Best Ultrabooks under $600 in 2016 – Top Picks

If you need a light and affordable laptop, this guide will help you find the best ultrabooks under $600. Why should you get a regular laptop, when you can go the extra mile and buy an Ultrabook. These devices are both lighter and slimmer than regular laptops. You can carry these around without noticing their weight. They also have a great battery life. While these are a bit large, we also have a guide for the best 13-inch budget laptops which offers smaller, even more portable laptops.

Ultrabooks used to be pretty expensive in the past but have become quite affordable. This guide will help you decide on what ultrabook to get if you’re on a 600 dollar budget or less.

We’ll first have a look at some of the features found in most ultrabooks, so you’ll be more aware of what to get. Then, we’ll move on to our recommendations.

What to look for in a budget-friendly ultrabook?

Well, like mentioned before, it has to be light and portable. The size and internal components determine the weight, and also battery life. Larger screen laptops are heavier and have a poorer battery life. But they can include a lot of powerful hardware, which makes up for their weight. Manufacturers design smaller laptops to be portable and carry more power-efficient hardware.

Higher battery life is also a common feature you will find among ultrabooks. We will focus on the later in this short guide.

No matter how cool an ultrabook might look, aspect is not its main selling point. It has to perform. Otherwise, it’s just a good looking piece of technology that’s useless.

Your ultrabook needs a powerful processor along with a decent amount of RAM. You also need a fast hard drive and a dedicated graphics card. It also has to allow you to connect your peripherals. And it also needs to connect to wireless networks, no matter the frequency or complexity.

Let’s have a look at some of these hardware features to get a better idea of what’s needed.

Processor (or CPU)

The main component in your laptop that affects performance is the processor. Some laptops carry underpowered processors.

Manufacturers make these decisions because they want to slash the price tag. Most people buy these laptops thinking they’re a bargain. But they soon realize the mistake they made. Laptops with inferior CPUs are a headache. You cannot multitask. You’re more likely to run into problems in the long term. Your computer can freeze at the most inconvenient times, and so forth.

We recommend you get a laptop that carries an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor. It should be a from the 5th generation, or, even better, from the 6th (Skylake). The number of cores on the processor is also important. A dual-core processor can run just half the tasks when compared to a quad-core. If you don’t have large workloads, you can get away with a dual-core Ultrabook. But it would be a good idea to get a quad-core, just to future-proof your digital work environment.

System memory (or RAM)

Most ultrabooks in this budget zone will carry about 4-8GB of RAM, which is fine. For demanding tasks, or just running many applications at a time, you should upgrade to a total of 16GB. This will increase performance quite a lot. It’s noticeable when the computer doesn’t freeze when you switch between many open applications.

If you choose a laptop that carries just 4GB, just make sure you work smart. Close unwanted applications to save on system resources. This applies for many tabs open in the web browser as well. Google Chrome loves devouring RAM, so keep your browsing sessions light.

Storage (HDD or SSD?)

Most ultrabooks now come with SSDs. But it’s important to know the difference between an SSD and an HDD. HDDs, or hard disk drives, use fast spinning disks to store and retrieve information.

Regular hard disk drives come with larger capacities when compared to SSDs. This means they allow you to store a lot more information.

SSDs have lower storage capacities but are up to 10 times faster than a regular hard drive. You can think about it in another way. Your computer takes about 1 minute to completely boot up with a regular HDD. With an SSD, this interval gets to down to about just 8-10 seconds. This usually depends on the operating system.

The same applies for programs. If you were to open Adobe Photoshop, it would take up to 60 seconds with a regular hard disk. Using an SSD can improve this loading time and boot the program in just 3 seconds.

Of course, we estimated these intervals for an ultrabook that’s up to spec. It carries a decent processor (perhaps a Core i5) and 8GB of RAM.

GPU (graphics card)

This is perhaps less important if you’re not into computer games. If you work on your ultrabook and don’t play modern 3D games, then the integrated GPU is just fine.

But, what happens when you need to run 3D design software or play some of the latest 3D games? Then you will need a dedicated graphics card. This is because games need extra rendering power and memory. These games can eat up a lot of resources if ran without a dedicated GPU with its own VRAM.

So which are the best ultrabooks under $600?

Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG
Price: --
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (Up to 2.8GHz)
  • 15.6-inch Full HD Display, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home; Backlit Keyboard
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life; 6-cell Li-Ion (2800 mAh) Battery
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series I3542-6000SLV (4th Generation i3-4005u, 4GB DDR3L RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10)
Price: $337.99
You save: $92.33 (21 %)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit
  • Intel Core i3 4005U Processor 1.7GHz,  4GB DDR3 1600 RAM, 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive, Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Tray Load DVD Drive, 3in1 Media Card Reader, 802.11n Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 15.6" HD Truelife LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
ASUS F556UA-AS54 15.6-inch Full-HD Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) with Windows 10, Icicle Gold
Price: --
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed, Refer user guide below for firmware update
  • Powerful Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 2.8 GHz), Refer description for software update
  • 256GB Solid-State Drive for blazing-fast boot times and program launches
  • Best-in-class connectivity with included HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C and 802.11a/c WiFi
  • Long-lasting 38 Whr polymer battery 2.5 times the lifespan of standard Li-ion
Asus X550ZA-WH11 15.6-Inch Laptop (AMD Quad Core A10-7400P 2.5GHz processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 1000 GB Hard Drive, Windows 10), Dark Grey
Price: --
  • AMD Quad Core A10-7400P 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
  • 8GB RAM/ 1TB 5400RPM with DL DVD±RW/CD-RW. Windows 10 operation system.
  • 15.6 inches LED backlit display, 1366 by 768 resolution, matte finished.
  • Feature 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI and VGA ports.
  • 1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection
  • Ergonomically designed keyboard with IceCool technology keeps the palm rest at a comfort temperature.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Full HD Notebook - Cotton White (Windows 10)
Price: --
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor 2.3GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory
  • 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive. No optical drive
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD Screen, NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB VRAM
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 6-hour battery life
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 13.3-inch Full HD Touch Notebook - Platinum White (Windows 10)
Price: $588.99
  • Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3 GHz (3 MB Cache)
  • 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 12.5-hour battery life
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series  15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 5200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Silver) with MaxxAudio
Price: $508.99
  • Intel Core i5 5200U 2.2 GHz Processor. Memory Speed 1600 MHz
  • 1 TB HDD Storage; Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
  • 15.6 Inch WXGA (1366x768) LED-lit Truelife Screen
  • Windows 10 Operating System; Silver Chassis
Newest Acer R14 (R3-471T) 14
Price: $529.28
  • 14 Inch LED Backlit Multi-Touch Display with HD resolution (1366 x 768), HD Camera, Acer 360 Dual-torque hinge lets you tilt your touchscreen all the way back and stays wobble-free when you tap and scroll.
  • 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U Processor Dual-Core (4MB Cache, 2.4GHz Base Frequency with 3.0GHz Burst Frequency), Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Windows 10 Operating System. 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI port, memory card reader
  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING STEPS: Issue: led`s are blinking and you hear noise but the screen is black: Please follow these steps: 1. Press power button and keep it pressed until your laptop turn off 2. Now remove the battery and also remove all usb, memory cards for 2 min. 3. Put the battery back to his place and power up your laptop. If the laptop is still not working: Please connect your laptop to an monitor through VGA or HDMI. If, your laptop is working fine with external monitor, then the screen is broken and you need to send it for repairs or to be replaced. Also you can try to remove RAM slots and maybe the error can be fixed if is only an error. To remove RAM: Look at the back of your laptop and locate the place where the RAM modules are. Unscrew it using screwdriver and now you will see two ram slots. Push from both sides to exteriors those clamps and you can remove ram slots. Let your laptop without RAM for 2 minutes and then put the RAM back and try it.

If you need a light and affordable laptop, this guide will help you find the best ultrabooks under $600. Why should you get a regular laptop, when you can go the extra mile and buy an Ultrabook. These devices are both lighter and slimmer than regular laptops. You can carry these around without noticing their weight. They also have a great battery life. While these are a bit large, we also have a guide for the best 13-inch budget laptops which offers smaller, even more portable laptops. ...
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