Top 10 Best New Laptops under $400 in 2013

There are plenty of places from where people buy their laptop these days, but in case you are little tight on budget and are looking for an affordable laptop then you definitely want to buy your laptop from some online store since they give you a nice discount on electronics. Recently I posted a list of best new laptops under $300 and I can see that many of my readers appreciated that post and have gotten best affordable laptops for themselves, so in case you have a little more than $300, like $400 then here in this post you’re going to find pretty good laptops that you can buy for around $400.

Anyways, if you decide to buy a laptop that costs less than $400, then you have to understand that these kinds of laptops are not built for HD games, heavy applications or any other stuff that requires high usage of processor. But you can do your normal work like word processing, browsing internet, music, etc. In this post we are reviewing ten best new laptops that you can buy for under $400 and of course you can use them for long enough since they all are manufactured by a top class laptop brand.

10. Samsung N120-12GBK

Samsung N120-12GBK

This new bland looking laptop from Samsung can be a good device if you are looking for a reliable laptop that’ll last for long enough. Of course it is little bit pricier than its alternatives but as you must have already experienced, Samsung delivers performance. This 10-inch laptop includes full set of features and best thing about it is its powerful speakers. It features Intel Atom N270 processor of 1.6 GHz, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 160 GB hard drive and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator. Other than all these competitive specs its battery is another advantage which lasts for about 8 hours. This netbook from Samsung is mostly known for its full sized keyboard that you don’t usually see in regular laptops.

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9. Dell Intros Vostro 1014

Dell Intros Vostro 1014

Dell Vostro 1014 is a 14-inch notebook from Dell which can surely be an affordable laptop for those who are looking for a computer that costs around $350-400. Even though it comes for a low price it delivers the best performance and usually Dell laptops are chosen by gamers. One thing I can tell you for sure about it is that this Dell notebook can run all your applications and games smoothly without any hassle since it is powered by Core 2 Duo processor and comes with 4GB RAM. Other than nice amount of RAM and powerful processor it includes 320GB hard drive, CD/DVD RW, 5 in 1 card reader and LED backlit display.

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8. Asus K50IJ-RX05

Asus K50IJ-RX05

This model from Asus is definitely one of the best rated laptops of all time and it comes with an extremely comfortable keyboard and also an eye catching design. When this notebook was first released it was priced at $499 but at this time you can surely get it for less than $400. Best thing about this laptop is most probably its battery life which is rated as a great battery by CNET and can last for a very long time. Anyways, let see its specs, 4GB RAM, Dual Core processor and 320GB hard drive, these specs surely can be very competitive for a laptop that costs only $400.

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7. HP Presario CQ62-219WM

HP Presario CQ62-219WM

Compaq Presario CQ62 219WM can be an ideal laptop for people who want a perfectly designed notebook for a low price. It surely is among the best notebooks so far and even multi-tasking gets easy when you have 4GB RAM. Compaq Presario is mostly known for its best sound quality and their amazing designs. Anyways, there are few cons of this laptop which are no webcam, no card reader and traditional touchpad. It comes with an Intel Celeron processor of 2.2 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive and Genuine Microsoft Windows 7.

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6. Dell Latitude 2100

Dell Latitude 2100

Dell Latitude 2100 is a 10-inch laptop from Dell which can definitely be among the most desired 10 inches laptops. Yeah, I know it is pretty much old model now but still it is one of the best laptops for college students due to its unique features for education. It can be a little similar to ASUS Eee PC notebook in looks and design but it performs way better than other mini laptops. Let’s see its specs, 1GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, Intel 950 graphics card and Intel Atom processor of 1.6 GHz. So in case you are looking for a laptop that will fit in any of your small bag or purse then this is it and you can carry it around easily everywhere.

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5. ASUS K55N-DS81


This model from ASUS is definitely the king of laptops when we talk about laptops under $400. Despite its price, it can easily run heavy applications and even multi-tasking in this device is easy thanks to its 1.9 GHz AMD processor and 4GB RAM. Other than decent RAM and processor, it features 500 GB hard drive and ATI HD 7640 graphics card which can handle various HD games and that’s the reason this device from ASUS is one of the best gaming laptops that comes for an affordable price.

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4. Samsung Series 3 NP355E5C-A02US

Samsung Series 3 NP355E5C-A02US

This brand new laptop from Samsung definitely has to be the best laptop which you can grab for under $400 since it comes with Windows 8. I know there are many new Windows 8 hybrid laptops available in market and this is the generation of touch screen laptops but since you are getting this laptop for $399 with Windows 8, it still is a great deal. Anyways, let’s check out its specs, 4GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Dual Core processor, DVD RW, Windows 8, 320 GB hard drive and two 3.0 USB ports. Well, what more do you expect from a laptop that comes for $400? I think this is the best you can get and also its keyboard is full sized which is rarely seen in notebooks these days.

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3. Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340

Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340

Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 is an amazing 15-inch laptop which comes for an extremely affordable price. Laptops of Toshiba Satellite series have been known for its design for a long time now and even in this low priced Toshiba laptop you are getting full set of features. It includes 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB hard drive, 1.4 GHz AMD Dual Core processor, HD 7310 card and genuine copy of Windows 8. Yeah, I know Windows 8 is built for touch screen laptops and not for regular laptops but this notebook from Toshiba can handle it really well and can run all in-built applications of Windows 8 smoothly due to its great resolution of 1366 x 768.

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2. Gateway NE56R34u

Gateway NE56R34u

Yet another affordable laptop in this list that comes with Windows 8. Yup, that’s right; this new model of Gateway comes with genuine copy of Windows 8, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Dual-Core 2.2 GHz processor, 500 GB hard disk drive, DVD-RW and Intel HD graphics card. Other than these cool specs, this 15.6-inch laptop delivers resolution of 1366 x 768 and also its LED display screen can be turned into ultra-bright screen. If we talk about its battery, then I can’t guarantee that it will last for more than 4-5 hours and I know that is pretty low in 2013 but still not bad for a laptop worth $370.

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1. HP 2000-2b09WM

HP 2000-2b09WM

These days everyone seeks for top class i7 laptops but as you already know they don’t come cheap. Anyways, this notebook from HP sports a nice 15.6-inch screen and for sure it is the best if you are looking for laptop around $400. Laptops from HP are certainly best when it comes to Windows 8 OS with or without touch screen display. It can be ideal for any kind of work except gaming and is also fully optimized for entertainment purposes. If we talk about its specs, it comes with 2GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB hard drive, AMD processor and 3 USB ports. Well, if you’ve read this entire post then I am sure you’ve found the best suitable laptop for yourself and if you haven’t yet then let me know your requirements through comments and I’ll see if you can any better than listed above.

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  • Hi Preetam, amazing post here but are you sure that these all laptops are priced under $400? Because after looking at their specs and design it really is hard to believe that laptops this good could cost only about 400. Anyways, checking their price on Amazon and other popular online stores.


    April 10, 2013

  • Yeah Sam, I’m pretty sure about their prices but you can check them yourself, I have just added the buttons to check the prices of each one of those.


    April 10, 2013

  • Been using Samsung Series 3 notebook for more than a year now and never had even a single issue with anything including audio quality which is not that great in laptops that come for around $400.. anyhow, since there are notebooks on top on that then they must surely be amazing too.. anyways, not sure about ASUS notebooks in this list.. but nice article mate, thanks..


    April 18, 2013

  • Am I the only one here who considers Windows 8 as a worst OS? It’s a disaster.


    April 27, 2013

  • What a joke, especially since the one before and after it have windows 8 and its hardware is horrible. And your BEST laptop for under 400 with “The AMD E-300 (codename Zacate) is a dual core processor for small notebooks and netbooks. It offers a relatively powerful integrated graphics card and a single channel DDR3-1066 memory controller.”

    Arguably the best laptop for under 400 is what you’ve listed as number 5

    ASUS K55n-DS81 with a 1.9GHZ turbo to 2.8GHZ Amd QUAD CORE (although really a dual core it funtions as a quad, I don’t fully understand where that works but I imagine its similar to intel’s hyperthreading techology.) with a better GPU than intel’s HD 4000

    (as an example I was able to play mechwarrior online at a steady 20 frames per second with an the intel, which runs on cryengine 3, so better than that.)

    Asus does shit work on their machines though, don’t expect to be using the trackpad if you buy it


    May 3, 2013

  • I don’t do anything other than Office and browse the internet. I don’t need anything special for gaming or anything else. Any recommendations on laptops for these purposes that’s cheap as possible?


    June 26, 2013

  • I won’t say much but ASUS K55N-DS81 is your best option.


    June 26, 2013

  • Hey, Thanks for the great post! Right now I’m running a 2006 Toshiba, And I really need to upgrade… The only thing is that I have a limited budget, and I need a computer that can handle the Corel Draw editing software… I think the computer I have Is considered a netbook… but it still seems to handle corel just fine… So which one of these do you think I should look into? I also do lots of website creation, so I need something that is fairly fast, that can handle quick internet browsing…

    Thanks again!

    Shannon McNeil

    July 5, 2013

  • Is there any inexpensive laptop on this list or another style one that you would recommend for web designers?


    July 16, 2013

  • Great list of Laptops under $400! HP Laptops are certainly very much reliable and just like you I’m also a big fan of latest laptops and technology gadgets.. Let me know your email address so we can discuss about tech news.. it surely will be beneficial for both of us..


    August 1, 2013

  • Hi,
    you are doing a great job. can you suggest me a laptop for browsing and using eclipse?
    That’s all i do.
    Thanks in advance!


    August 11, 2013

  • Your requirements are nothing and real simple for any laptop, you can simply choose any laptop that comes for around $400 and it should work well for browsing and eclipse.


    August 18, 2013

  • Hi,
    I’m a sophomore high school student in need of a new laptop and my dad is letting me pick anything around $400. I use chrome and itunes often, but I also use Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Sketchbook. Occasionally for projects and such, I use powerpoint and word too. But my main requirements are a laptop that’s good with browsing and has a fairly good audio. I’d like something that lasts as well as I;ll be using this for a long time to come. What would you recommend?
    Thanks, and very informative blogpost by the way.


    October 9, 2013

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