Budget laptops under £500 can appeal to the truly impecunious, such as students and those on low income. Don’t jump to buy one if you’re just trying to scrimp on a commodity portable though, unless your personal time is unlimited or not valued, as you’ll have to invest extra precious hours in using and maintaining them. Take the Dell Vostro for example, with up-to-date Intel processor yet still wasting our time in slow Windows patching and long reboots.
You can dodge Windows altogether of course – take the eBuyer ProBook with its Ubuntu Linux. Yet despite its Linux preinstallation by HP, we found the Wi-Fi performance woefully inadequate, while