It’s about that time of year when we look back at some of the best laptops 2011 produced and some of the best value laptop 2011 deals. Because we aim to review the best laptops under 500 we’re not going to go looking for the best laptop this year with a high price tag. We’re looking for the best laptop deals 2011 had to offer for under 500 dollars and how to spot a great deal.
Best Laptops 2011 Features
I’m going to show you the basics of how to look for a good deal on a laptop. If you’d rather skip the boring stuff and just skip straight to what we think is the best laptops 2011 for under 500 dollars then hit the yellow Amazon button and get yourself a deal. Otherwise – read on.
Well this year netbooks and Chromebooks hit the shelves so the best laptops 2011 has to offer is full of these. But that’s not to say there’s a lot of notebooks on a good deal as well. If you’re looking for the best small laptop 2011 you’re certainly in luck since a lot of preference has been heading towards portable laptops this year. There’s a lot of larger and heavier laptops around which I don’t really suggest.
As a basic rule of thumb a larger laptop either means higher power (and usually higher price for that matter) and if it doesn’t have that it’s probably just a cheap model. In either case you have to deal with with extra bulk (you’d be surprised how much a few extra inches on your laptop can make it harder to transport) and also the increased heat (which can make it a pain to have your laptop on your lap. Literally a pain.)
But if you go too small (like some of the netbooks out there) you get a really small keyboard/mouse setup which I don’t really find comfortable to use by any stretch. So look for something with an easy medium. You should also make sure if you’re buying a laptop or netbook, if you’re not sure of the difference be sure you take a look carefully before buying anything.
This is one of the more obvious things to look for in a laptop. The well known factors like CPU, RAM, hard drive capacity etc…
Each individual laptop review on our best laptops under 500 reviews looks at the specific specifications individually but there’s two things I want to point out in general when it comes to laptop performance. First of all you can’t just compare the numbers you know and ignore the rest I’m afraid. For example you can’t just compare a CPU by it’s clock speed (the GHZ number you see). There’s more factors at play, and that goes for pretty much every feature of a laptop and salesmen won’t tell you the full story in some cases. If you don’t know what you need to look for then it’s a good idea to go by reviews so you know you’re getting the right thing.
Another factor you need to consider is do you really that much performance in a laptop? Generally higher performance laptops are higher price and more of a battery drain. When I bought a laptop a few years ago I convinced myself I needed to spend a fortune on an expensive high performance laptop. Rather than aiming for something I needed from a laptop I just looked for the higher numbers. It was a complete disaster and I ended up buying a second laptop for a fraction of the price which met my needs a lot more.
So think about what you actually need from your laptop. If you’re not doing heavy gaming or video editing for example then some of the best laptops under 500 dollars will suit your needs without a problem. Don’t convince yourself (or let a salesman) insist that you need to get the best brand new laptop. So when looking for the best laptops 2011 offers make sure you’re looking for something which will suit you and not just what you think (or what someone else thinks) you need.
- Price and Cover
Of course whether you’re looking for the best laptops 2011 or 2012 even – you should always consider the price. Get a good deal but don’t buy something useless – that should be your plan.
Best Laptops 2011 Online
There’s a lot of places you could go, and deals are changing all the time so it’s kind of hard to suggest just one place. If you’re looking for some of the best laptops 2011 deals online then take a look at the list on the top right of this page for some of the best under 500 dollars.