What is a Cheap Laptop?

Cheap laptops – do they really exist? Or is the idea just a thing of fantasy, a term coined by the big retailers with the sole aim of duping us into purchasing something that we perhaps don’t really need but buy anyway just because it seems one of those “too good to miss” deals?

Value Laptops

I guess looking for cheap laptops is just the same as looking for a cheap washing machine, cheap kettle or cheap toaster… the key to it all is your interpretation of the word cheap. I could go to a well known supermarket and buy a kettle for around £6, most likely nicely packaged in a blue and white stripey box, and there would be no denying that I had bought myself a cheap kettle. Would I expect it to work as well as a £30 kettle? Well yes, I guess I would although I would expect it to take a little longer to boil, or perhaps be a little smaller. Would I expect it to last for years? Probably not.

So that’s one approach to cheap… if I buy cheap, I lower my expectations. Yes, I am looking for a cheap laptop, but no I wouldn’t be tempted by a stack of cheap laptops in their blue and white stripey value boxes. I would be looking for the flaw, the reason why the laptop in front of me is oh so cheap. I would expect it to be slow, noisey and would always be waiting for something to go wrong.

Too Good to be True?

So what about special offers? To be honest I can be pretty wary of those too. Think about it, if you saw a Dell laptop adorned with a “buy one get one free” sticker would you be tempted? REALLY?! Have you never heard that if something sounds too good to be true then it generally is?


The Real Deal

I think that actually yes, it is possible to find cheap laptops. The key to it isn’t looking for the “pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap” deals, nor the value range of products. The way to find a cheap laptop is to research. Yes it may be time consuming, but the end result will be that you find your perfect product.

Start by seeking out your dream laptop, regardless of price, that can cope with all your requirements and make a note of its specification. Keep it realistic – if you are looking for a home laptop, then don’t waste time looking at models designed for business use. If you are looking for a gaming laptop, then stop researching the basic models that will only let you down!

Armed with your list of specs, its time to start shopping around. Start by comparing the brands you’ve heard of, and then seek out some you haven’t. Read the reviews! Reputable companies will not show only the good, but also the not so good to give you an honest opinion of whether the product is right for you or not.

It may take a couple of hours, it may take more – but at the end of it you will have found your perfect laptop and could’ve saved yourself hundreds of pounds. That, to me, is a cheap laptop.

When it comes to finding cheap deals, the author of this post doesn’t believe in ‘value’ goods, nor ‘too good to be true’ bargains. She believes in finding quality products at honest prices. When it comes to finding cheap laptops, she believes Novatech offer great specs and very competitive prices.

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