Are cheap laptops good value for money, or do you get what you pay for? We take a look at what Which? members think of some affordable options.
Cheap laptops – Which? members have their say
You don’t have to spend the earth to get a great laptop. We don’t just test the top-of-the-range models like some other publications, we make sure we review the laptops you’ll see when you walk into any high street PC store. You can read more about how we select and review models in our how we test laptops guide, but here we let Which? members air their views on cheap and good value laptops.
The customer views page in each review lets owners share their experience of a product. This means you can find out what it’s like to live with the laptop before you decide to buy it. To help those looking for a bargain, we’ve picked out a selection of laptops where members felt they got particularly good value for money.
Share the inside track on your laptop with others by finding your model in the laptops reviews and leaving your comments on the ‘Customer views’ tab.
HP Pavilion DV6 – great features and great value
The racy red metallic finish on the HP Pavilion DV6 we tested might not appeal to everyone but don’t worry it is available in other colours. All the customer views so far have been positive:
RadioAndrew says this ‘fantastic value’ laptop has great features:
Just purchased this at John Lewis. Fantasic value (<£450) and great features, such as the re-ducting of heat when in lap-use, also love the hard drive pinning if it gets dropped. This will save my data, great idea! Why is this feature not advertised more openly? Will test further later (but will NOT intentionally do the drop test!)
WH loves this model as a desktop replacement:
I bought a Pavilion DV6 laptop about six months ago to replace my desktop computer and love it. It’s simple to start up initally, stylish and a joy to use. No problems with it to date.
Good value for basic computing – Toshiba Satellite C660
The Toshiba Satellite C660 will set you back around £350 at the time of writing, a decent price for basic, everyday computing according to its owners:
Plugman17 says the C660 is good value for money:
Mine came with the i5 processor (2430), 6GB Ram & 640GB hard drive (split in 2 equal paritions). It’s a quick machine but only has 2 USB sockets, sound is poor and screen is another reflective type of OK performance. Price is £450 and this can rate as very decent for what you get.
louman got even better value for money by buying a refurbished model:
Bought refurbished as new, thus excellent value for money in my case. Overall performance is average. It is also a bit bulky therefore is more suitable as a PC replacement for transporting easily from one room to another. Overall it is good but not special, and I am reasonably satisfied.
Lenovo B570 – ‘excellent value’
The Lenovo B570 comes with Windows 7 Professional and runs BioExcess, a biometric security package which runs with the laptop’s built-in fingerprint reader – perfect for James Bond fans and all for around £400:
Anonymous says it’s ‘all about price':
Having picked this up just before Christmas 2011 for £380, I can say this represents excellent value for a 2nd generation Core i3 laptops. Snappy, 4GB of RAM and comes with Google Chrome preinstalled too which is a nice touch.
VLB1798851 points out this model comes in a number of variations if you pay more:
This review is for a laptop that had a low end CPU and not much memory. I have just ordered one with i5 processor and 8GB of RAM and 750GB hard drive and one which has a DVD re-writer – there were other models which even had a Blu Ray reader as well. I think this would be a very good work companion.
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