If the price range is narrow, the differences are nevertheless sensitive between the different configurations of laptops. So be careful of the components offered by manufacturers based on their usage and needs.
What screen size to choose?
Will you carry the laptop regularly? Are autonomy and weight are important criteria for you? Know that the laptop is lightweight and small (12 inches, less than two kilograms), more have to pay dearly for the performance components.
Standard sizes for the price range of 400 to 600 euros are laptops of 13.3 or 15.6 inches. The computers 17 inches are a little more expensive, or less well equipped as standard sized computers for the same price. They are only interesting if your laptop does not move much, and if for you the size of the screen is essential (video, photo, graphic design ...).
Which components and choose which ones to avoid?
Even at 399 euros can be demanding on components of the notebook. In particular, at the processor, which remains the key element of the machine. Avoid, for example, Intel Pentium Dual Core P6100 or 6200 or B940 range, and if possible choose more computers with Intel Core i3 370M or 380M. For this price, you can even qualify for Core i3 2310M in Sandy Bridge technology, and Core i5 2410M for better equipped.
At AMD Dual Core E-350, E-450 and A4-3300M quad core or A6-3410MX make sense only if accompanied by higher performance graphics components. This is often the case, as the processors are cheaper than Intel, but check anyway to have a dedicated midrange graphics card.
In RAM, the 4GB DDR3 has become the standard. Avoid if possible configurations with only 3 GB, generally offered at 399 euros. Side hard disk, 320 GB is a minimum, by cons it is rare to find discs at 7200 rev / min. If possible, try nevertheless to opt for these drives, faster than conventional at 5400 rev / min.
Finally, the choice of graphics card is important for viewing HD videos, launch video games, do advanced photo editing, video editing, 3D creation ... it is as important in a way more generally to the flow of your Windows applications, since the graphics engine of Windows (Aero) manages some transparency effects and transition that use the resources of your graphics card.
It is difficult to be demanding for this component on PCs within 450 euros. In this price range, there are mainly integrated solutions (Intel HD Graphics) and entry level cards (AMD Radeon HD 6310 and 6330). If possible choose a computer with an AMD Radeon HD 6470M minimum, or GT520M - G410M or GT540M Nvidia for more performance on computers in this price range.
Selection of laptops among the current offers
HP Pavilion DM1-3230SF
Very good PC to move, since it weighs only 1.55 kg. Its 11.6-inch screen makes it a compact device, but capable of displaying a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels while enjoying a relatively comfortable keyboard. Despite a fairly basic (AMD E-350 1.6 GHz), the computer is well balanced. It has 3 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive at 7200 rev / min and a graphics chip AMD Radeon HD 6310. The card reader 2 will be appreciated by one and the HDMI port. Hard to beat at this price.
Price: 360 euros
Dell Inspiron N5040 15
A computer for the office without suffering from slowing the system. This is what Dell offers with this entry-level product, but with an Intel Core i3-380M processor at 2.53 GHz, 4GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch screen with a definition of 1366 x 768 pixels, a hard drive of 320 GB and an Intel GMA HD graphics. It has an HDMI port and a card reader 3 in 1. Although it is a size 15 inches, it does not weigh too heavy (2.37 Kg).
Price: 399 euros
Acer Aspire 3750-2313G32Mn
In the ultraportable category, here is a good price / quality, but requires trusting the Acer brand, little known for its reliability. The computer is a 13.3 inch (1366 x 768 pixels) of 2.1 Kg with an Intel Core i3-2310M processor to 2.1 GHz. It has only 3 GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000. It has a card reader 5 in 1 and an HDMI port.
Price: 449 euros
Toshiba Satellite C660-246
If you are not limited financially, you can opt for this model very similar to the Acer Aspire 3750. It also has an Intel Core i3-2310M processor, but has 4GB of RAM, a hard disk 750 Go and an Nvidia GeForce G315M. The screen is a 15.6 inch (1366 x 768 pixels). It weighs 2.3 Kg and cons is a bit more cumbersome.
Price: 499 euros
If you are not looking at all costs Core i3 Sandy Bridge Intel, a good alternative is to take a recent AMD CPU and graphics card midrange. This is what Asus offers this configuration: AMD A4-3300M processor (1.9 Ghz dual core), 4GB RAM, 15.6 inch display (1366 x 768), 640 GB hard drive, and AMD Radeon HD 6650M which complements the integrated graphics chip (Radeon HD 6250). The computer is heavy enough against 3.3 Kg.
Price: 499 euros
In the same vein, this Asus has a little more robust configuration based on AMD components. It contains an AMD A6-3400M four cores (1.4 GHz), 4 GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch screen (1366 x 768 pixels), a graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6720G2 and a hard disk 640 GB. The device is lighter than its little brother, since he only weighs 2.6 Kg.
Price: 549 euros
HP Pavilion G6-1051SF
The first prize to benefit from a Core i5 is around 500 euros. HP offers this award to a Core i5-480M 2.66 Ghz along with 4GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels), a graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6470M and a hard drive of 640 GB. The computer weighs 2.5 kg and has 2 speakers Altec Lansing built.
Price: 559 euros
With a Core i3 2310M Sandy Bridge 2.1 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels), a 500GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GT520M, this computer does not ignore the graphics. It is quite powerful and will suit almost every application. It remains relatively light despite its components: 2.6 Kg.
Price: 569 euros
Toshiba Satellite L755-19X
At less than 600 euros, here is a well-muscled and multimedia configuration. There is a Core i5-2410M 2.3 Ghz, 4GB of RAM, a 15.6 inch (1366 x 768 pixels), a Nvidia GeForce GT525M with 640 GB hard disk. The weight of 2 5 kg is reasonable for the features of the device. The two integrated speakers Onkyo brand.
Price: 599 euros
HP Pavilion DV6-6155SF
Competitor Toshiba Satellite introduced just before, here is a configuration within 600 euros using AMD components. There is a four-core processor A6-3410MX 1.6 GHz, 6 GB of RAM, a 15.6 inch (1366 x 768 pixels), an AMD Radeon HD 6755G2 (dual GPU), and a disc 750GB hard. The computer weighs some 2.9 kg. It is also very versatile and suitable for family use and semi-intensive.
Price: 599 euros
EDIT: Asus has launched 549 euros X53SJ-SX129V equipped with a 15.6 inch (1366x768 pixels), an Intel Core i5-2410M processor to 2.3 GHz, 4GB of RAM, 640GB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GT520M 1GB. a good deal for the shot.
If you want to enjoy the full HD, Asus offers X93SV-YZ105V to 599 euros. The screen is 18.4-inch format (1920 x 1080 pixels) and the computer has an Intel Core i3-2310M processor at 2.1 Ghz, 4GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GT540M.
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