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TO BUY A BUD­GET FRIENDLY LAP­TOP YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE SAC­RI­FICES AS FAR AS WEIGHT AND DIS­PLAY QUAL­ITY ARE CON­CERNED AS THE PRICE GOES FUR­THER SOUTH MORE FEA­TURES GO OUT OF THESE DE­VICES, ES­PE­CIALLY THE WIN­DOWS OS AND SCREEN SIZE.

2 ACER AS­PIRE V3-571 Price: R 35,018

This Acer ma­chine is very pow­er­ful, though you will get only a Linux ver­sion within the price limit. But since a lot of peo­ple will be happy with that as well as the 3rd gen In­tel Core pro­ces­sor, LED screen and Dolby au­dio, we could not leave this one out.

Specs: Linux, 15.6-inch HD-LED back­lit TFT LCD; In­tel Core i5-3210M pro­ces­sor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10GHz); 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 500 GB HDD; In­tel HD graph­ics 4000; DVD Writer.

3 DELL IN­SP­IRON 15 Price: R 34,490

If you need a larger screen size, then In­sp­iron 15 is a good op­tion. The 15.6inch widescreen HD dis­play comes with match­ing Waves Maxx Au­dio 3. Then there is the 3rd Gen In­tel Core pro­ces­sor for su­perb power. Com­plete cover ac­ci­den­tal dam­age pro­tec­tion with pre­mium phone sup­port is in­cluded.

Specs: Win­dows7Home Ba­sic 64 bit; 15.6-inch LED Back­lit Dis­play with True Life and HD res­o­lu­tion (1366 x 768); 3rd Gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i3-3110M pro­ces­sor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz); 4GB 1 DIMM DDR3 1600Mhz; 500 GB HDD; In­tel HD Graph­ics 4000; DVD drive; 2.4 kg.

4 SONY VAIO E SE­RIES SVE15113ENB

Price: R 31,990

This E se­ries lap­top is cheaper than oth­ers be­cause it has an older 2nd gen In­tel Core pro­ces­sor. That does not in any way mean that the pro­cess­ing power is in­fe­rior. The E se­ries also fea­tures high au­dio qual­ity with "xLOUD" and "Clear Phase" tech­nol­ogy to com­ple­ment the 15.5-inch screen. De­spite be­ing a slightly bulky lap­top, this one boasts a rapid wake and eco mode with longer bat­tery life.

Specs: Win­dows7 Home Ba­sic; 15.5 wide (1366 x 768) TFT dis­play; In­tel i32370M Pro­ces­sor (2.40 GHz); 4 GB DDR3 RAM; In­tel HD graph­ics 3000; 320 GB HDD; DVD Su­perMulti Drive; 2.7 kg.

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