Dell's Inspiron 17-3721 is a Windows 8 machine on a budget at only $449, but it doesn't look cheap. Sporting a geometric pattern on its lid and interior, the laptop has a fairly thin profile for a notebook with a DVD drive. Its 1600 x 900-pixel display shows sharp text, and viewing angles were wide.
You won't have problems typing on the Inspiron 17; its keyboard is large and spacious and its touchpad gave plenty of room. And thanks to its 1.9-GHz Intel Core i3-3227U CPU with 4GB of RAM, performance was speedy and multitasking was a breeze.