The best cheap laptops of 2016 - reviewed

Fancy a new laptop for less than £500? Then buy one of these budget beauties

Gone are the days when spending under £500 on a laptop was a huge mistake.

While you’ll have to do without luxuries like high-end processors, console-quality 3D graphics or a full HD screen, you can still find well-built laptops and versatile convertibles for that kind of money, complete with a screen that won’t leave you squinting and enough horsepower to get things done. With value as our watchword we’ve picked out four of the best.

Sure, they won’t turn heads or convince anyone that you’re a hip graphic designer or high-paid exec, but if you’re looking for a portable PC to lug around or hide beneath the sofa, these will do the job without whacking your wallet where it hurts.

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