Our pick of the best budget laptops

When people think of great laptops they generally expect to have to pay a lot. This simply isn't true. These days you can get really high quality, but cheap laptops, for under £350! Over the years they have managed to cram a whole heap into the cheaper models and they are really starting to become great!

If you want something really good for under £350 then the Compaq CQ61 is a cracking piece of kit. As per any new laptop, you will get Windows 7 installed on the device. All that really matters are the specs though so here you are.

The processor is the AMD Athlon II Dual Core M320 2.1Ghz. Yes it's not in the core i series but it’s a really good dual core and still does the job! You can have up to 4GB DDR2 RAM so this machine will have no problems chugging along. You also get a fat 160GB hard drive, DVDRW drive and an ATI Radeon 4200 graphics card. So not only will you have a great all rounder, you can even run a few games on it thanks to the graphics card!

You will have a decent widescreen that stands at 15.6" with a resolution of 1366 x 768. This is perfect for this screen size. Now if that doesn't prove that there are some great budget laptops out there then I don't know what will!

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