5 Best Ultra Low Budget Mobile Devices in Every Category: Laptop, Tablet, Chromebook, Hybrid & 2-in-1
If budget plays a big role in your decision for your next mobile device or you have to work within a constraint, here are your top 5 ultra low budget options, one in each category be it laptop, tablet, Chromebook, hybrid or 2-in-1.
Top 5 Best Ultra Low Budget Laptops
There comes a time in your life splashing out on a laptop or tablet is not an option, that there are other more important priorities in your life. When you know your money could be better spent on other things but still want a half decent machine. Here is where we step in. Having considered the many factors and features a mobile device should have, we have come up with our list of ultra low budget laptops so why go budget when you can go ultra low budget.
1. Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6-inch Tablet with Keyboard and Stylus – TABLET
The Galaxy Book is a tablet first device. While it is supplied with keyboard and stylus or S Pen as Samsung likes to call it, the device handles like an ultra slim and light weight tablet measuring 8.9mm thin. Powered by a 7th generation Intel Core m3 processor, the 10.6-inch Full HD tablet lets you take notes, draw , edit photos and annotate with its ultra-precision 0.7mm S Pen that pen to paper. If all you need is to reply to some emails, prepare for your presentation or type of your research paper than the accompanying super slim keyboard cover will do just that. The keyboard cover offers 4 different viewing angles and working modes for typing, reading, browsing or drawing.
- Intel Core m3-7Y30 Dual Core 1.0GHz to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost
- 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC
- 10.6-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel Touch Screen with Stylus and Keyboard Cover
- Up to 10 hours battery life
2. ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA 10-inch Laptop – CHROMEBOOK
Chromebook couldn’t get more flexible than the ASUS Chromebook Flip, not only is it light weight and compact but comes with a 360-degree hinge for even more ways to use the device. If you haven’t used a tablet with Chrome OS, the Flip is your chance to get your hands one.
The laptop has a decent HD 1280 x 800 multi-touch wide angle 178-degree display and a big touchpad with gesture control. It has a HD camera for web video calls, thee USB ports (1 USB Type A and 2 USB-C ports) and ultra long battery life that powers you through the day, up to 9 hours without needing a wall socket.
If you need to add more storage, use the microSD card slot. The Type-C port is used for charging, video output and fast data transfer. All that if you are happy running everything from the Chrome browser.
- Hexa-core processor (Dual ARM Cortex-A72, Quad Cortex-A53) 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz with Turbo Boost
- 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC Flash,
- 10.1-inch Touch Screen 1280 x 800 pixels
- Up to 9 hours
3. HP Stream Laptop PC 11 and Stream x360 – 2-IN-1 LAPTOP
One cannot fail to mention HP models when it comes to discussing computers. This model falls under the highly portable makes as it features an 11.6 inches antiglare screen. You also do not have to worry about working in the dark because it comes with a backlit keyboard.
You can use this laptop while on the move because its battery can last for more than 10 hours. Other features on this model include a built-in camera, HD screen and digital media card reader. If you like the Stream series, there is also the HP Stream x360 11 with a flip over hinge.
4. Acer Swift 1 14-inch Laptop – LAPTOP
If you value portability, then this is a laptop that you should consider. Its appearance might make you think that it is expensive because it has an executive look. This computer comes with either a 13.3 or 14-inch full HD Resolution screen which makes it a good pick for a laptop worth less than $500.
It also comes with a sleek metal cover which ensures that it is durable. It resembles MacBook Air and weighs about 2.87 pounds which makes it a good pick for travelling and conferences. It can support various basic applications such Photoshop as it is powered by Intel HD Graphics and a 4GB RAM.
5. Lenovo Miix 320 Tablet 10.1-inch with Detachable Keyboard – HYBRID
A detachable hybrid or tablet with a keyboard dock, the Lenovo Miix 320 is no where near as sleek as the Galaxy Book but has a respectable depth of 17.5mm thin. Powered by Intel Atom series processor, the Quad-Core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 to be precise clocking at 1.44GHz to 1.92GHz with Turbo Boost, 4GB RAM memory and a generous 128GB eMMC of storage, the device is more for basic everyday computing, responding to emails, typing the odd documents and preparing your presentation.
The 10.1″ HD IPS Touch Screen comes into play when detached from the keyboard dock turning it instantly into a tablet. You get up to 10 hours of usage between charge, which is more than some of the laptops featured here. The biggest plus in our books is the pair of front and rear facing camera, at 2MP and 5MP respectively, perfect for Skype calls or shooting pictures and videos.
BONUS: Lenovo IdeaPad 120s 14-inch Laptop – LAPTOP
This model gives you a classy look and the performance you deserve even on a low budget. The computer features a 14-inch High Definition screen to ensure that you enjoy watching movies and videos. The screen is also antiglare, and thus you do not have to worry about your eye’s health. The battery life is excellent and can be up to 8 hours depending on the usage.
The above are just a few picks of the many budget computers that you can choose from. It is quite evident that you can get a good computer that fits your needs even on a budget. If you have any experience or recommendation, please do share it with our readers by leaving us your comments and thoughts below.