5 cheap laptops for college students

lapNeed a budget laptop to take to college? We combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best cheap laptops—those in the $375 to $650 range.

It’s not always easy to find a budget laptop good enough to get you through college, but the models we found should do just that.

We also found lots of variety. Among the five cheap laptops featured here are two detachables, along with a 14-inch and two 15-inch models. All can handily surf the Web, run productivity software, and stream Netflix while maintaining a respectable battery life.

Some of these cheap laptops even have enough power to do a decent job with computer games. The models we’ve chosen all use the Windows 8.1 operating system, which you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost through next July.  More