 1080p display is plenty big at 15.6 inches. A full backlit keyboard with number pad and a good selection of ports round out this awesome budget laptop.

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Huawei MateBook

Huawei MateBook

Huawei's MateBook is just starting to show its age, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a great budget 2-in-1 device. The 12-inch tablet itself is only 0.27 inches (6.9mm) thick, yet you get a 1440p display, 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core m5-6Y54 CPU, and a 128GB SSD, all for about $450.

Add in the MateBook Portfolio keyboard for about $80 and you still have a capable device for less than $600.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E470

Lenovo ThinkPad E470

The ThinkPad lineup of business laptops is notorious for durability, and the budget E470 is no different. It looks like a ThinkPad, with TrackPoint system and renowned keyboard, and it has the security features you want and need. The base model comes with a 7th-Gen Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB SATA HDD.

Thanks to a decent amount of customization options, you can up the 14-inch display to an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution for only $50, bringing the total price to about $580. If you'd rather keep the 768p display, you can up the CPU or RAM and still be close to the $600 mark.

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CHUWI Hi13

CHUWI Hi13

If you love the idea of a high-res display, you'll definitely want to check out the low-cost Hi13 from CHUWI (about $365). This modular device (the keyboard is sold separately for about $55) has a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution screen for a stunning picture, and inside you get an Intel Celeron N3450 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage.

It's not the most powerful device in our roundup, but it certainly has the most magnificent display. Have a look at our review for more information.

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