There are plenty of cheap laptops to be found online and off, but to find a budget priced laptop with decent power and build quality can be a challenge. In 2010 this task was made a bit easier thanks to the HP G62t consumer laptop which is our pick for Best Budget Laptop of 2010.
The HP G62t starts out with a dual core Pentium processor, but we saw it equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor for under $500 on many occasions in 2010 as well as 4GB RAM and a large 15.6″ display and a 320-500GB hard drive which rounds out the specs that the average consumer is looking for. The built in Altec Lansing speakers don’t hurt either.
The G62t doesn’t have all the splash of the revamped Pavilion line like metal covers, but it does offer a pretty impressive look and feel for a budget notebook. The design takes some styling cues from the ENVY series which makes this budget notebook look much more expensive than it actually is.
While the keyboard isn’t the best we’ve seen on a 15.6″ laptop it is adequate for home and student use, though if you plan to type a term paper you should look for an external keyboard.
The battery lasts just over four hours for web browsing which isn’t going to get you through the day, but is impressive for the class and price of the system. While the system is somewhat power efficient it does get a bit warm during extended use so make sure you’re near a table or pick up a laptop cooler pad.