Recommended 15.6-inch laptops available under $400
HighlightsPros: These 5 laptops have the best hardware configuration, user-friedliness, durability in the class of laptops priced under $400.
Cons:None of the laptops are good for hardcore gaming.
Where to buyA53Z-AS61 amazon Price $399.99
E1-571-6650 amazon Price $399.99
A54C-AB31 amazon Price $399.99
AS5560-7402 amazon Price $379.99
NP355E5C amazon Price $399.99
Most people do not need to run graphically intensive software, or intend to play high-end games on their laptops. Professionals who need a laptop to run software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe CS3, or browse internet, or have video conference calls, need not spend more than $400 on a laptop. We believe 15.6-inch laptops are best suited for professionals who use, or intend to use laptop frequently and for longer period. Besides, 15.6-inches laptops are delightfully portable too.
We have done a great deal of research to prepare this list. All the laptops listed here are recently released (in later half of 2012), or yet to be released at the time of this writing (26-10-12). They are carefully selected so you can have the best features, top hardware-software configuration, and best value for your money.
Asus A53Z-AS61 tops all other laptops available at $400 or less. It offers the best hardware configuration, a very fashionable look, and nice performance at a very affordable price. We highly recommend Asus A53Z-AS61 15.6 inch laptop.
Acer Aspire E1-571-6650
Acer Aspire E1-571-6650 was our first choice as the best laptop priced under $400 until we reviewed Asus A53Z-AS61. In fact, though we decided to go with Asus A53Z-AS61 as the best laptop under $400, but Acer Aspire E1-571-6650 still is superior in some features than the Asus A53Z-AS61.
Asus A54C-AB31 is one of the few laptops that sports Intel core i3 processor, but manages to keep the price under $400. It features Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. Asus A54C-AB31 comes with on-board Intel GMA HD graphics and built-in 4GB SO-DIMM RAM.
Acer Aspire AS5560-7402
Acer Aspire AS5560-7402 sports 1.4 GHz A6 Quad-Core processor. It features ATI Radeon HD 6520G on-board graphics with 512 MB of dedicated memory, 512 GB hard drive, 4 GB SDRAM. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system comes pre-installed with Acer Aspire AS5560-7402.
Samsung series 3 NP355E5C-A02US
NP355E5C-A02US features Windows 8. It sports 1.7 GHz AMD Dual Core E2-1800 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and 320 GB hard drive. NP355E5C-A02US is the slimmest, and lightest of the laptops listed here. It is only 1.29 inches thick and weighs 5.2 pounds.