Best Notebooks, Laptops and Ultrabooks: the top 5 up to 600 euros | March 2022

Which notebook should I buy with a budget of less than 600 euros? This is one of the questions you ask us most often in the comments to reviews of laptops and it is also for this reason that we have decided to create a series of guides to help you choose the solution that best suits your needs. It is a content that comes updated quarterly and flanked by two other product selections, one relating to the price range of 600-1200 euros and the other from 1200 to 2000 euros; all then converging in a generic guide. In short, whatever your budget, here on HDblog you will always find our purchase advice.

Before starting, however, it is necessary to make a quick introduction: the prices of the products you find here fluctuate, in excess and in defect, in an unpredictable way and therefore it may be that, at the moment in which you are reading, the figures do not correspond. Don’t despair, offers cyclically return and prices drop based on product availability. Furthermore, these are our recommendations that will also serve as an indication on the most convenient type of product to buy at that time at that given price; if you find very similar solutions at the same price, it will likely be an equally good notebook.

PLEASE NOTE: given the current situation and the limited availability of products, the prices entered could change by 50/100 € very easily and the laptops may not be available, but return only in small quantities.

INDEX

ACER ASPIRE 3



As always, let’s start with the cheapest, in this case from the Acer Aspire 3 in the A315-35-P3XM version . It is a notebook equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS display diagonal with FHD resolution that offers a matte finish always very useful to limit reflections as much as possible and, in a certain sense, make up for the not particularly high maximum brightness of the panel.
Under the body we find a Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor. Despite the name that probably does not evoke super performance, we are dealing with a quad-core CPU with a maximum operating frequency of over 3GHz which manages to satisfy all the most common requests without too many problems. The processor is then supported by 8GB of RAM and a 128GB NVMe SSD which help ensure good overall responsiveness.

The design is clean, the display bezels are not paper thin, but the port supply is good and also includes the ethernet. Too bad a USB-C is missing. There is the numeric keypad and the trackpad is of sufficient size, but, as we will also see in other solutions of this range, the keyboard is not backlit. On board we find Windows 11 Home in S Modeobviously convertible to standard mode in an easy way.
As already mentioned at the beginning, this is the cheapest solution of our selection and is currently available on Amazon at around 390 euros.

PROS AND CONS IN BRIEF

BRIGHTNESS OF THE PANEL NOT HIGHNOT VERY THIN FRAMESNO USB-CKEYBOARD NOT BACKLIT

LENOVO IDEAPAD 3



From Acer to Lenovoprecisely to the IdeaPad 3. As we all know, this line of notebooks is the one that identifies the cheapest solutions for the brand, so we certainly can’t expect who knows what construction or hardware frills. The shell is almost entirely made of plastic and the keyboard, again, is not backlit. As with the Aspire, he has been careful to try and deliver the best price / performance ratiosacrificing something in terms of aesthetics and materials.
The display measures 15.6 inches diagonally and is a TN with FullHD resolution. The maximum brightness is not very high, Lenovo declares 220 nits, but the anti-glare finish it helps to have sufficient visibility in most situations. USB-C ports are missing, a pity, even in this case, given the progressive expansion of this type of attack.

The platform behind the solution is a 10th Generation Intel Core i3. Ok, it’s not the most recent generation, but it is still an absolutely valid processor for all those who limit themselves to one basic use of the notebookso to speak, mainly made of navigation and word processing. The RAM amounts to 8 GB, while the storage reaches 256 GB and can be upgraded and expanded thanks to the slot accessible once the notebook is opened. Windows 11 is available in S Mode always upgradeable to the standard version of the operating system.

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ASUS F415EA



And here we are at the third model selected, it is the Asus F415EA notebook of which we will not mention the complete model because it corresponds to an abbreviation that is worse than a tax code. Basic design and materials, offers a 14-inch display diagonal with resolution FHD and anti-glare finish. The bezels are not very thin, but, being a 14 inch, the dimensions remain quite small and the weight is 1.6 Kg.
It is based on a 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor, to be precise, an Intel core i3 1115G4 which is not one of those already equipped with Iris Plus integrated graphics, but is made with a 10-nanometer production process, more optimized and less expensive in terms of energy consumption, compared to the previous generation versions. They are flanked by this 8GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. The performance will therefore not disappoint you, especially for the most common uses.

Complete the range of doors which includes 3 USB-A, one HDMI, one USB-C, audio jack and even a microSD memory card slot. Charging takes place via a proprietary connector, thus always leaving the USB-C available.
As for the models just proposed, Windows 11 is in S Mode (upgradeable) and the keyboard is not backlit.

PROS AND CONS IN BRIEF

KEYBOARD NOT BACKLITUNPRONUNCIABLE NAME

HUAWEI MATEBOOK D15



Let’s break through the wall of 500 euros with the Huawei Matebook D15perhaps the aesthetically more accurate solution of the economic range. The body is made entirely of metal and the display bezels are among the thinnest, so much so that we have a screen-to-size ratio of 87%. The panel is a classic 15.6 inch LCD with FullHD resolution, nothing that leaves us breathless, but still remains in the average of the solutions in this price range. Under the body we find a Ryzen 5 5500U which places it as the first and only notebook with a 6-core CPU of this selection and also the most performing in terms of computing powerThis processor is supported by 8 GB of RAM and 512GB of storage on PCIe SSD. The latter is upgradeable, while the RAM is soldered to the board.

Despite the large amount of space available, we do not have a numeric keypad, but, on the other hand, there is the fingerprint reader which allows quick and secure access to the operating system. It should also be remembered the unusual placement of the webcam, inserted under a key on the keyboard, which returns a not exactly optimal shot. Then the autonomy is discreet, despite the battery of only 42Wh, it is possible to reach 6 hours of general use.

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ASUS VIVOBOOK FLIP 14



We close this selection with another Asus product, the only convertible of this guide. We chose the Vivobook Flip 14 offering one 14-inch screen capable of rotating 360 degrees on itself making it possible to use in tablet mode. The resolution of the display is FullHD and the glossy finish that covers it edge to edge helps to give it a very premium look. It is obviously a Touch panel which makes interaction possible even without a mouse and keyboard.

Under the shell, made of metal material, we have a 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor with integrated UHD graphics, accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage memory on the PCie SSD. Among the solutions shown in this guide, this model it is certainly the lightest, only 1.5 kg, while the thickness, thanks to the format, is 18.7 mm. Discrete the allocation of ports that includes two USB-A, one USB-C, one HDMI, Audio jack and slot for microSD, in addition of course to the proprietary connector for charging.

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