How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Sometimes you just need a cheap laptop. And I don’t mean cheap in the pejorative sense: What I mean is an inexpensive laptop that performs well and offers good overall value, despite the low cost. But colloquially, people say “cheap,” so let’s roll with that. 

I’m going to spend less time talking about individual brands and models, because especially at the low end, these change all the time, a situation made worse by ongoing supply chain issues that keep stock out of stores. With that in mind, we’re always updating our current best recommendations for both budget laptops and budget